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Meet the Maker: Eyal Levy of Yogibo

Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


In this installment we're catching up with Eyal Levy, the Maker behind Yogibo –the new generation of bean bags. A Yogibo may resemble an old-school bean bag chair, but it definitely doesn’t feel like one. Sure, it has zillions of beads in it, like its 1970s predecessors. But the near-frictionless beads wrapped inside the zip-on Yogibo cover do a stellar job of conforming to your body’s shape.

We recently caught up with Eyal to learn more about his experiences as an entrepreneur growing a thriving business.

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Tell us more about your design inspiration.

Our design is really based on fun vibrant colors, simple lines and functionality. By functionality, I mean that almost all of our products have at least one feature that’s not found in equivalent products in the market.

What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?

1. People person: I think I know how to read people fairly well. Whether hiring the right staff or building a relationship with customers and business partners, this is a critical piece of the equation.

2. Persistence:  I love to say that entrepreneurship is running a marathon at a sprinter’s pace. You’ve got to be ready to accept long months with no days off and long days with no breaks. The key is to consistently keep going with high energy.

3. Versatility: You’ve got to be competent and knowledgeable in all aspects of the business. One minute you’ll be working on product development, the next minute is operations, followed by marketing, finance etc.

What would be the name of your biography?

From an Engineer to a Fungineer.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Chef. I loved everything about food.

What has surprised you most about starting a business?

A couple of things. First I didn’t anticipate how difficult it would to get even a very reasonable financing from banks. On the positive side, I was surprised by just how much happiness I got out of sharing the great reaction from our customers.

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What has been the most rewarding part of business for you?

Knowing that our products are beneficial for people with special needs, especially for kids on the spectrum and with sensory issues. The letters we get from their parents make even the longest days worthwhile.

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How has your business advanced since your launch on The Grommet? How has our community helped support Yogibo?

Our partnership with The Grommet is very important to us. It was our first online retailer and helped establish us as a national brand. Our sales have been consistent and contributed greatly to our success. We’re very thankful to be part of such a great partnership and have the support of The Grommet community.

To learn more about Yogibo, watch our video here.

Comments

  • Alison Says:

    Eyal, your passion is equal to your creativity! Congratulations for your success with the awesome Yogibo!

  • Barb Couturier Says:

    I am in love. I am a widow. I could take big blue guy to bed and not be alone. It is not to be alone, a friend to get me through the grief, it could handle the anger and the tears. If your laughing you have not been there.I might not have accepted this 2 years ago. but when it hit me just now, I hope to have a friend soon. thanks Barb

  • Jules Says:

    Oh Barb. I have never been in your shoes but I sure as heck hope no one is laughing at your grief. My brother and one of my best friends lost their spouses at young ages and I know there is nothing a bit funny about soldiering through that experience. You are entitled to any comfort you can find.

  • Greg Says:

    how much is the couch? Please let me know as soon as possible

  • Kathy Says:

    I just purchased the medium size Yogibo. It is the most comfortable thing I have ever slept on, and I have a bad back. I do have a hard time getting in and out of it, I wish it had a platform of some kind that you could purchade to go with it to make it a bit higher. The platform could be foldable for easy storage.

  • Jacqueline Says:

    When I first seen the demonstration I said oh my god, this looks better than a $1500 bed or even a $5,000 bedroom set.

  • Tori Says:

    Greg, you can see the different sizes and prices here: https://www.thegrommet.com/yogibo-the-new-generation-of-bean-bags

  • Stephen Says:

    Prices please?

  • Tori Says:

    Stephen,
    There are different proces based on the size/type of Yogibo. You can see them all here: https://www.thegrommet.com/yogibo-the-new-generation-of-bean-bags

  • judy butler Says:

    Love love love them my friend has one . Back int the 70's my drunk younger brother lived. With me . The bean bag. Was the. Greatest. He. Had extra large one vylnal and he sleep there 99 1/2 of the time .
    CANT WAIT TO GET ONE OF THESE FOR VISITORS. YOUR A GENIUS.........JUDY

  • Irene Van Cleave Says:

    For Kathy: Although not foldable for storage, you can get any number of pallets for free on Craigslist (or a sheet of plywood instead). You can then add cinder blocks or bricks under the pallet to get the height you want. For a more finished look, you can enclose it with a sheet, bedspread, or cotton drop cloth on the floor that you fold over the top of the pallet & lay the Yogibo on top of.

  • Usha Says:

    Hello! I'm looking for a good seat for meditation while sitting in Lotus Pose (for extended periods of time). My knees hurt a lot when I sit down. Is your yogibo seat egronomic?
    Thanks!

  • Phyllis Says:

    I have had the large Yogibo for a long time now and sleep on it every night. It is so relaxing and great for my back that hurts on any regular or air mattress. In the mornings, I just stand it up in the corner, and it takes very little room. I sleep on it in my van when I camp. I'm 61 and love my Yogibo!

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