It often takes years to become an overnight success. By October 2013, Robby Cuthbert, a soft-spoken psychology and art double major, knew he didn’t have a lot of time left before he would have to start looking for a “real job.” He had spent the last two years creating artistic furniture. The first year he lived with his parents in Pittsfield, working out of their garage and selling small sculptures on Etsy to pay for his materials. Now, living with his girlfriend in Palo Alto, the money from a previous Kickstarter campaign was running low, and he figured he had a few months to see if he could turn his project into a sustainable business or move on.
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