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A comedy podcast highlighting stories of success from ordinary, average people doing the extraordinary.
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272. Alex Varouhas

272. Alex Varouhas

2020-07-0701:56:38

Alex Varouhas is the founder of Avocadish - the first ever avocado bar in the midwest. Avocadish opened their location in Dinky Town in Minneapolis on June 25th! While on a bus in Portugal, Alex found inspiration to start the avocado bar after meeting his to-be chef. Hear the story behind one of the most innovative food bars in the midwest! Purchase your tickets to Boatchella here. This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
271. Taylor Fondie

271. Taylor Fondie

2020-06-3001:47:08

This week we sit down with current Miss Minnesota, former vikings cheerleader, and current social media manager Taylor Fondie. If you know nothing about beauty pageantry, do we have you covered. Enjoy! Purchase your tickets to Boatchella here. This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
This week we take our podcast into the WILD at Mill Ruins Park.  Our adventure features Minneapolis Drone Cinematographer, Jay Christensen, commonly known for his viral Minneapolis and St. Paul drone videos.  Hear about the history of Minneapolis that Jay gives us and its impact on the current crisis' we've been through in 2020.  Listen carefully for Josh Neumann, founder of KindLips, who stops by in the middle of a run!  So much happens in this brief period of time that you won't want to miss! Purchase your tickets to Boatchella here. This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
269. George Nusbaum

269. George Nusbaum

2020-06-1802:38:43

George is a good friend and co host of the Bold Perceptions Podcast, a show focused on raw/uncut positive energy from different perspectives around the world. We discuss George's journey to find the winning edge in his post college life and what he's done to make himself a little better everyday. One of those "winning edges" is his morning stretch routine which we talk at length about. Enjoy!  Purchase your tickets to Boatchella here. This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
268. Ike Weins

268. Ike Weins

2020-06-1602:09:20

Ike Weins is the co-founder of Green Up Solutions, a recycling and sustainability company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He makes incredible eco-friendly woodwork, and when we say incredible we mean INCREDIBLE!  This man has an insane passion for what he does and it is infectious! Enjoy! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
267. Dr. Mike Klein

267. Dr. Mike Klein

2020-06-0902:21:34

Dr. Mike Klein is an assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas in the Department of Justice and Peace Studies.  He pursued undergraduate degrees in Theology and Studio Arts and a Masters in Education with a service-learning emphasis.  Klein has received awards for and worked in various leadership roles, in addition to directing VISION immersion trips through Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas.  He is also a muralist and author of multiple books and journal articles.  Dr. Klein has a unique perspective on a variety of topics in our discussion that you won't want to miss!  Enjoy! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
Ayo Idowu is the co-founder of Line of Scrimmage LLC - a coaching and consulting group in MN specializing with young athletes around the Twin Cities. Aaron Abram is a lawyer specializing in criminal justice and family law in Eau Clare, WI.  In light of the death of George Floyd and the protests and riots across the country, more specifically in Minneapolis, we decided to bring on two dear friends of the black community to speak on the subject of race, equality, equity, and how to build a better tomorrow. Both Ayo and Aaron provide an incredible perspective that everyone needs to listen to. If you are looking to contribute to help rebuilding the broken communities of the Twin Cities, below are a few resources to donate to: • The Lake Street Council in Minneapolis is collecting donations to support small businesses and nonprofits that need to rebuild. • In St. Paul, the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative is raising money to help rebuild the storefronts of small businesses in Midway + Union Park. • Reclaim the Block is a grass roots initiative to refocus funds from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety
265. Sydney Monroe

265. Sydney Monroe

2020-05-2601:57:15

Sydney Monroe works for both 101.3 KDWB & Cities 97.1.  She is the host of “This Week On Campus” on Dave Ryan’s morning show.  Another super exciting part of what Sydney does is working in promotions for concerts and events all around the twin cities with iHeart Radio!  Listen now to hear all about her unique experiences! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
264. Antonio Sundquist

264. Antonio Sundquist

2020-05-1902:52:04

Antonio Sundquist is the co-founder of Activ, a growth accelerator for e-commerce businesses.  Born in Paraguay and then going through adoption, he went on to become a mental health advocate!  He has some amazing insights based on his life's journey and mental health that you won't want to miss.  Enjoy! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
Clara Cott is a brand strategist and digital marketer.  Gabby Thomas is an actress and model.  Together they have executed multiple shoots with clients and are getting ready to launch their first networking business!  If you think this episode gets off to an exciting start, just wait until the two and a half hour mark when things really kick up a notch.  This dynamic duo is unstoppable together! Enjoy! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
262. Jackson Hull

262. Jackson Hull

2020-05-0502:30:42

Jackson Hull is a viral TikTok sensation, former football teammate, and good friend.  He details his journey bouncing from job to job, leaving people wondering “when is this man ever going to settle?”  Well, what he settled on was living below his means and following his passion being a videographer documenting his journey.  Enjoy!  This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
261. Alex Fenner

