If you attended the last PubTalk or the Bend Venture Conference, they you experienced the treat that was Texas transplant David Johnson’s pitch for the DeBooter. His invention helps people take off their ski boots, something Johnson jokes that he’s struggled with since moving to Central Oregon.
Johnson has found a manufacturer in Corvallis to make the DeBooter and plans to have the product ready for purchase by the end of January. “We have had a great response since the BVC and look forward to DeBooting all of the skiers in North America,” he says.
The portable DeBooter will sell for $49.50. Johnson says he’s taking pre-orders, though not credit cards at the moment. The commercial DeBooter, for ski shops, lodges, etc. attaches to the floor and will cost $35. Making the product in Oregon (and U.S.) is a priority for Johnson. “Oregon needs jobs and I wanted to do my part in making that happen,” he says.
His company, OutDoor Logic Solutions, also plans to do a kickstarter campaign for the DeBooter before the end of the year.
Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com.