Summer is knocking at the door- it’s time to grab your swimwear and flip-flops and hit the beach. However most of the flip-flops you find in the market are made with synthetic chemicals which are really harmful for your skin. Individuals with sensitive skin tend to get those nasty flip-flop rashes which are so hard to get rid of. Moreover ordinary rubber flip-flops aren’t so comfortable and it’s rather difficult to walk a long stretch them. They also wear out easily and the rubber stem between the toes peels the skin after a long walk.
Today we will introduce you to two young entrepreneurs who have come up with the perfect pair of flip-flops made out of completely organic ingredients. The rubber which goes into the making of these flip-flops have been directly harvested from the sap of rubber trees. In an attempt to find the perfect flip-flop they travelled to the rubber plantations in the interiors of India and Sri Lanka. It was here that they discovered the miseries of the rubber plantation workers who survive on meagre wages and live in truly despicable conditions. This is why they set out in search of rubber which has been harvested on fair terms with the workers and finally became a member of Fair Rubber Association where a large part of the profit is directly received by the rubber tappers. Heather the co-founder of Olli natural flip-flops explains, “my goal is to provide a choice to consumers where there wasn't one before. I'm committed to using natural materials in my products to lessen the impact on both workers and consumers".
If you are a working mother who likes to carry her kid along in the car then you surely know that a child’s car seat buckles requires you to apply 9 lbs of pressure to release. This is to make sure that the babies don’t get to unbuckle themselves in anyway. However there are many of us who are not able to put the required pressure due to arthritic conditions or because of pain and discomfort in the joints.
In this week’s Freshpreneur POP review we are going to talk about a very handy device which would help you release the car seat buckle easily. Barbara Heilman a therapist and her daughter Becca Davison have invented this practical little tool which would help the user unbuckle a child car seat buckle by applying minimal pressure. This would ensure that people with joint conditions can easily operate it without any hassle.
Speaking of her mother, Barbara, as the caregiver of her daughter, Becca relaid the following, "She quickly realized that because of arthritis in her thumb, she was unable to push the button of the car seat. As a result, she avoided taking her granddaughter out of the house, which was getting dull for both of them. She knew there had to be a way to feel more confident and comfortable taking her granddaughter out in the car, so she invented a solution”.
Being a backpacking enthusiast myself, I know exactly how it feels when you are deprived of a good night’s sleep in course of your travels. There have been many situations where I couldn’t find a proper bed to sleep and had to make do with my sleeping bag and one of those uncomfortable horse shoe shaped air pillows. It goes without saying that the next day invariably becomes a drag when you don’t get a proper sleep.
However you need not worry about your daily dose of sleep no matter if you are in an airplane, bus, steamer or a corner of a basement. This week’s Freshpreneur POP brings you a team of entrepreneurs who has created a one-of-a-kind neck pillow which is packed with loads of utilities. The Duo team which consists of a group of ardent travelers who have toured extensively in more than 60 countries of the planet has come up with a revolutionary travel pillow which would give the users all they need for a good night’s sleep.
Tanner Dame a member of the DUO team explains, “we wanted to create a better travel pillow, everything we had used to date didn't work so we packed all the features we felt were missing in the current travel pillows in the marketplace today".
Are you a fitness enthusiast who likes to take a sip from your protein shaker bottle after a workout session? Then surely you must be disgusted with all those remnants of powdery clumps in your shaker after every use. The big clumps of your protein powder which stick to the bottom of your shaker are indeed very hard to remove even after vigorous shaking. These days you can find motorized bottles in the market but even these motorized shakers come with leaky rubberized seals which tend to become odorous with time. Moreover the motorized shakers cannot be easily cleaned and thus leads to bacteria build up. These motorized bottles come with a hole at the bottom which naturally makes it leakage prone. “We experienced all of the above and we needed a better option,” explains Jonathan Rauchfuss, “so we built it.”
What time is it? If you just glanced at your phone or corner of the computer screen then perhaps it is time to get a watch. Personally a watch is something that I have to have on me at all times. It is not just about fashion but functionality.
