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Once upon a time, there was a guy from Seattle named Josh. Josh walked through SeaTac Airport while flying to New York City, and had this genius thought at 30,000 feet: “Why do they sell snow globes in Seattle when it rains more than it snows?” He put this concept to his buddy Fred, who thought Josh asked an excellent question. Josh continued: “Imagine creating a RainGlobe instead of a snow globe… wouldn’t everyone we know want one of those?”

Thus began Fred’s multi-year process to invent rain in a globe. Toothpicks were involved. So was Tupperware. So was duct tape, because duct tape is involved in all inventions. Finally, Fred figured out a way to make it rain, and prototype number one was born. Problem was: it was ugly. Fortunately, Fred was high school friends with Scott, and Scott knew people who knew people. A talented and creative investor and start-up business guru, Scott was able to do things Fred and Josh couldn’t. Namely find people. People he had on speed dial. Scott was the first investor in RainGlobes.The pieces all came together when Fred sat next to a charming guy named Jeremy on an airplane. Jeremy and Fred struck up a conversation, and Jeremy said, “I design fancy plastic components for medical purposes.” When Fred heard this, his heart raced. His eyes lit up. And he said, “Then let me tell you about a little project I’ve got going on that needs a designer…” Jeremy took Fred’s duct taped protoype and made it pretty. Now, RainGlobes are officially Patent Number 8,056,274 and the boys are officially inventors, which their Moms think is pretty fancy.

There you have it. The birth of RainGlobes. A story to be told from generation to generation. Did it touch your heart? Did you shed a tear? Drop us a line and let us know.

Sincerely, Josh, Fred & Scott

The RainGlobes Team


The timeline

2005
January

The idea for RainGlobes is born

2005
April

The first RainGlobe prototype is created

2007
January

The company RainGlobes is officially founded

2009
January

The Company's intellectual patent and trademark portfolio is created

2010
January

Seattle & Portland RainGlobes available for sale

2011
January

Chicago & Noah’s Ark RainGlobes available for sale

2013
January

RainGlobes added to permanent exhibit at Seattle’s famed Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

2013
February

Oregon Coast & Ketchikan RainGlobes available for sale

2013
September

San Francisco Giants “Marco Scutaro RainGlobe Night” – a home game promotional giveaway for Giants fans

2014
August

RainGlobes becomes the #1 selling gift item in the Hudson News stores at Seattle Airport

2014
December

RainGlobes are now sold in over 150 retail locations throughout the Pacific Northwest

2015
May

San Francisco RainGlobe available for sale