Welcome to Christie Street
Christie Street’s marketplace empowers inventors to realize their dreams while ensuring that the believers who back them can do so with confidence. We don’t decide which products are cool or not – we let our community do that. We instead remain focused on showcasing only product concepts that are feasible and credible. If it can be made, we’d love to support it, which is exactly why we named the company Christie Street. In addition to being the street of Thomas Edison’s lab in New Jersey, it’s also the first road to actually use his electric lights for illumination. Thus Christie Street embodies a place where innovation is born, and ideas are turned into reality.
This dual focus on supporting inventors and protecting buyers comes from our long-term vision. Christie Street’s team is not just working to build a business, but also a movement. It can’t be stressed enough how important a platform like Christie Street is to inventors. By ensuring inventors credibility to their believers and allowing them to pre-sell product, Christie Street enables individuals all over the world to not only build great products, but also great companies.
Our level of success will not be measured by the dollar amount transacted on the site, but instead, by the number of inventors we are able to assist with building self-sustaining businesses. Whether you are an inventor or a buyer we appreciate your support of Christie Street and hope you will join us in building a better world, one invention at a time.
At the heart of Christie Street is a platform built for inventors, by inventors. We don’t just talk it – we live it.
We started Christie Street based on our own needs. While there are other great crowdfunding sites out there, none have the focus or support needed for products. By building Christie Street from the ground up with only one focus: physical product pre-sale, we have been able to create the best platform for launching and pre-selling your invention.
At Christie Street we don’t just approve products for our platform – we support them. When you submit an invention to Christie Street we look for the following key indicators:
We ourselves are inventors and product creators so we built this site with the idea that we’d like to treat our customers how we would want to be treated. To learn more please contact the invention concierge at 888.959.7618, or [email protected]
The Christie Street Escrow Process
You are not just a buyer – you are a believer. You are willing to believe that the amazing invention that you back on Christie Street will not only be awesome to own, but that your support is key in helping an inventor. At Christie Street we understand that a robust community of innovation is built on a market of trust, which is exactly why we take so many steps to protect our buyers.
At Christie Street you’ll be able to pre-order products and believe in inventors with confidence. Here is how:
For the Christie Street team our success is not measured by how many transactions we do. We work every day to bring you an amazing experience. By pledging, you won’t only get an awesome product, but you can rest assured that you’re supporting a cause that is bigger than yourself through assisting great inventors in realizing their dreams.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us – we love hearing from you, 888.959.7618 or [email protected]
Meet the team
James Siminoff - Chief Inventor
Jamie has always loved building cool products that solve real-world problems. While obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, Jamie founded Your First Step International, Inc., a company that assisted entrepreneurs in bringing ideas from concept to fruition. In 2000, the company pivoted to building and operating global wholesale Voice over IP networks in developing countries. In 2002 Jamie merged YFS into Nobel Ltd., which is now the largest online calling card company in the world. In 2005 – perplexed by the archaic nature of voicemail – Jamie founded the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. In September of 2009 PhoneTag sold to Ditech Networks. In 2010 Jamie took on email and founded Unsubscribe.com to help email users clean commercial email from their inboxes. In 2011 Unsubscribe.com was sold to personal security company, TrustedID.
A career of building innovative products has led to Christie Street. Jamie wanted a community where creative minds could showcase their inventions, and interested believers could fund them with confidence. Jamie still keeps his list of inventions growing. When he's not working on improving Christie Street, he enjoys spending time with his wife, four-year-old son, and dog – Short Rib.
Mark Dillon - Chief Technology Officer
Mark has served as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for several innovative and successful companies including PhoneTag (formerly SimulScribe Inc). Mark co-founded PhoneTag in 2005. As Chief Technology Officer, he was solely responsible for the development of all systems and software.
Prior to joining PhoneTag, Mark worked at SCME Mortgage Bankers in San Diego, California, where he served as the lead software engineer and was responsible for developing their mission critical document management system. Mark has served as a senior software engineer for CMGI Solutions, S1 Corporation, and IntraLinks in Boston, Massachusetts. Mark has fifteen years of industry experience and is skilled in a wide variety of programming languages and computing platforms.
Mark Dillon holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. When he isn't working on Christie Street he enjoys spending time with his wife and one-year-old son.
August Cziment - Co-Founder & Inventor Concierge
August and Jamie have worked together since 2009 when he helped manage business development partnerships for Ditech Networks. In 2010 he shifted focus to consumer products with Unsubscribe.com, a company focused on improving email by making it easier to get rid of unwanted email. At Unsubscribe he managed internal operations as well as nearly all consumer-facing initiatives.
