That sounds cool but I'm currently fully invested in this business and others. How would that museum/library sustain itself financially? Donations? Ticket sales?
You're not a loser, dude. Winners and losers aren't measured by one's bank account. It's how you treat the people around you.
One year before launching this, I changed my focus at my old company from management to diversification into online/amazon sales for the company (they needed to diversify badly). I learned a ton in the process and that division did great for them. Once TubShroom showed signs of life during the Kickstarter and months after. I knew I had to do that full time.
Very hard. I want everyone who drives by to laugh at the ridiculousness.
OXO sold to Helen of Troy (large conglomerate) after 10+ years of operation for $100m. OXO did it right. I like the challenge of finding ways to grow (it's not easy!) and working on new stuff. I know we'll have some duds, but hopefully we'll have a few more winners.
I'm always willing to listen, but there's honestly little time/resources to take on new projects at the moment, unless it's can't miss. We've got about half a dozen projects in the works and a few already launching Q4. Things are getting real in the whole foods parking lot.
We vetted some factories in China. We looked for reliability, track-record, and ease of communication. We did the CAD locally with a freelancer. Once we had estimates from how many we'd need for the Kickstarter, I think our first run was like 15k units? We air shipped early on and packaged them here just to have quick turnarounds since demand was ballooning quickly early on. We had no idea what to forecast since there was no data.
I'm like 4 years behind in gaming. Last two games I beat were Mark of Ninja and Last of Us I think. Both awesome. I've actually cut down gaming and a lot of extra-curriculars (not all though!) around 4-5 years ago to ensure enough time for fam-bam and to hustle like crazy at work.
Sorry to hear it! The grate didn't come off? Stand up shower stall?
We spoke with them a few times. I dunno, man.
99% of our customers really, really love it. So there's word of mouth and we've spent millions on marketing/ads. If you have an innovative product that saves people money/hassle, they'll buy it if they know about it. Can't throw money at just anything.... has to convert at a high rate.
I received several DM's but never saw yours....sorry! Please reach out.
There's a lot of shady businesses out there that prey on individual inventors (most are based out of Florida coincidentally) so watch out for those. I think attending trade shows is a good start. Talk to other inventors and there are panels there and loads of industry people. Go out there and meet people and trade cards. Then there's online forums for this stuff too. Gotta invest the time into networking as it's very valuable.
We'll turn you to the dark side eventually
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Because you want to save the planet from toxic chemical drain cleaners like we do
Thankfully we have over 15k reviews so a few fakes don't impact us that much. We've seen some. I feel for those starting out, though.
OMG super duper drain wigShroom morphin power
Mildew. We've added extra mildew protection to our production runs which makes cleaning the unit easier but you have to clean it bi-weekly or so to keep the mildew off. Drain environments are really harsh.
Check the kickstarter. Would that fit your drain?
One route could be to hire an experienced individual to do a preliminary patent and prior art search to see if there's anything out there like your idea.I have an idea for another drain tube device. Not the same as yours. What do you recommend in terms of turning a simple schematic drawing (read shitty) into a viable model. I have 0 resources when it comes to plastics, 3d printing etc. Who do i present it to that would point me in the right way?
See above!1. Where is the product being manufactured?
2. Did you attend the Chicago International HouseWare Expo in 2017? We might have met. I say met in that I might have passed by your booth if you had one.
Yes. It was a pleasure to meet you!
2. Can I get a ERA discount?
Follow through is half the battle... or is that knowing?
I remember you faceless master. I hope you're healthy and happy!
Half a dozen new projects in the works. Not all will make it to market but we're doing our due diligence. The kickstarter shows just two of our latest.
Funny story... I was approached by a small EU developer a few years back to invest in their upcoming game(s). Outside of my wheelhouse, but it was interesting to listen.
You will. Research the heck out of stuff, then try them, then scale the good stuff and dump the "failures" and learn from the process. You and your company will keep getting stronger and better. Listen to the How I Built This podcast from NPR. Awesome inspirational stuff. Those guys are one in a million but their habits, work ethic, resiliency, etc. are almost universal in every single one of those founders who hit it big. There's a common theme that everyone should try to duplicate in their day to day.
I skimmed a summary. I agree with the concept of delegation whenever possible to free yourself up for the things you truly specialize in. There's another book called E-Myth Revisited that talks about how small businesses fail to grow beyond certain levels because the owners/founders can't ever delegate or break free from the day to day enough to do the things necessary to scale/grow the business. My general advice to entrepreneurs is to only pursue something if it shows signs of being able to scale. Like that move in super mario where you use the turtle to get 99 lives. That's a way better use of your time than those other parts where it takes you 10x as much time to get a few extra lives.
Google and tradeshows. Tariffs haven't affected quite yet but likely will in the future. You're building those connections and that experience. Save those contacts. Go for it some day and if it turns out great, take it to a relevant trade show or kickstarter.How did you go about finding a manufacturer?
If you are manufacturing in China, has the tariffs affected you in any way?
