#HolidayNightMarket Q&A with Yellow Scope

yellow-scopeKelly and Marcie are the co-founders of Yellow Scope, a company that makes rigorous, creative, and fun science kits to get girls excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)! 

What inspired you to start your business?

As scientists and moms of girls we were discouraged by the huge gender gap in the STEM fields and concerned about the kind of “science” kits that were on the market for girls. We think girls deserve better in the toy aisle – better than the spa and beauty products that masquerade as science kits. We started Yellow Scope to keep girls excited about science and offer them a different kind of science kit, one that takes them seriously. Our high quality kits offer girls straight-up science without lip gloss or bubble gum.


What is the hardest lesson you learned during your first year in business and how did you overcome it?

Letting go of perfect. We’ve overcome this challenge by setting external deadlines with partners such as our graphic designer, printer, and manufacturer. This prevents us from obsessing too long over every product detail! We work hard and stay focused on producing the best quality products we can in the time we have.


What was the most useful lesson or advice you learned at MCNW?

More than anything, Bill Horton, our instructor for the Foundation Business Class gave us confidence. The class gave us the tools we needed for starting a business and Bill gave the encouragement we needed to do this thing!


What excites you about doing business in Portland?

The collaborative spirit within the entrepreneur community, Portland’s love of small independent businesses and girl-power!


If your business had a spirit animal, what would it be and why?

A hive of honeybees. “Communication, organization, abundance, productivity. Bee people tend to be industrious, family oriented, protective, and represent a strong sense of the feminine.”


If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give your pre-business self?

Growing slowly, organically and authentically is OK.


How have you personally grown since starting your business?

We are both more efficient and able to let things go. We are also more able to rise with successes and be less bothered by failures.


Any exciting things ahead for Yellow Scope?

Many exciting things! In 2017, we plan to develop another kit or two, a monthly subscription model, and expand to more stores.


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