Red Wing, Minnesota.
May of 2014.
I’ve always been curious about how things work, uncomfortable with the status quo, and hungry to make an impact on the people and communities around me. I naturally gravitated towards entrepreneurship for those reasons.
Growing up, I was incredibly close with my grandparents and was fortunate enough to have them live right down the street. My grandpa became very ill and required dozens of blood transfusions. As I matured and realized just how many units of blood he went through before he passed, I decided I wanted to donate the 50+ units of blood back to the American Red Cross over the course of my life. I first started donating when I was 15 years old, chipping away one unit at a time.
When I transferred to a different high school my junior year, I quickly learned there was no relationship with the Red Cross and no blood drives held on campus. By the time I graduated my high school held tri-annual blood drives and we had collected over 1,000 units of blood. I’ll never forget the moment we held our first multi-day drive and collected 60 units on the first day, surpassing the 50 I pledged I would donate back in my grandfather’s memory.
One of my favorite things about entrepreneurship is that it creates value. When we first started 16 months ago it was just Dan and I. Now we have 35 employees. That’s 35 individuals that now have steady jobs and money to feed their families, go on dates, and enjoy what Charlotte has to offer.
I’m also amazed by the over 500,000 hours we’ve given back to our customers. That’s a half a million hours our customers are now spending with their families, learning a new hobby, or simply relaxing and enjoying life.
I enjoy backpacking, watching movies, and building things.
“You don’t ask, you don’t get.” It amazes me how much you can accomplish just by trying, asking, or simply showing up.
Launching our 50th city. 2ULaundry is a household name. We’ve created 1,000s of jobs and have created tens of millions of hours of free time.
I want to see the Northern Lights.
October 2015. I was on a safari in Africa.
I once panhandled in NYC when I was 7 years old.
My parents, no question. My dad has instilled hard work and a “front load the job” type of mentality, while my mom has taught me compassion and a love for life.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things.
Split....but the last good movie I saw was The Founder (Sorry M. Night Shyamalan).
Dave Matthews Band.