Where in the world is Fishbowl?

Do you remember the Where’s Waldo children’s books where Waldo would be hidden on a page filled with hundreds of other characters and distractions and the trick was to find Waldo amongst all the confusion.  Here’s a picture for the Waldo-challenged. I used to “read” these books to my kids and, judging from the age range we have here at Fishbowl, I’m guessing some of our employees had the books read TO them.

Well, I play a similar game now, but instead of looking for Waldo, I’m looking for products sold by Fishbowl customers. Everywhere I go, every time I see something interesting online or hear something noteworthy in the news, I am actively looking for products that are manufactured or supplied by Fishbowl customers (at least the ones I know about).

For example, I think most of us are aware of Nutty Guys, a Fishbowl customer that sells discount packaged snacks and nuts at most convenience and grocery stores here in Utah.  But what about suppliers of other products that you wouldn’t normally see?

Dillon Aero, a manufacturer of gatling guns for the military (and happy Fishbowl customer), was once highlighted in an episode on the Military Channel.  To the right is a picture of an M134 Gatling gun and shoots 50 rounds per second.  Amazing.

Or maybe you’ve seen one of the dozens of distributors across the country for Backyard Adventures, a manufacturer of high-end swing sets (and one of our very first customers).

These are just a few of the happy Fishbowl customers out there that I personally know, but we have literally thousands of happy customers.  So last week I sent around an internal email request asking our employees for Fishbowl’s “coolest customers.”  Here are some of the responses I got:

Voyage Air Guitar:  Ever hear the song “United Breaks Guitars” by the singer Dave Carroll?  His guitar got broken on a United Airlines flight so he wrote a song about it that went viral.  Air Guitar is a foldable guitar designed specifically to avoid this problem by making it easier to take your guitar with you when you travel.  That’s cool.  Thanks for pointing this one out, Cade!

Blender Bottle (suggested by Ryan in Marketing):  For all you healthy eaters out there who like using protein powder in your drinks but DON’T like the protein powder lumps you often get when trying to mix the drink, try using a Blender Bottle.  It’s simple, easy to use, and helps to avoid the embarrassment of choking to death after a workout.  Thanks, Ryan!

Urban Jeeper:  Kevin Batchelor, our Head of Development, is a big-time Jeep fan.  So when he saw that one of our customers was an outfitter for Jeep-related products, he decided to follow them on Twitter.  He’s now in Jeep heaven.

All these examples are just scratching the surface of the coolest customers in the Fishbowl universe.  And, speaking of universe, have any of you been following the Mars Curiosity Rover on the news?  Ever wonder if any of our customers supply products for the rover, or maybe the International Space Station? Hmmmm.

Next blog post title in my Where’s Fishbowl? Series:

To boldly go where no Fishbowl has gone before…

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About Grant Kimball

Grant Kimball is currently serving as vice president, partner relations and is one of the founders of Fishbowl. Grant joined the original Fishbowl team in 2001 and has filled many roles in, or related to, sales. Previous to his current role, he was vice president of sales and marketing. Grant brings 24 years of sales experience to Fishbowl, primarily in technology-related fields. In 2003, Grant helped steer Fishbowl towards integration with QuickBooks, the popular accounting package from Intuit Corporation. Since 2003, Fishbowl has focused on this relationship and is currently the #1-requested add-on software solution for QuickBooks users out of approximately 300 software packages. Besides the relationship with Intuit, Grant is also responsible for developing Fishbowl’s growing resellers program, which he is currently managing, and now accounts for over 20% of Fishbowl’s total sales. Grant earned a Master’s in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor’s in Operations Management from Cal Poly, Pomona.
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