"A smart entrepreneur knows they can not run a business on their own. They know that business is a team sport."
- Robert Kiyosaki
People tell us all the time, “ You should go on that TV show, Shark Tank.” We actually completed 75% of the Shark Tank application in the 5-hour car ride to Grandma and Grandpa's house for Thanksgiving. Then, we sat on it for months while we considered our business goals. Our top priority is to make sports more enjoyable for as many kids as possible. We decided could use some help making the Comfy Cup™ a house hold name. Plus, if this deal goes through with Walmart, we might need some financial bac...
The launch of Kyler's Comfy Cup on The Grommet website in April presented new opportunities for media attention. Kyle had his first TV interview on the local KC Fox morning show. We took Kyler out of school for his interview and brought his sister along with her iPad to take video and photos to share on social media. We got to experience the Green Room (which isn't actually green) and behind the scenes on television. This was another amazing learning opportunity for both of the kids. I was so proud of Kyler. He didn't seem nervous at all. I was definitely nervous enough for him. I sat behind the cameramen with Elle as Ky...
"When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge." -Robert Kiyosaki
Mid-March our Comfy Cup™ inventory dwindled dangerously low. We placed an order for 3,000 more Comfy Cups, but they were not scheduled to arrive for months! We had to take the Comfy Cup™ off Amazon to ensure we would have enough product in stock for our big April 5th launch day on The Grommet. It was painful to go from filling 50 orders a day to zero during peak baseball season. But, it was a blessing in disguise…our family needed the break. It was a little gift from the Universe...a calm before the storm.
"Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."
At the beginning of March, Kyler entered his Comfy Cup into the University of Kansas Engineering School's Mini-Maker Faire. He was thrilled to win third place for his age group. It was a great opportunity for Kyler to practice his public speaking and see what other kids invented. If you live in Kansas, I highly recommend attending the University of Kansas Engineering Fair that is held in conjunction with the Mini Maker Faire.
The year was coming to an end, but we had new opportunities on the horizon for the Comfy Cup™. In July, Grandma Bebe had encouraged us to look into a company called The Grommet, a company that launches undiscovered products with a purpose invented by people with stories on their website and helps them succeed. We posted the Comfy Cup™ to The Grommet's Citizens' Gallery page and they reached out to us expressing interested in learning more about Kyler's Comfy Cup™. By the end of the year we signed a contract with The Grommet and a plan to launch the Comfy Cup™ in the spring.
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”–Nolan Bushnell, entrepreneur.
Tonight at dinner, we were eating grilled hamburgers. The topic of our dinner conversation was about how to do impact testing on the Comfy Cup™ in our own backyard. We decided that we needed something about the size of a 7-11 year olds’ private parts for testing. For these tests, we didn’t want anyone to have to put their own test...
“If you don't know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need.”
- Sanjeev Saxena.
Ben Thye, a sports injury researcher, contacted us for an interview in the Fall of 2016. He shared some interesting data on testicular sports injuries as well as revealing the tests large industry manufacturers do on athletic cups. He shared that testicular injuries are actually more common than documented in the literature, as many kids do not report them or see a doctor for treatment. His data and encouragement fueled our mission to provide an ath...
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
– Dr. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.
In August 2016, Scheels Sporting Goods store agreed to stock Comfy Cups™ on the shelves at our local Overland Park store. Entering into business with a big retailer required us to obtain product liability insurance to protect both Scheels and Comfy Cup LLC. Our friendly Farmers Insurance agent, Adrian Drummond, was very helpful in getting this insurance set up for us for a low-cost.