7 Awesome Gift Ideas Made By Entrepreneurs
Made, With LoveSpiegelau IPA GlassMiansai M2 Chronograph Watch LSTN Cherry Wood TroubadoursZulu BicycleMast Brothers Chocolate Ashley Lloyd SurfboardsGoPro Hero3+ Camera Black Edition
When you hear the word entrepreneur, many think of the hot-shot founders of big tech companies, like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. But there are still entrepreneurs out there that make physical, tangible goods. Here is a round up of Inc.'s favorite entrepreneur-made products for 2013.
The straight-side pint glass is a thing of the past when it comes to serving India Pale Ales. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery founder Sam Calagione and Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman have partnered up with German glassware company Spiegelau to reinvent the beer glass. Their creation? A tapered, 19-ounce glass. The glass, made from raw quartz, features three ridges that stimulate CO2 bubbles to bring out flavor. It is available form $9 on the Spiegelau website.
With a band of nylon cord and Italian leather, Miansai's M2 Chronograph watch is the brainchild of Miansai's founder, Michael Saiger. It features a second hand shaped like a fishhook, a hand-milled 39-millimeter stainless steel case, Japanese Quartz movements and Swiss sapphire crystal. The watch retails at $355 and the 45-employee company sells accessories in 36 countries.
With cherry wood casings reclaimed from flooring and furniture companies, LSTN's Cherry Wood Troubadours sell for $150 online and in stores around the country. With each headphone purchase, LSTN--founded by Joe Huff and Bridget Hilton--makes a donation to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which uses the money to provide people in need with hearing aids.
Worried about biking after dark? Have no fear--and don't even worry about reflectors. Pure Fix Cycles' Zulu bike is coated in a sunlight activated, weatherproof, phosphorescent paint. One hour in direct sunlight translates to one hour of glow-time at night for the bike. The fixed gear ride features a steal frame and 700 x 28 tires. You can buy the Zulu, other fixed-gear bikes and cycling accessories from Pure Fix Cycles on the company's website and in bike shops across the country.
Rick and Michael Mast made chocolate as a hobby until 2007, when they opened Mast Brothers in Brooklyn, New York. Today, they handcraft chocolate bars in a 2,500-square-foot factory in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. The bars are made from organic beans sourced from Madagascar, Belize, Papua New Guinea, and the Dominican Republic and shipped to the U.S. by sailboat. They are available at mastbrothers.com and in specialty stores for about $10 each.
Painted by artist Serena Mitnik-Miller, this $1,800 all-around polyurethane foam and fiberglass board with curved sides and a concave nose, was shaped by Ashley Lloyd Thompson in collaboration with surfboard maker Bing. One of the few female surfboard shapers and founder of Ashley Llloyd Surfboards, Thompson makes 40 to 80 custom surfboards per year in her Santa Cruz workshop. This and other models are available in boutique surf shops and on the Bing website.
Designed for extreme shooting, the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition features a new wide-angle video mode and 25 percent more battery life than its predecessor. The $399 unit weighs 1.4 pounds and includes a 3.9-inch-square waterproof case, a mount, and a three-way pivot arm. Nick Woodman was inspired to create a wearable sports camera during a surfing tour of Australia and founded GoPro in 2002. The company now sells cameras, mounts, and other accessories worldwide.
With 25 percent more battery life than it's predecessor, the 1.4 pound GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera features a new wide-angle video mode, comes with a mount, a three-way pivot arm and includes a 3.9-inch-square waterproof case. This model retails at $399, but GoPro--founded in 2002 by Nick Woodman--sells other cameras, mounts and accessories worldwide.