By: Logan Kugler, a Special to Overdrive
Last summer Tigere Chiriga discovered the dark side of success. The Mooresville, N.C.-based entrepreneur, a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, used crowdfunding site Kickstarter to bankroll his flagship invention, the Floating Mug–a coffee mug that doesn’t leave moisture rings behind when placed on a table. While his fundraising goal was a manageable $15,000, he ended up with more orders than he expected (just shy of $40,000 worth). Overnight, his one-man operation needed a manufacturer and logistics house that could handle shipping.