To find out more behind how BLDG Active got its start and what’s in store for the future, Josh interviews BLDG Active founder, Justin Gardner. BLDG Active is NOT your average skin repair or first aid product but, it is certainly something that everyone should have. Before officially starting BLDG, Justin had been working on getting what we now recognize as BLDG into hospitals and specifically for hospital use. After frequently taking home some samples for personal use and as a supplemental first aid product during his outdoor excursions he began to completely rethink whose hands his product should truly be in. Now BLDG isn’t just something that can be exclusively found in hospitals but something Justin hopes will be in every home and on every adventure.
Josh sits down with Butora Co-Owner Bradley Hilbert. Bradley was bitten by the travel bug long before he was bitten by the climbing bug once he moved to South Korea. It would be halfway around the world when he would meet up with his partners and the founder of what is now known as Butora. In this episode of the ReddyYeti Podcast we follow along as Brad shares his journey with us and gives us a play-by-play of one of the most revolutionary and comfortable climbing shoes we’ve seen in awhile.
Josh sits down with Ansel founder Christian McLeod. Christian’s journey towards starting a horizontal growth company, Ansel was by no means linear. Starting as a photographer, Christian was able to go on a great deal of adventures and journeys before the idea of Ansel would come anywhere near his radar. It wasn’t until he had his gear stolen that he would begin his journey to starting his own company and developing a brand. In this week's episode, Christian gives sits down and shares with us how a simple gofundme project became the spark that would plunge him into building Ansel and how his amazing outlook on work/life balance has kept him smiling the entire time.
Josh sits down with College Outside founder Sarah Lockwood. College Outside blossomed in 2013 but, Sarah truly dug her roots into the outdoor scene while attending Tufts University. As a hugely active member in Tufts Mountain Club, Sarah naturally gravitated towards the outdoor industry and began College Outside as a fun side hustle after graduation. It wouldn’t be until a few years later that Sara would dive into College Outside in full force. Now College Outside is responsible for helping get deals and discounts for college clubs and groups to help keep the outdoors and outdoor sports accessible.
Josh sits down with Proof founder Tanner Dame. To tell the story of Proof Eyewear we need to go beyond the their official launch date of 2010 and start in 1954 when the Dame brother’s grandfather started a sawmill in Idaho. It was at that very sawmill that Tanner and his brothers would create their first pair of wooden sunglasses which would spare a fire and passion to create. In this episode Josh has the luxury of sitting down with Tanner as he talks about how he combined family values, sustainable materials, and strong social action to create Proof Eyewear, and how a simple pair of wooden sunglasses turned into a blossoming and boom outdoor startup.