Taylor Bruce is a traveler, storyteller of all things cool, and the CEO and founder of WILDSAM Field Guides.
“A writer has similar traits to an entrepreneur: you better know your audience.” - Taylor Bruce
Taylor Bruce launched Wildsam Field Guides in 2012 – an American travel brand built upon telling true stories of place. In developing his unique series, Taylor has learned about business from his own boot-strapping approach and from listening to stories from hundreds of business owners across the country. Hear why Taylor believes memories and experiences trump travel itineraries.
Kelly Love is one of three founders of a consumer products company that is redefining clean, BRANCH BASICS.
“Be wise, but take big risks. Don’t delay decision-making even if you don’t have time to vet all the details.” - Kelly Love
Cleaning products are among the most toxic products in the home. Branch Basics helps people ditch synthetic ingredients by producing the world’s safest, most versatile cleaning soap.
Ben Ponder is a marketing expert and the CEO of SKU, an Austin-based startup accelerator program.
“Nike is not selling us shoes right? They’re not selling us apparel. They’re selling us an identity and an aspiration.” - Ben Ponder
Ben helps entrepreneurs build some of the nation’s most promising consumer product companies working alongside some of the savviest mentors from Whole Foods, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Yeti Coolers. The end goal? Help startups build their brand, increase velocity, and grow their margins for future acquisition.
Adam Boyden is the managing director of RPM VENTURES, a seed and early stage venture firm.
“The idea behind a startup is usually right but most of the details are completely wrong. Your team has to be aggressive about seeing your vision come to life, and you have to be sensitive and adaptable to the market.” - Adam Boyden
Adam learned early in life that you can’t break the system, but you can bend it. Learn how this international entrepreneur went from picking grapes to building and selling five companies worth more than $2.7 billion by “accident.”
Georgia Pellegrini is a chef, author, world traveler, and OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPERT.
“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, even though it takes time to create that ecosystem. Then, do not be afraid to reach out to that network when you need help.” - Georgia Pellegrini
Television personality, chef, author, and outdoor adventurer Georgia Pellegrini has quickly become known as a contemporary Martha Stewart, working to help women tap into their modern day pioneer spirit by teaching them critical skills for today’s well-rounded female entrepreneur.
Greg McEvilly is the chief equipping officer and founder of KAMMOK, an innovative outdoor brand that connects people with the adventure of changing lives.
“When people buy from a certain brand, they are essentially casting their vote for a product — make them want to cast their vote for you.” - Greg McEvilly
From receiving his startup’s first loan at his parents’ breakfast table, to reaching his Kickstarter goal on the first day, Greg has built a “MOB-like” business around his personal passion, helping others.
Hayley Groll is a veteran hair stylist and proud owner of SHAG SALON in Austin, TX.
“I knew I earned the trust of my clients when I started hearing, ‘Do whatever you want to my hair.’” - Hayley Groll
Inspired by her siblings, Hayley’s entrepreneurial drive goes beyond making her clients look and feel beautiful in her chair. Learn how a beloved mentor, an eviction notice, and Yelp nightmares motivate Hayley day-in and day-out to make her salon one of the most beloved in Austin.