Exclusive Interview with Camp Inc. Camper Zane

Posted August 12, 2015 by

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By Dan Baer, Camp Operations Officer

Tonight at Camp Inc., Chief Operations Officer, Dan Baer, interviewed 10th grade camper Zane to hear more about his Camp Inc. experience.

D: Tell me a little bit about you.
Z: I live in Kuwait, and spend some time in California.  I love to play volleyball.  I like gaming and Netflix.  I really like business studies in general, economics.

D: Have you done anything with your own businesses before?
Z: No, this is my first time.

D: Tell me about your company.
Z: Our company is Fire Crate, a monthly subscription service where we send you new gadgets every month to test out.  If you like it, you can keep it.  If it’s not for you, you can send it back.

D: How did you come up with this idea?
Z: I thought there was a big problem finding the right technology, something I would use everyday and would also be fun.  I thought it would be good to try it out first and I also like trying new things.  I wanted to merge those two for the full experience.

D: How long ago did you start working on Fire Crate?
Z: At the start of the camp, 2 weeks ago.

D: How has it been to do all this work in such a short time?
Z: It was challenging, but we were able to do it.  The biggest challenge was taking a step into getting customers and getting businesses on board.

D: What’s the best piece advice you got this session?
Z: The pitch with Aidan from Boomtown.  “If there’s bad news, always make a joke before it.”

D: How did you feel before pitch day?
Z: I was nervous but felt prepared

D: What’s made you nervous about pitch day?
Z: Getting up on stage and speaking in front of that many people, it’s pretty daunting

D: With all of your nerves, what did you do at camp to help you relax?
Z: You pretty much stay nervous until it’s over, but to get my mind off business, I loved playing gaga and going to electives.  I was in 3D printing, and I created a crate as a prototype for our business and a little house.

D: Do you plan on continuing with Fire Crate after camp?
Z: I would love to continue this! We haven’t made the team decision yet, but it’s something I want to purse.

D: What’s your biggest takeaway from this experience?
Z: There’s a lot.  How to pitch properly is one of the biggest, marketing strategies as well.  I also learned a lot about business plans in general.

D: What would you tell someone who is interested in Camp Inc. in the future?
Z: I’d say definitely come.  It’s a lot of fun.  It’s the perfect combination between fun and business.

D: Anything else you’d like to add?
Z: Camp Inc. is a lot of fun and should go on for a long time!