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  • Tracy Freese
  • crowdfundentrepreneur
RIZE-ing to the Occasion

All around quality vaporizers that deliver the same user experience for dry herbs, oils, e-liquids, and waxes are like unicorns in today’s market – mythical creatures seldom seen in reality. Lifted Industry plans to disrupt the vaporizer market as personal health and technology collide in the newly unveiled RIZE portable vaporizer. With its development firmly grounded in engineering, product design, and consumer electronics, Lifted Industry offers users something the competition does not – 360 degree versatility. The RIZE features cutting-edge innovation like:

  • Integrated parts that appeal to modern users
  • Total flexibility to perfectly heat dry herbs, oils, waxes, e-liquids, and other concentrates
  • Micro USB charging dock providing convenience in today’s hectic mobile world
  • Protective Case that defends the RIZE from daily wear and tear
  • Stylish expression through fully customizable plates
  • Stable Design that stands up and does not roll away when lying flat

While Lifted Industry is committed to bringing the RIZE to market, they need your help! The company recently launched an IndieGOGO campaign to perfect the RIZE hardware, guarantee quality, and distribute to retail outlets. With only $26,000 left to raise and almost three weeks to do so, Lifted Industry’s crowdfunding momentum can most definitely face its risks and challenges head-on.

Lifted Industry was founded by Industrial Design expert, Derek Silverio. After many frustrations, Silverio knew the vaping experience could be better and set out to give users the same type of reliability and personalization as today’s smart phones. I was able to catch up with him recently and here are some of Derek's thoughts on becoming an entrepreneur and entering the current cannabusiness landscape:

TF - What’s something you wish you had done earlier in life?

DS - I wish I had traveled abroad more. It wasn't until after college that I was able to visit other cultures and see the impact of civilization (good and bad). It is eye opening to see such contrast and adaptation in all walks of life. This shaped my view of how to design products for a wide audience with universal design principles and a focus on the user as my primary inspiration.

TF - You've launched your new product line, when you look back over the past month, what single moment stands out?

DS - I would say it is the culmination of many small moments that became very important ones. It took a lot of sacrifice and hard work by family and friends to make Lifted Industry and the RIZE a reality. The real big moment was kicking off our Indiegogo campaign and all the positive feedback from people all over the world.

TF - What’s the next big step you need to take?

DS - Coming off the heels of our crowdfunding campaign the RIZE will be heading into mass-production and shipping to our backers in Q4, then to retail stores soon after. We aren’t resting one bit and we have a suite of products and other accessories that we are already developing. These range from larger versions of the RIZE with more power and control to charging solutions and soft cases to name a few. Lifted Industry will continue to innovate personal health products for the e-liquid and cannabis markets creating beautifully designed, disruptive, people inspired products.

Derek's vision for a user-centered vaporizer gained the attention of three other professionals passionate about vaping that could see RIZE’s potential. Lifted Industry’s esteemed management team includes:

  • Josh Michel – Sales Lead
  • Akio Strasser – Marketing Lead
  • Simon Silverio – Developer

Each member of the Lifted Industry team brings a different facet to the RIZE mission and design. The team’s goal was to create a portable vaporizer that stands apart from the rest and is doing so in a sleek and sexy way. Cosmetic appeal set aside, the Lifted Industry team brings over four decades of combined experience to this IndieGOGO campaign. Upon landing, it is clear to even the most casual supporter that this funding effort is as professional as it is dedicated. 

Realistic challenges have been addressed, advanced features have been detailed, and frequently asked questions have been answered, Lifted Industry is ready to make the RIZE portable vaporizer happen. Whether you are a tenured vape enthusiast, tobacco smoker looking for an alternative, or first-time vape user, the RIZE offers users the most personable and enjoyable portable vaping experience in the industry.  The crowdfunding process couldn’t be easier: choose your perk, make your payment, and watch entrepreneurialism take shape!

  • Tracy Freese
  • crowdfundentrepreneur