Jonah is graduating with a business-economics degree and Ryan is graduating with a business-sports management degree, both from the University of Missouri. They love playing sports together and noticed they couldn't play sports easily at night. That’s when they got the inspiration to fill a place in the market that hasn’t been filled effectively.
Ryan called Jonah after graduating, wanting to develop a better way to play sports at night. Ryan noticed that there weren’t any effective night-friendly solutions on the market, only out dated, battery powered glow-in-the-dark options. They began researching and testing different materials, and began speaking with manufacturers to develop the perfect product. Before long, they had their first prototype!
After extensive conversation and more analysis, they filed their first patent on May 3rd, 2019. Ryan and Jonah ordered their first 100 basketballs and started fulfilling and shipping orders out from Ryan's parent's house.
After months of hard work and creativity, Ryan and Jonah were honored with the opportunity to exhibit their company at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Convention. At the event, the guys discovered that their sports gear and especially their holographic jackets were an absolute hit. To top it off, at this event they got the idea for the revolutionary HoloGlasses. At this time, demand grew for their products and they began to order 500+ balls at a time.
HoloGear finally made the move out of Ryan’s parents house into their first office space, and hired their very first full-time employee, Jack, who operates as the Director of Operations! After grossing over a million dollars in sales in their first calendar year of business, the HoloGear team had officially proved their concept and supplied Christmas gifts to over 20,000 families in 100 countries.
Ryan and Jonah hired their 2nd full-time employee and sponsored their first major sports event, which was a celebrity basketball tournament featuring celebrities like Swae Lee and Floyd Mayweather.
INTO THE FUTURE...
HoloGear continues to be a leading innovator in the games and sports gear industry. Always on the lookout for the next wave of sports technology, HoloGear is prepared to be the most innovative sporting goods company in the world!
Please reach out to the Executive Team at HoloGear with any business inquires:
Office Phone Number:
1919 N Springfield Ave Unit 211
Chicago, IL 60647
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