261. Alex Fenner

2020-04-3002:06:32

Alex is a photographer, entrepreneur and traveler who just recently got back from a solo trip to Thailand and India. She started her trip at the strike of the new year (2020) with only 3 days planned in Bangkok-but ended up staying for 3 months. Her adventure and findings are shared on this podcast. Enjoy! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
260. Ben VandenWymelenberg

260. Ben VandenWymelenberg

2020-04-2302:10:17

Ben is the founder and president of Woodchuck USA, a company he originally started as a custom wooden engraved product company that has now turned into one of the top facemask manufacturers in the entire country. He is manufacturing up to 3 million face per week and sending them to hospitals in need all over the country. Hear the story of how he transitioned his manufacturing and services to meet the needs of the greater population during this corona crisis and how he plans to beat Chinese manufacturing with ENTIRELY US based manufacturing in less than 2 weeks. For anyone looking to purchase face masks please contact Woodchuck USA at sales@woodchuckusa.com This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
259. Sophie VanSurksum

259. Sophie VanSurksum

2020-04-2102:01:43

Sophie VanSurksum is a Certified Personal Trainer, founding Instructor for Barry's Bootcamp in Minneapolis, and founder of @urfitnesswitness - her fitness brand she started last year. She studied Public Health and Nutrition and took a job in health care when she graduated 2 years ago. She realized very soon that she did not like her job in healthcare and pivoted into the fitness space by starting her fitness brand. We've had the pleasure getting to know Sophie over the last year and are grateful to share her story of insane growth in that time. Enjoy! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
258. Sydney Kaye

258. Sydney Kaye

2020-04-1401:29:35

Sydney Kaye is a Digital Marketer and aspiring podcast show host who recently graduated from the University of Minnesota.  Having finished her degree, Sydney is on the path to finding what she loves to do just like the rest of us!  If we could describe her as best as possible, we would say that she is ambitious as hell and incredibly artistic.  Sydney is a good friend of ours and we workout at ALTR with her.  Listen now to hear all Sydney has to say about this transition in life! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
257. David Chang

257. David Chang

2020-04-0901:18:35

David Chang is the founder of Cafe Racers of Instagram, a motorcycle brand he started five years ago. Since then, he has grown the account to have a following of over one million and has built this brand as his full time job.  David speaks about ways of finding enjoyment and making a true living off of starting an Instagram page.  One of the star qualities about David is that he is all about giving back.  Additionally, he traveled to Thailand with Declan and a group of others at the beginning of the year!  Enjoy all David has to offer about his philosophies and findings from his life experience! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
256. Jonah Stillman

256. Jonah Stillman

2020-04-0702:11:30

Jonah Stillman is a TED/Keynote Speaker, author and entrepreneur.  He was the 21st person in Minnesota to test positive for the Coronavirus, being one of the first thousand to contract the disease in the U.S.  He has since conquered the sickness and is here to detail his experience.  Jonah and his father co-authored their New York Times Best Seller, "Gen Z @ Work," and Jonah travels all over the world to speak about his expertise. This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE This podcast is brought you by Sota Scents - a MN local, hand crafted candle company Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off your first order --> BUY HERE
255. Luis Leonardo

255. Luis Leonardo

2020-03-3101:10:21

Luis Leonardo is the owner of Tr3s Sports and founder of Embrace North, a brand embracing challenge through cold thermogenesis workouts.  What are these workouts like, you ask?  They involve jumping in cold water and utilizing the Wim Hof Method.  Luis was born and raised in Guatemala and went on to become a professional triathlete.  Listen now to hear more about the man behind the movement! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation. Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE
With no place to be and nothing on our agenda, we decided to get some drinks and hash out life as it is. We detail our appreciation for each other, the things we cannot stand about one another, and what the hell is going on with Declan and why has he been wearing the same pants for the last 4 days. Enjoy! "This is a moment I've been dreaming of for the past 2 years" - Jack Burke Roommates include: Andrew Inserra, Declan Brown, Jack Burke,  Matt Christenson, and Matt Harein
253. Rob Vincent

253. Rob Vincent

2020-03-2450:43

Rob Vincent is an actor in Los Angeles who's been in the industry for the past ten years with a variety of shows ranging from early 2000s rap videos like "Ignition (remix)" to recent Netflix movies like "Justine".  This is far from a typical episode as we hosted live from the Twin Cities Auto Show. We decided to try something different by asking patrons for "advice for 2 wildly average guys".  After mostly failing at getting some advice, fortunately we met Rob, who was the last person to join in on a conversation with us.  Rob has incredible range and an incredible story for you to listen to in this week's episode of the podcast.  Enjoy! This conversation was powered by Metro Mugs - mugs that inspire conversation.    Use code BACKPOCKET for 20% off any of our 3 Backpocket mugs --> BUY HERE
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