About Us

What is Simbyl?

Many people have great ideas, but they don’t know how to bring those ideas to life and make them real.

Simbyl allows anyone to create and sell artwork, apparel (including customized t-shirts), and accessories without investing any money. Our site allows creators to set crowdfunding sales goals, market and promote their products, have them manufactured and shipped via a user-friendly, self-serve dashboard.

Simbyl was launched in New York City by two friends who wanted to make it easy for anyone with a great business idea to launch a startup without any prior tech knowledge or business expertise.



To build a new economy where everyone can effortlessly provide innovative high quality products, services, and ideas to their communities and across the globe.


Within 5 years, everyone will have easy, inexpensive, and low risk access to world class logistics, global manufacturing, distribution, and financing.
In this new economy the profits stay with the creators and in their communities.


Every one of us performs with excellence in our work while creating a virtuous environment.
We engage everything we do with an innovative spirit and vision of what’s possible.
Each day we design and implement improvements in all areas of our enterprise; taking nothing for granted.
This is a place where people like coming to work. We create and do cool things and have fun while doing it.
We want everyone’s work to be fun, inspiring and effective.


Co-Founder & CEO - John Bakel is a Fashion Designer who has worked as a Senior Design Director for Ralph Lauren and in the past for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, and Levis.  John is a native New Yorker who has spent most of his life in New York’s East Village.


Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board - James Harris is a native New Yorker born and raised in the South Bronx.  He’s worked as a corporate attorney and in the educational field in New York City. James has always been passionate about entrepreneurship and has been a part of many successful ventures as well as teaching it to others.


The Simbyl Baby is a martial arts enthusiast whose passions involve nunchucks, throwing stars, and most Ninja related activities.