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Disrupting The Toy Industry

By November 12, 2019No Comments

Donegal, Ireland based entrepreneur Ian Harkin ditched a finance career in London to launch a doll company. Ian is the CEO of Lottie Dolls, a toy company creating a diverse range of premium quality small dolls. Since launching his company in 2011, he’s been on a mission to challenge toy industry standards with dolls addressing body image, gender stereotypes, diversity in ability and ethnicity. To date, Lottie Dolls have won 35 international toy awards and partnered with the European Space Agency, sending the Stargazer Doll to the International Space Station. In this episode of the Business Builders Show, Ian shares why he self-funded his company, to the research behind every Lottie Doll as well as why listening to kids (not parents or retailers) was the best product research and some raw insights on the challenges of creating a mission-driven company.f

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at