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The Intrepid Entrepreneur is here to inspire those who are hell-bent on becoming a kick-ass entrepreneur, striving to level-up their business that they’ve started or are gearing up to launch their incredible ideas into successful small businesses! Join Kristin Carpenter-Ogden, founder of LivingUber and Verde Brand Communications, as she interviews inspirational, motivated, and kick-ass small business owners who have made their mark on the outdoor industry.
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Dec 23, 2015

Stephen is one of the most prolific journalists and publishers working in the outdoor markets today. No one can question the strength of the publishing empire he’s built in Gearjunkie.com. Hilariously enough, I met him back in the day, literally, when he was first trolling Outdoor Retailer as a college student. Stephen was at the show, pushing his printed magazine called Vertical Jones (no longer in publication), which was a climbing publication that he launched from Minnesota.

Everything has changed since then, and continues to, in publishing and in Stephen’s life. He’s now a father and husband, and runs a full-fledged publishing empire in GearJunkie.com. Today’s podcast uncovers what it was like for Stephen to scale Gearjunkie.com while navigating the many changes of media and publishing in the past decade plus. You’ll hear how Stephen has studied his readership and audiences, and stayed nimble to their needs in GearJunkie. You’ll also get the connection between the success Stephen’s had in publishing and adventure racing.

One of the best parts about this episode? Stephen shares with us his top trends in gear evolution in the outdoor active lifestyle markets.

Dec 18, 2015

What is it really like to run a company? Entrepreneurship can be portrayed as glamorous in the media, which can create a magnetic pull for many people. What’s often not portrayed is the hustle, the endless to-do list and pressures of a launch. Today, you get to see the inside line to the nitty-gritty details of actually walking this road, day in and day out.

Meet Patrick Latcham, founder of ProEditors.com. Here’s a guy who has come to understand the hustle on a very intimate level. Patrick shares with us today the highs and lows, the joys and pains, the long hours and hard decisions that go into turning an idea into a successful venture. As Patrick says, “Ideas are a dime a dozen.” It seems like everyone has good ideas, but the sad truth is that most of those ideas will never turn into anything, because the idea is just the first step. What comes after the idea (read: the work, hustle and iron will) is what separates those who succeed in entrepreneurship from those who don’t.

ProEditors was Patrick’s idea. It’s a platform that takes raw video footage from fledgling videographers (read iPhone and point-of-view camera users) and turns back a pro-quality video. But his journey from that fantastic idea to the reality of a viable business has been a roller coaster ride that any entrepreneur can relate to. He’s gone through The Telluride Venture Accelerator (which has made an appearance on Intrepid Entrepreneur before) - which is an intense boot-camp for entrepreneurs, through the process of taking on funding and learning about the details of the venture capital world, and through the long hours and sleepless nights of turning an idea into reality.

This episode of Intrepid Entrepreneur gets into the details of what this journey looks like, from the eyes of the individual going through it. As an adventurous, intrepid entrepreneur, Patrick has worked to find a balance between the long, grueling hours required to launch a successful venture, and his first love, the passion that started this venture in the first place: a love for the outdoors. Patrick calls his time living an adventurous life in Telluride, Colorado,  ‘outdoor-market research,’ - but also talks about the ways that it revitalizes him, and how this time doing what he loves gives him added productivity and inspiration in the office.

 

So get ready for an inspiring story about how one man was able to take his passion, formulate a needed product around it, work extremely long and hard hours to eventually turn it into a reality, and finally develop the ability to attain a balanced lifestyle in all of this, finding time to do all of the things he loves and to develop the venture that has become his main focus. Get ready to learn and be inspired by Patrick Latcham on this episode of Intrepid Entrepreneur!

Dec 11, 2015

Why would you choose to do away with the practicality of modern technology and go backwards in time? Who would purposefully take something dynamic and current like Adventure-Journal.com, and seemingly turn the clock back to launch a quarterly print magazine? And who would be gutsy enough to suggest such an idea?

Steve Casimiro would and did! It’s because he understands his customers on a deeper level than most. He has spent the last seven years creating a dialogue with his customers, listening to all they’ve got to say, and digesting it. What did he come back with? Kind of what you’d expect. … The reader of Adventure-Journal.com wants An experience.

