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Hack To Start
episode 13

Dominic Coballe

Designer/Co-founder of 2 humans and 1 business (@N_Product)

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Episode Overview

Dominic Coballe is the co-founder of N-Product and shares the real challenges of building a physical product, the importance of good design, and the maker movement.

Dominic is a designer by trade and N-Product practices the Slow Goods movement, where objects take time to craft, are composed of quality materials and last a lifetime, or two.

Some Of The Questions We Ask

Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

Since 2011 you have been working on N-Product with your wife. What is N-Product?

You call yourself the “practitioner of the Slow Goods movement”. What is the Slow Goods movement? How is it different from any other creation methods?

One of the first products you created at N-Products was called the “Deckster” - a watch band for an ipod nano. How did you come up with the idea?

At the time, there was no Kickstarter in Canada. How did you launch the product? Can you take us through the process and major phases?

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to build, but couldn’t?

What lead you to create your own products and what do you think of the growing “Maker” movement?

Can you share one funny or unbelievable story about yourself and/or your companies that very few people know?

What devices do you use most often and what apps/tools/books are you obsessed with right now?

What You Learn In This Episode

  • How Dom came up with the idea for the Deckster and learned about a competitor on Kickstarter.
  • How challenging it is to launch a physical product company.
  • Why design and marketing are so critical to small businesses.
  • How Dom was able to meet Gary Vaynerchuk at a key momement in N-Products history.
  • And more!

Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Dom on Twitter
N-Product on the Twitter
N-product on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Books & Apps


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