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From Zero To Apple In Four Weeks

May 11, 2012

MELBOURNE, Fla., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Granny Cate Vincent dropped her iPad while reading in bed, in her mobile home, in a retirement village in Florida, and the iPad landed on her face. Four weeks later, she was sitting in a glass conference room at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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“They invited me to Apple when they heard about what I did next, which was to get out of bed, grab some pinking shears and a plastic file folder, make a few cuts, slip in my iPad, and, by the next day, begin a brand new business making gorgeous soft leather handles which keep an iPad safe and secure – THE ORIGINAL LEATHER HANDLE FOR IPAD!”

Many people, through the years, have called Granny Vincent a “to think is to do” person, but after her meeting with Apple she felt that they, above all others, understood that when inspiration comes, “you just take the next right steps.”

She says, “I’d just read the new book about Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and was filled with admiration for what Steve Jobs did in that first garage where they designed the world-changing Apple computers.” She leans forward and continues, “Shhh… I think Steve Jobs just may have given me this idea for the handle for his beloved iPad. It makes it so… well, useable and elegant, and that’s what he loved.”

At Apple headquarters they encouraged her to ‘get that handle to market’, and pledged their help in many ways. When she returned to Florida, she and a master leather crafter, Tim Kennedy, put everything into place to go into full production mode. Grandpa Vincent raided his savings account to buy enough leather for a first run. So many orders have come in that they’ve now gone live on Kickstarter.com, a ‘crowd funding’ website for especially creative designs.

“Each person is really in charge of his own life. We can be anything we want to be. And now, nearing 70, I want to be an entrepreneur!” Granny Vincent says, and adds, “you can go to Kickstarter.com and search for Original Leather Handle for iPad,” with an entrepreneur’s glint in her eye.

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