When you eat a protein bar, you’re doing it for the macros or settling instead of having a treat. But, why settle?
So, I kid you not, I stand up mid-workout, walk over to Ondrea and start explaining my idea of making protein donuts and shipping them across the country. The next day we went to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought a ton of cooking and baking equipment. Here we then are in Ondrea’s 400 square foot studio apartment in Silicon Valley surrounded by what looked like a chemistry project, and honestly no real game plan. I was on YouTube every day looking at different recipes trying to perfect our donuts. Then finally after giving out a ton of samples to friends and family we got to a recipe we felt we could sell and we set a launch date.
It’s funny because my initial goal was to be an anesthesia nurse. That’s really what I had been working towards in life. The Dough Bar, even when we had started was meant to be something fun we did on weekends to make a bit of extra money. When we launched we had 20 orders within the first few weeks. Then orders jumped to 25, then 30. I remember thinking to myself, “wow people really like these things.” Weeks later it then turned into 100 orders. Then we sold out completely in one day.
At this point I put my nursing career on pause because I knew the medical field wasn’t going anywhere, and I jumped in full time with The Dough Bar. A few months later Ondrea did the same.