Today, we're continuing our updates from some of our teams at our Product Pitch competition in March. We love watching how these companies are evolving and tracking their success!
Below you'll see a great update from Christian Hahn at Frogglez Goggles who just launched Frogglez on our site last week. Congratulations, Christian!
Product launch update by Christian -- I can’t believe the Product Pitch Event at Fenway was only four short months ago. At that point, I was at the very beginning stages of my company and all I had were some prototypes and a grand vision for how I would make kids all over the world more comfortable and happy with Frogglez Goggles. The Grommet’s event came at the perfect time and they were able to guide me as I learned about the world of product launch.
Starting out, I realized there were so many options for how to make and sell Frogglez that I was a bit overwhelmed. The Grommet gave me the clear direction that I needed. Just in time! The media exposure from the event also came at a perfect time. It made additional exposure even easier and helped to really spread the word about Frogglez.
In the last few months, I’ve been hard at work learning how to manufacture and launch my product. The Grommet was there every step of the way and they always answered any questions that I had about the process. They were extremely patient with my learning curve and I’m forever thankful for their advice and assistance.
Once I finally launched on the Grommet, I received so many orders and positive feedback from The Grommet community. I was floored. I even got several distribution inquiries, including some internationally. Another surprise that I didn’t expect was that so many people wanted Frogglez for adults! I didn’t know that would happen, but I’m very excited about it. I already have plans underway.
Did I mention that I am also a Dentist, in addition to owning and launching Frogglez? Yes, I work several days per week making beautiful smiles too. It’s been tough juggling both Frogglez and dentistry, but I have a supportive staff and family who have helped me immensely. Without them, I don’t know what I would do! I may hire a staff member soon to help with Frogglez, but I will still be heavily involved. I love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work to me.
When The Grommet asked if there was anything I would have done differently, or if I have any advice for budding entrepreneurs, I had to think about it. Thus far I can only say one thing: be open to all options. It’s tough to know how a product launch will go, what direction it will take, but it does not matter. The supporters and future customers will help to direct the process. Maybe it's TV, maybe it's retail, maybe it's online...be ready to roll with the punches and HAVE FUN!