CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- A Cortlandt Manor resident is turning to Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website, for his new notebook project.
Tom Leszczynski launched a Kickstarter for tpad, a refillable Titanium-bound notepad. The tpad is a grade five titanium bound notepad with refillable titanium coils.
The Kickstarter campaign has raised $12,130, more than it's goal of $7,000, with 34 more days to go.
"I'm using the hardest metal known to man," Leszczynski said. "I've been testing this product for months. I've spoken to a couple of manufacturers in China and gone through prototypes."
Leszczynski bills his tpad as the first refillable notebook on the market.
"Typical spirals are made from weak metal, there's not much you can do," Leszczynski said.
The Cortlandt Manor resident has lived in the area for more than 30 years, emigrating from Poland in 1984. Leszczynski has a background in finance and graphic design, and is also a professional skier and sailor.
"I've always wanted something extremely solid to work on," Leszczynski said. "Nothing like this has ever existed. Titanium is absolutely perfect for the task."
Leszczynski has done a couple of Kickstarter campaigns and enjoys working with startup comedies.
"I've done quite a lot of business development," Leszczynski said. "I love the idea of a startups. I love interacting with my backers directly, I adore it. I did a couple of projects and dealt with venture capitalists and investors. It was quite painful."
With investors and venture capitalists, Leszczynski said it takes an enormous amount of time, financials and never-ending statistics.
"With Kickstarter, you go directly to the people," Leszczynski said. "If they love it, you have a shot at building something bigger."
Leszczynski said he has had discussions with Bloomingdales, which has been very responsive to the concept.
"I'm going to keep plugging away," Leszczynski said. "Kickstarter has just been a pure pleasure. This is what I love doing."
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