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01-24-2009 06:42 PM
MrKu74 go w/ Flick's idea 1st if ur approved for any sort of investment.
it'll give u the space , and hopefully the money

good luck
01-24-2009 06:40 PM
MrKu74 burton created the 1st snowboard

-what are u gonna do thats ANY different

there are already too many companies making the same laminated wood,
and how many of these companies have we never even heard of?

If u can do something DIFFERENT, then invest. good luck getting the money
01-24-2009 01:37 PM
Lynch[425]
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Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
Maybe you should consider starting a board shop that sells other brands and does repairs. After becoming established, maybe sponsor some local boarders. After that, you could consider building boards. I think it would be extremely foolhardy to just start building snowboards. People who start new car companies typically worked on cars and built them for the major companies for years, or even decades, before starting their own venture. And even then, if they didn't bring something new to the table, they went under
this sounds like the best idea.
I think you would have to just start a full on shop though clothing ETC
01-24-2009 01:16 PM
Flick Montana Unless you have something new to offer, there is really no good way to jump into this business. People only buy two kinds of boards: price point boards and name brand.

No one will pay top dollar for a brand that isn't putting seriously high quality boards out there. Unless you can compete with NeverSummer, Rome, Burton, etc., you won't move in on their business. Plus the fact that you're not a well-known boarder establishing his own company. A big-name boarder is almost a requirement nowadays.

So I can only assume you would be making price point boards. The problem here is that small companies usually have to spend a lot more money to compete with the bigger companies. Your product may be at the same level as Lamar or 5150, but they can churn out more boards for less.

Business is hard enough to break into when something is already established, but you're talking about a fairly small milieu.

Maybe you should consider starting a board shop that sells other brands and does repairs. After becoming established, maybe sponsor some local boarders. After that, you could consider building boards. I think it would be extremely foolhardy to just start building snowboards. People who start new car companies typically worked on cars and built them for the major companies for years, or even decades, before starting their own venture. And even then, if they didn't bring something new to the table, they went under.

So, while ambition is always a good thing, you have to be practical. There is a lot more to a snowboard manufacturer than a cool name.
01-24-2009 04:44 AM
KiwiLad "Lowa snowboards" then you can get Lowa to make you your snowboarding boots

It would be hard to start a snowboard line these days with so many options to choose from in the market breaking is going to be a life devotion which will mean earning little or no money and gaining debt fairly steeply. Usually these days if you can last the 2-3 years on your business you've made a "success". Because **** most of em fail in the first year.

As i've been running a boot business in NZ it was a struggle getting the name out needed to lots of promos hell i even had to win a few rock climbing comps to get the word out. Now making a solid earnings of $400 a week doing nothing not bad for a kid .

P.s this advice is from a 16 year old you've been warned don't be stupid and follow any instructions posted in here abiding by this you shall SURVIVE!
01-24-2009 01:08 AM
Lynch[425] give us an update man! or give me a job lol

the best snowboarding brand name logo thing Ive thought up is

SIL - snowboarding is life

would be a cool small shop name to.
01-12-2009 02:05 AM
jyuen dixon cider!

say it outloud several times, you'll get it.
what does this have to do with snowboarding... absolutely nothing but neither does flow, forum, rome, gnu, solomon.... you get the point
01-12-2009 01:06 AM
ineednewst00f To everyone who replied to this thread, thank you, all positive and negative criticism is much needed. I know I'm head over heels in this "project" of mine, and I know it's gonna take more than a post on a small online forum to get this up and running, if it ever will.
All comments will be taken into mind. And for those who are telling me to think of more than a name, I realize that, as odd as it may seem with a post like this, I'm not stupid, but I could use all ideas given to me.
Short post for now, longer one coming soon with a multi-quote, thanks again guys.
01-11-2009 11:46 AM
phile00 I would heed MonekySpunk's advice. This is a very complex subject that requires a lot of research in the disciplines of both science and business. let's not forget, the most brilliant ideas one could imagine are doomed to immediate failure if they cannot be communicated/understood by the proper audience. You need to create a valid business model with a solid marketing strategy that applies to current trends/market conditions. You also need to think at least 5 years ahead of yourself.
01-11-2009 11:10 AM
Vlaze I got an idea, everyone from a certain background from the forum get together and make a brand. We're all the prezidanz, v Pee's , and C-E-yos. Seems we have people from retail, engineering, accounting some, and experienced boarders here and likely more that haven't replied. We'll call the brand, Fo-Sho! ^_^
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