I've had a bunch of whacky ideas and some really great ideas for business my whole life.
I'm going to start listing them out over time in my blog and here on FB and IG
1) Skate Tape
This idea originally started with a buddy of mine when we were like 12. We were building a half pipe and nailing down the top layer of wood onto the frame. We noticed that some nails heads/screws eventually popped out a bit and could clip your wheels or if you fell you could really get cut up. So we thought, how cool would it be if there was a thin piece of wood that had strong adhesive on one side that we could use as the top layer. This way there would never be any nails or screws sticking out on the half pip and it would be a very smooth ride.
But that's not where the idea ended. It evolved. Rather than making adhesive wood we thought why not make a tape that makes waxing curbs easier. It was an idea until I went to college and decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur.
I started researching and buying all different kinds of tape and experimenting with layering them together to make my prototype. I called so many factories and tape makers and I figured out how to make an actual working product out of our college house's living room. I even started stenciling on the label and got a trade mark for the name. I hat to call it Skeighttape (which kinda sucked). The original product was 5 inches wide and 5 feet long and comprised of three layers of tape.
After I got it working I started making this stuff all day long. Each piece of tape would take over 30 minutes to make. Once everything was layered up I had to put peel away backing on it, then wax the top of it and roll it up for easy storage. Once I had enough product I started going to skate parks and giving it to people and I started placing it around my college campus and I started using it so people could see what it was.
Then I contacted a bunch of skate companies and wrote emails and hand written letters until I got meeting with them. I remember Quicksilver was the first company to invite me in for a meeting. They we're really nice but unfortunately they were more focused on apparel and not accessories. They gave me some great guidance though so I gave them like 10 pieces for their skate team.
I kept in touch with the people I met at Quicksilver and they said that the skate team loved the product and put it on all of their fun boxes and curbs behind the Quicksilver building. So the product worked and people loved it and I knew I had to make this product happen in a big way.
I started contacting tape factories and had discussions about how to make the tape. Because this was a brand new idea and tape factories weren't set up to make this stuff, they would have to re arrange all of their equipment and essentially dedicate a whole new set of machines to making this stuff, then I would have to make a minimum order of like $100,000 just to get a factory produced prototype.
I ended up getting in contact with the Founder of Jessup Grip tape and after many many discussions we reached the same conclusion. It would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce good prototypes of this stuff and neither of us wanted to take the risk on something so unproven.
So, I put Skeighttape aside and never really looked back. I still have the prototypes under my bed because one day, I'm going going to bring this product to life. The real key to the success of Skeighttape as a product is all the other applications it has outside of Skateboarding.
If you think you can help me take this to market, I'm all in. Let's go!
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