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.”
Lights. Party. Action. This week I would like to introduce you to a device that is sure to be a success at your next party but first let me introduce to you the team behind it.
Andreas Haase and business partner Jack Cheng had been toying with an idea inspired by Haase’s daughter’s affinity with lights and music. The original idea was released on Kickstarter earlier this year but did not get the traction necessary to bring it to market. Now with essential product design changes and a campaign nearing 70% backing Haase and Cheng are seeing light at the end of this tunnel.
“The biggest challenge is getting the word out and the traction. As you are aware getting a product visibility with customers takes hard work and a lot of PR. We use social media like Facebook, Twitter and the like for getting our message across and are terribly excited when we get picked up with the press to help spread the word further and reach a bigger audience,” says Haase.
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.
If you're like me, you're trying to figure out how we're already in August. Before we know it, 2015 is said and gone. The days seem to fly by, without any hesitation of wanting to slow down. 2016 is knocking on the door, so we might as well start preparing for it.
For Karl Lindsay of Newcastle, Australia, preparation for 2016 started 12 months ago, but not the way you'd be expecting. Karl, a wonderful photographer, has been travelling the world, taking breathtaking photos from various countries. Continuing with his plan of sharing the photos with the rest of the world, he has launched a Kickstarter project to make it happen.
Selfie first entered the American lexicon in 2002 and was formally accepted by major dictionaries about 10 years later. Since then, the selfie stick has penetrated continents and cultures far beyond its original entrance with GoPro cameras. Now that cell phones are continually upgrading their cameras, more and more people are taking quality photos and video. However, the audio receiver of these phones has not improved nearly at the same pace as the camera.
Selfie sticks only further degrade the audio quality by extending the distance, and create the opportunity for other sounds to compete for center stage.
Benny Goldstein, an entrepreneur from Airport City, Israel, was amazed to find that there was nothing on the market to address the poor audio options of the selfie styled shots. He and a team of 10 other enthusiastic members have worked hard and extensively to produce a solution.
Campaign spokesperson Dana Kemper commented, ”When Benny Goldstein first participated in The Big Brother and in other TV shows, he became aware to how hard, complicated and expensive it was to produce high quality photoshoots in terms of camera crew, sound, editing, lighting etc, so he tried to come up with a simple solution that would work for everyone.
State pride goes a long way. Regardless of where we live or move to, most of us know home as the state where we grew up in or have the biggest connection with. For me, Tennessee is and forever will be home.
Therefore, I always get excited when I run across a crowdfunding project that reminds me of home. And knowing that crowdfunding projects are generally unique, it makes the products that much better.
With that in mind, I became intrigued when I came upon a project by the future Mr. and Mrs. Aroh. Integrating state tradition with their love for woodworking, Ben and Christen are working on an idea that will remind you of home, no matter where you are.
I love to read and at any given moment, if you were to ask me what book I am reading, I would likely respond “several”. Reading is fundamental to civilized societies and one of the best skills to improve the quality of life. For entrepreneurs reading industry specific corporate memoirs and start-up how-tos is one of the best ways to learn. Fiction also has an important role in providing creative insight to seemingly impossible situations. And let’s face it, entrepreneurs are dreamers who learn from the best and find ways to achieve the unachievable.
One such entrepreneur is Yahaya Baruwa of Toronto, Canada. The 27-year-old Nigerian-Canadian graduated from York University, a promise made to his father to pursue his education, while working on another dream which was to become an established writer.
“I decided that I wanted to write a novel as a challenge for myself; a way to touch, move and inspire one million everyday individuals with the courage to take steps towards their own dreams,” Says Baruwa.
It is a pretty cool moment when an entrepreneur takes his or her idea to crowdfunding and has it validated by thousands of backers. It is an added benefit when the product’s quality exceeds that of the long-standing commercial giants. Today, I want to introduce you to such a product.
