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MUD\WTR - Shane Heath
Today’s guest is Shane Heath, founder of MUD\WTR, a coffee alternative that boasts all the aspects that make coffee great, without leaving you waiting for the crash. Shane developed MUD\WTR first and foremost for himself. His coffee cycle went something like this: drink coffee, get a boost of energy, crash, repeat. He was fed up. So he started experimenting in his kitchen. After some trial and error, he landed on the recipe that’s still sold today. He didn’t set out to make a business, he was only trying to solve a problem in his daily ritual. But as you’ll hear, the signs that he was onto something big became clearer and clearer until he could ignore them no more.
Listen in as we cover everything from the trip to India that helped him shake his coffee habit, why entrepreneurs should chase a feeling of intention and purpose, and why it’s so hard to quit drinking coffee.
Brevitē - Brandon, Dylan, and Elliot Kim
Today’s guests are Brandon, Dylan, and Elliot Kim, co-founders of Brevitē. Brevitē is a backpack company that started out when Dylan needed a camera backpack he could use while traveling. Brandon figured “why buy one when I can make one?” He grabbed a sewing machine and some raw materials and the first Brevitē backpack was born. For some, it may have stopped there. But the three brothers saw the opportunity and combined their design, marketing, and finance skills into a multi-million dollar company.
Listen in as we cover everything from the challenges of learning to sew, why they’re shifting focus from an outdoor to an urban brand, and we see if they’ll answer us when we ask “who’s your favorite sibling?”
Daniel Inskeep - YouTuber with +1M subscribers
Welcome to season 3! Today’s guest is Daniel Inskeep, a YouTuber and self-described “anti-guru” who together with his wife Rachel have built their Mango Street YouTube channel to an audience of over a million subscribers. There they focused on creating concise and informative photography and filmmaking tutorials, but they both have recently created personal channels that focus on their other interests like investing, passive income, and fitness.
So listen in as we cover everything from selling knock-off designer jeans on eBay to turn a quick buck in high school, why failing throughout his entire 20’s set him up for success, and Daniel’s continuing quest to get some of that sweet, sweet internet money.
Pop Up Grocer - Launch Pad Series
Today we talk with Emily Schildt, founder of Pop Up Grocer. The name says it all. It’s the here-today, gone-tomorrow grocery store with the most perfectly curated selection of small-batch, locally-sourced items. Today we talk with Emily about her plans in a post-Covid world, why she considers Pop Up Grocer to be a media company, and we find out her most important criteria for selecting a brand to feature in her stores.
One more little announcement before we get into the episode. This is our final episode of the year, and I’d like to take a moment and thank you all for continuing to support this podcast. Whether it’s in leaving a review on iTunes, subscribing to our YouTube channel, or sharing these episodes with your friends, your support means the world to us. We are not alone in saying that this year has presented unpredictable challenges and hardships. But it has also given just as many reasons to hope, to be inspired, and to recognize the resilience around us. Season 3 of the podcast will begin on January 12th, and we’ve already got a few episodes lined up that we can’t wait to share with you. So until then, happy holidays, and here’s to a happy and prosperous new year.
Dr. Martin Bazant, MIT Professor & Covid-19 Researcher
Today’s guest is Dr. Martin Bazant, professor of chemical engineering at MIT and who has recently made headlines for his app which helps calculate safe exposure times and occupancy levels for indoor spaces as it relates to the airborne transmission of COVID-19. Dr. Bazant has researched transport phenomena and fluid dynamics, as well as the physics of viral spread, so he was uniquely suited to lend his expertise in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus when it became a global threat earlier this year.
His research offers a clearer look into the airborne spread of the virus and asks that we start thinking more critically about our previous notions of defense against it.
Stratia Skin - Alli Reed
Today’s guest is Alli Reed, founder of the skincare company Stratia Skin. You just heard one of the problems that Alli had with trying to buy skincare products from other companies. Her reading of the label to figure out what ingredients were in the product is not an anomaly. She obsessively pored through dermatology journals trying to figure out exactly what the skin needs to look its best and what it doesn’t. She blogged about her findings and eventually made her own moisturizer. After many tweaks and even more feedback, this moisturizer hit the market and became the breakout item that put Stratia on the map. But to think the story stops there would be to blemish the journey and the hard-won knowledge and experience that Alli earned along the way.
Listen in as we cover everything from her hiring practices and tips, why she doesn’t find raising money to be too challenging, and how she knew Stratia was going to be more than just a part-time gig when she forced her local USPS to upgrade their mailbox.