Coffin-Furniture: A Business to Die For?

In your living room today, in your grave tomorrow. But can two Web-based companies make a living here?

Mark J. Zeabin has lived the aphorism that every cloud has a silver lining. "A lot of things in my life happened through tragedy," explains the 25-year-old Canadian entrepreneur. During his third year at art school, when he discovered that his girlfriend was pregnant, he started to ponder how he would support his impending family. A few months later, in January, 1997, Zeabin's beloved grandmother died. So, together with his father, Zeabin built her a coffin. And that's when he came up with a business idea. "Why should you use a casket for only one day and pay $5,000 for it?" Zeabin reasoned.

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