But the Deeper You Go, the Deeper You Go. That’s actually AJ’s tagline.

So, Steve went for it, despite the fact that the move seems so opposite of current trends in publishing. For anyone who knows Steve, that’s exactly why it was the right move. In a lot of ways, this kind of a big move is his unique selling proposition: He leads with his heart, and this is an incredibly unique, rare, and valuable attribute.

But it’s SO not the easy road. The AJ print quarterly debuts in April 2016, at which time we’ll all see if the experiment works. Steve’s well aware of the risk, and he shares a lot of insights about managing it and going for it despite the fact that it’s, well, just a little scary!

Steve’s goal with the quarterly print magazine isn’t about click-bait titles that rack up website visitor numbers. Rather, AJ’s print quarterly will be about telling a heartfelt and true story about what it means to be an adventurous human being. 

Seeing this as the end goal, Steve was able to analyze the mediums available, and going the print route shows his deep insight into how the medium affects the way it is consumed. Old-fashioned print aligns perfectly with Steve’s goal to give consumers aquieter, deeper, and more thoughtful experience through the stories he tells.

Hear Steve’s insightful story about how he came to the decision to launch a print publication — a dream of his. You’ll hear him talk about facing risk, battling demons and a host of other challenges we as outdoor founders encounter on a regular basis. This is an important episode of Intrepid Entrepreneur, one you won’t want to miss!

Dec 4, 2015
Entrepreneurs are guilty of being head down, inventing, managing operations and, well surviving. But then the realization hits; they need to connect their product and service to their customers. That's basic survival.

And the outdoor industry, that's no easy task for a start-up. This is especially true with the evolution of wholesale and the continued momentum of direct-to-consumer revenue streams. It costs real money to break into a trade show, and a lot of strategy and experience to make a blip on the radar of the end consumer.

Young and growing businesses in the active outdoor lifestyle markets need a break!

Amy Hatch is the founder of Garage Grown Gear, which could just that. Garage Grown Gear could be the best next step from Kickstarter to true consumer launch for founders in the outdoor active lifestyle markets. 

Learn how Amy has grown her own business, and continues to help other small and growing businesses in the outdoor lifestyle industry, on this week’s episode of Intrepid Entrepreneur!

Today could be the most opportunistic time in history to launch the dream of a start up. This is why Garage Grown Gear is growing, and why its such an amazing opportunity for outdoor founders.

Through the website, both the e-commerce and the blog portions, Garage Grown Gear helps young businesses connect with their consumers. The ‘why,’ or story behind every business is an essential aspect of what forges deep relationships with customers, and this is a large part of what Garage Grown Gear helps businesses convey through their online magazine.

Learn more about Amy Hatch at: GarageGrownGear.com

Checkout the show notes page and the $50 gift card giveaway at: www.LivingUber.com/Amy-Hatch.

Nov 27, 2015

Robin Enright is in the business of creativity. She is the founder of Merchandising Matters, a visual merchandising agency where she endeavors to enhance an emotional connection between buyer and seller, and Permission to Leap, where she guides organizations and individuals to enhanced creativity in business and life. She feels a bit of magic when observing others transition from, “I can’t, I don’t know how,” to “I can and I will,” and she isn’t afraid to wave her wand a bit to encourage this transformation. I had a great conversation with Robin in this episode of The Intrepid Entrepreneur. We talk about having two companies (she and I both are in that zone) as entrepreneurs, the awesome feeling of having a company that positively impacts people and what authenticity really means. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed talking with Robin! Her enthusiasm and passion for what she does is inspirational and contagious. 

 

Sign up for Robin’s monthly Merchandising Matters newsletter, which includes tips to inspire creativity in marketing and merchandising. Upon signing up, you’ll receive her downloadable PDF, Merchandising Magic: Tips to Make your Store Sizzle.

For complete show notes and more conversations, please visit www.livinguber.com.

Nov 20, 2015

Everyone is on a journey, striving to better themselves, to accomplish more in their given field, and to attain the next level of success, whether in business, finances, sports, or personal life and relationships. But what is not always fully understood is the level of sacrifice that is required to achieve high levels of success in any pursuit.

