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Built on Passion

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Now displaying: September, 2021
Sep 28, 2021

​​Matt sits down with Dynamite Starfish founder Leslie Kim. Dynamite Starfish makes climbing apparel with climbing culture-inspired designs to fill in some of the blanks in the culture of the climbing community.

Leslie has been a longtime designer, in her career and just as a personal passion. Between her visual art and her many (MANY) hobbies, she’s had a chance to see what kind of culture exists within all the circles she became a part of. As she got into climbing, she felt a SERIOUS sense of community and culture but didn't feel there was a lot of apparel that shines the spotlight on what climbing is REALLY about. I mean, how does one represent the entire zeitgeist of an activity that is built around close-knit communities that are propping up a sport? Well, Leslie found a way. 

There are so many tropes, cliches, and inside jokes embedded in the culture of climbing that every climber is familiar with whether they realize it or not. Leslie aims to take those commonalities and use them to help strengthen a community and make more space for fun. Climbing culture extends beyond the act of climbing and that’s a lot of what Leslie want’s to highlight. Being a climber can mean a lot of things for a lot of different reasons to a lot of different people but, it’s all built on the hinge of the love of the sport and that’s exactly what Leslie wants Dynamite Starfish to amplify.

In this episode of Built On Passion Leslie Kim shares what kinds of roadblocks she faced in starting Dynamite Starfish (but, physical and mental), the uncomfortable nuances of crossing over into the entrepreneurial world, and how she managed to come out on top, and her ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind building Dynamite Starfish

Sep 21, 2021

Matt sits down with FireCreek Snacks co-founder Dustin Riechmann. FireCreek Snacks makes super tasty all-natural snack sticks with better-for-you-ingredients.

Dustin has been a long-time entrepreneur. He’s had a lot of success and really hopped into a lot of different positions along his journey. FireCreek Snacks came together in a wave of serendipity when Dustin met his co-founder Ryan Hansen. When the two of them had met Dustin had an opportunity to explore a lot of different areas of starting a business and was getting increasingly interested in marketing. Ryan on the other hand had a dynamite beef jerky and vast culinary prowess. The combination of them coming together help make FireCreek Snacks one of the best options of snack sticks for anyone who doesn’t want to compromise quality for taste (or vice versa). Not only did they manage to balance each other's skillsets out perfectly, but they also came together to make a better snack that has people keep coming back.

In this episode of Built on Passion Dustin Riechmann shares how he and his partner joined forced to build FireCreek Snacks, what it took to craft their product and truly stand out in an industry with a lot of noise, and the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind starting FireCreek Snacks

Sep 15, 2021

Matt sits down with Routine co-founder Jake Rhodes. Routine makes daily supplements to help you get into your routine, develop healthy habits, and start the day off right.

Jake might be what you would call a serial entrepreneur but, of his colorful career of building businesses, Routine is something that particularly hit home for him and his co-founder and wife, Erin Rhodes. They didn’t have to dig too deep. It started by simply looking at their daily routine and just asking the simple question of ‘how can we make this better?’ 

The answer was taking something that they did every day, that was simple, that primed them to start the day off right and simplify it. For Erin and Jake and many many people hydration is exactly that; more specifically, hydrating with the concoction of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and Himalayan sea salt. This might seem like a simple recipe on its own but,, when you introduce the chaos and unexpected turns of life getting in the way, it can be harder to keep up with the routine. That’s exactly what Jake and Erin sought to remedy in creating Routine. Taking these simple yet extremely impactful rituals like hydration and fueling up and making them simplified, streamlined, and bulletproof when life gets a little hectic. Moreover, creating a product that is healthy, natural, and a better take across the board on a tried and true ritual that can have such a positive impact on how your day unfolds.

In this episode of Built On Passion Jake Rhodes shares his experience in creating his flagship product the mourning routine, how, and the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind starting Routine.

Sep 7, 2021

Matt sits down with Gozney founder Tom Gozney. Gonzey makes extremely high-quality innovative ovens designed to not just make fantastic pizza but give you the opportunity to maximize your culinary efforts right in your backyard.

Tom’s path to starting Gozney was not at all linear and far from easy but, there’s a consistent theme that followed him through the ups and downs; determination. It all started when his passion for cooking led him to build a pizza oven. What started out as a fun project to keep his hands busy, quickly began to snowball and grow, leading him to build oven after oven. Home oven builds lead to restaurant builds and eventually to push beyond the limits and dream up a way to give everyone the opportunity to have access to a pizza oven and enjoy its versatility to make some truly incredible meals. 

They’ve had some seriously notable partnerships with some well-known chefs and frequently put out recipes to help get you inspired. Tom’s vision for building Gozney isn’t solely to dream up and make innovative products; he aims to break down the barrier of cooking and baking and help people enjoy it as much as he does. Despite the rampant growing success, building Gozney wasn’t exactly all sunshine and bubble gum. A lot of its success relied on Tom’s tenacity to keep getting up and moving forward, and his passion to see his vision through.

In this episode of Built On Passion Tom Gozney shares what led him to start Gozney and the lead up to its now global footprint, a better look at how he developed Gozney’s latest product, and his ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind starting Gozney

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