The Foundr Podcast with Nathan Chan

 Tobi Skovron, Founder,

Dog toilets and co-working spaces? An unlikely pairing. But if you talk to Tobi Skovron, you'll find they have one thing in common—they inspired him to create two passion-filled businesses and realize his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

Skovron walked away from a promising career in medicine to pursue entrepreneurship, even though he had no idea what business he wanted to run. It wasn’t until Skovron got a dog that he came upon an idea that would take Australia by storm—an indoor dog toilet called Pet Loo. Piggybacking off of the success in Australia, Skovron decided to expand into the US market. He quickly faced a lot of challenges, however, since he made the move right as the 2008 recession hit. Skovron lost half his money right away.

Starting over in Los Angeles, he realized the spare bedroom in his Venice Beach apartment was not the ideal environment for him to breathe life into his US expansion, so he joined a co-working space to rekindle his inspiration. There, Skovron realized a new passion for this collaborative environment, which ultimately led him to his next project.

Skovron sold Pet Loo and started, a hotel-like co-working environment that houses a curated community of passionate people. We here at Foundr have even used to shoot many of our course videos!

These days, Skovron's less interested in financial return, and more interested in providing quality experiences and fostering an environment of positivity and creativity. Listen in and get inspired by this journey from aspiring entrepreneur to two-time founder.

Key Takeaways

  • How the idea for Pet Loo became a reality (it was his wife's idea)
  • The 10-year journey of designing, manufacturing, marketing, and selling Pet Loo
  • How Skovron’s love of the co-working landscape led to the creation of his second successful product
  • Why Skovron won’t scale his business for the sake of scaling
Direct download: FP222_Tobi_Skovron.mp3
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