For those of us who already have watches we understand that certain social settings require different time pieces. And can one have too many watches? Perhaps so, but it is always worth looking at the latest models.
One such model comes from two entrepreneurs in Canada who have teamed together to form a new brand of watch. Quentin Trudeau is the marketing guru bringing sales and marketing experience from a background with Swiss Watches and Vikentiy Gryaznov is the designer—a well-known watchmaker in Russian. They have come Kickstarter to launch their watchmaking venture.
“I always wanted to bring luxury watches to a more understandable and affordable level,” says Trudeau.
Are you wanting to migrate that business idea from idea to conception? If so you are not alone. Or perhaps you have an idea that you have begun to monetize but something is holding you back from achieving that next level of growth or development.
Today I will introduce you to a group of six entrepreneurs located in Milan, Italy. They have been working on a project that they are certain will help you with your business. The team understands that entrepreneurs and small business owners have to wear many hats from boss to employer to self-motivator to number cruncher. Because of this revolving door or roles and responsibilities key parts of the business like vision and long-term planning can be overlooked by the louder more urgent matters. Cristina Marsan, head of the group, wants to help you and others stop overlooking key parts of your business.
“Our dream starts with an innovative book-planner, precise in each and every detail, which guides entrepreneurs, businessmen, and anyone just starting out in the business world down the road to success, day after day. A kind of personal coach that’s always on hand,” says Cristina.
Nowadays, many of us have become increasingly concerned about our fitness and have started doing rounds at the local gym. However, it is often hard to get time off your busy work schedule to drive up to the local gym and spend time on a thorough workout there. You can workout at your home too but then you’ll be missing out on all those high quality fitness products and gadgets that you find in a gym. Not anymore! Now, you can say goodbye to the gym and start having effective workout sessions at home! With Joe Sanseverino’s Tension Toner, a high quality exercise gear you can easily work on more muscles and burn more calories and you need no gym to do that! “My Phone Book Ripping Grandpa Inspired My Invention”, says Joe. When he was a kid, Joe’s grandfather, who was a workout-lover himself, had showed him some techniques of exercising with a towel. It had been quite effective in spite of the fact that a towel gave you no feedback that’d tell you if you were pulling it hard enough. Also, there was no way to raise the difficulty level of the exercise. This inspired the design of Joe’s Tension Toner. He started thinking, “Well, what if there was a device that had two directions of resistance—one from pulling an exercise bar apart, and the other direction of resistance coming from resistance bands.” He started making numerous drawings, prototypes, and tests along these lines and finally came up with the ultimate resistance workout gear—Tension Toner.
We say that necessity is the mother of all inventions. Nothing can be truer about the birth of SpeX Eyewear which was born out of a little personal accident. When the only prescription eyewear of Chris Nieves, one of the manufacturers, inadvertently fell to the ground and instantly broke, a bright idea flashed before his mind – why couldn’t he just make a pair of durable yet stylish glasses on his own with a 3D printer?
While talking to friends and family Chris realized that eyewear issues and problems are quite common. They are quite expensive to start with and not customizable at all. On the top of this the usual prescription glasses that we buy in the market are easy to break; especially the hinges split with the slightest undue exertion on them or any accidental impact. From this stemmed the brilliant idea of a crowdfunded start-up that’ll manufacture affordable, fashionable, customizable and durable eyewear for the community – the SpeX Eyewear! For the actual manufacturing of this unique product Chris Nieves and his talented team of experts are in collaboration with other small but equally creative businesses in the USA. “Basically since the techniques are not known in the USA we are partnering with only small businesses that actually give back to their communities to bring the eyewear to life”, explains Chris. “We are making the technology and expanding it to bring it to our backers. We have had to use 3D printing technologies, the latest in 3D designing software, and the most advanced testing software, in order to make our dreams a reality.”
A pen that not only writes well but also comes with an elegant, ergonomically efficient design is always a good companion. The KOSMOS Pen is an effort to produce such an ideal pen with the help of crowdfunding available at Kickstarter.
