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People love to laugh, and that includes Micha Weinblatt. He launched his company, Crooked Monkey, in 2005, and he’s now one of the top young entrepreneurs to keep an eye on. The success of his shirt business has placed him in the spotlight, reports Voice of America.
Weinblatt and a friend launched Crooked Monkey at a bar near the University of Maryland, where he was a political science student.
“One of the main shirts that we sold that night was our ‘Never Leave College’ shirts,” he said. “We were seniors at the University of Maryland. We didn’t want to leave college and we knew a lot of our friends felt the same way. So this was a top seller that night and has continued to do well for us.”
The event was so successful that they decided to expand the company to include more T-shirt designs. Later, Weinblatt bought out his partner.
His parents provided the corporate headquarters – the basement of the home where he’d grown up in Potomac, Maryland.
Crooked Monkey shirts are sold on the company website, as well as in more than 500 stores in the United States and around the world.
“We’re sold in Guam, in Japan, in Saudi Arabia, in India, we have a distribution center in Canada and also in the Philippines,” said Micha.
Weinblatt says fierce competition in the T-shirt business is making him think more creatively. From its modest beginnings, Crooked Monkey is expected to make $750,000 this year.