Will Simon and his brother Vince, of Washington, DC are self-described lifelong athletes. They use all the gear from household brand names, such as Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour. The brothers realize that the sports industry is growing and growing fast. This is especially so for the niche of sports apparel. Like the true entrepreneurs that they are, they know that they can do better than what the market offers in this space.
Will and Vince have been working on this project for over a year. Will’s former associations at the US Chamber of Commerce have proven invaluable, as he has leveraged them substantially to bring to fruition this venture.
“Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. If all this waste was put on trucks they would go around the world 24 times.” This quote is from TheWorldCounts.com, and many other such statistics are readily available when searching online. The world is our most precious commodity—without it life would not exist.
There are many countries and political systems around the world, and each treats it (the world) a bit differently. I currently live in Southeast Asia and the pollution from these emerging markets and cultures is astonishing. Not to excuse them, but typically the environment and other social costs take a back seat to the economical and/or political focuses.
Let’s look at America. Although it is considered a first-world nation, it has plenty of environmental issues to solve. “We are operating in completely unsustainable ways. We have a waste problem in our society and a resource problem in our society,” says Alex Freid founder of Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN).
If you've ever experienced a runner's high, you know the peace it brings with it. Once you make the sweet transition of hating to go on a run to where not going for a run is not an option, you realize how impactful it can be on your life.
We use running for different purposes, such as getting back in shape or just trying to clear your mind. However, no matter the reason, we all have one non-personal issue that we face when going for a run. The problem? What to do with our keys. We find various ways to put the keys away on the clothing/accessories we're wearing, and most times, they still get in the way.
Searching for a solution, INDEED Innovation, a group out of Hamburg, Germany, has come up with an item that will make the running experience more enjoyable. Composed of passionate runners who happen to have quite a bit of experience in design, engineering, and manufacturing, INDEED Innovation is using the support of the backing community to make their product a reality.
We each are in the pursuit of happiness. Some think this is manifest in an aggressive and successful career, others by traveling the world, while others through philanthropic endeavors. The above listed manifestations for the pursuit of happiness are lofty, important for personal growth, and do attribute to overall happiness. However, I find the root of happiness to be based in relationships.
This Thursday’s crowdfunding campaign POP review is of a dear friend of mine, Shawhin Mosadeghzad. Shawhin graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelors in Business Management. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Dallas, Texas to work in the consumer packaged goods industry, where he and I met. We began The Freshpreneur venture nearly two years ago. He now resides in San Francisco, California.
Shawhin is gregarious by nature and values relationships, and in this age of social media and instant communication, he wants to bring people back to its essence—building relationships.
Aside from the safety guidelines we hear as the plane is about to take off, we are also always warned about the tray tables being in the upward position until 30,000 ft. is reached and right before the plane gets close to landing. As soon as we get the green light from the crew, tray tables come down, as they are used for different purposes.
For a business professional, they may utilize it to catch up on some work. A parent may use it to prop up a tablet for their child in order to keep them occupied. The "cup holder" (if you could call it that) is used when the flight attendants provide drinks (depending on the airline) during the flight. However, the trays do tend to get in the way and don't always work properly.
Looking for a way to enhance the experience, Craig Rabin and his team have developed the final prototype of their in flight "accessory that holds your beverage & electronics device." Now, they're betting on the backer community to help them make it a reality.
Do you remember building fortresses with your friends and siblings as a kid? You would gather up the largest blankets and secure the corners to bedposts, doorknobs, and tightly shut drawers. Then underneath this two-feet high enclosure, you would layer in pillows and cushions, your favorite stuffed animals, action figures, and yourselves living there for hours.
This doesn’t happen as much anymore. Although kids still have the need for creative outlets, it is more and more being replaced with digital entertainment. ‘Screen time’ has become an important term in the modern American lexicon and parents are struggling with ways to limit, supplement or embrace it.
Husband and wife co-founders Bryan Thomas and Amelia Cosgrove experienced the same issues. Bryan has spent his career in solar energy and has experience with several startups. Amelia is a product design engineer. The couple resides in Austin, Texas, and together, they have come up with a neat idea for the kids.