The KOSMOS Pen start-up has been conceived by stilform, a Munich-based design firm operated by Christoph Bohrer, Alexander Schmitke and Martin Wagner. Founded in 2013, this design studio specializes in making innovative home as well as industrial products. For these young designers cum entrepreneurs, designing is essentially a process of offering creative solutions for everyday issues and problems. Not only are the desired functions incorporated into the products, but emotional and aesthetic elements provide influential tones in every design made by stilform. Nature is their main source of inspiration and they show a genuine knack for visually attractive products with clear outlines and conforming to modern aesthetic language. The company is a proud winner of a number of prestigious design awards including the ‘Red Dot Best of the Best award’ (2016), ‘Red Dot design award’ (2014), ‘International Bicycle Design Competition’ (2014) etc.
For the outdoor buff a time piece should be practical and functional under extreme circumstances—never holding back its owner. Of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ryan McDonnell couldn’t agree more. As a long-time enthusiast of fashion and multi-purpose products McDonnell has taken to Kickstarter to bring to light an idea of his own.
Long live style and authentic Italian craftsmanship. If you are at all a fan of handbags, purses or carry-ons then you will greatly appreciate what this Kickstarter has to offer. With the tag line “unconventional luxury at a fair price” Paolo Fabozzi, the campaign owner, wishes to disrupt the brick-and-mortar retail price markups by delivering made-to-order handcrafted leather bags.
“[Our] mission is to innovate while still respecting and enhancing Italian tradition,” says Fabozzi.
The four cofounders of the Naples, Italy-based operation are passionate about affordable, quality luxury. Paolo is the acting Chief Executive Officer with 10 years’ experience in investment banking and consulting. Marica, the Chief Brand Officer, emerges from a tax law background. Sergio, with a specialized career in international organizations, is the Chief Marketing Officer. And last but not least the Chief Creative Officer role falls to Andrea, an entrepreneur several times over.
Don’t let weak wrists hold you back from achieving your physical goals and gym visits. Even for those of you who have had chronic writs problems or have sustained past wrist injuries or even undergone wrist surgery. This POP review is for you.
The entrepreneur of today’s feature is Alex VanCour. VanCour lives in Seattle, Washington, is a soldier in the Army National Guard. He is a weightlifting enthusiast and an aerospace machinist. It is also important to note that VanCour has undergone four wrist surgeries.
Comments VanCour,”After my second of four consecutive wrist surgeries, my doctor told me that I may never lift weights again. I created WristSpotter as a way to work around my own injury, and discovered an opportunity to help thousands of fellow weightlifters in the process.”
VanCour has spent the last three years perfecting the design of WristSpotter bouncing ideas and techniques off of a qualified entourage of professionals and believers.
As I type out this bog post peering through the fifth-story view of my study window an ominous gray sky rolls high as it speckles my window with the first of its droplets. For most of us rain is a normal occurrence and for some of us a near daily one. It bears no surprise that today’s entrepreneurship duo who set out to improve our protection from the rain comes from Vancouver, Canada.
Cahay Ho and Kevin Truong, each originally from the eastern part of Canada, decided to do more than merely cope with the increased rainfall they reinvented the most basic and iconic of raingear—the umbrella.
“During our initial years living here,” explained Truong, “we both had broken our own fair share of umbrellas from $7 umbrellas to $30 umbrellas. Each one of these umbrellas broke in different ways…the rivets broke at various connections, the ribs bent upon wind impact or the canopy tore.”
These experiences and failed products have become the premise in the research and development for Truong’s and Ho’s concept.
George Powell of London is a mountain biking enthusiast who also elects to commute to work via bicycle. Apart from the exercise, which he finds enjoyable, these commutes can prove troublesome for any number of reasons. However, “troublesome”, is just what got this entrepreneur into action.
“I wanted to resolve the daily travel issues I faced,” said Powell. “The C-Series is the result of the research put into looking at the key issues we all face when commuting to work, whether it be by bike or other means”.
Powell located and nurtured a relationship with a manufacturer to come up with a prototype to his idea. It has been 12 months in the making and it is now go time. With an active campaign on Kickstarter Powell and team are anxiously awaiting the backers to bring these prototypes into manufactured realities.
