Today I have a conversation with entrepreneur Bryan Thomas. A few years ago he and his wife Amelia had an idea to create a mobile app that would allow kids to design their own indoor playhouse. Design a castle or a gingerbread house all on an iPad mobile app. The child could choose to put a window next to the door, a drawbridge on both sides of the castle or a chimney right in the middle. The playhouse would then be built to their exact specifications and delivered to their doorstep for them to assemble and play in right there in the living room 4 days later.
The idea was their lightbulb, ripcord moment over 2 years ago. Since then Bryan and his wife and Co-Founder Amelia Cosgrove have both quit their real jobs, raised venture capital and are building the startup, PopupPlay that is empowering kids to build their own toys from as early as age three.
“Hustle is my friend.” – Bryan Thomas, Co-Founder of PopUp Play
So if as a kid, you built a playhouse out of cardboard boxes in your living room or as an adult, you had an incredible business idea but thought, somebody has to be doing this already, this is your episode.
> The exact moment when him and Amelia came up with the idea of kids building their own playhouses.
> The emotional responses from their friends about building this mobile app and kid’s experience.
> Building a startup based on the principle of being a good person and a caring company first.
> Going through the Techstars 3 month incubator program in Austin.
> Scaling the entire process from the mobile app features to production and distribution.
> How they are teaching and inspiring the next generation of architects and engineers.
> The next steps of partnering up with vehicle companies.
Genius huh? Yep, why didn’t we think of that? Well, you will learn by the end of this conversation that that phrase means nothing.