Kristin Armstrong understands this better than most. She’s a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (cycling time trial in 2006 and 2009, respectively), holds two World titles and a bronze and silver in Worlds, five National Championships and countless other victories. Kristin is also co-founder of a high-end cycling accessory business, K-EDGE, and she works at her local hospital doing community outreach. The biggest job of all? She’s the dedicated Mom to a young son and a wife (she’s married to Joe Savola, who runs K-EDGE with Eric Jensen).

What has allowed Kristin to continually accomplish so much, even while having so many things going on in her life? Where does she get her seemingly unending energy? Is she a super-human?

Kristin gives credit to discipline and dedication. She strips out everything from her life that does not in some way aid her in achieving her goals, whether those goals are about competing in the Olympics, contributing to product design, development and branding at K-EDGE Cycling Solutions, or being a Mom and having a family life. Without the willpower to cut out extraneous aspects from her schedule, achieving and maintaining this much would be impossible. She shares insights on this in this amazing interview.

If you have ever aspired to be truly great at something, to achieve Olympic-level success in your field, this episode of Intrepid Entrepreneur will give you insight into what it takes to be a top level performer, and some of the steps required in anyone’s journey to the top. Plus, it’s just plain inspirational to talk with Kristin as she guns for another Gold in Rio, 2016!

Learn more about at Kristin at:

K-EDGE.com

KristinArmstrongUSA.com

Complete show notes can be found at: http://www.LivingUber.com/Kristin-Armstrong.

Nov 13, 2015

Rebecca Rusch has never done anything small and everything she’s taken on has a common thread: determination. Join me this week as I interview this humble and approachable outdoor sport legend, who has been such an inspiration to so many (myself included). She’s a professional athlete with a storied career in climbing, adventure racing and mountain biking, among other pursuits (riverboarding anyone?). Rebecca almost seems to have made pioneering new climbing routes and outdoor sports part of her repertoire and she literally pays no attention to obstacles. In this interview, she shares her approach to overcoming fear, using her mindset to create successes in her life and also, what it’s like to become a pro mountain biker at age 38. She’s balanced all of this by giving back to her community in Ketchum, Idaho and to the outdoor active lifestyle markets, through inspirational events (see website links oin show notes page for details).

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Recently, Rebecca launched one of her biggest accomplishments: becoming an author. If you haven’t picked up Rusch to Glory, you should. Better yet, enter to win one of 10 signed copies of Rebecca’s new book by heading over to livinguber.com/giveaways. Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur to Instagram and Twitter (@GoLivingUber) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LivingUber) and visit the LivingUber.com to sign up for more awesome free content, built just for adventurous entrepreneurs in the active outdoor lifestyle markets. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to The Intrepid Entrepreneur, doing so helps build awareness for our amazing outdoor active lifestyle markets!

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Website:

http://www.rebeccarusch.com

http://www.rebeccarusch.com/rusch-to-glory/

http://www.rebeccarusch.com/gold-rusch-tour/

http://www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com/ 

Nov 6, 2015

Kristin speaks with Scott McGuire, President of The Mountain Lab, about his 20 years in the outdoor industry. Before being at The Mountain Lab, Scott served numerous roles ranging from working in retail, to being a sales rep, to being an in-house product line manager at many leading companies, to being a ski patroller and a participant on international expeditions. Scott's insights into the industry are sure to get entrepreneurs thinking. So, make sure you listen now so you can be ahead of the curve! 

Learn more about Scott at www.themountainlab.com. Get full show notes at www.livinguber.com

Oct 30, 2015

Interested in meeting someone who is literally living The Life traveling the world as a content provider for hire, making up amazing stories to present to audiences worldwide? That's Mark Anders. It hasn't been a cake walk - he's had to morph and be nimble - but, over the past 20+ years, he's made it work and he's entertained and inspired so many people through his gifts. Give this a listen - you'll be inspired and glad you did! 

Make sure to hear more inspiring stories about entrepreneurs in the outdoor lifestyle space by visiting www.livinguber.com

Oct 23, 2015

Would you rather run naked through an airport… or work on marketing your business?

Entrepreneurs often seem to have some sort of allergic reaction to marketing. They love to build solutions to problems. This is what they live for. But when it comes to getting the word out about what they’ve created… they’d rather retreat to their basement and build some more.

