January 24, 2017
What they do:
Decals that can be applied to casts, prosthetic limbs and knee braces.
Graphic artist Jessica Smith fell off her bike and shattered her toe, broke her nose and fractured her wrist.
About the business:
Casttoo - cast tattoos, are decals that can be applied to casts and transforms them into works of art. With a recent agreement with 3M, Casttoos are now available through health care providers around the world.
The next time you find yourself swearing at a bottle of aspirin that just won’t open, you’ll know who to thank. Coming up– the origins of the childproof container. The year was 1936, and Henri Breault of Ontario, Canada, had just become Doctor Henri Breault, M.D. He began working as a doctor specializing in pediatrics at the hospital in Windsdor, Ontario, just across the Detroit River from the state of Michigan. By 1957 he became the Chief of Pediatrics and Director of the hospital’s new Poison Control Centre. It was in this position that he witnessed 1000 cases of child poisonings every…
It was an idea that even they didn’t take seriously at first. But some careful planning, a smart marketing plan, and a healthy dose of imagination helped these three friends turn a joke about selling mismatched socks into a five million dollar business.
Jake Zien was a 17 year old with a quirky idea for a flexible power strip. Ben Kaufman was a 19 year with a start-up and a vision of harnessing ideas just like Jake’s.
Now, thanks to Kaufman’s invention crowdsourcing site Quirky, Zien and other inventors like him are seeing their products go from sketchpad to store shelf faster than they can say “perpetual royalties.”
While flavors like vanilla, cookie-dough, and rocky road may never go out of style, there’s no end to the possibilities when it comes to tickling taste buds. But… Riesling Poached Pear? Queen City Cayenne?
Can you imagine ordering a book and having to wait while it was printed and bound? Of course not. But some small businesses across the country are starting to realize that having well-stocked inventories isn’t necessary for their business.