“I have a lot more tricks up my sleeves than paper dinosaurs, that is for sure. I see this as just the beginning,” Glover said. But to begin any business you first have to have funds. So Lisa took to Kickstarter. She produced a video hoping to raise 8000 dollars. The money would go towards a machine to imprint each pattern onto the paper called a die.“It was on the front page of kick starter. "It blew up from there,” Glover said. She raised over $110,000.
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A fine arts and architecture major as an undergraduate at Lehigh University, Glover freely admits marketing isn't her specialty, but she's working on it with the help of a team of advisers that includes Anthony Durante, program manager at Allentown's Bridgeworks Enterprise Center business incubator, where Glover has a small office.
"Lisa is incredibly creative," he said. "Watching her developing the dino kits beyond the first two has been fun. I am amazed how quickly she can design them and start producing prototypes — sometimes within just a few days.
Cardboard is recyclable. That’s great — except when your project made out of laser-cut cardboard gets recycled. Lisa Glover, inventor of Kit Rex, returned to her booth after setup on Friday night to find her entire project gone, picked up by the Maker Faire crew.
That project was Mouse and Benson, two wearable cardboard dinosaur costumes. Glover designed them in Rhino for a grad program at Lehigh University. “People basically harassed me until I did something more with it,” she said. So Mouse has been to three Maker Faires and many Halloween parties, and Glover now produces desktop-sized kit dinosaurs of different species.
The dinosaur is a KitRex — a 3D cardboard model built from a kit, which started as a wildly successful Kickstarter last year and is now a permanent business. White House Deputy Press Secretary Frank Benenati explained on Twitter that the dino is around to celebrate the White House's "Week of Making," encouraging building and entrepreneurship.
We first talked to Lisa Glover when she was running her first project, a paper velociraptor that you could assemble yourself. It turned out the internet loves dinosaurs (who could have seriously seen this coming?), and the project blew up — and nowadays Glover is dedicating her time to all things KitRex. She's running a second project, and this time it's for a paper pterodactyl. We asked her to walk us through the process of putting one of these guys together.
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Glover says she has ambitions to become the Lego of paper toys. It is a goal Durante is confident she can achieve.
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“This is just another example of an entrepreneur in the Lehigh Valley taking advantage of the many resources available to start and grow a business.”