February 29th, 2004 is a date we'll never forget. It was the day we sold the very first 420 Jar. At the time, Matt was a software developer at Ticketmaster and taking classes to complete his degree at ASU. Gary was a graphic designer at a local printing company where, as fate would have it, a few months earlier he met the man who inspired the idea for 420 Jars.
When Fred from Home Blown Glass came into the printing company to pick up pint glasses printed with his logo, Gary suggested that he get some glass jars made with his logo too - they could be little stash jars for his customers. Fortunately for us, Fred passed on the idea and that night Gary told Matt about this chance encounter. The rest, as they say, is history.
Over the years, we've teamed up with product designers like Tristan, creator of the 420 Scope; Adam, inventor of RezBlock; Josh, the man behind Smoke Soap; and Stephan Peirce, the designer of the Kargo line. These guys are more than just our partners, they're our friends and part of the reason we love our jobs.
Five years ago we moved from Phoenix to Austin so we could be in the same city as our friend and collaborative partner David Daily, the founder of Grav Labs. Our companies are separate, but we work together to create products, solve problems, and grow our businesses. Another benefit of the move is that we get to live in an amazing city that we love - if you haven't been here, the Glassroots trade show in May is a great excuse to visit Austin.
The communal spirit of our industry leads to a lot of collaboration. We've really enjoyed the relationship we have with our friends at High Times Magazine and we've worked with them to create the official stash jar of every Cannabis Cup since 2006. We've also made jars for bands such as 311 and Slightly Stoopid. And of course, we always love doing custom jars for smoke shops all over the world.
For us, it's about the people. Our friends, partners, customers, competitors, and especially our co-workers. We love everyone on the 420 Science team and think of them as family. Their passion and creativity inspire us to keep launching fresh products and to have fun doing it.
Here's to the next 10 years!
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