Skye Blackburn: Founder of Circle Harvest – Ep. 84

“It’s actually taken 15 years for people to come around to our way of thinking… I feel like if what you’re doing is a little bit unusual, education is really the key to driving forward your business. So look at different channels that you can use to help educate people about why you do what you do, and why you’re passionate about it. And embrace that weirdness…Having something that’s a little bit out of the box and a little bit quirky is absolutely fantastic.”

Dane Baker: Founder of EcoCart – Ep. 82

“If there’s one piece of advice I’d give, it would probably be just get started. There’s a lot of analysis paralysis that can happen when considering something to jump into, whether it’s a project or whatever it may be. And I think you never know until you actually do it.”

Saasha Celestial-One: Founder of OLIO – Ep. 81

“Your start-up is your baby in the beginning and the highs and lows are the same, but they’re just much more frequent in the beginning. It’s just constantly feeling like at any minute the whole thing can fall apart like a house of cards…It’s quite hard to switch off in the early stages…It’s quite easy to be obsessive, overworked or burnout.”

Johnny Crowder: Founder of Cope Notes – Ep. 79

“People are not businesses. People are multifaceted, and complex, and have all these moving parts …with one of the most complex neural networks that we’ve ever discovered – we cannot boil that down…But companies are almost better when they are distilled down because there’s so much clarity and direction.”

Dustin Feider: Founder of O2 Treehouse – Ep. 78

“How much are you willing to give up – of stability or lifestyle or whatever it is… in pursuit of the thing that you prize the most? Your focus, the thing that you feel in your gut that you have to be doing. It brings you to a place of just feeling thrilled and excited, almost regardless of the monetary reward from it.”

Marina Tran-Vu: Founder of EQUO Plastic-Free Utensils – Ep. 77

“I started EQUO, which is a sustainable brand that provides 100% plastic-free and compostable solutions for everyday single-use plastic items…We started off with straws made out of different materials like grass, rice, coconut, sugar cane, and coffee, and then we’ve also branched out into utensils and dishware and bags as well. The goal is to replace anything that is single-use plastic.”

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