“I made it out of JAIL! Well actually, I never ended up in jail but came close. This freakin’ factory didn’t produce the right products and called the cops. They were literally about to put us in a Chinese prison if we didn’t pay.

It was ridiculous because these products looked nothing like what we had set out to create. We ended up settling for about a 30% discount on the total purchase order value but still, having to ship thousands of watches back to our warehouse that we didn’t want wasn’t good.

We ended up doing a flash sale on them and they did alright. Regardless, I remember telling myself, I’ll never go to another Chinese factory like this again.

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This is when we realized we needed to bring in someone who really knew their supply chain. When we heard of Sourcify, we were stoked.”

I remember that day Ryan. Original Grain was taking off and needed to get it’s supply chain under control. For me as someone who has lived with a Chinese host family for over a year, speaks fluent Mandarin, and has brought hundreds of products to market myself, I felt your pain.

It’s a common story: a founder creates or wants to create a awesome product but has no clue where to start. They either end up failing or producing products they can’t sell.

This is where we come in at Sourcify. We’ve used our data on thousands of factories to create a Google Chrome extension that enables you to analyze factories on Alibaba in real time. We call it Factory Confirm.

Have you tried finding a factory on Alibaba and just aren’t sure which ones are legit? If so, you need this tool. Give it a look here, you can thank me later.

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I am the CEO of Sourcify, the fastest growing sourcing platform backed by YCombinator that helps hundreds of companies manufacture products around the world.

In the past seven years I’ve brought dozens of products to market, ran a few ecommerce companies (sold one), been a part of projects on Kickstarter raising a total of over $1mil, and been featured in media outlets like the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and more. I also used to live in China and speak Mandarin near fluently.