A new startup is betting big on skateboarding and selling it to the world, promising to revolutionize the world of skateboarding.
The skateboarding startup, Tillys, is making waves with its latest crowdfunding campaign that’s raising more than $15 million.
The money is intended to create an industrial-grade skateboard and provide skateboarding lessons to kids.
But it’s not just money.
Tillys is hoping that skateboarding will be part of everyday life, and that skateboards will replace your parents’ old toys and get you closer to the outdoors.
“It’s not about selling a product or service.
It’s about making a difference in a way that you can’t even imagine,” said CEO and cofounder Chris Wilson.
“You need skateboards, not skateboarding gear.
You need to be able to play in the woods, but you need them to be super-light, super-flexible, and have the ability to do tricks, which means they need to have a certain weight to make them glide.
And we’re able to do all that.”
To help make that happen, Tillies is using its Kickstarter campaign to raise more than a million dollars in order to manufacture skateboards for the first time.
The goal is to produce 60,000 skateboards a year by 2020.
To help get the project off the ground, Wilson says the company has already developed prototypes and is working with suppliers to develop a factory in China that will make the skateboards.
He says the factories in China will be able manufacture 80,000 boards a year.
Wilson is also building a community of like-minded skateboarders around the world.
The company is raising funds to hire more people in its China factory, and he hopes to open a factory to manufacture the skateboard itself by the end of 2020.
“Our goal is that in 10 years, we’re going to have skateboarding products in every skate shop, and there’ll be no more excuses for people to not have a skateboard,” Wilson said.
“You need a skateboarding machine to be a skate boarder, not a skate machine to go surfing,” said Wilson.