If this feels like you at all, this episode of Intrepid Entrepreneur is for you!

Maybe you feel   that those who try to gain attention for the sake of monetary profit are selfish and greedy. Or you just don’t want to post updates of your nachos or your cat to your social feed (because you don’t love when other people do that). Either way, today’s episode will give you tips and tools  to gain engaged fans and followers on your social channels  


But where do you start? How do you attract attention in a way that’s genuine? How do you decide where to spend your valuable time? How do you make time in your busy schedule for marketing in the first place?

We'll cover all of that and more in today's episode.

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Oct 16, 2015

Head to livinguber.com/giveaways, where you can enter to win a G3 swag bundle – including a beanie, trucker hat and t-shirt.

Two decades ago, Oliver Steffen founded G3 (Genuine Guide Gear), an independent, design-savvy leader of hardgoods and accessories designed to enable people to enjoy the winter backcountry (read: untracked powder, sans lift). Oliver has lead G3 from a single product (an avalanche probe pole) built on a workbench outside of his basement apartment, into a global brand complete with a 20,000-square foot factory and warehouse in Vancouver. G3 is known for its no-compromise, design-savvy manufacturing of skis, bindings, accessories (including skins) for all things backcountry. Every G3 product has been put through the rigorous screen of one question: Is this something a Guide would want to use? This is nothing short of an amazing story! Please rate, review and share this podcast with anyone you know who LOVES “walking around the mountains” on the snow, as Oliver so deftly puts it! Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur on Twitter + Instagram (@GoLivingUber) and on Facebook. Visit the LivingUber website to join my weekly newsletter, which gives you access to members-only podcasts and content built just for motivated, adventurous entrepreneurs! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast, and share it with a peer who you know will be inspired!

Website:

http://www.genuineguidegear.com/

Oct 9, 2015

I’ve got a very special show for you today on the Intrepid Entrepreneur! Join me as I interview three very experienced entrepreneurs in the active outdoor lifestyle markets: Thea Chase, Director of the Telluirde Venture Accelerator (TVA), Gordon Seabury, Founder and CEO of Toad & Co. (formerly Horny Toad Activewear), and Ross Saldarini (@rsaldarini), Founder and President of Mountain Khakis. When do you ever get a chance to hear three successful, visionary entrepreneurs talk shop about creating success and impact with a business in the outdoor, bike, snow, endurance, travel or health-and-wellness markets? Apparently, that would be today, in this podcast! You’ll also learn why TVA is an exceptional accelerator program for founders in these markets.

Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur to Instagram and Twitter (@GoLivingUber) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LivingUber) and visit the LivingUber.com to sign up for free content, built just for adventurous entrepreneurs in the active outdoor lifestyle markets. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to The Intrepid Entrepreneur, doing so helps build awareness for founders in our amazing outdoor active lifestyle markets!

Website:

Telluride Venture Accelerator – www.tellurideva.com

Mountain Khakis - www.mountainkhakis.com

Toad & Co - www.toadandco.com

Oct 2, 2015

As of this podcast, I can now officially say that I’ve got a regular guest! Michele Flamer joins me again on today’s Intrepid Entrepreneur podcast. Michele is a well-known sales and training development management professional with a decade of leadership under her belt. She’s also the podcaster behind The Retail Couch. Today, Michele and I talk about implementation and creative ideas to drive a successful fourth quarter in your business. We also talk about the role of the sales reps in the changing retail landscape – a topic that Michele’s an expert with. Michele has worked in the gift, home, travel and outdoor active lifestyle markets and is impassioned about her industries, the retailer buyers and her peers in the sales representative world. We all need Michele’s insights as we continue to migrate through all of the changes in the consumer decision journey (meaning, how people research, buy and share products).

Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur on Instagram and Twitter (@GoLivingUber) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LivingUber) and visit the LivingUber website (www.livinguber.com) to sign up for my newsletter (read: awesome free content people!). Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe if you’re diggin’ the Intrepid Entrepreneur podcast!

For more from Michele, check out The Retail Couch podcast.

