Posts Tagged ‘business’

‘Hang in there Jack’ could have been so much more…

See my Superbowl post if you missed the ad that Jack in the Box ran during the big game. Or my ‘morning after’ post tracking the ad campaign’s social media — or more accurately, lack of a true social media — component.

Jack in the Box is one of San Diego’s Fortune 500s (along with SAIC, Qualcomm, Sempra…). So Jack is a hometown hero and many locals, me included, when we saw him get hit by a bus during a Superbowl ad, immediately went to the url advertised,, which couldn’t handle the traffic. It wasn’t until the next day that I could see all of its great multimedia content.

However, there was no RSS feed! WTH? How am I supposed to stay on top of changes and updates to this site? Oh, I guess people are supposed to subscribe to email alerts instead. No thanks. Get enough of that already!  (more…)

San Diego’s Astroglide Enjoying Economic Slide

I had the chance to chat with the inventor of Astroglide this morning at the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s monthly meeting. Yes, the famous personal lubricant is made right here in Vista and greases the proverbial skids of our local economy. The formulation was discovered by Dan Wray back in 1979–I think it was for some kind of aerospace application since he was a NASA chemist. Seriously. Hence the ‘Astro.’ Somehow–and we’ll skip over this part of the narrative–its value as a personal lubricant was discovered.

Well, it turns out, after chatting to him this a.m., that sex is recession-proof. Probably not news to Metblog readers. And with more people staying home, Astroglide sales are climaxing swelling — gosh, can’t find the right word — anyhow, sales are good.

And this product is global. Astroglide has distributors from Saudi Arabia to Iceland. Wow. So, despite these tough economic times, doesn’t it just make you warm all over to know that Astroglide is one of our region’s red-hot exports. And if that isn’t enough to make you feel really, really good, then how about the fact that Astroglide is non-toxic and water based. Oh yeah….Someone cue the Barry White.

San Diego toy company takes on toxic toys

I always like meeting inspiring entrepreneurs and San Diego is full of them–thank goodness. I met one yesterday, Daniel Monahan, who started a designer toy company called DANO2 based in Carlsbad. His company’s first product came on the market in the fall and it’s a non-toxic teething ring that’s all US-made from medical-grade plastic and pediatrician approved. While safe and functional, so teething kids can give them a good and gummy workout, each design is also fun with a circus theme that parents like.   

Safe teething rings from San Diego

Safe teething rings from San Diego

Daniel and company have more products like the teething ring in the works for parents who want safe choices for their kids. Everything they make is far above the standards set by Congress to try to prevent shoddy toy products from making it into playpens and playrooms around the country. Daniel explained that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has much higher standards and says any lead content above 40 ppm is unsafe, but our Congress set the limit on lead content at 600 parts per million (ppm).  Anyhow, the teething ring was tested, of course, and showed no detectable levels of lead, so chew on that.

Daniel is a dad, sculptor and entrepreneur. Before starting DANO2, he had graduated with a business degree from UCLA and was creating toy art for art collectors.  After their daughter was born, his wife asked “why aren’t you making toys that your daughter can enjoy?” And, the next thing you know, they were bringing a new company into the world.

The children’s toys Daniel and team have come up with so far include the teethers, the “DANO Ducki,” and a stylized baby doll named “Tum.” And all are tested to verify compliance with local and international safety regulations and are free of lead, phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA). Very cool.

The full DANO2 product line is available online at and in select specialty stores. Check them out and tell them the San Diego metblog sent you!

DANO2 Circus Rings

DANO2 Circus Rings

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