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24-Year-Old College Dropout, Dylan Jacob is the King of the Drinkware Market




At a mere age of 24, Dylan Jacob is a force to reckon with. Already the king of the drinkware market in the United States, Jacob is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully run two businesses before starting BrüMate.

Every year, millions of aspiring entrepreneurs come up with fantastic business ideas. While some fail, some others succeed and set an example for others to follow. Passion, creativity and confidence are traits required in good businessmen. But for them to turn a business into a successful venture, understanding the consumer’s needs is important.

Indiana-based Dylan Jacob believes that, “Before setting out to create any product or service you should be out there talking to your ideal customer base to help shape and transform your concept into a viable product that the general population will get behind.”

Always amongst the top 10 in his class, Jacob studied Engineering at the prestigious Purdue University. It was then that he started a small business of part supply for repair which he sold to one of the company’s franchise customers.

After two semesters at Purdue, Jacob made a risky decision which completely changed his life. He dropped out of college to pursue entrepreneurship full time. He then started a high-end glass tile company and sold it in 2017 which is still a successful venture under the new owners. But his third and the most successful venture, BrüMate is the closest to his heart.

At a Christmas party, Jacob left his drink unattended for a few minutes and found the drink to be quite warm when he returned. He grew curious and started looking for koozies online to keep his drinks cold. He was surprised that there were no koozies available for his choice of beverage. So in 2016, he launched BrüMate, an insulated drinkware brand specializing in adult beverages.

In its first year, BrüMate made $2 million in sales without taking a single penny from investors. In the second year, the company recorded a 1000% profit with $20 million revenue. In 2019, Jacob aims at crossing $35 million in revenue. One of the most popular product of the company, the Hopsulator TRiO keeps your drink cold till you finish it. The Winesulator is another best-selling product which keeps your wine cold for 24 hours. Apart from these, there glitter flasks and a variety of accessories to choose from.

Jacob has made it in the Forbes 30 under 30 list two years in a row and is also one of the finalists for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year – 2019.’ All products by BrüMate are designed and conceptualized by Jacob himself and he’s increasingly adding new products on the shelf based on market requirement. According to a Drinkware Market Report, the industry is estimated to cross $11 billion by 2023 and the rate at which BrüMate is growing, Jacob is sure to be one of the top contenders in the world market.

At 24, Jacob is running one of the fastest growing businesses in all of United States and is the leader in the drinkware market. But even after achieving so much, he wants to explore, take more risks and grow his business further. “I have seen entrepreneurs hesitate to take risks because of fear of failure. However, real success comes to those who dare to take the unexplored path. Today, even though I have established myself in the industry, I wish to experiment and explore newer markets, achieve greater heights, and become a market pioneer,” Jacob says.

The idea of Bigtime Daily landed this engineer cum journalist from a multi-national company to the digital avenue. Matthew brought life to this idea and rendered all that was necessary to create an interactive and attractive platform for the readers. Apart from managing the platform, he also contributes his expertise in business niche.

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Turning Tragedy into Triumph Through Walking With Anthony




On the morning of February 6, 2010, Anthony Purcell took a moment to admire the churning surf before plunging into the waves off Miami Beach. Though he had made the dive numerous times before, that morning was destined to be different when he crashed into a hidden sandbar, sustaining bruises to his C5 and C6 vertebrae and breaking his neck.

“I was completely submerged and unable to rise to the surface,” Purcell recalls. “Fortunately, my cousin Bernie saw what was happening and came to my rescue. He saved my life, but things would never be the same after that dive.”

Like thousands of others who are confronted with a spinal cord injury (SCI), Purcell plunged headlong into long months of hopelessness and despair. Eventually, however, he learned to turn personal tragedy into triumph as he reached out to fellow SCI victims by launching Walking With Anthony.

Living with SCI: the first dark days

Initial rehabilitation for those with SCIs takes an average of three to six months, during which time they must relearn hundreds of fundamental skills and adjust to what feels like an entirely new body. Unfortunately, after 21 days, Purcell’s insurance stopped paying for this essential treatment, even though he had made only minimal improvement in such a short time.

“Insurance companies cover rehab costs for people with back injuries, but not for people with spinal cord injuries,” explains Purcell. “We were practically thrown to the curb. At that time, I was so immobile that I couldn’t even raise my arms to feed myself.”

Instead of giving up, Purcell’s mother chose to battle his SCI with long-term rehab. She enrolled Purcell in Project Walk, a rehabilitation facility located in Carlsbad, California, but one that came with an annual cost of over $100,000.

“My parents paid for rehabilitation treatment for over three years,” says Purcell. “Throughout that time, they taught me the importance of patience, compassion, and unconditional love.”

Yet despite his family’s support, Purcell still struggled. “Those were dark days when I couldn’t bring myself to accept the bleak prognosis ahead of me,” he says. “I faced life in a wheelchair and the never-ending struggle for healthcare access, coverage, and advocacy. I hit my share of low points, and there were times when I seriously contemplated giving up on life altogether.”

Purcell finds a new purpose in helping others with SCIs

After long months of depression and self-doubt, Purcell’s mother determined it was time for her son to find purpose beyond rehabilitation.

“My mom suggested I start Walking With Anthony to show people with spinal cord injuries that they were not alone,” Purcell remarks. “When I began to focus on other people besides myself, I realized that people all around the world with spinal cord injuries were suffering because of restrictions on coverage and healthcare access. The question that plagued me most was, ‘What about the people with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford the cost of rehabilitation?’ I had no idea how they were managing.”

Purcell and his mother knew they wanted to make a difference for other people with SCIs, starting with the creation of grants to help cover essentials like assistive technology and emergency finances. To date, they have helped over 100 SCI patients get back on their feet after suffering a similar life-altering accident.

Purcell demonstrates the power and necessity of rehab for people with SCIs

After targeted rehab, Purcell’s physical and mental health improved drastically. Today, he is able to care for himself, drive his own car, and has even returned to work.

“Thanks to my family’s financial and emotional support, I am making amazing physical improvement,” Purcell comments. “I mustered the strength to rebuild my life and even found the nerve to message Karen, a high school classmate I’d always had a thing for. We reconnected, our friendship evolved into love, and we tied the knot in 2017.”

After all that, Purcell found the drive to push toward one further personal triumph. He married but did not believe a family was in his future. Regardless of his remarkable progress, physicians told him biological children were not an option.

Despite being paralyzed from the chest down, Purcell continued to look for hope. Finally, Dr. Jesse Mills of UCLA Health’s Male Reproductive Medicine department assured Purcell and his wife that the right medical care and in vitro fertilization could make their dream of becoming parents a reality.

“Payton joined our family in the spring of 2023,” Purcell reports. “For so long, I believed my spinal cord injury had taken everything I cared about, but now I am grateful every day. I work to help other people with spinal cord injuries find the same joy and hope. We provide them with access to specialists, funding to pay for innovative treatments, and the desire to move forward with a focus on the future.”

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