This day is finally here. After 10 years of battling with the patent office, going through prototyping, manufacturing, finding investors, and following a vision, She*Pak is going to market!
I am a clinician. I am not a business major, nor someone with means and money handed to her. Following this idea to market has been scary, challenging, and down right frustrating at times. I have been excited, mad, dejected, and inspired. I have cried, yelled, smiled, and laughed in the process. I have worked and taught full time. This was not easy.
I could not have done it without a battery of friends, family, investors, and awesome consultants. I have really been fortunate to find and work with so much talent and intelligence from different backgrounds and through different connections, that I am made humble. How did I get so lucky? The hearts that buoyed me up, saw me through,or gave me a swift kick in the rear count just as much!
Thank you, thank you, thank you all!
While I selfishly think that She*Pak is a great idea which gives me relief, it is also a service project. I am not kidding. I think women all over the world deserve better and upgraded ideas for treating vaginal and labial symptoms. I joke that if men dealt with all the stuff that women do “down there,” there would already be 10 products and 5 companies out there providing quick relief and cures. I really do hope that this product makes a difference for women, and changes how we care for these tissues.
So here we go! This is where the rubber meets the road! We have made it to market and She*Pak is available for sale. This is no longer just a good idea. This is a real product being sold by MY company. (Holy cow, I own a real company!)
Will we sink or swim? Will we make a profitable business out of this? Will the next round of funding be needed or found? Did Target, CVS, Walgreens start carrying She*Pak? Will we be so crazy successful that Johnson & Johnson or a Kimberly Clark, P&G buy us out?