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Small Business Success Starts with Music, a Friend and Take-out Food

The best ideas are sometimes the ones you joke about with your best friend over Chinese food. About five years ago, Jason Lucash and Mike Syzmcak came up with OrigAudio while traveling the world for their jobs at the time, lugging around music stereos to listen to jams and eating take-out food on a regular basis. On a night like any other, the two came up with an idea: instead of lugging around giant boom boxes and stereos, make something small, portable and foldable, similar to their Chinese take-out box, that could play music and be easy to travel with.

Within months, the two launched “Fold and Play,” an eco-friendly foldable speaker system, which is constructed of recycled materials and perfect for traveling. It was at this time that the “origami of audio” (or OrigAudio) was born. Now launching over nine products, including the Rock-It, a product that turns any personal music device into a speaker, and DesignEars, customizable head phones, OrigAudio is gaining popularity by the minute and currently has products in over 5,000 retail stores.

Last year at the annual Growth 2.0 Conference, Entrepreneur magazine and The UPS Store named Jason Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year for his innovation and drive to make OrigAudio a reality. Check out what Jason had to say to his fellow entrepreneurs at the conference:

Jason and Mike have changed the way people listen to music by offering innovative solutions for music portability. Jason says he is proud of their accomplishments and does the utmost to share their business story across the country and inspire other young entrepreneurs to follow their passion and pursue the American Dream.

With business booming, Jason visits his local The UPS Store in Santa Ana weekly for his packing, shipping and other small business needs. “The UPS Store is always willing to accommodate us and all of the employees are extremely helpful and have positive attitudes,” Jason said. “We love that The UPS Store is able to package and ship everything for us, even at the last minute. This is extremely convenient and saves us a lot of time.”

Do you want to be the next Entrepreneur of the Year? The search for Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2013 has begun. Entrepreneurs can submit their entries for this year’s contest at entrepreneur.com/e2013 and entrepreneur.com/e2013college. Entries are being accepted until June 17, 2013.

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  1. Such an inspirational story. He’s an excellent public speaker too!

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