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Technology with style: Teen's iPad invention taking off

Providence student prepares to sell his Pad Pouch

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But he said aside from getting his son’s idea manufactured, he said going from start to finish with a product would help him when he studies business in college.

“He’s going to get a jump start on learning that at 17 instead of when he’s older,” David said. “It just gives him a leg up on the business side. There is no substitution for real-world experience.”Which, David said, there’s been a lot of so far. They’ve met with patent attorneys to get the concept protected and gone through five prototypes of the invention, fine-tuning small details as they go along.

After setting up a Kickstarter.com page — a website that helps small companies get funding by letting the public donate — and a Facebook page, David said it’s become a family affair getting the whole thing going.

“It’s been his baby in getting the word out, wearing it around and starting some social media buzz,” David said. “His older sister manages the Facebook page, so it’s kind of been a family project.”

WHAT’S NEXT

Ben said the first shipment of the Pad Pouch — the initial order was for about 50 — should arrive at his house sometime around the beginning of December from an outside company in the U.S. From there, he’ll fulfill his pre-orders and sell as many as he can after that. The Pad Pouch costs $50 on the Kickstarter website with any donation, and will retail for $54.95 on Amazon.

Shahroudi said he’s not sure how successful he’ll be, but he said he hopes he can make enough to break even on his dad’s investment and also pave his way for a college degree.

“I think if I got a good amount of money, that’s the first thing it would go for, my tuition,” Ben said. “I’m going next year.”

 

 

 

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