Great cold brewed coffee requires equipment, time and commitment. The ready to drink offerings in the market either don’t taste so great or they are loaded with milk and sugar.
Jenny Bonchak started Slingshot Coffee in order to make fresh, cold brewed coffee that’s bottled, ready to go, and ready to pass the taste test of any coffee aficionado.
We invested in Slingshot in 2015 and have worked with Jenny to bring in new staff, scale production and move into new markets up and down the east coast.
Sweaty hands are embarrassing, inconvenient, and just plain annoying. They get in the way of playing sports, playing instruments, and even shaking hands.
David Spratte and Kasper Kubica created Carpe, an antiperspirant hand lotion, to put an end to sweaty hands.
We invested in Carpe in 2015 and worked with David and Kasper to move the company from formula to production and brand launch online. Sales continue to climb and we are actively pursuing online and offline growth opportunities.
Parents of children struggling with focus, concentration and on-task behavior were seeking an alternative to medication.
The RE-vibe bracelet sends silent vibration reminders to the wrists of kids who may be off-task, to gently remind them to get back to their work, studies, etc.
In 2016, we invested in the company and developed an online retail strategy to get the word out on RE-vibe and gained national distribution through catalogs and educational distributors.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world do not have access to prescription glasses.
Adjustable focus glasses where the lenses can be adjusted to span a wide range of prescriptions. Each user can actually use a dial to correct their own eyesight.
In 2013, Bootstrap Advisors invested in FocusSpecs, which was struggling with fundraising to allow giving glasses away in the third world. We have now developed a commercial model for sale in the US and for every pair sold we donate a pair to Africa.
Dan Fendelman owned a US-based contract manufacturer of handbags. The company was having difficulties competing with low-cost foreign labor.
Create a unique product that could not be produced overseas.
We worked with Dan to transform the company to a manufacturer and retailer of custom photo handbags, creating the website www.snaptotes.com in 2005. After 8 years of great success, the company was sold to Eric Scott Leathers, where it continues to be the largest maker of photo handbags in the world.
Over 25% of dogs get extremely agitated during thunderstorms, often causing damage to their homes, themselves and to their owner’s happiness.
Phil Blizzard, the owner of a thunderstorm crazed dog, created a compression shirt to help calm his dog’s anxiety. The effect was amazing and transformative for both the dog and Phil.
We started working with Phil in 2009 to take his idea and make a product out of it. After 4 years and millions of Thundershirts sold, Thundershirt was sold to a private equity group and is one of the world’s most recognized pet products.
Pharmaceutical companies around the world have trouble getting access to the opinions of those most familiar with their products.
Jesse Lipson was the second-generation owner of a market research company that provided access to a limited number of US-based pharmacists.
Working with Jesse, we transformed the company from a phone and fax based pharmacist panel to a full service online market research provider with access to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers from around the world. Rapidata.net was sold to Greenfield Online in 2005 (Greenfield Online was acquired by Microsoft in 2008).