As an investor, founder, CEO and business book author, I write about startups, design, how to build a good business, and I like to muse about culture in any form.

Grommet turns 7!

Grommet team and alums at our 7th birthday celebration

Grommet team and alums at our 7th birthday celebration

In my work as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard, I meet with eight separate student groups twice a month. Most of the sessions focus on the students’ early stage venture or idea. A minority are broader discussions of what it is like to be an entrepreneur.  I was stopped in my tracks this week by one simple and fresh question:

When you started Grommet did you think it would last twenty, thirty or even fifty years?

The honest answer was that in 2008 I was so focussed on putting one foot in front of the other to get the company born, that I never thought about lifespan a whole lot.  But if I had, I would most definitely have hoped, if not expected, to build an enduring company.

Seven years later–YAY!–I am more firmly committed to this goal for the simple reason that if Grommet suddenly disappeared, it would hurt a whole lot of young companies today, and the world would never hear from thousands of future companies that deserve our support.

So on the happy occasion of our seventh birthday, we pulled some impact stats together to show what The Grommet team and community have already done.  I can’t wait to see what these numbers look like on our 10th and 20th birthdays!


12 Responses to “Grommet turns 7!”

  1. Rose Mihaly

    Fantastic. Bravo. Congratulations on your 7th anniversary. Wishing you continued joy and success and many decades of more birthdays🎈🎉

  2. Apollo

    Congrats to you all! I remember the days when you were in downtown Lexington with barely any room to breathe. Literally! Look at you all now.
    In ops we say it take 1 year to discover if you have any kind of business, 4 years to figure out what is that business, and 7 years to make it truly scalable. The Grommet survived against all odds.
    Onwards and upwards!

  3. Dr. Snook

    We look forward to seeing what is new/innovative in your products. We also hope that Grommet continues to look to new entrepreneurs who are imaginative and cross-wise thinkers and their stories. Continue to bring us an array of new designers and creators of interesting, useful and fun items.

  4. Jim

    Congratulations form a senior citizen who also happens to be a Cultural Anthropologist. A lot of us old guys really appreciate what you are doing.

    • julespieri

      Jim–some really great Grommets have been birthed by “old guys” so the fan club is mutual. And since grandparents also buy 37% of the gifts in the USA, we hear that we help with making those gifts really special/cool.


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