Coming to you from London, Creative Director, Stefan Johnson of Mustard Design Agency has been working on a beautiful design to capture all of your designs, thoughts and ideas. Johnson works closely with social enterprises and startups. Two of his major clients are notebook manufacturers and he has leveraged these ties and his creative role to produce a fully customizable notebook on Kickstarter.
“[It] is a collaboration between the team behind Monsieur Notebook and Mustard Design Agency,” says Johnson. “More and more we found that our company was appealing to brands and businesses that wanted their logo on our books…Somewhere along the way it twigged with them that there wasn’t a full service for people who would like their own designs printed on a notebook, which really opens the creative possibilities.”
Back pain and a soft midriff are, unfortunately, the two common side effects of the sedentary life styles that most of us lead. Business has evolved and technology has created unprecedented efficiencies, meanwhile physical fitness has devolved. But this doesn’t mean that you have to succumb to defeat during the eight-to-five. By simply replacing some of that sit time with stand time this physical decay can be held at bay.
Speaking from experience John Mosher explained, “I saw the negative impacts of sitting all day and wanted to find a solution to allow me to stand part of the day while still working”. He continues, “Electric height adjustable desks were expensive and I honestly didn't want to replace my existing furniture. We've managed to come up with something far superior”.
Mr. Mosher has 20 years of business experience in finance, operations, and general management. He has held many different leader ship roles in several industries and is well versed in overseas manufacturing and distribution. Mosher is leveraging this wealth of experience for his new venture Uprite Ergo.
Have you ever fallen asleep in a hammock? I hope you have because it is an extremely refreshing napping experience. However, no longer will this experience be limited to napping as it has been extended into the realm of sleep—wahoo!
A husband and wife duo from Boise, Idaho has introduced a new soon-to-be household item to camping. The married entrepreneurs, Lance and Julia Williams, are outdoor enthusiasts. Lance is a brand manager at an eyewear company and co-founder Sioux City Watch Co. Julia is a health nut and the creative genius behind the new venture which is currently on Kickstarter.
The Williams were discussing some camping gear combos that would be neat to have when the idea to combine a sleeping bag with a hammock was initiated. “Julia and I were pretty jazzed on the idea, so we ran with it”, says Mr. Williams.
Shaving in the morning used to be a ritual, handled with care. After gently applying shaving soap, with a well-rounded shaving brush, the sharp single blade would leave the skin feeling smooth. Now, we live in a fast-pace world, where taking the appropriate time to shave our face is no longer feasible. As we rush to quickly shave, it’s apparent that the simplicity of a single razor is not the most viable option. We need that 19 blade razor, which has also scheduled our meetings, made coffee, and ironed our shirt for us, so that we can get in and get out.
Respectfully, Patrick Coddou of Supply Provision Co. disagrees with the noted concept. Interested in learning more about the available razor options and aiming to find a razor that fit his needs, Patrick and his friend launched a blog covering razors a little over two years ago. However, as the two reviewed and tried many different razor, none of them really stuck out from the crowd. This led Patrick, a mechanical engineer, to design his own ideal razor.
You’re engaged and in the zone—actually crossing time zones. You’re keeping your boss updated and your clients satisfied. You’re mobile devices are humming, when all of a sudden you get that all too familiar notification - running low on battery.
The above situation is not unique, but common to many, including David Giacomini. But, rather than seek out the nearest kiosk for a quick charge, Giacomini created a company dedicated to staying charged. Giacomini is so committed to the new venture, VoltNow, that he stepped down from his CEO role of the Florida-based retail chain Levenger earlier this year to fully devote himself to its success.
Opportunities for outdoor exploration are everywhere in the northwest of the United States. Northern California for example, has the refreshing waters of the Pacific Ocean, the majestic vistas of Yosemite National Park, and the craggy peaks of the Cascades.
Hailing from the area—San Francisco to be exact—Bomber & Company has set out to “create a company that represents all the stuff we would day dream about while at work: exploration, excitement, and memories”, says the company’s PR spokeswoman Sarah Buckley.
After several successful Kickstarter product launches, Bomber & Company is at it again, this time on Indiegogo. The self-described “minimalist designers, explorers, and adventurers” will surely deliver yet again.