My name is Chris Nichols and I’m the inventor of the Card Caddy. When my step-son was around 5 years old, he was obsessed with Uno. I grew up playing card games of all sorts with my grandmother and wanted to foster that same love of cards with him. We carried around a couple of decks […]Read more "Meet the Card Caddy Daddy!"
I was on my way home from a business meeting the other day and had the chance to drive through the neighborhood where I grew up through elementary school. While driving on the roads I had only biked or walked in the past, I had a vivid and unexpected flashback about G.I. Joes, property development and how […]Read more "G.I. Joes, Property Development and the Mother of Invention"
Tomorrow, I’ll have a booth set up at a local event, the Mountain Maker Fest, where I’ll show some of the steps in how I turned an idea into a product that (hopefully) you can buy in stores everywhere. So, for those of you who won’t happen to be in Accident, MD (yes, that’s really […]Read more "From idea to product"
GenCon 2016 has come and gone. We had an exhibitor booth there and had a really great show. Here are some random notes, mainly from the perspective of an exhibitor, but may be helpful for general attendees, too. GenCon is the busiest show we’ve done so far. Looking back on our sales records, the longest […]Read more "GenCon wrapup"
We’ve all seen or heard of Shark Tank, and if you’ve got a business, you may have checked out how to get on the show. Well, on May 13, I took the first step and tried out for the show. I’ll break down my audition process here. I’ve been on the fence about whether I would […]Read more "Auditioning for Shark Tank"
Before I had my own product to sell, I would always inwardly roll my eyes at how marketing campaigns are always themed around the current holiday or season regardless of whether there was any connection. “What does President’s Day have to do with furniture?” I’d think when looking at the newspaper in February. Well, not […]Read more "Feel lucky, punk?"
Whew! Now that the Toy Fair is over, the real work begins! It was an overwhelming experience, but in a good way. Here’s a brief recap and possibly some nuggets of advice if you’re going to attend next year for the first time. (I’m mainly writing them down so I don’t forget!) I brought my […]Read more "New York Toy Fair recap"