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Nathan started PocketGel in 2016. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on PocketGel?
When I started my senior year at Duquesne University, the plan was to continue my education in law school. I had a dual major in Legal Studies and Entrepreneurial Studies in order to become a lawyer to help small businesses. But I always knew that starting a business was a goal that I always had and PocketGel came to me at the right time, when I started to discover that law school wasn’t for me.
> I always knew that starting a business was a goal that I always had and PocketGel came to me at the right time, when I started to discover that law school wasn’t for me.
The idea of PocketGel was a chance moment while I was a senior at Duquesne. That moment happened when I was meeting my family for dinner on a typical, rainy day in Pittsburgh. I was going to walk to the restaurant to meet them there, but the hair styling product I just put in my hair would be ruined by the rain.
I told one of my roommates, “I wish I could just take a little amount of gel with me to style my hair once I got there.” I call that my eureka moment! The next day, with that idea still in my mind, I made my first PocketGel prototype that I made out of aluminum foil and I was lucky enough to take a picture of that moment!
I continued the development of PocketGel, the packet of styling products that could fit in your pocket, throughout my senior year. I used PocketGel as a mock business for 2 of my entrepreneurial classes throughout the year. That was great training for gaining knowledge in the industry and learning if this was a product that people would buy.
When I graduated I took all the money that I had set aside in order to start paying my loans off and used that to start my own on the go hair care styling company for travelers, bikers, and everyone who needs their hair styled away from home.