Written by Raychel Espiritu 

Starting a company is super exciting, especially when you are forging a new path in unchartered territory. That’s part of what Stuart Felkner, co-founder of Creator Ink, is doing with his company and working in the New Media space. Being a founder takes plenty of grit and perseverance, both of which we see almost daily here at Toolbox LA.

What’s your name?

Stuart Felkner

Which is more your vibe?

Adrenaline Junkie

Growing up, what did you think you wanted to be?

Growing up I wanted to be an NBA basketball player. Once I realized I wasn’t cut out for the league, I became obsessed with starting my own business. I started a Car Wash business out of my parents’ garage when I was 10 and charged people a $5 donation. It was a pretty good car wash too including outside and inside.

What makes the fire in your belly burn / what motivates you?

The opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself. I love the idea of building things that add value and bring strangers together in a collaborative way.

What’s your favorite get sh*t done quote?

Why leave for tomorrow what you can do today.

What brings you to Toolbox LA?

Honestly, I didn’t know what we were getting involved with when we signed up for our office at Toolbox. I live in Ventura and my team lives in LA so we were looking for something in between. The energy, members and overall creative vibe of the place has opened up a ton of doors for us and we’re even working with some of the members at Toolbox on some product development projects.

Your Company/startup/project’s name?

Creator Ink

Tell us more. What problem are you solving?

New Media creators on YouTube, Twitch, IG and the like are turning more and more towards their own merchandise to support their content. We take that a step further and partner with these creators to not only put more money in their pocket but to build their brand and create something that will sustain beyond the lifecycle of their channel. We do this through thoughtful products that really resonate with the fans of these creators.

What’s your website?

Community is important to me.


What else should the Toolbox LA community know about you?

I geek out about business systems, leadership in organizations, and product development. Always happy to chat about these topics, share the little wisdom I’ve gained and learn from the experiences of others.


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