 

Resources:

  • Editorial Content Platform – I use Co-Schedule. This platform enables you to plan your content and delegate it. Co-Schedule supports efficiency because you can create content like a blog and also create and schedule social media updates concurrently. You can also just use it to plan your editorial calendar themes, but it has incredible functionality beyond that.
  • Mashable.com – This is a great community and website that offers leading edge insights on best practices around creating content as well as paying to play on Facebook and other social platforms.
  • Bufferapp.com – I recommend subscribing to the BufferApp blog. It offers incredible content on the topic of building an audience online and being remarkable in how you serve it. Buffer is also a platform that offers scheduling for social media.
  • Bulldog Reporter.com is the website that published the information on holiday 15 retail.  
Sep 25, 2015

Welcome to the Fourth Quarter entrepreneurs! It doesn’t matter if you are launching a start up, putting a product to market, extending your brand, changing your approach to holiday – no matter what you do, the fourth quarter is a pivotal one! It’s this quarter that separates the good from the great – we need to dig deep and deal on achieving year-end goals, while also being visionary on what we want to do in 2016. Talk about duality! I offer my top five tips and tactics to finish the year strong, align your team and build focus and commit to implementing. Best of all? No overwhelm!

Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur to get more updates by joining our community on Twitter + Instagram (@GoLivingUber) and on Facebook. Visit the LivingUber website to join my weekly newsletter, which gives you access to members-only podcasts and content built just for motivated, adventurous entrepreneurs! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast, and share it with a peer who you know will be inspired!

 

 

Website:

www.livinguber.com/uber-blog

www.livinguber.com/uber-blog

Sep 18, 2015

 

I have an eye-opening conversation with fundraising strategist, consultant and attorney Jenny Kassan. With two decades of experience as both an entrepreneur and attorney, Jenny is now on a mission to help entrepreneurs discover new ways to raise capital for their companies. The best part? She works with founders to enable them to choose creative funding strategies that make them feel like they’re not losing control of their ideas, or all they’ve built.

Jenny is also offering an awesome free gift to my audience – an e-book outlining the basics of preparing for raising capital you're your business (the link is on the podcast notes page: livinguber.com/podcasts). Follow the Intrepid Entrepreneur podcast by joining our community on Twitter + Instagram (@GoLivingUber) and on Facebook. Visit the LivingUber website to join my weekly newsletter, which gives you access to members-only podcasts and content built just for motivated, adventurous entrepreneurs! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast, and share it with a peer who you know will be inspired! 

More about Jenny at www.jennykassan.com.

 

Go to this link to download Jenny’s free e-book on creative funding strategies: http://www.jennykassan.com/gift.

 

Sep 11, 2015

Two brothers were fighting the good fight in high school, back in St. Louis, Missouri. Daniel and Dave Chancellor weren’t in with the “in” crowd in high school, and instead were completely absorbed in the counter-culture world of indoor climbing. That was almost 14 years ago. The company So Ill holds has since grown and evolved into a leading climbing hold company and inspirational culture-driven brand. And, nearly 14 years in, So ILL still feels like a start up to Daniel. Listen in today as Daniel shares So ILL’s incredible journey. Hear what it was like to create and launch So ILL his parents’ basement, while in high school and college into the global brand it is today. You’ll also get to hear what it’s like to go from founder to brand steward, and the impact of having his first child has had on his entrepreneurial instinct and success motivations. And just in case you’re wondering, Daniel and Dave named the company so ILL because they founded it while in college in Southern Illinois! Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur to Instagram and Twitter (@GoLivingUber) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LivingUber) and visit the LivingUber.com to sign up for more awesome free content, built just for adventurous entrepreneurs in the active outdoor lifestyle markets. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to The Intrepid Entrepreneur, doing so helps build awareness for our amazing outdoor active lifestyle markets!

