Benji Flaming

Playing with Stickers

In late 2012, I added a “Better iPad Adhesives” page to the “store” section of my personal website, expecting that I might eventually get a small trickle of orders each month. To my astonishment, this little side-project rapidly grew into a full-time business called BowlerTech Adhesives, which had 6 people on the payroll at its peak. Eventually, the company found its stride as a small family business, consisting of myself and my parents. My dad handled manufacturing, while my mom shipped orders and answered emails, and I managed the administration and technical infrastructure.

As we approach the second half of 2024, however, I’m somewhat wistfully preparing to end this particular chapter of my entrepreneurial life. Many of the small-to-mid-sized repair shops that BowlerTech served did not survive the pandemic, and the orders from larger repair companies have slowed down each year. In light of dwindling sales, rising costs, and a looming need to update our manufacturing infrastructure, my folks and I have agreed that it’s time to move on.

I’d love to see these kits continue to be available, of course, because I still believe that they are the best iPad screen repair adhesive option on the market, but I don’t think I’m the right person to continue carrying the proverbial torch. If, by chance, you (or somebody you know) might be interested in taking on the manufacture and sale of these kits, please feel free to reach out.

As for me, in addition to music, I’ve got a number of entrepreneurial projects in-the-works right now, including a variety of music and audio production software tools, and some game development technology that I’m really excited about - expect to see some multi-platform game concept demos from me before the end of the year!

This 12-year journey has been richly rewarding, and I’ve learned so much along the way! I’m deeply thankful for the many opportunities that BowlerTech has provided - for myself and for others! I look forward to whatever may come next….

(Archived blog post from 2024-06-12)

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