Neither snow, nor rain, nor polar vortex could stop Heather from getting our Bogobrush handles to Wisconsin last night for bristling.
The handles are slated for bristling this morning – we’ll be keeping you updated with our progress along the way!
U.S. CUSTOMS? CHECK! That’s right, the Bogobrush handles have cleared customs. We repeat, THE HANDLES HAVE CLEARED CUSTOMS! With the holidays being so busy, passing through U.S. Customs took longer than we had expected, but we are thrilled to let you know that they arrived yesterday, safe and sound, on CEO Heather’s doorstep. This is a huge milestone for Bogobrush, and now we’re in the homestretch…
NEXT STOP, BRISTLING! The bristling tools are being dialed in, and as soon as we get the green light, Heather will be Wisconsin-bound, where she will personally hand-deliver the Bogobrush handles to our bristling partner. We invite you to follow along on your Bogobrush’s journey to your doorstep. We’ll be posting updates via our blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
WE CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH. Again, we’d like to extend our gratitude to all of our supporters who have believed in this “Little Toothbrush that Could,” and stuck with us through the ups and downs. We honestly couldn’t do this without you. Your Bogobrush can’t wait to meet 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!
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!
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!
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!’
Today, I spoke to the Social Entre class, which is part of the Leadership minor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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.
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!
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.
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:
- -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.
- -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.
- -For Bogobrush to distribute product in December 2013, and also be registered for 2014, we need to register In October.
- -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.
- -The assembly facility must be an FDA certified factory.
- -We bristle and assemble packaging in the U.S. to guarantee the products are actually made in an FDA certified facility.
- -”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.