Website: http://soillholds.com/

 

Sep 4, 2015

Rebecca Rusch has never done anything small and everything she’s taken on has a common thread: determination. Join me this week as I interview this humble and approachable outdoor sport legend, who has been such an inspiration to so many (myself included). She’s a professional athlete with a storied career in climbing, adventure racing and mountain biking, among other pursuits (riverboarding anyone?). Rebecca almost seems to have made pioneering new climbing routes and outdoor sports part of her repertoire and she literally pays no attention to obstacles. In this interview, she shares her approach to overcoming fear, using her mindset to create successes in her life and also, what it’s like to become a pro mountain biker at age 38. She’s balanced all of this by giving back to her community in Ketchum, Idaho and to the outdoor active lifestyle markets, through inspirational events (see website links oin show notes page for details). Recently, Rebecca launched one of her biggest accomplishments: becoming an author. If you haven’t picked up Rusch to Glory, you should. Better yet, enter to win one of 10 signed copies of Rebecca’s new book by heading over to livinguber.com/giveaways. Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur to Instagram and Twitter (@GoLivingUber) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LivingUber) and visit the LivingUber.com to sign up for more awesome free content, built just for adventurous entrepreneurs in the active outdoor lifestyle markets. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to The Intrepid Entrepreneur, doing so helps build awareness for our amazing outdoor active lifestyle markets!

 

Website:

http://www.rebeccarusch.com

http://www.rebeccarusch.com/rusch-to-glory/

http://www.rebeccarusch.com/gold-rusch-tour/

http://www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com/

Aug 28, 2015

Hud Knight was one of the first 25 employees at goliath online gear retailer Backcountry.com, where he worked for 12 years. Hud started with the original group of founders at Backcountry and grew into the company’s lead merchandiser—it was quite the journey. Backcountry.com grew and grew, and as it did, Hud began to miss the start-up feel of it all. He started to dream about opening a new business to serve a different passion: craft brewing in his hometown of Park City, Utah. Hud and four partners, two of whom worked with him at Backcountry.com, put the stake in the ground for Park City Brewery in 2014. This fearless team of founders dropped the clutch on their vision, and within five months built the taproom and brewery. Soon after (very soon) they were shipping their first kegs. Now, they’re already adjusting manufacturing to handle the incredible demand for their product. It’s an incredible story that’s unfolded in just over a year! Learn how Hud’s background at one of the outdoor, snow and bike industry’s biggest retailers actually set him up quite well as a founder in the super competitive craft brewing industry. Plus, it’s awesome to hear first-hand how his network and connections in the outdoors markets helped spread the demand for Park City Brewery’s awesome beer!

Head over to livinguber.com/giveaways, and enter to win one of 10 Park City Brewery trucker hats!

Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur to Instagram and Twitter (@GoLivingUber) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LivingUber) and visit LivingUber.com to sign up for more awesome free content, built just for adventurous entrepreneurs in the active outdoor lifestyle markets. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to The Intrepid Entrepreneur.

Website: http://www.parkcitybrewery.com/

 

Aug 21, 2015

What happens when huge opportunity meets preparation? A phenomenal launch, sales, placement at retail, and more product accolades than most companies see in many, many years all crammed into one pivotal summer.

This is exactly what’s happening to Southern California surfer and entrepreneur Chris Crawford, the inventor of the RinseKit – the world’s first portable power washer and shower. Crawford and his team are on an incredible entrepreneurial ride and are perfectly positioned to help the State of California with its grueling drought. This is one start-up story you don’t want to miss!

Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur by joining our community on Twitter and Instagram (@GoLivingUber) and visit the LivingUber website (www.livinguber.com/podcasts) for other podcasts with adventurous founders! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, and share with other entrepreneurs!

Aug 14, 2015

Zander Nosler launched Kitsbow mountain biking apparel in 2012, after his first startup was sold to Starbucks. Leaving the specialty coffee industry for the small niche of performance cycling apparel was a leap, but Zander took his passion-driven approach and completely went for it! In today’s episode, you’ll learn first-hand how this small, Bay-Area startup has a big mission: To redefine what people wear while mountain biking. Zander calls Kitsbow’s lifer’s The Obsessives, which makes perfect sense. He too is obsessed with building the best of the best – it’s a trait that carried forward from his first startup into Kitsbow. Zander is relentlessly focused on building mountain biking apparel that’s so outstanding that people who know Kitsbow won’t think to wear anything else. Learn how he keeps his passion-driven approach front and center through his entrepreneurial businesses.

Follow the Intrepid Entrepreneur podcast by joining our community on Twitter + Instagram (@GoLivingUber) and on Facebook. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast, and share it with a peer who you know will be inspired!

