Beyond the Tank - Where are we now?
Posted on January 14 2016
Thanks for tuning in and watching what has happened, with our business and our lives, since we were first on Shark Tank in 2012. As you saw in the episode, we met with one of our investors, Robert Herjavec, in January, 2015, and filmed for Beyond the Tank one year ago. A lot can happen and has happened in one year…
- We launched our glass baby bottles and are officially in-store with those.
- My skin is even better than when we filmed. I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve been off topical steroids for almost three years now, and though it was a long, hard journey, my skin is healing and it is so liberating not having to revolve my life around rashes on my skin, pain, itchiness, embarrassment, constant visits to the dermatologist, and obsessing over lotions, creams, and medication. You can learn more about Red Skin Syndrome, Topical Steroid Addiction, and my Topical Steroid Withdrawal by watching our interview with Dr. Marvin Rapaport.
- Another exciting thing that happened in the past year is we launched another new product, the Lollaland Play Mat! I’ll be sharing more about that in the coming days, but this is a very exciting product launch for us, because our family is obsessed with this play mat, not only the way it looks, but the role it plays in the home of little ones.
That’s the good news, but it’s not all rosy. Running a small business is hard work, and everything feels very tenuous! I hate to admit that Mark and I are often filled with fear and self-doubt. Should we spend more money and resources to launch another new product or do we stay the course and let it happen more organically? Who is our next hire? What can we be doing better? We open a new account and get that sale, but we are constantly reminding ourselves that nothing lasts forever. As a working mom, I often feel burned out and overwhelmed, but I am blessed with friends, family, and a business that motivate me to power through the rough patches. One thing I can never take for granted is that I absolutely LOVE what I do. Work makes me happy and is fulfilling in so many ways.
In closing, we just want to say a HUGE thank you to our friends, family, colleagues, customers, and retailers. Thank you also to the people behind Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank for the numerous opportunities. It all began with a casting call in 2011, and here we are in 2016 – still in business and growing! Without the relentless support of so many people, none of this would exist, so we appreciate all of you in the biggest way!