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July 11, 2014

Beer. St. Louis. 'Nuff said.

Entrepreneur's beer dispenser garners crowdfunding interest

At the end of a 30-minute interview with Steve Young this month, a colleague of the beer entrepreneur checked his smartphone, leaned over and told him, “We just made another $5,000.”

By then, Young was checking his phone many, many times a day. Since the 28-year-old launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on June 24 been dubbed the “Keurig machine for beer,” the Soulard resident said he’s getting a thousand emails, phone calls and voice mails a day from people around the world inquiring about the product, eight months before it’s available for sale.

Interested consumers and investors aren’t the only ones reaching out. Since the campaign began, media outlets from Time magazine to Good Morning America have taken notice of the south St. Louis County-based startup.

Per Kickstarter rules, Synek had a month to reach its goal of $250,000 or it wouldn’t get the funding. Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it surpassed its goal. As of late Thursday night, Synek had raised more than $450,000.

Posted by joke du jour at July 11, 2014 06:02 PM

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