I just came back from working in Import/Export in China. I dealt mainly with plastic products. I met a lot of factories. I love to one day invent something as well.
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Yeah, our very first version 1.0 of showershroom fell down some peoples' drains and I feel terrible about that. We missed the fact that a small portion of shower stall 2" drains were a tad bit on the larger side than the many that we tested. If you reach out to support with your plumbing receipt, the team can reimburse you. All new showershrooms have fixed this early issue.
One way is to look at sales/earnings reports. That's pretty boring but it's factual as well. Are we retaining our current customers? Are those customers growing their business with us? Are we adding new customers and at what rate? You can't grow rapidly without working on those questions to make sure you have a lot of yes's. It's like the chicken and the egg issue. You need good/great/unique products to pique the interest of the buyers. But is one enough for them to open a new vendor account for you? usually the answer to that is no. The more winning products you can show them, the more time of day they'll give you (and shelf space). And they always ask so where else are you selling this? But if it's a brand new product, you don't have much sales data so you gotta do a great job of convincing them to give you a chance. It's a grind, sometimes.
Counterfeiting is a one trillion dollar business. We've probably confiscated tens of thousands of dollars worth of fakes. We've also spent hundreds of thousands in lawsuits and brand protection. Some of that recouped in settlements. It's an ugly part of the business. I feel bad for the inventors who come up with something great and then they get knocked off like crazy by Chinese counterfeiters and, worse, by large US-based ASOTV companies who know they make make millions before the inventor can really do anything about it and they know most inventors can't spend the hundreds of thousands to fight them. I've seen it happen to good people.
Thank you! And thanks to everyone else for the kind words. It means a whole lot!
Yes, except the smallest of hairs could get through but those aren't the hairs that cause clogs. It's the 1 inch+ that are the main culprits.
I see what you did there!
Thank you! I can't quote everyone who has thrown congrats our way but plz know I appreciate all of it.
Not snarky at all... nowadays, the biggest crowdfunding campaigns are those done by teams/companies who have had previous success on Kickstarter and who have the resources to really push their new projects. It's become more of a pre-order and marketing platform (which is one form of fund raising) than just a "help me bring this thing to life because I can't do so without your help" (but it's still that too for many people--which is great). You know those million dollar+ campaigns? They often spend hundreds of thousands to promote their projects. If you could sell out your first production run before it even arrives, and your early adopters get their gadgets first, it's a win win.
Bummer! One dude who had a drain like yours cut his ShowerShroom to make it work.
The new stainless steel version could potentially work better. An alternative is to swap out your drain (it's cheap and easy to do--couple of youtube vids show just how easy it can be)
Spoke to them a few times. Maybe some day. We actually know the founder of Scrub Daddy really well. Awesome product and a real smart dude. I predict he'll sell to 3M or P&G in a couple of years for $500m+. Funny story about him is that he sold an invention to 3M years back and was actually going to include the Scrub Daddy "tech" with the sale but they didn't want it for the pennies he would have gotten for it. Insane!
That's crazy but not all that uncommon. If one door closes, there's always more doors out there that you can open if you keep looking for it. There's just different paths behind each door. I've had a couple of huge missed opportunities over the years. "You can't miss a shot you don't take" -Kobe
This is my full time hustle now, though =) I'll reach out, anyway.
If it's about 1.25" wide and you can get the stopper out (which virtually all drains allow for), then the Chrome SinkShroom should work for you.
I thought about that but the code expires eventually and that's fine if a bunch of people use it in the meantime--like a lightning deal.
You should.. Its a popular podcast and it would mean free advertising along with helping others understand a bit better how you got to where you are. and plus, many profiles on the podcast ended switching over full time.
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Serious answer to a somewhat offensive question, the concept of a drain trap has existed in Japan for a while so there's no market. The shower drain for my apartment back when I lived in Japan never had clogging issues because home engineering in Japan doesn't suck. The key innovation here, credit where it's due, is a design backwards compatible with American-style, clog-prone drains. That's a market that won't saturate for some time.
You don't need to flip between the two. If you're worried the alternative to workaholism is vapid materialism, the next step in life could be to become an investor for creative and/or entrepreneurial efforts. So, so many rich people have absolutely no idea what to do with their money. It's offensive enough that greed is so rampant in this country (having is fine, taking when you have is not) yet to add insult to that injury, the only things most can think to do with their money is to invest in already successful stocks to make more money, or buy a damned yacht. I have no idea how much money you have, don't care to know, but as you should know, there are a lot of good ideas out there that don't need much at all to get going, withering on the vine for lack of (sometimes as little as) a few grand. I'd think it's more exciting to see more ideas blow up than sip margaritas on a depreciating boat, but I concede I'm a misfit.So now I'm browsing that McMansions thread in the hopes of buying something that says "I'm living the american dream".
There is a problem with becoming a workaholic, though... it's hard to shut it off. The mind constantly races. When you're doing something non work-related, you always think "I could be doing something more productive right now". It's pretty messed up. I feel most alive when I'm creating something, so I'm probably going to step away from this project sooner than later. Just thought I should share while I had a free moment.