Sick of your cat playing tetherball with the Christmas tree bulbs? Two Connecticut kids have come up with a nifty solution.
The Ornament Anchor, which is also helping homeless pets.
Ayaan Naqvi and his brother Mickey, who are both 12 and live in Shelton, about an hour from the city, invented the Ornament Anchor after one of their favorite Christmas tree fixtures dropped off a branch and crashed to the floor, breaking into little pieces, CNN reported.
The Ornament Anchor fastens a bulb with a loop that pulls tight around the branch instead of hooks that hang on the branch.
Last year, Ayaan tested out the device at a school fair. He knew he and Mickey had a hit because all the attention the Anchor was getting from parents and teachers.
The next step was setting up a business.
“My brother and I worked together to design the product, patent it, create an awesome website, calculate profit margins and did our own market analysis,” Ayaan told CNN. “We did everything to the point where every month was Christmas.”
Not long after the boys opened shop, ABC’s Good Morning America and QVC, a shopping network, highlighted the Anchor. The device comes in packs of three, 12, 24 and 48; the prices are $2.50, $7.50, $12.50 and $25, respectively.
Last year, the brothers made $250,000 — and pledged to give 10% of their profits to nearby animal shelters.
“Ever since I was super young, I’ve had a fascination with all of life’s creatures,” Ayaan said. “My goal is to help as many animals in need as I can.”
The family appeared on a 2019 episode of “Shark Tank” with another invention, the Kudo Banz, but did not land a deal from the investors. But the youngsters did impress the Sharks.
“[Mickey], I really like the way that you stood up for yourself,” Daymond John said on the show. “You’re doing better than most of the adults who pitch here. You’re going to be a future shark.”
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