The past few months have really been a whirlwind. From going on Shark Tank and growing the Grouphug community... to COVID19 hitting... to our supply chain shutting down... and now booting up again!
I wanted to take a moment to share some behind the scenes photos. Even though the past few months have been tough, I try to remember that it's more about the journey than the destination. Grouphug is just getting started.
You know those "baby's first" books? Think of this like a digital one of those!
Enjoy! I hope you like seeing more of our process. If you have any Q's or feedback, you can always email me at email@example.com.
Grouphug Founder & CEO
Our first batch of Window Solar Chargers in production:
That blue bin in the photo on the left is filled with wooden buttons!
Our first batch of electronics in production:
Those yellow pieces are circuitboards that get finished & placed inside the product.
Our first batch of inventory in our warehouse:
Here is me cutting open our first carton of products! Shout out to our Manufacturing Mastermind Antonio who shepherded us the whole process.
Our first packaging design:
We like to keep things fun so I went with a bold message on the front :)
Our Brooklyn Testing Lab:
When COVID19 hit & my team could no longer meet at the office, we had to move all of our work home! So we created this test set up that mimics a user's experience so we can regularly monitor them.
How We Simulated Solar Testing:
Sometimes we need to run a test, but it's raining outside. In those situations, we use powerful "grow lights" to simulate sunlight. Grow lights are typically used for indoor gardening applications. Not perfect, but works in a pinch!
Our Teeny Tiny Electronic Components:
This is just for fun - prototyping electronics is TOUGH! Do you see the little black specks in the silver tin? Each one of those specs is a diode that goes on our circuit board. You can see my face mask there for size reference - each spec is about the size of a grain of sand.
It can be easy to forget that behind companies or products there are real humans. So, here is a photo of me at home sitting on my couch working on Grouphug. Entrepreneurship is not as glamorous as you see on TV!!
If you want to get in touch, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS - There is probably an old episode of the Great British Bake Off playing in the background. I'm a sucker for cooking shows!