Month: February 2017
Dan Opalacz decided to sell most of what he owned and move into an 86’ Subaru Powered VW to travel around North America and build one of the nation’s most exciting footwear startups, Bedrock Sandals. After a couple years in the VW, Dan traded in his VW van for a small boat in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved the company out to Oakland, CA where he’s currently living at the marina out of a sailboat…with no sail…or even mast. In addition to building the Bedrock Brand, Dan recently traveled the entire country of New Zealand via bike, foot, and canoe and was recently named to the Outdoor Industry’s 30 Under 30 list.
On this episode we chat with Dan on why he decided to made such a radical change to his lifestyle, we hear amazing stories from his epic adventures and we discuss how he built Bedrock Sandals.
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Jason Antin is currently the director of Partnerships at Gociety, an app dedicated to easily getting you outside with awesome people; simply and spontaneously.
On top of that, Jason is a guide for Denver Mountain Guiding, has extensive emergency medical training as an EMT, and he coaches mountain athletes at the Alpine Training Center in Boulder, CO.
On this episode, we discuss how Jason went from being a law enforcement officer to working in the outdoors, how he built his career around the outdoors and advice he would give to someone who wants to make a career change into the outdoors.
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Bob Dalton was inspired to help the homeless population when his mother, a hard-working single mother, found herself living on the streets in 2013. Because of his Mother’s story, Bob realized that not all choose to become homeless, and that some just need a second chance. He began to call homeless shelters in his area to ask what they needed: They all said blankets. In June of 2014, Bob founded Sackcloth & Ashes. For every blanket that you purchase, Sackcloth & Ashes gives a blanket to your local homeless shelter.
On this episode we discuss:
1. How Bob’s childhood shaped his career and the business he started.
2. How Bob used his mother’s time on the streets as inspiration to start his business.
3. The impact Sackcloth & Ashes has had on the homeless community.
4. The advice Bob would give to someone who wants to be a social entrepreneur.
5. How Sackcloth & Ashes is revolutionizing social entrepreneurship.