Darien Wilson of Zolowear Inc advises me that she and her competitors (all producers of baby slings and the like) will be meeting in Dallas the last weekend of June 2005. No, you’re not invited (yet). I’m not invited either but I’m working on it so I may be road tripping toward Dallas too. If any of you would be in the area and interested in meeting -with no established purpose at the time of this writing- then email me.
I’d like to take this time to reiterate that manufacturing professionals (designer entrepreneurs) are best served by working together. Think of your competitors as colleagues; if you’re all working together and are familiar with each other’s proprietary designs, it’s far less likely that one of your competitors will knock you off because everybody would learn of it and societal pressure being what it is, you’d probably get kicked out of the group for being a not-nice person.
I’ve copied/pasted my previous posting regarding the baby sling business here:
Speaking of niche markets and products, I took a tour through the DE baby sling business (I saw 3 book buyers on the list; made me feel good). Wow, who knew? It seems the DE companies producing baby slings are actively helping each other in very direct ways. They’ve created their own community. They have a discussion list, they swap and test each other’s products and they even have free instructions and free patterns so people can make their own baby slings rather than buying them.
I think that is pretty cool. I’ve been saying forever, DEs have got to stick together and these businesses are doing it. Obviously they learned that paranoia is a business death kiss. I wonder if they’ll form an association, that’d be cool too.