Case | HBS Case Collection | November 2006 (Revised March 2012)

Clocky: The Runaway Alarm Clock

by Elie Ofek and Eliot Sherman


Gauri Nanda is the creator of an innovative new product: an alarm clock named Clocky that, in addition to ringing, rolls around the room in order to force its owner to get out of bed. Beset by media attention and consumer interest but still at least a year away from the ability to debut Clocky, Nanda must navigate a series of challenges and difficult decisions in order to effectively bring her product to market. These include positioning strategies, choosing the proper channel, potential partnerships, manufacturing issues, market analysis, and PR management.

Keywords: Management; Product Positioning; Partners and Partnerships; Production; Marketing Strategy; Media; Entrepreneurship; Independent Innovation and Invention; Product Launch;


Ofek, Elie, and Eliot Sherman. "Clocky: The Runaway Alarm Clock." Harvard Business School Case 507-016, November 2006. (Revised March 2012.)