After Selling His Company for $50 Million, Leeward Bean Entered Franchising


After selling his scientific instrument company, Ocean Optics, for $50 million in 2004, Leeward Bean was enjoying his well earned retirement when two of his former employees lured him out of it.  Christina Bacon and Ron DeFrece asked Bean if he’d be interested in providing them with seed funding and advice to launch Uniquely Geek, an online novelty shop targeting science geeks. He said yes.

Soon enough, the crew at Uniquely Geek decided they wanted to print nerdy sayings on T-shirts. They, however, found the cost of doing so in small quantities  prohibitive. Being scientists, they were driven to find a solution to their challenge and did. It was the solution they found that spawned the birth of the Big Frog Custom T-Shirt franchise, which currently has 65 locations. 

Hear why Bean thinks his franchise is hops and leaps ahead of its competitors by listening to his lively interview with Franchise Business Review here

Franchise Business Review surveys the franchisees of leading franchise brands in order to provide prospective franchisees with valuable insight into the support, franchisee-franchisor relations, franchise operations, training, financial opportunity and more of franchises they are interested in. Read what Big Frog’s franchisees have to say about it as well as reviews of other franchise brands here

As the Editorial Director at Franchise Business Review, Emma Pearson reports regularly on today's top franchise opportunities and the latest trends in franchising. She also writes and oversees the publishing of Franchise Business Review's annual Top Franchises, Top Low-Cost Franchises, Top Franchises for Veterans and many other specialized franchise reports. They feature the only lists of top franchises based on feedback from those who know best - the franchisees who own them.

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