Name: Kevin O’Finn
Fun fact about yourself: I enjoy kayaking on the weekends and love to travel.
What drove you to get where you are?
I was told by people that I wouldn’t be able to create something, that I would be unsuccessful. Their doubt only drove me to work harder. I used that negativity as motivation to make it on my own which resulted in my creating a new business.
Why have you chosen to do what you do?
While attending Marist High School, a professor had given us the task to think of an original idea that night and come back the next morning to present our pitch to the class. Not an easy task in a day, and after wracking my brain I really couldn’t think of anything.
That night, to blow off some steam, I decided to go for a run. I grabbed my shoes, my headphones, and, of course, my reflector when the idea suddenly hit me. Rather than runners having to decorate themselves in reflectors to run safely on busy roads, why not create the first pair of wireless headphone integrated with light up capabilities to keep runners safe at night. I continued to refine the idea to keep up with current headphone trends. The product needed to be wireless, in ear, and a safety staple for all athletes. I had my pitch for class.
From there, I started HEADPHONES+ plus because it is something I am passionate about and I know it will be a life changing product for many night-runners out there.
Share a story about a major roadblock you faced and how you overcame it.
Because I held the product to a high standard of quality one of the first major roadblocks we hit was finding the right manufacture. Since the product has a key personal safety feature (the light) the team decided we could not accept mediocrity in manufacturing. It took time, dedication, and careful vetting in order to find that right manufacture. To accomplish this, we used a program called Weebly Promote to send information to potential manufacturers about our product. That is how we got in touch with a manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China. They liked our idea and they fit our quality requirements. With them onboard we now launch in Spring 2018.
If you had only one piece of advice for other young professionals from your experiences what would it be?
Whatever you put your mind to, know that you can create it. You are the only person stopping yourself. Anything is possible.
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