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 share this blog series in which we can continue telling the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.
The inspiration that led to this Maker's "aha-moment" came out of necessity, but her products are anything but ordinary. Sativa Turner, Founder of Whooz? first shared her story with us last spring with a launch on The Grommet and cords have never looked boring since. We're catching up with Sativa in this edition of Meet the Maker, read on for more!
What Maker tool can you not live without?
X-acto knife. Whenever I get excited about a new idea, the first thing I want to do is mock it up as quick as I can. 90% of the time this entails me cutting something up with my X-acto.
Watch our video launch of Whooz? here.
Tell us how business has changed since your launch on The Grommet? How has the support of our Community made a difference?
Without the support of the Grommet I would 100% not be where I am today. I would likely be pumping CAD in a cubicle. With Grommet sales I was able to continue creating new, fun designs for Whooz. We have also begun to explore other options for the Brand that our fans are going to go nuts for, but can't spill the beans just yet. The Grommet's support has also helped me to fund my next exciting project, SipSnap which we hope to be selling through The Grommet this next fall.
Any words of wisdom for other Makers? Favorite books/resources? Motivational thought?
There are so many amazing resources for Makers out there to turn their dream product ideas into realities. Companies like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Techshop, Celery, Lettuce, Shipwire, The Grommet. There's no reason not to dive in and make it happen.
As for books, I found Art and Fear by David Bayles to be a big inspiration when I first ventured out on my own creatively. Overcoming doubt is often a huge part in pursuing your dreams.
Thank you Sativa for sharing more of your story with us and offering up great advice for other Makers out there!