Nate DeMars is the Founder and CEO of the Columbus, Ohio based company, Pursuit, a company targeted at “suiting the next generation”. In this episode, Nate takes us through his childhood, climbing the corporate ladder, going back for his MBA at The Ohio State University, graduating from his MBA and turning down the corporate world to start his own thing so that he could control his own destiny, the mission of Pursuit, the future goals of Pursuit, Nate’s future goals, and even a little bit on public speaking tips/tricks/do’s/do not’s sprinkled in the middle.
(00:00:00) Nate DeMars, Founder and CEO of Pursuit
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(00:03:15) Intro to Nate DeMars
(00:04:00) Childhood, college, first job
(00:05:30) Whirlpool sales and marketing development program
(00:07:20) Promoted twice within the first few years on the job
(00:08:30) Entrepreneurship – How’d you develop your love and desire for it?
(00:11:00) Transition of roles within Whirlpool, while climbing the corporate ladder
(00:14:20) Public speaking and leadership at Pursuit
(00:15:45) Creating a place where it’s about more than just a paycheck
(00:20:20) How was Pursuit born?
(00:26:00) The day of reckoning and the great epiphany: take a real job, or go full blown entrepreneur
(00:27:00) How it all started, Pursuit from day one
(00:29:00) From three-year “pop up shop” to brick and mortar to clothing truck
(00:30:45) Sourcing product
(00:34:15) Why Pursuit?
(00:35:30) In the early days, I underestimated the human component
(00:37:00) The Pursuit customer experience
(00:40:00) The goals and future of Pursuit
(00:42:00) Public speaking tips, do’s and lots of do nots
(00:47:20) Live Uncomfortably by Nate DeMars
(00:50:00) Closing remarks
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