How 10 Dadpreneurs Turned Pain Points Into Profits

Last Updated Jun 17, 2011 3:49 PM EDT

Moms have been starting child-centric business for ages. But in the past decade or so, we've seen a vast increase in the number of stay-at-home dads, and hence a significant rise in the number of "dadpreneurs."

It makes perfect sense. As men become more and more involved in the day-to-day responsibilities of child rearing, they also become acutely aware of the pain points in existing products and services. Frustration leads to inspiration and before you know it, these entrepreneurial dads are starting companies that solve problems for all of us. So in honor of Father's Day, here are 10 inspirational dadpreneurs and the innovative products they created:

1. Stylish, Eco-Friendly Baby Gear
The entrepreneurs: Joseph Hei, Bryan White

Their company: Orbit Baby, Newark, CA

The inspiration: "Baby gear was a space that was very low on innovation and design, and had real problems and needs to solve," says Hei. "For example, did you know that up to 90% of car seats are installed incorrectly?" Hei and White graduated from the product design department at Stanford University and worked at the big product design company, IDEO. So they were well positioned to start their own company to solve those problems.

Orbit Baby makes premium infant-to-toddler strollers and car seats systems that are stylish, simple to use, and made with eco-friendly materials. It's the only company that makes car seats and strollers with BFR-free fabrics and foams. Orbit is growing at 40% a year and its products are available at baby stores nationwide.

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