I first met Jacob about 10 years ago, and not only is he a kind, humble guy, but he’s also created not one, but TWO very successful Kickstarter campaigns, the BASICS Wallet and BASICS Notebook.

Read below to hear about his early memories as an inventor and where he draws his inspiration.

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Read on if you want to be an inventor, or product designer and need some inspiration

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jacob Durham I was raised in Arizona, then when I was in 7th grade I moved to Japan for 3 years, then spent the last two years of High School in Salt Lake City where I currently am living.  After High school I served an LDS Mission in Busan, South Korea for 2 years and after that I started college at BYU Idaho.  I got married in 2008, and finished out my schooling by getting a Masters degree in Accounting at BYU.  After Graduating I worked with a public accounting firm for a year then with my family’s business doing operations for another year, and then got into Kickstarter. Now I am self employed, running Kickstarter projects and selling our products online under the business name BASICS Products.  I have 2 kids that are everything to me. When I am not spending time with them, I like road biking, photography, and developing and innovating cool new products.

 

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Jacob Durham with his daughter, wife, and baby on the way

 

How did you get started doing product design?
I have always loved design and innovation.  When I was young my brothers and I used to invent machines that would do things like pour your cereal or turn off your light for you when you were lying in bed.  I’ve been creating things since I was very young.  I love being creative and I also love business, when I figured out how to use these two passions together on the Kickstarter platform in summer of 2014, I began to get absorbed in the process of developing products and bringing them to the market through Kickstarter.

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