Mass. startup with patent-pending shoe takes name, inspiration from Maine roots

Shoe designer and entrepreneur Patrick Hogan currently lives in Massachusetts but has spent a lot of time walking around southern Maine, in places like Biddeford, Kennebunkport and Portland.

In fact, Hogan was inspired to quit his corporate gig while weekending in Portland and taking a walk on the city's Munjoy Hill. He immediately texted a colleague at sports footwear giant New Balance Inc. in Boston: I’m not coming back to work.

“I’d always read entrepreneurial magazines, and always knew I wanted to do my own thing, but you realize as you grow older that time is passing,” Hogan, 43, said in an interview explaining the September 2019 start of his company, Munjoi Inc. “I realized that this was the time.”