CLIPPED: A Blanket Falls, a Mom Invents, Disaster Strikes is a quirky memoir about a new mother whose desperation to get her baby to sleep catapulted her into becoming an inventor and small business owner—just before the world fell apart in 2008. CLIPPED crystallizes the evolution of small business and the chain of events that led us where we are today.
Books like Michael Lewis’s The Big Short and Alan Blinder’s After the Music Stopped have examined how the big banks created the worldwide recession, but CLIPPED is a firsthand account of how it affected the little guys. What it looked like as stores were closing every day and the impact it had on vendors. The book is peppered with news flashes that tell what was happening in the world of big business but completely unbeknownst to this mom-trepeneur and about 7 billion other people.
As a full-time mother and entrepreneur, my invention, blankyclip, was rolled out to over 30 stores in the Buy Buy Baby national chain. LA Parent Expecting and Kids Today both made blankyclip a Top Pick. The United States Patent Office awarded me three utility patents and a trademark. All that fabulous glory aside, I also learned what it’s like to pee through a hole in the floor of a Chinese factory. And to be pregnant and throw up on the street just before an investor meeting. That’s something that Michael Lewis and Alan Blinder will never understand. These experiences led me down a path to write this memoir about sticking to your vision and being open to finding gold in the muck.
Book cover mock-up by Eli Marion