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THE PROBLEM

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.

The SOLUTION

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.

The TRANSFORMATION

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.

carpelogo

THE PROBLEM

Sweaty hands are embarrassing, inconvenient, and just plain annoying. They get in the way of playing sports, playing instruments, and even shaking hands.

The SOLUTION

David Spratte and Kasper Kubica created Carpe, an antiperspirant hand lotion, to put an end to sweaty hands.

The TRANSFORMATION

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.

Focus_Labs

THE PROBLEM

Parents of children struggling with focus, concentration and on-task behavior were seeking an alternative to medication.

The SOLUTION

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.

The TRANSFORMATION

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.

focus-shadow

THE PROBLEM

Hundreds of millions of people around the world do not have access to prescription glasses.

The SOLUTION

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.

The TRANSFORMATION

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.

service4

THE PROBLEM

Dan Fendelman owned a US-based contract manufacturer of handbags. The company was having difficulties competing with low-cost foreign labor.

The SOLUTION

Create a unique product that could not be produced overseas.

The TRANSFORMATION

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.

service3

THE PROBLEM

Over 25% of dogs get extremely agitated during thunderstorms, often causing damage to their homes, themselves and to their owner’s happiness.

The SOLUTION

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.

The TRANSFORMATION

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.

services5

THE PROBLEM

Pharmaceutical companies around the world have trouble getting access to the opinions of those most familiar with their products.

The SOLUTION

Jesse Lipson was the second-generation owner of a market research company that provided access to a limited number of US-based pharmacists.

The TRANSFORMATION

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).