Rubber Bandits™ was invented by Adrian Chernoff for a competition held by Staples®. Adrian’s mother called him one evening and made him promise to enter the competition. So, as time was running out and the deadline was fast approaching, he knew he had to come up with something. But what? While on a trip one week prior to the deadline, he was sitting in an airport shuttle bus, en route to see his brother in Colorado when he decided to noodle on ideas. Late at night, in the dark, armed with an i-pod, notecards, and a pen, he created Rubber Bandits. As he was thinking about what he could do, he focused on organizational tasks and reflected how hard it was to keep things organized when shuffling documents and files at work and that items always got misplaced, were difficult to bundle and could be almost impossible to locate. In one scenario he had tried to use a sticky note and a rubber band to keep items together, but the sticky note got lost in the transition. All of a sudden, a light bulb went off in his head, and he thought, hey, why not add a label to a rubber band! Adrian jokes that all he did was add IT to rubber bands to create Rubber BandITs™.
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