The Mamalode Starter Series is an exciting opportunity for us to introduce you to some of the amazing people we get to meet. Starting something takes enormous amounts of work, faith, help and community. Every week we'll share another story of starting. So, community of Mamalode, read up, get inspired and check out these wonder-folk.
Interview with Curtis Williams, founder of Bellybuds
Tell us a little bit about your business and how you started it.
My wife and I had read that playing prenatal music to the womb was beneficial—so right around the fifth month of her pregnancy with our now 7-year-old daughter (wow!), my wife began placing her iPod earbuds on her belly and playing classical music. The only problem was that in order to do that, she had to lie on her back and couldn’t move—which is a lot to ask of my multi-tasking wife. It seemed like there was a possibility for something more convenient. That's when the idea of Bellybuds was, ahem, born.
What do your kids think about your job?
Well, they know all about Bellybuds. But that's all they've ever known so it seems totally normal to them. As far as they're concerned, all dads probably go to work in shorts and a t-shirt every day right after dropping their kids off at the School for the Musically Gifted.
Tell us about a total dad + biz fail?
Well, we went on Shark Tank and didn't make a deal.
Share with us a total win (brag away!)
Well, we went on Shark Tank and sales rose by 30%. So thankfully, we didn't make a deal.
What's your relationship with Mamalode?
Who's Mamalode? Just kidding…we’ve got the Daddy-O section bookmarked.