July 19, 2017
Chris Warner has summited some of the tallest mountains in the world, and now he helps leaders reach the top of their game. He's also the founder of Earth Treks climbing gyms, which owns the largest indoor climbing facility in the USA. He drops some tips for building your own leadership skills (straight from his very expensive seminars!) and discusses revenue and management strategy...two things most passion-based outdoor/adventure entrepreneurs desperately need to do better!
Be sure to check the show notes for this episode at http://www.thebuildcycle.com for a LOT of post-interview knowledge, links to his videos (including a full speech) and a free download from Chris!
July 5, 2017
So you want to start a website. Or a podcast. Or a blog, YouTube channel or any other media outlet. Being able to talk about the things you love and live it every day sounds awesome. And it is. But things have changed, and the publications that are figuring out the right mix brand partnerships and editorial are the ones that are thriving.
GearJunkie.com Founder and Editor Stephen Regenold has built a sizable team and business pursuing the activities he loves. He's able to climb, ski, hike and explore the outdoors and it's all "business". If that's not the definition of a dream lifestyle business, I don't know what is. But he's able to do that and support a staff of eight, each following their own passion to provide comprehensive coverage of the outdoor industry and life. Here's how he's done it.
As always, for full show notes, time stamps and more, check the blog at http://www.thebuildcycle.com
June 18, 2017
My favorite quote from this interview with Tepui Tents founder Evan Currid?
"Are we going to buy a house, or are we going to start this company?"
It's this mentality that makes things happen. Setting aside creature comforts, sleep, an easy day job, and other "sacrifices" barely seem like such when you're following a dream. Tepui was started with personal savings of $33,000 right after Evan and his wife married, and that question up above was the decision they had to make. Here's how that even became a consideration, and where they've gone from there to build the most well known North American brand in car roof-top tents!
June 8, 2017
It doesn't matter what type of business you want to build, strong partnerships will help you and and your industry grow. Competitor Magazine founder Bob Babbit used this strategy to amazing success, building not just his magazine but also launching a radio show, podcast, awards ceremony and events. All of which created an ecosystem that supported gear brands and their retailers, which in turn gave him more readers, listeners and participants.
There's some fascinating insight into the world of events here, but even if that and the media world aren't your interest, you'd be missing out to skip this episode! Easily one of my favorites so far!
For full show notes, links and an in depth analysis, head over to the blog at http://www.thebuildcycle.com
June 5, 2017
It's not just apps and websites kids are launching in college. Pure Cycles started up as an idea in the middle of a fall semester. By winter break, Michael Fishman and two friends had a container of bikes delivered and sold all of them before returning for spring semester. The best part? They did all that with just a few thousand bucks from personal savings! If you're launching a consumer product, Michael's thoughts on development, sourcing, sales and marketing will give you all the tools you need to get up and running fast!
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May 25, 2017
Want to travel the country, explore nature & have customers pay you to help with market research? That's the business Dean Wiltshire has built with Colorado Teardrops, a camper trailer manufacturer based in Boulder, Colorado.
He left a lucrative job in tech to start the company, which freed up his time to travel with his daughter. Thanks to his business skills, he's growing at a sustainable pace, controlling his retail sales experience, and is building the company off revenues. Listen in to see how he's done it and pick up advice for how to launch a consumer product, then head over to TheBuildCycle.com for show notes, photos and more!
May 13, 2017
Why create a business when you could create a platform for others to build businesses upon? That's what Beeline Bikes' co-founder Peter Buhl did by launching their mobile bike repair vans as a franchise system. Originally conceived as a multi van operation around their home territory, they quickly figured out that the best way to scale was to bring in owner/operators and franchise the concept. Here's his story, which is full of great ideas for keeping your customers, whether they're franchisees or not, by treating them right and making their lives as easy as possible. For full show notes, links and more, check out TheBuildCycle.com!
May 5, 2017
Want to use alternative retail channels as a source of growth? Or take advantage of an industry downturn to save production costs? Those are two of the biggest takeaways from my interview with Chris Mogridge, founder of Mercury Cycles. Like previous podcast guest Boyd Johnson (of Boyd Cycles), Chris' company make bicycle wheels. But that's were the similarities end. Chris has taken a completely different route to market, and we talk a lot about two different business experiments that reinforce the lesson "fail fast" and move on. This one's got a lot to teach, hope you enjoy!
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May 2, 2017
Wonder why things are the way they are? Why brands settle for the status quo when there's obviously a better way? That's what Altra Running founder Golden Harper thought as he hacked and modified his running store customers' shoes to alleviate all types of pains. After selling thousands of altered shoes, he figured there was a market for foot-shaped, zero drop shoes, but Nike, adidas, nor any of the other big brands were interested in the tech. So he launched it himself, bringing key friends and angels on board to get the first production run going, then sold the entire copmany before the first shoe ever delivered. There are a ton of lessons here for anyone that things they've found a better way to do something!
April 12, 2017
If you want to start a tour or guide company, this episode is for you! Founder Steve Mokan's exposure to adventure travel came from his side gig as a photographer for gear brands and ski resorts, so he took the things he liked from those experiences and created Chasing Epic. As a mountain bike tour group leader, he's taken a unique approach to bringing a team together, using existing guides to streamline the startup process and working with brands to ensure his customers have all the gear they need for a stellar riding vacation. As a bonus, he's pretty good at taking pics of them while riding, so everyone goes home looking and feeling like a pro with the pics to prove it!