Why So Serious? "Business" is a funny word – for most people, it's framed to be a serious vehicle that disguises the aspirations of an individual to put some money in their pocket. I've always been a big believer that money should be a by-product of the venture and that there should be some underlying motivation that drives the company. Sand Cloud is the perfect example of a company who understands the bigger picture – using their platform to spread a message beyond their brand. Striped down, Sand Cloud is simply a towel company – a product that is incredibly difficult to differentiate on when it comes to features and performance. Beyond The Product This is why Sand Cloud chose to stand for much more than just beach towels. They stand for doing business the right way – for the community and with planet, not at it's expense. We committed ourselves to using sustainable materials and donating a portion of all sales to marine conservation charities as a way to protect the beaches we love. When you purchase a beach towel from Sand Cloud, you not only get a sand-resistant, ultra-absorbent Turkish cotton towel, but also help us in our mission as a portion of every sale goes to a worthwhile environmental charity. - SandCloud.com The idea of investing a little extra effort developing a product from scratch made out of sustainable materials doesn't seem ground breaking, however when you compare that to the 99% of entrepreneurs who choose to produce their product in China, it very much is. You see, people are beginning to embrace intent – an intangible energy that only prevails when one's heart is invested in the greater cause. For Sand Cloud, people around the world felt that intent when they appeared on Shark Tank. Their company began to blow up, not simply due to their killer towels, but for what that towel stands for. Doing business the right way. These guys kick ass and I encourage you to check out their digital stuffs. YouTube Channel Instagram Website Peace, Love and Hakuna Matata - Steel
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Preface: If you just want to skip to the podcast episode, here's the link The first book I really read – and I mean every page, not the spark notes – was Hawk: Occupation Skateboarder. I was 12 or so and just figured out that books could be rad if I got to choose them, instead of my teachers. From that day forward skateboarding was my favorite sport and Tony Hawk was my favorite Athlete. What I didn't learn, until about 2 months ago while listening to The Kyle Thiermann Show, was that Tony has a brother. Steve Hawk | @stevehawk6211 Steve Hawk (@stevehawk6211) was the Editor of Surfer magazine from 1990 to 1998, and a Contributing Editor since 2004. Steve moved on to become the editorial director of Surfline/Swell.com, from 1999 to 2001, he then helped start the Tony Hawk Foundation, a charitable group co-founded by Steve's younger brother Tony. He helped write the surf-themed HBO show John From Cincinnati (2007), and since 2009 has been the Executive Editor of Sierra, the Sierra Club's bi-monthly magazine. Hawk has written surf-related freelance articles for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Outside, and Harper's. He is the author of Waves (2005), and helped ghostwrite Tony Hawk's How Did I Get Here: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO (2005). Hawk won a 2012 Maggie Award for "The Cost of Coal," a Sierra magazine exposé into the coal industry. Kyle.Surf Steve and Kyle have an awesome podcast together – highly recommend you pop it on for an hour and dabble!