Coming Soon to a Mouth Near You…

We have some exciting news! After a year of countless hurdles, we’re delighted to announce that this week, our Bogobrush handles are boarding a plane bound for the U.S. to be bristled and packaged. That means you’ll be brushing with Bogobrush before you know it!

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A question we’ve been getting a lot:  Will the Bogobrushes arrive in time for Christmas?

We’re doing everything we can to get the Bogobrushes out before Christmas, but it will be a close call. The handles are slated to be bristled and packaged stateside on December 19th or 20th. However, if they get hung up in customs or other delays along the way, there is a good chance that it may not be received until after Dec. 25th. Most likely, the Bogobrushes will be arriving in late December or early January, so you’ll be starting off the new year with a new toothbrush!

Again, on behalf of our entire team, we want to extend our gratitude to those who have been so supportive. We are so thrilled that about getting these beautiful brushes to you. Your Bogobrush can’t wait to finally meet you!

A BROTHER-SISTER DUO AFTER OUR OWN HEARTS!

Meet Rebecca and her brother, Mark, from Coon Rapids High School in Minnesota. Rebecca saw Bogobrush founders (and our very own sibling duo), John and Heather, speak at MN Business Ventures this summer, and they reached out to us to use Bogobrush as their DECA project. It was great to meet them, and we look forward to some fun collaborations!

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Congrats to Our Graphic Designer, Kyle!

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His blog, Serifs and Sans, topped the list of Design, Art, Photography blogs for dailytekk.com’s ‘100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2014!’ 

Help Bogobrush Win $20k!

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Heather’s World: Bogobrush at University of MN

Today, I spoke to the Social Entre class, which is part of the Leadership minor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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The class divided into three teams surrounding the following topics:

1. Creating a music-making co-working space for musicians who don’t have enough money for their own studio

2. Encouraging students to get fit by providing a resource for finding workout buddies and discounted entry to fitness centers

3. A buy-one-give-one bracelet company that gives color coordinated bracelets to a different organization each month in an effort to raise awareness and sense of solidarity (November, for example, is prostate cancer awareness month)

I spoke to the class about Bogobrush and about overcoming hurdles of ambiguity by just jumping into the pool. It’s only by asking questions about things you don’t know and by taking action – even if it feels like trial and error – that you truly learn and make progress.

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It was so much fun meeting some great future-entrepreneurs. I was truly honored to be given the opportunity to speak with these bright, young people, and as an added bonus, I really enjoyed walking around and seeing what the beautiful U of M campus had to offer!

Cheers,

Heather

The Little Toothbrush That Could: A Video Update from Our Founders

If you’ve been following along with us throughout our journey, then you’re aware that the road to bringing Bogobrush to life hasn’t always been easy. Alas, we have some great news for you:  we’ve officially placed our first order for 10,000 Bogobrushes! That means you should have a beautiful bamboo toothbrush in your hands come this December.

Our founders, John and Heather, wanted to take some time to personally thank you for all of your kind words, support, and patience. We couldn’t do this without you.

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Does the Government Shutdown Affect Bogobrush?

You’ve probably heard about the parks and museum closures that have taken place due to the government shutdown, but what about Bogobrush? Are we affected? The answer is “maybe.” Here’s how:

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FDA REGISTRATION
  • -Toothbrushes are a “Class I Medical Device,” which means Bogobrush, the company, must register with the FDA each year to distribute toothbrushes to the public.
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  • -If a company registers on, or after October 1 of a given year, that company is registered for the remainder of that year, plus the upcoming year.
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  • -For Bogobrush to distribute product in December 2013, and also be registered for 2014, we need to register In October.
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  • -The government shutdown prevents any new registrations from occurring, which means we need the government to open back up soon, so we can get Bogobrushes to everyone.
OTHER FDA POINTS
  • -The assembly facility must be an FDA certified factory.
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  • -We bristle and assemble packaging in the U.S. to guarantee the products are actually made in an FDA certified facility.
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  • -”Class I medical device” means it’s a common medical device, and is not introducing a new medical invention to the public.  This allows Class I Medical Device Companies, like Bogobrush, to simply register their device with the FDA, rather than go through the rigorous testing process that complex, new invention medical devices must go through.  If this class didn’t exist, all toothbrushes would be a lot more expensive to everyone.
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Bogobrush at Health Pitch Fargo

“Leaders in our region are pushing healthcare and wellness innovation from good to great. On August 15th at Island Park, we will provide a platform for these risk takers to showcase their solutions that are improving the lives of people. Fargo is an exciting place to live and we want to give a stage to those doing xtraordinary work in our community.”

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If you’re in the Fargo area, you should come see our CEO, Heather, at Health Pitch! Purchase tickets here.

Finally, Bogobrush Pilot Run Success!

After dozens of test runs, design tweaks, and tolerance changes, we finally were able to order a successful 300 piece pilot run. The handles arrived just over a week ago, and we inspected them thoroughly before delivering them to the bristling facility here in the U.S.

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Heather personally made the trip to the facility to observe the bristling process and send minute-by-minute updates to the team.
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 We all sighed a collective sigh of joy (and relief) when they were successfully bristled.
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Now, we simply have to to finalize a few purchase order details, and your Bogobrushes will officially begin production. We’ll keep you updated, so you can track your Bogobrush from bamboo stock to your door!

Heather and John at the NDLS

Earlier this month, John and I had the privilege of speaking to- and more importantly, with -100 high school students at the North Dakota Leadership Seminar, or NDLS. We invite you to check out our experiences and be inspired by the young people of a state that is often overlooked, our home state! As John said, “Look out world, ND is coming for you!”

 A Bit of Background

Each year, nearly 100 high schools from around the state nominate one sophomore student to attend NDLS, a weekend camp held at the University of Mary campus in Bismarck, ND. NDLS is designed to get the students away from familiar settings and social expectations, and into an energy-packed weekend where they are empowered by self-worth and their individual strengths to grow as leaders and to develop a strong community responsibility.

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Building Bridges – Not Just a Metaphor 

The weekend is full of diverse activities designed to provide an opportunity for a variety of leadership skills. The event John and I witnessed was a bridge building activity, where the students divided into 15 teams, designed, then built a bridge out of newspaper and masking tape. The requirements? A pitcher of water had to pass under it and sit on top of it for 5 seconds. The strongest bridge built that day could hold 20 reams of paper – that’s 100lbs!

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Being Inspired While Inspiring Others

During our presentation, John and I spent the first ten minutes introducing the students to Bogobrush and sharing our own journeys from high school to present. We told them that for us, leadership is not a product of a job or role, but a lifestyle to be challenged intellectually, physically, and geographically, to question social social norms, and be true to what feels right to you. The remaining 45 minutes of our presentation we opened up for questions. We were amazed at the level of thought these students had about business, and we had a blast talking with them.

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“Almost Like a Different Universe”

Following our presentation, we participated in a pep rally of sorts with all the students. We did cheers about beans and hiking in the woods, and even “made” a thunderstorm inside. Later that night was their dance, which was movie themed, so they all were to dress up like their favorite movie character – hence the costumes.

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As we were driving back to our hometown, we reflected on the day. John commented it was “almost like a different universe.” And it was. Every student was fully engaged, and totally adapted to being outside of their comfort zones.

Congrats, NDLS. We are proud and honored to have been part of it.

 -Heather