NOTE: Transcript only covers the first 6:40 of this video
Tim: Vishal, what are you holding right now, what is this?
Vishaldeep Garg: Right now I’m holding a Octofire charger, this is a product which we launched last year on Kickstarter, it was pretty successful, we raised as much as five times the money which our goal was somewhere around $20,000 and we raised $100K. So this is a very unique design, you can charge as many as eight devices, and it’s a star based design, you don’t need to worry about shorter cables or larger cables, it can be really nice looking, very light, designed you can put it on anywhere on your coffee table or your meeting rooms, and
Tim: Show us the whole thing. Let’s see the underside. Here we go, okay. Talk about the hardware that’s inside this?
Vishaldeep Garg: So basically it has an intelligent detection IC, what it does is that as soon as you connect the device it detects that okay, it’s a iPad, it’s iPhone or it’s a Samsung device. Based on that the devices draw the actual current which they need to charge at the fastest speed. So you have all the production inside built-in, we don’t need to worry about I have to put in a specific port, some of the products which are available in the market, they are specific to Samsung or Apple, but it’s not like that, all ports are universal, and it solves your problems like power outlets, now you don’t need to worry about that, you just need one power outlet and you just plug it in and you are ready to go.
Tim: What you are holding is a version that was successfully Kickstarted?
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah, yeah it was pretty successful on Kickstarter.
Tim: This is available right now on Amazon.
Vishaldeep Garg: This is available right now on Amazon, it’s pretty good, people are liking it, we really like their feedback, they gave the feedback they wanted some smaller versions as well, we came up with 4 port version, we launched that one also in Kickstarter and that also was successful, and now we are coming up with a new version that is also again based on the feedback of the Kickstarter backers.
Tim: You’re referring to the one that’s right here next to you, is that right?
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah. Yeah.
Tim: Can you talk about this one?
Vishaldeep Garg: So basically this is a hub as well as a charger, it can charge your devices at fastest speed of 2.4 amps each port, so again it’s going to detect because of the intelligent detection IC and then the best part is that it is a USB 3.0 hub. It can transfer your data at an awesome speed of 5 Gbps. And then it’s not one of the products where when you are charging it’s not going to act as a hub or if it’s connected to your PC if it’s acting as a hub, then it’s not going to charge, it’s not like that, it can do both the functions at a time – at the same time. It can actually
Tim: And to be clear, this one here is power only.
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah. And this is the only hub in the market which can act as a dedicated charger. So if it is not connected to a host, it acts as a dedicated charger. At 2.4 amp each port, almost like 20 amps.
Tim: Now you’ve been with the company with Skivasince near the beginning?
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah. Almost near the beginning. Yeah.
Tim: Yeah, can you talk about what was it like to raise money via crowdsourcing?
Vishaldeep Garg: So basically we were a small team of hardware engineers and software people and some of them were mechanical people, so we came up with some unique designs, we actually read some market problems what are the issues people are facing. So we designed this product and then we were into Kickstarter, and then we were getting a lot of – we were getting a lot of feedback from the Kickstarter backers that you can do these kinds of improvements, although they were very happy with this product they asked us to include some more features like– this product actually comes with the power adapters, some people were pretty okay with this kind of power adapter, some people wanted this power adapter to be a part of the product itself, so we came with the 4 port charger which can – where you don’t need to carry two things, that’s very travel friendly, but this is more good for the schools, restaurants and all, and then this is really good from a perspective if you want to transfer the data as well, so this was again the feedback from the Kickstarter people.
Tim: You’ve got some pieces over here that are a little bit different, can you talk about these?
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah, so this is again one of the unique products, this is a very powerful big sound Bluetooth speaker. And it has an inbuilt 3000mAh battery it has 15 watt of powerful drivers, and then we have got another product, this is currently live on Kickstarter, it’s a lightning keychain, it’s again MFi certified, people like it really well, and then this I already talked about it, this is the 4 port charger, so you don’t need to carry any extra stuff, you just need a AC cable and you are ready to go. And then now we are working on more bigger versions this is a 16 port charger, we have further bigger versions of it, we have 24 port, we have 32 port, we have the capability to go higher and higher.
Tim: Do you see more for educational or other institutions?
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah, yeah. Educational institutions, restaurants and yeah, meeting rooms there they need something like this which can give you really high output without even thinking about I need to connect in this device or – this port or this port, so you can connect to any port universally no issues.
Tim: Okay. What is the startup scene like in Irving, Texas?
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah, that is going really good, I think Irving has provided us good support to grow as a company and we are really liking it, the kind of support which we got from Kickstarter backers was also huge, and we always wanted to launch our products from Kickstarter, we want give them the first opportunity to buy our products at really decent prices. We are all for the innovative products, yeah, so that’s all about it.
Tim: And you mentioned that your first generation is already shipping, can you say again when your next generation will be available?
Vishaldeep Garg: So these two products are already – no it’s going to be very soon because these products are already available on Amazon, and the hub version is going to be somewhere around end of this month on Kickstarter. So basically on Amazon you can expect somewhere around April, end of March or April. We’ll be all ready to go on Amazon, yeah.
Tim: Anything else, if people want to learn more where should they look?
Vishaldeep Garg: Yeah, they can actually contact us anytime, we are doing all these products on SKIVA, on our website as well, not only on Amazon, but we are getting a lot of feedback from people to do this stuff or that stuff, we are taking all of it into consideration, we are trying to be – come up with as cool products as possible.
Tim: Is it skiva.com?
Vishaldeep Garg: skivatech.com, yeah.