A Think Tank for Camera Bags
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ One most often associates think tanks with groups of analysts pondering such heady issues as energy policy and global peace.
Think Tank Photo’s roots are those of a classic American start up. Hewlett Packard and Apple, Think Tank Photo literally began in Murdoch’s poorly lit garage in Northern California. There, surrounded by bolts of fabric, sewing machines, and a cutting table, he created a revolutionary vision for the camera bag business.
Like a classic think tank, Murdoch founded his company on the principle that its output the camera bags should be the result of soliciting input from hundreds of professional photographers and having his team of world class designers mull, sift, argue, prototype, and refine different designs. “As someone who had made a good living designing bags for numerous brands, I could have comfortably continued doing that work,” said Murdoch. I knew there was a very big opportunity a new business model that had michael kors purses the potential to revolutionize our industry.” For years, Murdoch and his former colleague, Mike Sturm, had the opportunity to design products for the photo industry and observe how other camera bag companies determined what to create. concluded that camera bag requirements specific to professional photographers were not really being met.
“This was wrong,” said Murdoch, “and an opportunity.”
As lower prices were becoming such a dominant force in camera bags, he realized that there was a niche available at the high end for tailored, well constructed bags. the company might lose in volume, it could make up in superior design and quality that justified higher prices. the underlying business model for Think Tank Photo was born. While Murdoch and Sturm teased apart the industry and probed for the hidden opportunity, their thoughts ke michael kors purses pt going back to two photojournalists from their past who had wanted to provide input into their designs: winner Deanne Fitzmaurice and Kurt Rogers. over 50 years of combined front line photojournalism experience from wars to weddings, from sports to politics Fitzmaurice and Rogers had seen and photographed it all.
They all wanted Think Tank to b michael kors purses e an actual think tank, a place where the very best photojournalists and other professional photographers would have a powerful voice in designs, policies, and how the company grew.
Their newly released Sling O Matic shoulder bag is a classic example of how the company’s “think tank” solved a basic problem that had been plaguing the industry. bags, which are shoulder bags that until now could be worn over only one shoulder, cause fatigue. “That is exactly the problem we solved w michael kors purses ith our new Sling O Matic sling bag,” said Murdoch. lenses and bodies are really, really heavy. full day in the field with a traditional sling bag slung over one shoulder invites exhaustion and muscle and ligament damage.”
Think Tank Photo’s Sling O Matic is the photo industry’s first sling bag that can be easily switched back and forth to be worn on either shoulder. With one smooth motion, the Sling O Matic can be quickly switched to the opposite shoulder without losing the characteristics that have made sling bags popular among photographers.
In only five years Murdoch and his colleagues have been able to grow Think Tank Photo into a major force in the global photography accessories industry. “Starting Think Tank was a tremendous personal risk. based on my relationship with photographers I knew that if we truly listened to their needs and created products that reflected those needs, that they would support us in kind. staying true to our vision and mission, our dream of being an innovation driven and customer focused company has come true.”