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Chad started Think Crucial in 2008. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Think Crucial?
I studied finance in college and started covering internet stocks like Amazon on Wall Street. This really opened up the world of e-commerce to me. At the same time, my parents were running a shop that sold vacuum cleaners along with accessories but it wasn’t doing very well. I started helping them out with their business and took it online while still working crazy banker hours.
When I was let go in 2009 after the crash, I was ecstatic - this was my chance for a whole new beginning in e-commerce. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I helped expand the business, first on Volusion then selling on eBay, and then finally Amazon. Ultimately, I realized I didn’t want to be a reseller-- I wanted to have my own brand. That was the genesis of Think Crucial.
I started Think Crucial to solve a very real problem. At the time, replacement parts were overpriced and hard to find. I set out to disrupt that market by selling better accessories cheaper and creating a fantastic customer experience.
I was selling on multiple channels with an outsourced warehouse, and towards the end, we had to piece about seven different software systems together to just run the business. That’s when I partnered up with DJ Kunovac to create the powerful software we needed to really run the business. We created an e-commerce management software and layered in some automation functionality to help alleviate the bottlenecks of human labor.
Starting Skubana was a natural progression from being a highly successful seller - I found a problem that impeded the growth of my business and solved it.