Making Lemonade is a series of conversations with young entrepreneurs who have overcome obstacles, embraced change, and turned lemons into lemonade.
In 2011, Cara Armstrong found herself up at 3am holding her screaming newborn in one arm while struggling to mix baby formula and heat up a bottle with the other arm. Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, she looked over at her coffee machine and that’s when it hit her! Why wasn’t the process of mixing baby formula and heating it up automated, just like her cup of coffee?
Armed with years of experience as both a parent and an ER nurse, she dreamed up an automated machine to mix the perfect bottle. But how could she turn her brilliant idea into a real product — and then get people to buy it? In this episode of #MakingLemonade, Armstrong opens up about the many challenges she faced as she built Baby Barista from the ground up. She had to find an investor to fund her vision, plus apply for a patent and deal with competitors. After over a decade saving lives in emergency rooms, founding a company was a whole new ballgame.
It took several years, but she figured it out. Listen to Armstrong’s story to see what transferable skills helped her launch Baby Barista, and hear her advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs looking to make their dreams a reality. If she can do it, so can you!