Slick Stabilizer feature

Interview with Thomas Agarate from SLICK Stabilizer

SLICK Stabilizer from SLICK Technologies

SLICK is a high-quality motorized GoPro accessory that allows anyone to capture ultra-smooth video hands free. It’s waterproof, durable, compact, and compatible with all modern GoPro cameras and mounts. It’s the world’s best GoPro stabilizer — there’s just nothing quite like it out there.
Here are SLICK’s five main points of interest:

Waterproof: SLICK is perfectly suited for a wide variety of water sports (surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, etc…)

Durable: SLICK is shock resistant, and works perfectly with your GoPro camera’s waterproof housing.

Compatible: SLICK is compatible with all modern GoPro cameras (3, 3+, 4, or 4 SESSION) and mounts (helmet, chest mount, pole, etc…) And yes, that means drones too.

Affordable: SLICK costs $279 (regular price).

Easy to use: just attach your GoPro camera to SLICK, then attach SLICK to any of your GoPro mounts, switch it on, and kick off the action!

As I said before, there is nothing quite like SLICK out there. Our main competitor is Zhiyun Z1-RIDER. The difference is that it is NOT waterproof and that you are very likely to break your GoPro camera if you fall while using it. You can’t use the basic GoPro housing with Zhiyun Z1-RIDER.slick logo

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Thomas Agarate and I was only 16 years old when, without knowing it, I was working on the very beginning of my project. My hobby for 10 years has been to develop and fly remote control aircrafts. In my parent’s room, I worked every evening on the latest technologies to put weird stuff in the air. I created my first multi rotor (vertical take off aircraft with several propellers) with spare parts from helicopters. As I always loved to film my inventions flying, this time, I decided to put the camera onboard. I had to spend nights and nights without sleeping for 2 years to get a working system that gets rid off all disruptives moments and vibrations.

Thomas agarate - SLICK's founder

My hobby for 10 years has been to develop and fly remote control aircrafts.

What does a typical day in your life look like?
Every day in my life is different. I always try to prioritize depending on what are the needs of my company.
For the last month, pretty much everything was related to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campain but at the same time I had to think and plan about what are going to be the next steps for SLICK.

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Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
Most people don’t know that I created my first company when I was 19.I used to take aerial shots with drones for the cinema industry, advertising or xtreme sports industry.
How did you come up with the idea for your product and what made you “go for it”
Here is a fact: drone inventors are focused on what they do, they don’t look aside. This professional technology need to have engineering skills to set it up and optimize it. 10 millions of people have a GoPro and capture shaky videos…
What about developing a stabilizer for GoPro where users will only need to power it on, and capture smooth images. I invested all the money I earned with my drone company to develop this new idea. I designed prototypes, bought a high quality 3D printer and some travels to Paris to meet marketing guys. I was 20 years old and during the last two years of my engineering school, I created tons of different prototypes to finally get a good design, perfectly working. I’ve done a skiing video of the prototype that reached 50k views in less than 24H. I knew the market was real!

What made you decide to go with crowdfunding (or venture capital)?
Having chosen crowdfunding as our first step to commercialization is not insignificant. We believe we can build and grow a strong community around SLICK. With more than 1200 backers in 2 weeks, that was the right first step.
What struck us the most during our Indiegogo campaign is how fast people believed in our project. After 24 hours, we had already raised more than 100 000 $.
Our backers are very supportive and we want to bring into their hands a high quality product as soon as we can.Crowdfunding is the first step of our fund-raising campaign. Thanks to this successful Indiegogo campaign, we aim to show investors that there is a real market for our product. We are convinced that SLICK will become a leader in the gimbal industry.
What is the best decision you’ve ever made with your product (financial, emotional, educational) that led to the product we’re experiencing today?
It may sound like a cliché, but I literally love what I do. From my first drone company to Slick, I’ve always enjoyed working on those projects.
And I can even say that It never felt like I was “”working””..
Being passionate about what I do with my life is the best decision I made and I am determined to do that for the rest of my life!

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Where do you see your company or your company’s focus in 1-2 years?
We aim to become the leader in our industry over a 5 year horizon.
For the next 2 year, firstly we want to bring into our backers hands a high quality product as soon as we can.
We also want to keep improving our product and our marketing process.
If you could time travel back to day one of your start­up and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heartache, what would you tell yourself?
Don’t give up, Thomas, so many people will try to convince you that it is almost impossible to make a difference in the market place.
Also, you need to surround yourself with the good people for your project.
The team around the project is one of the most important thing when launching a product, keep that in mind!

Thomas agarate - SLICK's founder

so many people will try to convince you that it is almost impossible to make a difference in the market place

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and work and why?

That’s a tough question to answer; I would say Nick Woodman, the founder and CEO of GoPro, gave me a huge motivation that time he blew me off when I tried to have a quick conversation with him!

I guess rejection is a strong source of motivation!

Any tips for aspiring entrepreneurs on how to facilitate a successful financing campaign?

Fist tip is to never give up on the media you want to get. This might be obvious but it is too easy to believe that a simple email will offer you a publication in any websites or magazines… There are so many ways to contact ANY medias through social networks. If you believe your product is worth it, then try again and again.

My second tip is that you have to try and “surprise” your potentials backers. Prepare your campaign as much as possible, and always keep some tricks up your sleeve

What do you see as the biggest risk in your technology sector over the next 5-10 years?
I would say that stabilization software is one of the biggest threats we are facing.
However we will always be one step ahead, because you don’t need extra time for editing when you shoot with SLICK. SLICK is also much cheaper than any software!

Thank you for your time Thomas!

Wrapping it up

If you’d like to support Thomas and the SLICK stabilizer, check out www.slick.video, the Indiegogo campaign and follow them on:
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