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Bushwick Kitchen Startup Journey — Startup Mistakes RSS

The Pains of a Remote Team

One Startup. No Secrets. Start at the beginning.   “I feel like you two are off running a tech startup and I’m here running a food manufacturing business all by myself.” In a little over a year of working together, this comment from Casey during a catch-up phone call hit me hard. It was the closest we had come to a breaking point that wasn’t related to a flood of sales or overwhelming number of backorders. That comment might not sound harsh on its own, but the implications certainly were. As far as Casey was concerned, the three of us might as well be working on entirely different companies. I gulped, knowing he was right. After all, this was the first time...

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#1 Lesson From Our Mistakes - You Should Make Your Own

       One Startup. No Secrets. Start at the beginning.  So far we’ve made a mass of critical mistakes: We made poor assumptions on our COGS / product cost and barely made a profit on our first 60 LBS It turns our we made our first 60 LBS worth illegally (but safely :) We are substantially overpaying on the cost of our packaging Our first large-batch production run was a mess, literally We forgot to order bottle caps in time for our large-batch production   Profit, now that’s an important one. We accurately estimated the costs for our honey, chilies, and packaging. We used the correct math to estimate how many bottles would yield from our first 5 gallons /...

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