- No more folding paper towels
- No more non-personalized coasters
- Show off your favorite team
- Coozies are too big to carry everywhere
- Small and easy to use
I came up with the idea of Goaster in January of 2012 when I was at a local sports bar watching the NFL playoffs. They didn't have any coasters and I said to my friend, "how cool would it be for you to have a coaster you can take with you"? That was the beggining. I came up with the design while at my company's annual meeting and got right to work on it. I went to a patent attorney and had the design and concept patented in May of 2012. At that point I was lost on what my next step was. My friend who sells custom bird houses told me about AmericasMart in Atlanta. I took the 6 hour journey there and spent 3 days there speaking to inventors and licensing companies. They were all amazing and helped point me in the right direction since all I had was an idea. I met a gentleman who gave me the name of businessman in New York who owns factories in China. I've been in contact with him since September of 2012. We've come a long way together and I got the oringinal prototype in January 2013. It was unreal to hold it in my hand. We've got some work to do on it, but it's coming right along. While in Atlanta, I also met multiple sports licensing companies that have rights to the logos of professional sports franchises that I've been in contact with and can't wait to show them the final product.
Dimensions and Description:
As you can see, Goaster is a one of a kind invention. You can use it anywhere you go, restaurants, sports bars, at a party, or just at home. If folds up and goes on a keychain by using a lobster clip through the four holes that line up when folded. It's prototype is approximately 3.75" x 3.75" open and 1.75" x 1.75" closed.
More to come:
We should have a final product by July and I'm ancticipating having it in the market come September for the start of football season. From the pictures and video I've posted, you can see the factory can print logos on them directly. Once made I have a Customs importing company nearby that can bring them into the U.S. From there, the product will go to the licensing companies that I've been speaking to. Maybe on an exclusivity basis depending on how the deals work out, to merchandise and distribute them to the public.
Goasters design and concept are patented. I'm looking for funding to help us in the prototype phase and get them in production. It's been costing quite a bit of money for the factory to open new molds and try new materials, but we are getting very close. After the final prototype is complete, there are many sports licensing companies out there that have the logos for professional sports teams that I would like to work with. By donating to Goaster you will allow me to continue this dream of mine. Everyone I've shown Goaster to, whether it be friends, family, or random individuals, have loved it and say they want one. I can't wait for the day when I go to an establishment and see people using it!
In the future:
After getting started with sports logos, I plan to expand into vacation logos(ie "Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas"), special interest logos(ie Harley Davidson), soft drinks logos, beer logos, custom made Goasters, etc...
The sky is the limit on what can be put on a Goaster. If you have any ideas, I'm open to hearing them.
Risks and challenges
This has been a project that I want to keep as my own. I've worked very hard over the past year fulfilling this dream. When I was once lost on the next step, I chose to go to AmericasMart in Atlanta to learn from inventors and business people there. That opened the door to many contacts I've made in the industry and have been talking to many of them over the past year. I haven't encountered an issue yet that I haven't been able to overcome with some help or suggestions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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