Ever wonder about Kinderville's story? Entrepreneur Magazine did a great Q & A session with Oliver Albers, the founder of Kinderville, and featured it on their Instagram feed.
Without further ado, here's their write-up:
[Kinderville] started in 2008 almost out of necessity after Oliver Albers and his wife, Kathleen, were unable to find a safe product to store and serve their baby Gigi’s food at home and on-the-go. Launching with BPA- and BPS-free food grade silicone pouches, containers and bibs, the Albers family created a line of safe storage products based on scientific research, a desire for a healthy lifestyle and concerns for the environment -- not to mention the peace of mind the couple has when feeding their two daughters.
Albers shares with Entrepreneur his thoughts on business and fatherhood.
Q: How do you balance being a dad and running a company?
A: It is non-stop between my passion of being a father and running my own business. I am fortunate that I can walk my kids to school, and participate in their lives, whilst running a modest company close to home. It is 24/7, but I’ve gained a balance and ability to participate in my children's’ lives: something I was unable to attain at previous jobs.
Q: What difficulties did you face when you were just starting out?
A: Gaining momentum was difficult at first, and I had to balance starting my new company whilst having a full time job. However, once we were able to find our competitive edge, have repeat clients, and create an on-going revenue stream, we started to grow year-over-year.
Q: What’s the biggest lesson you have learned from your children?
A: Having patience, being open to a creative process and unconditional love.
Q: What advice do you have for other fathers wanting to start their own company?
A: Know your product(s) or service(s), do your research, and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Make sure what you are offering is as new and unique as possible. Don’t chase, instead try to lead. Always accept constructive criticism. Most importantly, take breaks and spend time with your family. It is very easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day when one is laser-focused, especially since your involvement is the leading force for your company’s growth.
Family is what matters most.