And the #DSChool winners are…

 

Thanks to everyone brave enough to share their awkward school photos. There were so many awkward gems to choose from, it was almost impossible to pick the top three. Congrats to Richmond, Cait, and Channing. You three truly were the awkwardest in all the land. We just hope you grew out of it.

 

Stay tuned for next month’s Chairman’s Choice and a chance to take home more fun prizes.

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Well, this is awkward…

It’s back to school time, and the Chairman is reminiscing about younger, simpler, awkward-er times.

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We all went through that awkward phase. Even the Chairman. It was a time when we didn’t get to choose our own clothes. Or if we did get to choose, we had really, really terrible taste. It was a time of bowl haircuts, self haircuts, or no haircuts at all. But now that we’re older and cooler and handsomer, we can look back on those years and laugh. So that’s what we’re going to do.

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Member Business: Patrick Lehoux

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When our member Patrick Lehoux realized how much energy could be saved by upcycling his old bottles instead of recycling them, he knew he had a great business idea.  He invented the Kinkajou, a bottle cutter named after an adorable animal with powerful chompers.  The colorful Kinkajou tool is strong enough to cut safely through glass and its DIY fans are using it to give their bottles new lives as drink ware, candle holders, even pendant lights.  The biggest challenge in launching his business?  Patrick had to conquer his fear of being in a Kickstarter video.  Twenty days later, Patrick had $80,000 to launch Kinkajou.  And he’s fully overcome that stage fright: today Patrick gives TED talks on how those 20 days changed his life.  Patrick, we raise a glass to you!

 

You can order your own Kinkajou bottle cutter at Patrick’s website, bottlecutting.com.