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!
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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!
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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.
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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!