EP 8 — Opening A Yoga Studio In New York City
EP 7 — Creating Handyma'am, A Women's Workwear Company, with Founder Bella Weinstein
Yoga is a notoriously tricky business to get figured out but Krissy Jones & Chloe Kernaghan have built, grown and sustained a collection of studios throughout NYC. Sky Ting Yoga is currently comprised of three design-centric spaces that have quality classes, teachers and community to match.
We talk about the role authenticity plays in the success of a business, what’s it’s like opening a small business in NYC, how taking on investors or not can be a lifestyle choice and what we hope to see in the future of wellness.
EP 6 — New Years Resolution Leads To Starting A Company w/ Kate Flynn of Sun & Swell
Handyma’am was born in 2014 when Bella found herself underwhelmed with the selection of well-made, durable clothing for women in the marketplace.
Working as a hairstylist, with a ton of hands-on hobbies—woodworking, riding motorcycles, tearing down walls and building new ones—Bella needed workwear that could fit with her can’t-sit-still lifestyle. So she got hands-on and made her own!
Bella shares her vision for slow, quality product-focused growth, talks about the challenges of producing clothing in America and shares what she’s learned about business and herself through her work with Handyma’am.
EP 5 — Seaweed Overgrowth In Mexico Inspires Business
Kate Flynn, the founder of Sun & Swell Foods did not want to start her own business preferring the sense of security at her day job. But a new’s years resolution led Kate to reconsider her eating habits and find healthier ways. She began the Whole30 and it changed her life.
One day, she decided to take a big leap, move to her dream city of Santa Barbara and launch the business she’d been thinking of, a healthy snack food company inspired by the lack of snacks available on the Whole30, Sun & Swell.
EP 4 — Starting A Superfood Bakery with Oat Bakery Founders, Louise Ulrich & Lou Fontana
Brandon Rus graduated university and asked to be dropped off in a remote Mexican fishing community. He went door-to-door asking people if he could live with them. Somebody finally said yes. Brandon immersed himself into their community and learned about their source of sustenance - the Sea of Cortez. Brandon headed back to grad school with a clarified focus on marine biology. After years of study and working in marine biology, Brandon took what he’d learned and directed his efforts into a business on a mission to empowering coastal communities through connected oceans.
EP 3 — Investing In The Future with CEO Tony Arnerich
Contrapreneurs & bakers, Louise Ulrich & Lou Fontana, the couple behind Santa Barbara’s superfood bakery, join Sarah Danu to talk about starting their bakery, their commitment to healthy, whole foods and what it’s like starting a business together as a couple. They share insights about creating the space to have breakthrough ideas, strategies for getting the word out about any business launch and much more.
EP 2 — The Business of Adaptogens with Sun Potion's Founder, Scott Linde
Tony Arnerich is the CEO of Arnerich Massena, co-founder of 3x5 and advisor to many mission-driven companies, including Fish People, a pacific northwest coast sustainable, traceable seafood company.
We met in line at a bakery in Santa Barbara and started a conversation about working with one’s spouses that flowed into talking about getting more women involved in business, particularly the business of money,
His first taste of entrepreneurship was inspired…
EP 1 — Sustainable Clothing and an Immersive University Education with Mandy Kordal of Kordal Studio
Scott Linde talks about how he started Sun Potion nearly 8 years ago, the ways he sources plants, how code is incorporated into his business and so much more. This is a good listen! Sharing stories like Sun Potion’s is exactly why I created Contrapreneur. Give it a listen!
Intro — Contrapreneur
Mandy Kordal of Kordal Studio and I talk sustainable clothing, alternative education, doing business in the modern fashion industry and what success means. Kordal Studio's mission is to create garments in an ethical manner by paying our workers a fair wage, designing garments that are not trend focused, and using natural and organic textiles whenever possible. Mandy makes some garments in her Brooklyn studio and collaborates with weavers in South America.
Sarah Danu’s new podcast Contrapreneur is all about using business as a tool to make the world a better place. We'll be talking to business people and creatives about how they create positive impact, launching and scaling mission driven businesses, and becoming the person capable of doing such things!