Startup Grind Sacramento and the City of Davis Hosts Rapid Brands Founder Chris Johnson

Startup Grind Sacramento in partnership with the City of Davis will be hosting Rapid Brands Founder, Chris Johnson.  His leadership and strategic execution has led Rapid Brands to become the fastest growing microwave cookware company in the country.  It all started with Johnson’s first invention the Rapid Ramen Cooker, microwave cooker for ramen noodles.  The company now boasts over 25 products and the company’s retail footprint has grown to over 50,000 doors nationwide in less than 3 years. Johnson appeared on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank” in 2013, and secured an on-air deal with Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban.  Johnson and his products have been featured on “Good Morning America,” CNN, Yahoo News, and the cover of Comstock Magazine to name a few.  Johnson has secured license partnership with billion dollar brands such as Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Collegiate, Top Ramen, Minute Rice, and General Mills to name a few.

Johnson has served on the Board of Directors for the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Executive Board for Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors for Positive Coaching Alliance.  Johnson currently serves on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish.

The mission of Startup Grind is to educate, connect, and inspire entrepreneurs. At this event, there will be networking and great food.  Here are the event details:

Date: January 25, 2018

Time: 6 pm

Location:  : The Hunt Boyer Mansion, 604 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616

Register: StartupGrind.com/Sacramento

Apptology is a sponsor of Startup Grind Sacramento

By Rich Foreman, CEO / Apptology and Director of Startup Grind Sacramento. Rich co-authored the book Tap into the Mobile Economy and his blog has been listed in the Top 20 Mobile Marketing Blogs of 2014.  Follow Rich on Twitter at@ApptologyCEO or attend a Startup Grind Sacramento Event.

Christopher Johnson / Rapid Brands: Fear vs. Faith

Chris Johnson is an accomplished entrepreneur founding Rapid Products and the Johnson Group Inc.   With his roots firmly grounded in Sacramento, Chris grew up with a diverse duo of family members. His mother was a small-business owner consulting for major corporations and his father was a senior special agent for the Federal Government.  At the age of 16, Chris started down the entrepreneurial road and started a teen dance club and held the first event at Dante’s where he hosted 400 local high school students.

While in college, Chris developed the idea for the Rapid Ramen Cooker when he accidently cooked the perfect bowl of Ramen in the Microwave.  Chris dedicated his time and efforts to creating the ideal ramen cooker; it was his questions that connected him to the right people. He knew what he could do himself and creating a prototype was not one of them. His attorney actually referred him to a group of students at Chico State and they produced the first working prototype. Later, he landed a deal with Walmart and was highlighted on KCRA News. Eventually this attracted enough demand where he was able to successfully pitch it on Shark Tank where he successfully negotiated an offer from Mark Cuban.  Rapid Ramen (now called Rapid Brands) has grown into a full line of microwave cookware with sales at estimated $100 M.

Fear vs. Faith

His advice to entrepreneurs is to know the difference between fear and faith.   Fear is that you’ll be a failure.  Faith is that you’ll be a success.  What they do have in common? Neither has occurred so Chris encourages entrepreneurs to embrace faith and to to not allow fear to dominate your life. Don’t even think about fear.

If you would like to hear more nuggets of entrepreneurial wisdom from Chris, you can view his entire interview with Startup Grind Sacramento here.