After TrustedID acquired Unsubscribe.com, August continued to manage product development. After successfully building out credit monitoring and identity protection services, he joined Christie Street to help oversee platform direction. August enjoys watching movies, and hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
At Christie street we don't just approve products for our
platform - we support them.
When you submit an invention to Christie Street we look for the following key indicators.
Design for Manufacturing
Should there be any issues with the design of your product in manufacturing. This helps make sure that after you are successful you will not need to drastically change the product design in order to manufacture it. Customers are very sensitive to design changes and this step is a crucial safety net in protecting your reputation with your new believers, and future product evangelizers.
Unit Cost Calculation
While it is always difficult to know your exact cost prior to production, our team of experts will help you to understand not only the cost of your product, but also the sum of all costs associated with delivering it to backers. Whether you already know your cost or not, having Christie Street’s help in this analysis protects you from potentially incurring damaging losses post-raise.
Whether you have already picked your factory, or you are waiting until after your raise, we require that any factory used to manufacture a Christie Street product passes a 3rd party audit. This step helps to ensure that the factory you are working with is credible and will be a good partner. Also, remember that your believers are not just buying a product – they are backing YOU and your vision. By ensuring that any product on Christie Street will be made in facilities that have proper working conditions, your believers will know that their purchase is something they can feel good about.
Using the wrong name can be devastating to your campaign efforts. There are many cases where successful products are pulled from the market due to trademark issues. Christie Street helps check trademark issues before you launch.
Success is not achieved by simply placing your product on a marketplace. On average, crowdsourcing sites are only responsible for 10% of the sales in a raise. This means that reaching out to your friends, family, and press is incredibly important for successful product campaign. Christie Street’s launch concierge assists at every step. We have many press relationships, which we enable our inventors to leverage. Additionally, our contact tool allows you to load and manage emails to your networks, which not only simplifies the sending process but also allows you to see who from your network is purchasing the product and supporting you.
Getting support for a product that is not yet made can be challenging. By escrowing money after your successful raise we are able to add credibility with your buyers and also protect you in case something happens in the production process. Imagine raising the money then having an unforeseeable issue that prevents you from producing the product. Without having a clear understanding with the customer on the standard procedure for a refund, not only will you be at a loss financially but your reputation will take a hit as well. The escrow process might ultimately protect you as an inventor even more than it does buyers.
Through our vetting process we gain a firm understanding of what you are doing, and as a result we’re able to offer insurance to Christie Street customers that may be more skeptical. For a nominal fee, Christie Street will guarantee that if anything happens in the production process, the customer will receive 100% of their money back. Insurance will enable you to sell to a larger audience. When Christie Street offers to insure your product, it has a positive impact on all prospective backers by sending a message that we’re confident in your ability to deliver.
Fund the Difference
We understand that reaching your production budget can be a challenge, however just because a product doesn’t hit its goal doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get made. We’re all about supporting your dream, which is exactly why we give you the opportunity to put up the money for the difference between the amount you raised, and your goal. If you can come up with the difference, we’ll close out the round and begin escrowing the money.
At Christie Street you'll be able to pre-order products and
belive in Inventors with confidence. Here is how:
Before any product is listed on Christie Street we put the inventor and item through a rigorous audit process. This includes ensuring manufacturing feasibility and the proper treatment of employees at factories. This process ensures that your product will be made and that you can feel good about backing the inventor.
Price Protection Guarantee
You should get rewarded for pre-ordering a product, which is why we guarantee that if you buy a product through Christie Street it will retail at a minimum of 10% higher than the price offered through our site.
Product Specification Variance
We believe that you are entitled to get the product you paid for, built to the specs described by the inventor. We understand that minor details can change, but the major product components and designs will never vary more than 15% from that described in the product page.
Escrowing the Funds
The manufacturing process is just that – a process, which is why we escrow the money and release it based on the inventors ability to prove significant progress towards developing the product. This helps the inventor with budgeting and mitigating risk, all while protecting your pledge.
Delivery Date Assurance
Estimated delivery dates aren’t always precise, and while we try to accurately predict delivery dates through our auditing process, unforeseen events can push dates. If any product you order exceeds the delivery date by six months, your pledge will be returned based on the escrow scale.
For a nominal fee when pre-ordering a product you’ll have the option of purchasing insurance that will guarantee that you get back all of your money in the case that something goes wrong. We can only offer such a service because of the extremely comprehensive audit we do of every product on Christie Street.