Who is it?

Dan Klitsner

What was this episode about?

The inventor of one of the most iconic audio toys shares the journey from idea to icon. In its 25th year, the BopIt! transcends generations, and it all started with a simple idea to make a fun remote control for kids.

Dan Klitsner has had a love for games for as long as he can remember. He went to school for industrial design and eventually found his way to toy design. Inventing the generationally popular BopIt was inspired by his experience creating universal remote controls. He wanted to make a toy that was interactive, silly, and could be played by all!

Today, we’re discussing how Dan welcomed his growing success and other products he’s made. We talk about some of the failures that come along with the journey, and he offers his advice for those looking to follow in his footsteps. 


Key Takeaways

  • When the BopIt journey started (01:45)
  • Its origin story (03:15)
  • BopIt growing in momentum (10:00)
  • What challenges he’s had to overcome (11:30)
  • Another product that he’s made (14:00)
  • One of his products that have failed (18:15)
  • How BopIt gives back (20:30)
  • Advice for those wanting to follow in his footsteps (24:30)


Additional Resources 

Learn more about BopIt for Good here 

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When did this episode air?

January 18, 2021