In Trying Times, Start-up BizBox Sparks Hope
November 21, 2011
Source: Michelle Strutzenberger, Axiom News
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Who would have imagined a solar-powered, mobile unit that can be anything from a travelling clinic to a farmer’s market stall would have the impact it’s having, just 45 days into its selling cycle? Not its creator Charles Sidi.
“The excitement and passion our product is projecting to people has really been quite bewildering to me, to be honest,” the founder and president of the year-old start-up BizBox admits to Axiom News.
He reflects on what might be contributing to the impact.
With the economic crisis, Occupy movements and related conversations on the economy, Charles says he senses a pervasive lack of self-worth.
“The current economic crisis has created a lot of stress and anxiety, and that’s continued for so long, we’re now in a situation where people have stopped believing in themselves,” says Charles, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona.
He sees BizBox sparking hope and inspiration with its singularly innovative product that is very simple yet has huge potential to be used in a wide variety of ways.
“That is the best way that businesses can contribute to society, by innovation and creativity, because when you do that people become excited, they become inspired, they become better people — and that’s how I believe society will become a better place,” says Charles.
BizBox founder and president Charles Sidi says the unit has been lauded as the kind of innovation you'd expect from Apple.
He says he’s experienced this reaction from other organizations. For instance, he’s presented the product to the leadership team of large corporations feeling trapped by the perceived inability of their organization to do little that’s new, or at least not quickly, given their size. New ideas come alive for them as they take in the simplicity, innovation and possibilities they see in the BizBox unit.
He’s also seeing hope and excitement in the sales agents flocking to work with BizBox. Within two weeks of advertising, for instance, 25 sales agents have joined the company and 300 are expected within the next three months.
“We’ve been getting inquiries of 50-60 people a day. They’re going through the website, they’re looking at it, they’re mesmerized by the innovation.
“Then when they speak to us and understand our passion and our culture and who we are, they become so engaged and so excited they’re signing on,” says Charles.
He adds he believes that listening first and being generous with one’s time is critical to sparking passion and inspiring a sense of renewed self-worth in others.