As kids, we all ask ourselves the question, what do I want to be when I grow up? I have always known the answer to that question. As early as I can remember, I have been dreaming up my own designs. I keep a notebook on my nightstand that continues to fill up with new ideas.
I started my career as a mechanical engineer at a world-renowned lighting and home automation company. I still remember the excitement I felt when I designed my first part. When the box of components arrived, I realized that something I created was going to be in the homes of thousands of people.
Over the next six years, my career furthered my real-world education in product design, manufacturing, packaging, product management, patent/trademarks and even marketing! As much as I was learning, I started to feel less satisfied working to make someone else’s dream a reality and thought it was time to pursue my own. I scoured through my list of ideas to find the perfect first product… something innovative but simple. I came upon idea #46 of #188 … a small but strong bottle opener and my brain went into overdrive with designs and ideas. This moment was the start of my journey to launch my first Kickstarter, a titanium bottle opener the size of a penny called Pry.Me.
Pry.Me was launched on Kickstarter in March of 2016 and was over 500% funded. Sales continued for the product on our website and with our distributors. What started out as a hobby soon became a second full time job. Although the profit from Pry.Me was nowhere near close to my current salary, with careful consideration and the support of my wife we agreed that it was time for me to take the leap and quit my job.
The decision to quit my job, although scary was also calculated. We created a business plan to design, manufacture and sell a product line of bottle openers and gadgets and move into electro-mechanical products that span a variety of categories’ including home improvement tools, exercise equipment, construction, and pet products. As we continue to launch new products, each project is carefully selected to add a new challenge and learning experiences. Every product creates endless opportunities to learn about different manufacturing processes, marketing tactics, distributors, packaging design, product assembly, logistics, and the list keeps going.
Do I hope to create a product one day that will change lives? Do I dream that our small company will one day become an organization that can have a larger impact on the world? Of course I do! For me, my journey has just begun. It is new, scary, exhilarating, challenging, exhausting, and I am loving every minute of it.
Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.
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