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Sean De Clercq talks about Kickfurther.inc and his life around it.


Sean De Clercq is the CEO of Kickfurther.Inc. An innovative crowdfunding platform which helps small businesses to grow their inventory. Product based companies face a challenge where they struggle so hard to maintain the demand and supply. They are unable to produce products to meet the demand of the product. This is because of the company's limited access to resources. Since the business is small they will not have plenty of investors like other multinational companies. Though those companies are aware of their market, brand identity and existing customers, bankers are not ready to fund the businesses. 

This is where Kickfurther.Inc comes in to help those businesses. Kickfurther.Inc receives funding from the people who are willing to invest and purchase the inventory goods on behalf of the business. When the funding goal is reached, Kickfurther ships the inventory to the business owners. After the inventory is sold, people who funded the inventory will get their promised return. 

Tell us something  about your strength and weakness.
I have a lot of strengths, but they all stem from a core belief that increasing your skill set will make you more valuable in the long run, to society, to family, and to friends.  It is the recognition that on the path to becoming a master you must first be a novice and being willing to accept the failures and foolishness that accompanies being a novice. Skills are gained through an application of technique over time.  Study, practice, and you really can do whatever you want.

Weaknesses are just strengths waiting to come out.  I am currently working on being more patient and paying greater attention to my health.  I believe there is an important mind-body balance that must be maintained.

Who have been the most important person in your life? Tell us about him/her?
My parents.  It's amazing how often I look back at the things my parents told me just 5-6 years ago and think "Man if only I had listened then, where would I be today?"  They have been incredibly supportive and have instilled the virtues and values that make the person I am today.

Tell us about Kickfurther. How did you get the idea of developing a crowdfunding platform? How did the story begin?
"A question that I keep getting is "Why are you doing inventory financing?" Sometimes this is phrased as "That seems to be a really boring industry to try to launch a startup in, what the hell dude?" Well, I can't deny that it doesn't sound very sexy, but it's something I'm passionate about, let me tell you why.

Before I drank the punch and really immersed myself in this start-up mentality and methodology I was running a very old school merchandising company. We called ourselves CPG Merchandising, leaning on my family's experience in sourcing and contacts in China, we had a pretty successful venture.

Our modus operandi (does this sound familiar?) was to take a product already being manufactured and change it somehow to make it unique. Sometimes we would do package deals, sometimes we would add a feature or change the product slightly. When we had a quote locked down with our factory we would try to sell it to retailers here, with about a 30% margin added on.

How do you distinguish Kickfurther from other fundraising platforms?
What is your belief on Kickfirther.Inc? As in the purpose of its existence.Our MTP (Massive Transformative Purpose) is to "make the world rich".  Does that sound crazy?  Sure, but in the end if you're not striving for greatness what's the point?

What motivates you to come to work every day?
Philosophically and pragmatically I believe that if more people had more money just about everything would be better.  The economy would improve, there would be more jobs, people would be happier.  I'm very lucky that I am working on something that I actually believe in.

What is your vision for the future of Kickfurther? Where do you see Kickfurther in few years?
The Amazon of retail finance.  We're on the path to revolutionize the way funding works and in the end the big winners will be the average earners that finally have a real and repeatable path to wealth creation.

What is your opinion about failure? Did you learn anything from failure? and how do you deal with it?
We're taught that failure is some kind of dirty thing. F's are bad, A's are good.  In the end though if you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough.  Doing new things, whatever it is, will be accompanied by failures.  If you're not failing, you're not growing.  Failure is often, if not always, the first step in succeeding.

Do you have something that you regret? A mistake. What would you have done differently?
I don't believe in regrets because I am happy with who and where I am today.  Every step I've taken has led me irrevocably to this day, and I don't regret any of them, no matter how much they may have hurt at the moment.

What is your vision for the world? What can be done to make the world a better place and what is your share in making the world a better place?
Giving average earners a path to long-term wealth is an overarching goal of mine.  Too many people get loaded with debt and essentially live a life of indentured servitude where they sell portions of their life just to keep paying interest on the debts they've accrued.  I think if people could take ownership of their lives they would be happier and the world would be a better place.  Kickfurther is my effort at making that happen.

Given the choice of anyone in the world. Whom would you want as a dinner guest? Why?
Elon Musk, or Bill Gates.  They both strike me as very intelligent and pragmatic people.  I feel like I could learn a lot from their experiences and I would think they have some pretty interesting ideas about how the world work. They also seem to have excellent moral barometers and seem to have an interest in improving humanity.  That's something I find very admirable and I think aligns with my own philosophy.

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