LaunchPad Nation was created for the many people today who want to start businesses but don’t know how to go about it (a phenomenon called “Wantrepreneurship”). Successful entrepreneur, A.J. MacQuarrie, founded LaunchPad Nation as a platform that he wishes he could have used when he launched his businesses.
Throughout the rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship, A.J. learned how to build a multi-million dollar business with little start-up capital. LaunchPad Nation is a resource that borrows from his experience to help entrepreneurs avoid the typical pitfalls that entrepreneurship presents.
LaunchPad Nation’s goal is to not only foster and encourage entrepreneurship, but to also give you the tools, resources, and steps to take your business, or idea, to the next level no matter where you are in the process.
The idea for LaunchPad Nation came to A.J. after spending years on the phone, talking to prospects interested in his healthy vending opportunity KarmaBox Vending, which has presence in over 49 cities Nationwide. While many of the people he spoke to had business sense, most people didn’t know what steps were required to launch their own businesses.
A.J. soon realized that his passion wasn’t vending itself, but rather, the act of helping people get set up with their own business. With LaunchPad Nation, he is taking his passion and channeling it by setting people up in many different industries and types of businesses. Whether you want to start from scratch, join an existing business, or continue what you’ve already started, LaunchPad Nation is for you.
Founder of LaunchPad Nation and no stranger to entrepreneurship.
MacQuarrie, KarmaBox’s Founder and CEO, has been building businesses since childhood in Boston, Massachusetts. While at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, he first thought up A.J. MacQuarrie is a 28 year old entrepreneur who created KarmaBox Vending, a Nationwide Healthy Vending Company that has a presence in over 48 cities. He turned a $20,000 dollar investment into a multi-million dollar business.
what would become KarmaBox after becoming frustrated with the lack of convenient healthy offerings available. He began the company out of his dorm room in 2010 and in 2015, A.J. moved the company’s headquarters to San Diego, where the business took off.
A.J. scaled KarmaBox by implementing a business model that empowers independent operators to own their own healthy vending business. He is also developing KarmaCloud, technology that helps vending operators run their businesses more efficiently.
A.J. was featured on “Dragons’ Den,” Canada’s version of “Shark Tank”, on two separate occasions. The firstappearance was aired and can be found here.
MacQuarrie is publishing “Pivot To Your First MIllion” in early 2017. He is a board member of the Greater San Diego Business Association and is developing an entrepreneurship program for high school students. He currently resides in San Diego with his goldendoodle, Barrett.
A.J. started his first business at the age of 10, selling his sister’s belongings and old toys out of his basement
He’s the Founder and CEO of KarmaBox Vending, a growing Nationwide Healthy Vending Company
He appeared on Dragons’ Den twice (Canada’s version of Shark Tank)
He started KarmaBox Vending from his dorm room in college when he was 21 years old, later dropping out to pursue the business
A.J. is a certified John Maxwell team member
A.J. is a member of the National Speakers Association
He is a board member of the Greater San Diego Business Association
A.J. enjoys songwriting and singing in his spare time