Colby Barr, co-founder of Verve Coffee grew up with a love for adventure, music, and mapmaking - which isn’t the most obvious blend for a career in coffee roasting. What inspired him to reach out to his old friend Ryan O’Donovan and started a simple coffee shop? Colby also shares how he brewed a brand with class and integrity, how they expanded Verve Coffee nationally and internationally, and why making mistakes means you’re doing something right.
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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- If the world shows you a sign, sometimes you've just got to follow it and take the leap.
- Aim to build the best company you can, even if no one cares.
- You’re going to be better at your passion than anything else, and you’re more likely to be successful because you’ll give it everything you’ve got.
- You owe it to yourself to work things through.
- Being overwhelmed is probably a good feeling to have. If the work is a no-brainer, then you're probably missing something.
- You could be making only $1.60 an hour with your dream job, but it’s still worth it.
- Take chances and overextend yourself.
- Go make mistakes, go mess up. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Verve Coffee website
- Follow Verve Coffee on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
- Find their locations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, New York, and Tokyo
- Read more about Colby and Ryan's story here
- What is a Montessori school?
- What does a cartographer do?
- Dwell - share and discover inspiring design
- Cafe Grumpy in Brooklyn, New York
- GQ Magazine article
- Republique, Huckleberry Cafe
- Reasons to go travel to Tokyo
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