Slo and steady wins the race!
A chance conversation was the catalyst for Matthew Done to start Slõ Drinks; a company that produces thickened drinks for people suffering with dysphagia (the medical term for chronic difficulty swallowing). Here Mathew tells us more about his lightbulb moment, and the challenges he faced in this week’s instalment of The Eureka Diaries…
Matthew was working for a company that produced pureed meals for dysphagia patients. He’d just finished presenting a range of texture-modified meals at a hospital, and as he was leaving, he asked “Are you looking for anything else?” The response was “A pleasant drink”.
The comment stayed with Matthew. When he got home, …Continue reading this article…
This last week has been a whirlwind of tips, inspiration and stories from the MOO Community. We’ve been busy bees sharing stories that we’ve found from expert networkers, event exhibitors and organisers. Most of all we’ve enjoyed your practical tips – here are some of the best.
Big thank-you goes to Rachel, who reminds us that networking requires action! You’ve got to take a step out of your comfort zone (and your office) if you want to meet people!
And if you’re looking for some really practical advice, such as ‘what questions should I ask someone I’ve just met?’, Hayley has got some tried and tested questions to help you be a great conversationalist.
Next up in our Networking Stories – we chatted with our very own Director of Ideation, Matt Grey. Before coming to MOO, Matt started his own fashion company Social Suicide (and was already a MOO customer – using MiniCards, Business Cards and Postcards for clothing tags and promo materials), specializing in creative suits and jackets. Starting his business from the ground up involved a lot of networking – from meeting buyers at fashion trade shows to chatting up potential customers. Here’s what he had to say about his networking-heavy days:
So! How did you get started with Social Suicide?
I felt that rather than most men not being interested in fashion, most fashion wasn’t interesting to …Continue reading this article…
We wanted to hear all about how you used your MOO products to make a lasting impression, create the connection of a lifetime or even wowed a room with your conversation starters!
Throughout this week, we’ve been sharing some of our tips and networking experiences with you, but for us, it’s always just that little bit more fun to hear your tips and stories. When it came to the judging, we knew we’d be in for a treat (and you didn’t disappoint!).
So without …Continue reading this article…
We caught up with the founders behind CafePod for our next Networking Stories post. Peter Grainger (along with a few friends) began CafePod, a company that produces ‘clever coffee capsules’, out of his passion for everyone’s favourite morning wake-up ritual.
Thanks to some savvy networking, they ended up snagging some big clients – UK Supermarkets Ocado, Waitrose and Tesco, as well as Amazon to give you an idea – and the business quickly became a success! We noticed photos of Peter on Twitter networking away at an event and got in touch ask him about his own personal do’s, don’ts, and everything in between for …Continue reading this article…
People always talk about the merits of networking – but how many actually put what they talk about into action on a regular basis? We caught up with a few MOO customers (plus a few of the MOO Crew) to chat about their real-life networking stories, as well as their reasons for why good old-fashioned face-to-face meet-ups are often the best way to go.
First up in our Networking Stories is Miranda Bishop – a social media consultant who made the leap from company-employed to self-employed after building up a personal client base. Working for herself, Miranda’s always using networking events (as well as her business cards!) to meet new clients and market her skills.…Continue reading this article…
We love hearing snippets of your networking adventures and being a little part of that first ‘hello’ moment. But we do find ourselves curious: 140 characters can only take us so far into the story of your success. We want to know what happened after you handed over your brilliantly designed card?
As part of our networking week, we thought it would be the perfect time for a competition, and the perfect time for you to share your networking stories too.
So we’d like to hear how you’ve made a game-changing move in networking with your MOO products. Did they help you make a connection of a lifetime? Was that one business card the catalyst for your latest entrepreneurial endeavor? Would you …Continue reading this article…
One of our favourite things here at MOO HQ is getting to hear all your fantastic stories and seeing how passionate you all are about your amazing businesses. You’ve always got a little story to share with us, or an anecdote about how impressed your new contacts were with your shiny new Business Cards.
It turns out you guys aren’t just great at creating great businesses; you’re also passionate about getting out there and telling people all about them. In other words – you just love to network!
The first few months of the year are always very exciting, businesses big and small are busy making lots of exciting plans for the year ahead, planning to reach new customers, partnering with new …Continue reading this article…
A few weeks back we teamed up with Lomography for a spot of a photographical fun. They sell analogue cameras, film and more to a wonderful community who capture some really wonderful photos; peruse their website if you ever fancy some analogue eye-candy. Together with our new friends we launched a competition – they gave us one of their shiny cameras, the La Sardina Camera and Flash DIY Edition, no less – to award our favourite set of inspirational photographs.
We felt rather spoilt having our inboxes filled with beautiful photography, and it was delightful to see lots of you find inspiration in everyday delights like walks in the park and seeing people laughing.
Without further …Continue reading this article…
Founder of 3D surf and sail boards company MADE LLC, Shanon Marks, describes the lead up to his Eureka Moment as (pretty much) his entire life. “I’m 37 years old and it probably took me 36 years to get to this idea,” he said. Growing up on the water, and competitive sailing as a kid, water sports were a big part of Shanon’s life. “My older brothers all pooled together money to get me my first sailboard when I was 13 and I rode that for five years.”
