Michael Charley and Tom Stewart

"The idea of a bowl that would keep salsa from spilling was something we had only joked about," said Salsabol designers Michael Charley and Tom Stewart.

While working demanding day jobs in separate parts of the world in 2009, Stewart and Charley decided to commit every free moment to moonlighting as product developers. "The first step began we we transformed an old concept sketch on the back of a napkin into a 3-D computer model. From there, we had to navigate the complicated world of prototyping, manufacturing, testing, shipping and dragon-slaying," they said.

"We'll never forget the day when we sat down with our very first prototype and a bag of chips and salsa: It actually worked!"