Pete spoke to Brian Hoare, Founder of CPToys, this week to find out his highlights from Remarkable so far, what he aims to get out of the 16-weeks and his tips for setting yourself up for success when working from home.
Some of the key takeouts from this ‘on the couch’ session with Brian…
Tell us a bit about CPtoys
CPToys provides individualised therapy advice to therapists and families of children with cerebral palsy by matching toys to a child’s age and specific therapy goals.
Why did you decide to apply for Remarkable?
I built CPToys in 2014 to test the waters to see if it would be useful for therapists and parents. We had 5,000 in that time, so with that traction, it demonstrated the concept was well received. To take it to the next level and ensure it becomes an essential component of therapy for kids with CP, I want to harness the power of Remarkable to tap into the expertise of the team, mentors and wider network which has so far been amazing.
What are your highlights of the program so far?
The Product Sprint has been a highlight. It has allowed me to put all my focus on CPToys, not just do the work on the side. So far in the program, I have learned a lot about the business side of things, making decisions about the future of the business and user testing.
How are you finding the program being online?
It’s all been running really smoothly. The biggest barrier to tech is that we don’t have those ‘in the moment’ interactions with the other founders, and I know I would really learn a lot from those interactions.
What do you think will be the greatest challenge in the program?
I have grand plans for CPToys so the challenge for me is to bring together all the ideas and knowledge in order to set up the business for success in the future.
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to getting a range of feedback from existing a new users.
What are your tips for working remotely?
My standing desk! As an Occupational Therapist, I’m all about design, ergonomics and being set up safely with good work habits. My biggest tip is having an environment where you can change your position and take regular breaks in the sunshine if you can.