Matt sits down with Stout Tent founder Caitlyn Stout. Caitlyn and her co-founder (and husband) Jim Stout were fed up with their banking jobs and decided to take the plunge into a venture that would get them closer to what they loved most, the outdoors. Though that tale itself is pretty remarkable, what’s even more captivating is how Caitlyn and Jim went about creating and prototyping their tents. Since they’ve started they have grown hand over fist having built out a bustling rental arm of Stout Tent and even bought out some of their competition. In this episode, Caitlyn reveals some insight on Stout Tent’s operational logistics, the struggles of moving large product nationally, and taking ‘The Plunge’
Matt sits down with Winterstick president Rob Lu. Winterstick is a snowboard brand originally started by Dimitrije Milovich who brought to life some of the first pow surfs. In essence, he gave us the tools to surf the earth. Winterstick has had quite a journey since then. Today Lu, is largely responsible for a lot of the progressive shapes coming out of this pioneering brand. In this episode, Rob discusses where Winterstick lies in the tapestry of snowboarding history, trend-setting design elements, coming back into vogue, and some tips on how to break into the snowboarding industry.
Matt sits down with Nomatic co-founder Jacob Durham. There’s a good chance you may already be familiar with Nomadic. They are huge innovators in the everyday carry industry, making a variety of specialized bags for luggage, travel, commuting, and camera & videography.
What you may not know is that Nomatic was really started on a quest for knowledge for Jacob and his co-founder Jon Richards to dip their toes into the product development game. They’ve grown hand over fist and launched countless Kickstarter for new products that always seem to be wild successes. In this episode, Jacob shares his approach and philosophy towards business, some pointers on how to launch and create a successful Kickstarter campaign, and the absolute importance of storytelling.
Matt sits down with Oros Apparel co-founder Michael Markesbery. Oros makes outdoor apparel and outerwear using their own patented Solarcore insulation technology. What’s Solarcore you ask? Solarcore is the flexible version of a typically rigid and fragile material used by NASA called aerogel. More importantly, Solarcore is the first-ever aerogel composite in the world. That’s right, Oros is literally revolutionizing the outerwear industry by bringing a completely new insulation technology to the table and that’s no small feat. Together, Michael and his co-founder Rithvik Venna, have put together a seasoned all-star product development team to come together and change the way people experience warmth one piece of apparel at a time.