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.
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.
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!
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.
Episode 10: How LuxGolf Founder, Travis Bruinsma, Created Australia’s First Luxury Golf Touring Company
Travis Bruinsma, the founder of LuxGolf, has created Australia's first luxury golf touring company. As entrepreneurs do, Travis saw a problem and came up with a solution. While traveling, he was not satisfied with the quality of golf touring companies. These experiences, coupled with the strict exclusivity of playing Australia's top courses, lead to his creation of LuxGolf. Now, LuxGolf has expanded into New Zealand and Hawaii and has established partnerships with Porsche and Callaway. Travis doesn't plan on stopping there as he has big ideas for himself and his company into the future.
Max Colman and Cat Vickers are the founders of Max Golf Protein, the first golf specific protein drink & bar. Max and Cat personify the hard work and dedication that goes into building a brand from scratch. The duo spent their first two years working full-time jobs, using nights and weekends to build the foundation of Max Golf Protein. The drink officially launched in 2015, expanding rapidly ever since. In this week's article and podcast, Max and Cat talk about the incredible dedication and hard work needed to build a business, how to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of entrepreneurship, why they have grown so quickly, and more.
Nik Bando is the founder of the Bogeybox Golf Club, a startup that is revolutionizing the shopping experience for golfers by creating a risk-free home try-on service. Nik's entrepreneurial career began when he was at Virginia Tech where he was the founder of "The Extra Point," a student newspaper center around Hokie football. From here, Nik worked at The Economist then with Gary Vaynerchuk at Vayner Media, before branching out on his own. All of this experience culminated in the creation of the Bogeybox Golf Club. Read the article and listen to the Podcast to hear about Nik's incredible journey.