Still, the issue with his sport of choice always seemed to be the equipment. It was expensive, it was hard to …Continue reading this article…
Spring is in the air – erm well, just about! It’s still a bit dreary at MOO HQ but that only makes us all the more excited for what spring will bring – warmer weather, lush landscapes, and, most importantly, some of the best conferences of the year.
We’ve put together a list of our eight favorite networking events scattered across Europe and North America (plus one in Asia for good measure), catering to designers, tech whizzes, marketers, start-ups, and everyone in between. See which event hits closest to home (in more than one way)!
Reasons to be Creative (We can name quite a few!)
Consider this conference a creative haven. Taking place in London …Continue reading this article…
We love to hear when businesses are able to combine a lifelong passion with actively helping others – and that’s exactly the case when it comes to crowdfunding site Pursu.it. The latest in our Eureka Diaries, founders Julia Rivard and Leah Skerry talked with us about how they came up with their website to help amateur athletes tell their story, and also help their fans fund their training.
Julia and Leah were both passionate Canadian athletes: an Olympic kayaker (Sydney 2000) and a high level gymnast respectively. They experienced first hand how hard it can be to financially pursue a dream in athletics – and even harder to make their stories visible to the …Continue reading this article…
It’d be fair to say that we’re a bunch of nerds here at MOO HQ. We’re design nerds, food nerds and computer nerds. But the thing that we love to get really geeky about more than anything else is a good bit of branding.
Now we know we’re probably preaching to the choir (we do love hearing you sing!) but a good, strong, consistent brand is one of the most important things about running a business. Making great products and giving great customer service is super important, too – but that’s a different blog post! Your brand is who you are, and it informs every element of your business; ultimately it’ll impact how much your customers love your products and services.
Having …Continue reading this article…
Boston, Massachusetts is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the United States. It saw the first Puritans arrive from England, was the scene of the Boston Tea Party and was home to the first subway (that’s transport system, not sandwich chain), university and library in America.
This week’s instalment of The Eureka Diaries showcases charity start-up Gogo Olive; an organisation that helps empower women in Zimbabwe through employment and training. Founder Julie Hagan knows only too well the struggles of starting a new project- and rather unusually, her Eureka Moment happened in prison!
Tell us about the moment you knew you were going to give the project a go.
After spending a gap year in Zimbabwe I saw an opportunity to help the women there. Unemployment was at 90% at the time, and they were going …Continue reading this article…
Calling all MOO friends and fans! We’re going on the road and might be coming to a city near you. We’re a friendly team at MOO, passionate about the products we make, and the way we make them. We’re looking for people who share our passion and can work part-time. If you enjoy talking to people, have experience working at trade shows or just plain love MOO, we’d like to hear from you. Not free any of the below dates but interested in working events for MOO in the future? Drop us a line, and we’ll keep you on file for next time.
One of our favourite moments in 2013 was taking our online presence offline with the opening of our first physical shop in London. Naturally it’s made us quite interested in hearing from businesses making a similar transition – whether from online to in-store or the other way around. From the decision process for a location to the way communication with their customer changes, it’s fascinating to see a company navigate into a new and exciting space. When we heard one of our longtime customers (and MOO shop neighbours!) moved into their first physical shop, we were obviously curious!
It seemed like fate was at work when The Brokedown Palace opened their first …Continue reading this article…
We love the Internet; the fast paced ability to share ideas, questions, and of course, pictures of cats. Sometimes though, in order to get truly inspired, it can be really helpful to slow things down, get away from your desk, and have a bit of a breather.
For proof that it works, look no further than The Eureka Diaries. It was during a family holiday that the idea for Spinfish came to Stephanie, while Steve, founder of Be One Percent, was inspired while enjoying some downtime in his hotel room while touring with Paul Weller!
The tradeshow industry produces over 600,000 tons of waste annually, the equivalent of 1.5 times the weight of The Empire State Building (according to data from a 2012 report from Smash Hit Displays). It’s hard to get that kind of image out of your head.
It was with this issue in mind that sisters-in-law Renee and Stephanie Hansen co-founded SpinFish Event Solutions – a business that strives to take event leftovers and re-use them, donate them, upcycle them, and freecycle them – anything to keep them from ending up in over-crowded landfills. They filled us in on that “aha” moment that …Continue reading this article…
We’re suckers for a competition, so during a rather festive photoshoot in December, we decided to combine our love for the adorable Bowie and Mr. Squiggles with a caption contest.
Dressed to impress in their finest hand-knitted garments from our lovely friends Wool and The Gang, Bowie and Mr. Squiggles strutted their stuff for our photographer.
They seemed pretty happy on the day, though of course we can’t really tell, because as you know – dogs can’t talk. So we started wondering… what are they really thinking about? Our only idea was that perhaps they were undercover and plotting the end of the world. Thankfully, your suggestions were a bit more realistic.
Without further ado, …Continue reading this article…
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