Aug 6, 2015

KEEN Footwear’s Linda Balfour shares the vision of the brand’s Live Monumental initiative, which embodies the entrepreneurial spirit found everywhere in the KEEN culture and Portland, Oregon headquarters. KEEN’s Live Monumental is all about building grassroots support for protecting America’s wild spaces. What does success look like? Well, the KEEN Effect team has a goal of amassing 100,000 signatures on a petition that they’ll drive into Washington D.C. (the end point of their road tour) on Sept. 23, to activate the Obama Administration to permanently protect three million acres of public lands! See the shownotes page for more details and how to sign this petition online and share it with your friends and family!

Jul 31, 2015

Luis Benitez stepped into his new role as Director for the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry on July 1, 2015. This is a brand-new office and position that’s part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). Hickenlooper truly did install one of us into this pivotal new role. Benitez has a lengthy resume that includes multiple successful summits of the world’s highest peaks. He’s a die-hard outdoorsman who loves to be at altitude, on the water, or on the trail and who is equally comfortable going light and fast as he is hunting fowl. He also has served as a town councilor in the small mountain town of Eagle, Colo., worked for many years for Colorado’s Outward Bound and served as a consultant bridging key attributes of being successful in the wilderness as part of a team into Fortune 200 and 500 companies seeking help with team alignment and best practices. Benitez is a rare breed indeed. Listen in to learn the Governor’s focus to grow our opportunities within the outdoor recreation market. This podcast has national relevance and I hope to hear your feedback! Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur podcast by joining our community on Twitter + Instagram (@GoLivingUber) and on Facebook. Visit the LivingUber website to join my weekly newsletter, which gives you access to members-only podcasts and content built just for motivated, adventurous entrepreneurs! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast, and share it with a peer who you know will be inspired!

Jul 24, 2015

Adventure Journal (AJ), founded in 2008, is an incredibly popular and addictive online magazine devoted to outdoor adventure in all its forms. For those of us who live and breathe being outdoors, outdoor sports and culture, AJ is literally as important as coffee in the morning. The magazine presents an artful, creative and soulful reflection of the active outdoor lifestyle tribe, in all of our forms. AJ has completely captured the attention of its target audience – no small feat especially in light of the continual changes in the publishing industry. Steve Casimiro, former editor of Powder magazine, founding editor of Bike magazine, and West Coast editor of National Geographic Adventure, is the man behind AJ and a bold, uncompromising entrepreneur. Listen to this podcast and learn how Steve continues to go forward successfully with his vision intact despite what the publishing industry trends are. His enamored readership votes every day with their loyal time spent online perusing his magazine. Follow Intrepid Entrepreneur podcast by joining our community on Twitter + Instagram (@GoLivingUber) and on Facebook. Visit the LivingUber website to join my weekly newsletter, which gives you access to members-only podcasts and content built just for motivated, adventurous entrepreneurs! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the Intrepid Entrepreneur Podcast, and share it with a peer who you know will be inspired!

 

 

Website: http://adventure-journal.com/

 

Jul 17, 2015

Nearly 20 years ago, Chicks Climbing was founded by Kim Reynolds and Kellie Day. They identified a huge gap in the experience climbing could offer for women and started the first women’s ice climbing clinics in Ouray, Colorado. From day 1, taking a Chicks Climbing course was more of an experience than a learning opportunity – a transformative experience. A huge part of that experience was offered and enabled by the amazing women guides of Chicks Climbing, which is why the news of five of those long-standing guides buying the company to shepherd it into its next era is so profound. The five new owners have a big entrepreneurial vision to expand Chicks Climbing (and soon to come, Skiing) going forward. Experience this amazing journey of Chicks Climbing and Skiing as it enters into its new era, now underway, in this podcast!

 

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Jul 10, 2015

In 2012, George Hincapie retired from being one of the most well-known professional road cyclists of all time, and entered the business world. He took the discipline, character and relentless focus that built his name in the toughest challenges of cycling straight into his entrepreneurial journey. The result? Four entrepreneurial endeavors in three years! Hear George tell his story of how he transferred his passion for cycling straight into his entrepreneurial career and how he makes a big impact with his business endeavors in his local community and on the global level. Hear George talk about how he makes family and four businesses work, and gives back to the cycling community through his companies and business endeavors. It’s nothing short of inspirational!

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