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Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes is the CEO of Proven. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and a blues guitar player and builder.

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Mountain Standard: The Business of Outdoor Necessities | Brennah Rosenthal

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on March 7, 2018

This week, we interview Brennah Rosenthal. She works with Mountain Standard, an apparel brand that sells outdoor gear and everything you need to survive a mountain lifestyle.

Mountain Standard has been in operation for 3 years and recently opened a store in Boulder, CO. They are striving to become a brand that releases new gear for every season of the year. 

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Building A Brand Around Montana | Jeremy Gregory and Chad Zeitner

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 28, 2018

Jeremy Gregory and Chad Zeitner founded Montucky Cold Snacks, a light beer company with a focus on an outdoor lifestyle, community and, Montana. 

After ten years at a job he didn't love, Jeremy knew he needed to start his own business where he could work for himself. First, he planned to open a micro brewery in Bozeman, Montana. When that didn't pan out, he refocused his energy into creating Montucky Cold Snacks. 


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Skilled Work and American Craftsmanship | Vince Romano

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 21, 2018

Vince Romano started his career in the dairy industry at a very young age.

After traveling throughout the world, Vince realized he wanted to do something that utilized the skill and heritage of the American workforce. 

With that, Truman Boot Co was born. Truman Boot Company handcrafts less than 2,000 boots in a calendar year. 

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Distilling the Essence of the Desert | Robin Moore and Cebastien Rose

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 14, 2018

Robin Moore and Cebastien Rose, self-proclaimed "plant nerds" are seasoned foragers and farmers.

When they decided to leave their jobs and start their own business, they made a list of things they lived to do. 

When their list included being outdoors, being in the wild, spending time with their dogs, foraging, and being in nature- the direction of their business, Dryland Wilds, became second nature. 

Join us this week as we discuss distillation, enfleurage, maceration, essential oils, tinctures, concretes and absolutes and much, much more. 

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Adrenaline, Athletes and the Environment | Steve Jones

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 7, 2018

Steve Jones founded Teton Gravity Research with his passion for action sports, professional skiing and filming. 

Armed with the vision to showcase the mountains, the backcountry and the athleticism of skiing and snowboarding, Steve Jones started Teton Gravity Research with his brother, Todd Jones, and Dirk Collins in 1995. 

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FLASH! Advice for Successful Entrepreneurship | John Lee Dumas

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 1, 2018

This week, I had the pleasure of talking to John Lee Dumas. John is the founder and host of Entrepreneurs on Fire, an award-winning podcast where he interviews entrepreneurs seven days a week. 

For this week's special FLASH episode, we were able to talk to John. Join us as he shares some of his best pieces of advice and wisdom from his experiences. 

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Running A Western Vintage Store | Tom and Carrie Dragt

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 31, 2018

Tom and Carrie Dragt have been collectors of vintage pieces since they were kids.

Opportunity struck when an old clothing store went out of business, and Tom and Carrie bought some of their old inventory.

This lead them to focus on vintage clothing. 

They began selling out of their house and doing online sales, then moved to a store three years ago. They find pieces through traveling and utilize Instagram to show off their recent finds.

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FLASH! How To Network Authentically | Strother Gaines

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 25, 2018

At this year's Inbound conference in Boston, MA, we had the pleasure of meeting Strother Gaines. 

Strother Gaines is an entrepreneurial coach, a theater owner and a Unicorn, dammit!

Strother, fresh off his breakout session, "How To Network Without Being An @sshole", shared with us pointers on how to network comfortably, while remaining true to yourself. 

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Combining Nutrition with Performance | Carla Nowicki

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 24, 2018

Carla Nowicki's background as a young athlete alerted her to a problem facing many young athletes. 

Instead of encouraging athletes to be stronger or healthier, there was a constant emphasis on being smaller. The message was that being smaller was the key to being faster and "better" for these young athletes. 

Carla started Pursuit Nutrition, a performance solution for individuals looking to pursue their best selves. 

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Teaching in a Leading Jiu Jitsu Academy | Paulo Brandão

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 17, 2018

Paulo Coelho Brandão comes from a city in Brazil called Manaus. Manaus is located in the middle of the Amazon jungle, accessible not by automobile, but only by airplane or boat. 

So how did he end up in Austin, Texas? 

Known by many as ‘Coelho’, Paulo is a Black Belt World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Currently he runs a successful academy, Gracie Humaita in Texas. 

Join us this week to talk about the community and family of Jiu-Jitsu and Paulo's dedication to resilience and honesty.

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