The Oh Pisi Story
There is something unmistakably magical about children. The innocent way they observe the world; the unadulterated joy they show for the smallest things; and how they develop over time, viewing the world as positively as possible.
Before I had children of my own, I founded a company (SF Tots) that teaches sports to young children. It was a lot of fun and grew significantly until over 1,000 children per week were enjoying our programs. Unfortunately, as a business, it was not able to replace my full-time income, so I ran the company on the side with dedicated full-time staff and part-time coaches. Once my children were born, I spent less and less time with the kids before eventually bringing in a partner who took over. To do this day, I still miss coaching the little ones, that hour we would spend each week was energizing and fun for both them AND me. And seeing them develop over time, even just for a couple of years was really amazing.
Having worked with startup companies since the dot-com boom (and bust!), I’m very familiar with the excitement of starting with just an idea, building a team, growing a customer base, and sometimes selling your company or on the disappointing side, shutting down a company. I decided it was time to launch my own company, but how did end up with the idea for Oh Pisi?
My wife and I live thousands of miles from our families. When our nieces, nephews, and godson were all young, a Skype or Facetime birthday call worked great. As they got older and their interests developed, I knew that they would love to receive a present and more so, I really wanted to give them something great. Those of us with children in our lives want to be that person who finds an awesome gift that they love, be the hero of the day, the cool uncle, the fun grandma... But it’s, not easy. I’m sure everyone reading this knows the hours, frustration, and wasted time running in circles that goes into trying to identify the PERFECT gift. It can feel impossible at times. Quite frankly, I was horrible at making the time to properly shop, buy, and ship a gift across the country.
Solving that problem led to me founding Oh Pisi.
I want everyone, no matter how busy they are or unfamiliar with children’s presents, to be proud of the gifts they give to the most special kids in their lives. Sometimes, when separated by distance, gifts are the only concrete thing we have to show our cherished little ones how much they mean to us. Pisi, our gift genie, will do all the hard work - making it easy for you to ensure that when a child unwraps your gift that they love it!That is the ultimate reason I founded this platform. I’m excited to help you become a gift hero today and spread the joy with children everywhere.