Holy crap! We’ve got an awesome product, interview AND giveaway right cheyeah, righ cheyeah! The one and only CUPPOW is here for your visual drinking pleasure. If you haven’t heard of this little wonder product, well, then I ask you, how were all those late night convos with Bin Laden in that cave y’all have been hiding in?
OK, so here’s the deal – we’ve had Cuppow answer some very important questions below, including “what’s the coolest way to drink out of a cuppow?”
If you’d like to be entered into this giveaway and have a chance to get your very own cuppow, then leave a comment telling us a little about how you’re going to use it, what you’re going to wear with it, what you’ll put into it, etc etc. You get bonus points for tweeting this post as well. Of course. You have until Monday, April 9th 11:47PM to enter.
Watch the very, very cool Cuppow reel and read their interview after the jump!
We are a couple of heavily tattooed engineer geeks. We have a variety of overlapping interests [hence the friendship] that include cooking, art/design, and drinking beer with friends. We’re both very DIY oriented, but we have different approaches to problem solving. Aaron will learn every last detail about a process before he applies it, while I often try to fit seemingly disparate ideas together. It’s a good combination.
What was the ah-ha moment like when you came up with the idea for Cuppow?
My wife and I were on our way to a farmer’s market. Driving in the car and trying to drink from a wide mouth jar is almost impossible without spilling all over yourself, which is exactly what I did. we can’t agree on exactly who said – why isn’t there a lid for these things? When we couldn’t find one already made, we set about figuring out how to make one so we could use it. This entire process was basically motivated because we were running out of clean shirts.
In what ways has running your small business surprised you, what were you expecting, if anything?
We definitely weren’t expecting the response! Our first run we only made a few hundred, assuming that we could bully our friends into buying a couple and not lose any money from our small up-front investment. the world-wide response has been mind-blowing. Super effing cool, but way overwhelming at times.
What are your wildest fantasies for growth or expansion (if any)?
Obviously there are several other products that we have kicked around that we will try to demo as we can afford it. Ultimately we would both really like to be able to invest in our other friends and support their success to drive/build the kind of community we want to live in.
Can you tell us a little about what working alongside the community at Fringe is like?
It’s hard to describe precisely. Talented, motivated people just killing it as individuals that culminate in a creative effective space that’s greater than the sum of its parts. It’s been a real honor for me to be able to have access to that level of ability (only aaron is a member of fringe, fyi).
If you could see any celebrity (currently living) walking around with your product, who would it be?
George Clooney. He seems affable and eco-minded. Ben Harper would probably like it. Could those tweens from twilight drink blood from a mason jar?
Do you have any advice on how to look coolest while drinking out of a cuppow?
Is there any way not to look cool while drinking out of cuppow? For shame!
Thanks, Cuppow! You guys are cool and you’re helping us all to look better and drink more wisely. I’ve already saved two purses and three pairs of pants from the usual coffee stains! And Twilight tweens drinking blood? How can we make that happen NOW?