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Giant Interview – Cody Gapare – Owner and Founder – C-lash

Giant Interview – Cody Gapare – Owner and Founder – C-lash

[00:00:03] Hello and welcome back to Tech Innovations for Women Health 2019, where it was part of a giant event at all, and we’ve had some fantastic conversations so far today talking all things within medtech in particular as well. Within what women are doing right now, we’re going to have tech and essentially disrupting the market and becoming leaders within this workspace as well.

[00:00:24] I’d like to now introduce our next guest, Cody Gapare, who’s the CEO and co founder at C-Lash. Thanks very much for joining me. Thank you for having me.

[00:00:32] So give us a little bit of an overview, really, about yourself and what’s brought you here to this event as well, and also a little bit about C-Lash.

[00:00:39] So my name is Cody, as you said. And I am I’m from Cheshire and my company. So they are eyelashes for people who’ve lost their unlatches either through cancer or alopecia or any other disease. And basically, it’s an idea that I came up with when I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2014.

[00:01:01] So it’s been obviously a bit of an emotional roller coaster with obviously yourself and obviously with this business as well. How hard has it been to get it off the ground? Because I caught the tail end of your pitch for the viewers at home, you don’t know so much. How hard has it been to to really get to where they are right now?

[00:01:18] It’s been quite a journey. So to give you a flavour. I came up with the idea in 2014, religiously coming in 2015. And I just I it took me about three and a half years to finally get the product to market. So it was quite a long journey from getting the idea to getting everything that that was needed in place. And because it was a product for people with health issues, we had to make sure that everything was crossed and every I was dotted. So for us to get to where we fit into today and now the product is now imposed. It took quite a long time, but it was worth the journey today.

[00:01:56] And you’ve got the product here, haven’t you, that you can show us on camera here? And is it in stores currently then, or is can you buy online?

[00:02:04] You can buy it in both select shows, selected stores, and you can buy it on goods online and talking about, you know, this event itself.

[00:02:13] And obviously it’s talking about the real reasons why we’re here is is disrupting the medtech world, going down this fantastic route, but also getting leaders both as obviously women, but also men as well, to be part of it and to have this relevant conversation as well. How important is events like this to.

[00:02:32] It’s really great in creativity and to really hear other people’s voices and events like this are really important, especially for women, because, like I say, women come up with ideas all the time. But I think there’s a combination of not feeling with themselves because women never go for something unless they are 100 percent sure they’re going to succeed, whereas men are more willing to put themselves up there. And having conversations like this where women come together, you realise that the things that you are afraid of, the next woman is afraid of them as well. And if somebody is still got the same fears that you’ve got and they’ve gone out and done it, it just may encourage more women to go out and do it. But also it encourages people, especially women, to talk about some of the health issues that we normally sweep under the rug because it ceases to be a taboo. It is has to be an everyday conversation.

[00:03:22] That is, is it to have and go back to your story again as well and what you’ve just said there as well, would you have been inspired to do something like this if you didn’t get the diagnosis or would you have just carried on if you didn’t get cancer? And obviously, I don’t know your condition now. Hopefully. Are you are you OK, by the way, first of all, as well nowadays.

[00:03:43] Yeah, I’m in remission. I finished my treatment back in 2015. But going back to your question, would I have started like should I not been diagnosed with cancer? Absolutely not. Because for me, I always say the eleventh of August, the day that I found out my diagnosis and made the decision to go out and have an interview even after the diagnosis was a turning point in my life. On that day, I showed myself what I was capable of.

[00:04:11] And then after that day, it was a case of maybe I can take another step and maybe another. And then I realised that I could work and I could run and now I’m sprinting. So that decision, that diagnosis was very much a piece of people turning point in my life is an incredibly inspiring story.

[00:04:28] You’re incredibly inspiring person. You know, obviously, we’re all very happy that you’re obviously fit and well and fighting, fighting very strong. Moving on and talking about this medtech space again as well within the museum. We’re talking about the positives really here today. What would you say right now, though, are some of the challenges within, I suppose, the traditional workplace and especially within medtech? You’ve got the big farmers, you’ve got companies which I suppose have been largely male orientated as well. What challenges would you say still are there to be overcome speaking from.

[00:05:02] And intrapreneur, and that’s our point of view for me, the biggest thing that I find is when we get funding, especially what people who support us need to realise is we need pension money. You can’t invest money today and take and demand that we pay back tomorrow. A company needs time to grow. For me, my company started in 2016 and it took me three years to launch my business and start making money. So when people come and invest in our companies, they need to realise that patience is the key you need. You can’t offer us a lifeline and then cut it down at the knees. So I think for me that is one thing. That and the other thing also that I’m passionate about that I found out is when investors invest in companies, they depend solely on on research and research. This is great for probably in conjunction with other things that come. But then it if there is no research, there should be a dialogue to say, OK, you’ve got this project for me. My product didn’t exist in the market before I introduced it. So when I was asked to produce research to become a prototype, I couldn’t do that. And because of that I couldn’t find funding. So yes, research is important, but it’s not the only thing that investors should look at when they are investing in companies.

[00:06:24] Yeah, I think that is a really good point. And it’s something we’ve discussed here with giant events before as well. And also medtech in general. I think there is a love for patients as well. It’s a difficult balance to to to work out profit margins also mixed with obviously giving the best service and patient support as well. I mean, for your sake as well. Have you found anything else here at today’s event where other products or other services where you’ve been blown away as well from certain stories? Or is it is it just good to get your story out there today as well?

[00:06:59] It’s been quite eye opening because when when we realised that Maine are going into this take investment and investments and offering help and insight into them is really encouraging for me, because for me, like I said, I came from a background where I’d never run a business before. And I knew nothing about businesses, really. So it was an upward struggle. So here when I came here and I was listening to some of the gentleman, we were talking. It’s a conversation that is a new conversation for me. And it’s really, really encouraging to see that men are looking at women and looking to invest in women because we have the solutions to our problems. And if you give us the platform, we will give you the solutions.

[00:07:40] I think it’s this is my opinion here as well. Maybe as the interview, you should never really put your two pennies worth in. But I think it needs to be a conversation between both as well. And I think everybody needs to listen to both sides as well, because everybody has a relevant point, I think, to be made, especially at events like this. And I think, you know, it doesn’t matter necessarily it’s a female orientated event. But to get both genders and to get both, you know, aspects and people’s opinions is is the way forward to working in conjunction to basically make it a better, more agile environment, really?

[00:08:16] Absolutely. You’re right. The only reason I mention the men is for me is quite a new thing for me to come into the environment with this, because we’ve had the conversations with the women. We we know what they’re offering and we know. But then for me, I think maybe from where we come from, I’m not saying that men are not in these conversations, but to be at the forefront of the conversations is something that’s groundbreaking and is something that probably is sorely needed in this industry.

[00:08:42] Working together just as finally as well before we had to, unfortunately, wrap things up. And what have you taken away today from today and how closely have you really enjoyed this giant event as well?

[00:08:54] This has been amazing. I mean, I didn’t know what to expect coming here today, but I’m absolutely glad I made the journey all the way from Cheshire. It’s been amazing. And I’ve I have met some people who are definitely I’m going to have conversations with and I’ve met some people who on a personal level, I’m going to keep in touch with. And I’ve got some conversations to be had with some investors as well.

[00:09:15] Great stuff. Inspiring story, great product as well. Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you for having me.