5 questions with the founder of Frogglez
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's summer and that means, hopefully, spending some time at the pool. But what can drive many parents crazy is fooling around with goggles. They can pull your kids' hair. Water still gets in them. They're uncomfortable and never seem to fit right.
Recently I learned about a new type of goggles called Frogglez. They seem to fit children's heads much more securely. I was surprised to learn they're made by a local guy from Prospect, Dr. Christian Hahn, who named his LLC Made By My Dad.
Here are my five questions with the founder of Frogglez.
1) How did you come up w the idea of Frogglez?
I was at a swim lesson with my 5-year-old daughter several years ago and struggling to make some swim goggles fit on her head. It was stressful and I was so frustrated (just like all the other parents around me) that when I got home that night I cut my wetsuits apart and created the first painless, easy to use swim goggles. No more hair pulling, no more painful rubber straps. From that moment on I never struggled with swim goggles again.
2) How did you manufacture them?
For the first few months I cut the patterns out of neoprene sheets and stitched them together myself until I found the perfect design. Once I had found the perfect design I worked with an entrepreneur friend to find a quality manufacturer in China. We worked for several months until they were able to deliver the same quality product!
3) How long was the entire process from the first concept to getting them in stores?
Creating a new product takes time. It took about 3 years to get the Utility Patent, 6 months to find the most functional initial design (I am constantly improving the design), and close to 6 months to get the first order from China. Now that I have the necessary knowledge and experience I feel I could create a new product like this in about 6 months or less! Frogglez Goggles took closer to 3 years from idea to shelf.
4) Are you quitting your day job?
I have a passion for Frogglez and an exceptional team! I also love being a cosmetic dentist so I enjoy the variety. I practice dentistry three days a week and manage my other business around that schedule. It takes a great team to run both businesses and as time progresses I will adjust my schedule as needed.
5) What's been the biggest challenge?
There are so many challenges :). Most people look at a great idea and comment something like this, "I wish I had a million dollar idea like that and quit my job." This is simply not the case as great ideas are a dime a dozen. Marketing and running the business is the key! One of my biggest challenges has been finding the time required to grow the business. Initially, a business requires a lot of capital and unless you want to sell a large chunk of your business you need a good income!
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