We’ve been hard at work on the upcoming Ploopy Headphones, and we’re starting to see some results that are blog-worthy. Today’s episode is about headbands! Headbands, it turns out, are surprisingly tricky because they do a lot of different things. They need to be comfortable, but also stiff enough to create clamping force on the… Continue reading Headphones and Headbands
Paying for advertising is a waste of money.
Early in my entrepreneurial career, I tried to get the ball moving on one of my projects by paying a certain social media giant to advertise it for me. Businesspeople everywhere are convinced that any great product will sell, if you pay enough to advertise it. And the social media giants? They’d have you believe… Continue reading Paying for advertising is a waste of money.
Expansion? It’s vanity. Profit is sanity.
I have a few friends who’ve gone through business school, and a few who have run the gauntlet through the venture capital world getting their companies off the ground. They all tell me that I need to get equity funding so I can expand my company faster. When I say “they all tell me”, I… Continue reading Expansion? It’s vanity. Profit is sanity.
Defeating another hacking attempt.
Yesterday evening, I received a suspicious email. Someone has requested a password reset for the following account: Site Name: The Ploopy Blog Username: colin If this was a mistake, ignore this email and nothing will happen. This password reset request originated from the IP address 220.127.116.11. I actually received an email for each username on… Continue reading Defeating another hacking attempt.
Planar Magnetic Drivers: I can’t lower the critical frequency any more, Cap’n!
I’ve been working on headphones for a few months, with blocks of time concentrated around the receipt of new prototypes and flights of inspiration. I recently received my second set of prototypes. These are constructed by a manufacturer of flexible circuits, using copper for the traces and polyimide for the membrane. The total assembly thickness… Continue reading Planar Magnetic Drivers: I can’t lower the critical frequency any more, Cap’n!
Why We Don’t Offer Kits Without 3D-Printed Parts
We get asked for product kits that include all the hardware except the 3D printed parts. We get asked this a lot. For the uninitiated, we offer most of our products in two forms: fully assembled and in kit form, for you to put together yourself. Our kits include everything you need except a few… Continue reading Why We Don’t Offer Kits Without 3D-Printed Parts
“Ya’ll need a new name”
That’s an actual quote from someone who thought that the name “Ploopy” is shitty. Throughout the short history of our company, people have been asking my partner and I why we settled on that name. There’s not really much to it. We wanted a quirky name. I threw it out there as a wild suggestion,… Continue reading “Ya’ll need a new name”
The way that my partner and I run Ploopy is sometimes a bit hard to explain. As a result, we usually don’t bother trying. It requires a lot of words. However, the questions keep piling up. Neither of us are answering them, so the pile keeps getting bigger. This blog will be a place of… Continue reading A blog?