This weeks episode featured Forbes 30 Under 30, Ishveen Anand. Ishveen is the Founder & CEO of OpenSponsorship, a platform that allows athletes and brands to connect over sponsorship opportunities seamlessly. Ishveen traveled the world as a sports agent and came to a realization. "Why is there not an Airbnb or Kayak for our industry?" Two years later, her platform is disrupting the industry with no plans of stopping soon.
Malachi McGlone is the Founder of QOD Golf USA, a start-up producing the world's highest quality electric golf caddy. Malachi first got into golf as a caddy at the age of 13. He continued to work in the industry and play competitively through college. That was until an internship with a TV show changed his path. Malachi took a flight to LA and worked his way through the entertainment industry towards his original goal of becoming an Executive Producer. He wasn't fulfilled and felt like he needed a change. Through a few realizations and opportunities, he came across QOD golf and has not stopped since. In episode 19 of G&E The Podcast, Malachi and I dive deep into the grind of starting QOD Golf USA.
Curtis and his two sons, Daxton and Cale, are the creators of Arm Guard. A Premium Sun Sleeve designed to help protect against the suns harmful rays while keeping your skin cool with moisture-wicking fabric. They created the brand with the hopes to do their part in the fight against cancer. Their story is incredibly inspiring.
Jay and Chevy are the minds behind Thirty6ix Golf Co, a lifestyle brand dedicated to the modern golfer. The founders are long time friends who love golf but did not like the apparel that was being offered. One day after a round, the two spent the night brainstorming and woke up the next day with a new idea for a golf company. And they haven't looked back since. It was called Thirty6ix Golf Co. A brand made for golfers, by golfers. The idea was to represent the individual who views the sport as a lifestyle, not just a hobby. Someone who truly enjoys the essence of the game. In a year, the two have been able to turn their brand into a movement with their modern and distinct take on golf apparel. Thirty6ix Golf Co is also available in G&E’s Marketplace. Browse the shop to see their full collection of hats, shirts, hoodies, headcovers, and more.
Zac Radford got into social media a little over a year ago as a way to hopefully build a brand that would help him in his pursuit of the PGA Tour. He took a unique approach to his photography, and it has exploded across the world of golf. Now, Zac has become a premier social media influencer in golf and has some amazing plans for his future. Check out Episode 16 to hear Zac and I talk about getting started in professional golf, the opportunity that social media has created for athletes, how he is trying to grow the game, and much more.
Meet Patrick Kraft, founder of start-up golf ball company, Sphera Golf. Pat is taking an industry disrupting approach to his business model. Provide golfers a ball with equal quality to the big brands at half the price. Pat transitioned from his finance job to the entrepreneurial world of golf because of a realization. Pat noticed an opportunity in the 1.5 billion dollar golf ball market when Costco made waves with their Kirkland Signature golf ball. Pat went all in learning the ins and outs of what makes a great ball. The results are superb. Pat is giving golfers the ability to play a high-quality ball while not hurting their wallets. I am sure many of you will appreciate that! Check out Episode 15 of G&E The Podcast, to listen to Patrick Kraft talk about his decision to start his innovative golf ball company and what he has learned since.
Meet Matt, Jon, and Justin. Three high school friends that love golf and traveling to new cities to play with their buddies. Their trips were great, but the planning was excruciating. The guys decided to solve their problem. The three are the founders of GolfForeIt.com, a membership-based website that will plan every aspect of your trip. Their goal is to capture the true essence of a golf outing. Not just the course and lodging, but the other aspects such as where to eat and drink and what to do in each city. Check out this awesome episode of G&E The Podcast | Golf and Entrepreneurship. It was my first group interview, and these guys are hilarious. This episode is highly entertaining while providing fantastic insights into what it is like to start an online business. Enjoy!
Maurice Allen is a Professional Long Drive Competitor with an incredible list of achievements in the sport. Maurice grew up playing just about everything but golf. He picked up the game in 2011 as the result of a bet. He quickly developed a passion for the game and went all in towards becoming a professional long drive competitor. Now, Maurice is ranked eighth in the world and was the 2015 & 2016 Volvik Long Drive European Tour Champion. To get to this point was not an easy road for Allen. He has a remarkable story to success filled with its fair share of ups and downs. Check out the podcast and feature to hear more about Maurice's inspirational story to becoming a premier World Long Drive Competitor.
This week on G&E The Podcast | Golf & Entrepreneurship we have on Brad Franklin. Brad is the inspired mind and creator behind the men's golf apparel company, Bradley Allan. Brad began his career in golf as an Assitant Professional. He transitioned into the golf apparel industry when Ralph Dunning asked him to join his new label, Dunning Golf. Brad spent six years with Dunning and eventually became the Head of Design for both Tommy Hilfiger Golf and AUR Golf. One day, Brad was inspired but a comment his wife made and started researching and designing his line. The culmination of his efforts, Bradley Allan. Check out the Podcast and the feature to go along with it to hear Brad discuss what it is like to start your own clothing line, his lessons learned from his past positions, his love for golf and design, and so much more.
Andrew McCombe is a serial entrepreneur. Founder of Search 4 Scratch, Golf University, and Golf Getaway, Andrew picked up golf seven years ago and has not looked back since. Immediately, Andrew was fascinated by the game. Having a very entrepreneurial mindset, he thought to himself how can I get paid to play golf. Andrew visualized what that would look like and created his first business in golf, Golf Getaway TV. From here, Andrew created Golf University and eventually Search 4 Scratch and the program and documentary that goes along with it. The Search 4 Scratch documentary is a fantastic concept. Give six amateur golfers the ability to practice and live like a pro for four months. Andrew gives them the life of a professional athlete. They have a world class coach in Larry Montague, a sports psychologist, and Andrew with his background as a mindset coach. Check out the podcast to get a first-hand look inside the mind of an eternal optimist. Andrew has a very gifted mindset towards entrepreneurship, and it was a pleasure to have him share it with me.
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