Salt of the Earth
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We talk with gritty, hilarious people who run successful small businesses. Salt of the Earth is hosted by Craig Cannon and John Swope.
||Explicit30: Bobby Finan, Tommyrotter Distillery||Bobby Finan started in the craft distillery business when he was 21, and co-owned his Tommyrotter distillery at 23. From failed early business ideas, to inspiration from Shia Labeouf, to now winning Gold Medal awards for his gin, Bobby talks about...||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Jeff Coleman & Jules Lambert, PROBAR||Jeff Coleman and Jules Lambert run PROBAR in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends at MailChimp for sponsoring the show!||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Robert Mermin, Cirkus Smirkus||Robert Mermin is a clown who ran away from home and started his own circus, Circus Smirkus. It's an incredible story from pitching Dr. Seuss (yes, that Dr. Seuss), to juggling his way out of the USSR. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus...||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Jason Fried, Basecamp||Jason Fried is the CEO of Basecamp. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends at MailChimp for sponsoring the show!||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26: Patty Boy, Piccolo's Famous Cheesesteaks||Almost any time you walk into Piccolo’s Restaurant in Hoboken for a cheesesteak, you can hear Patty lumbering around, coming out of the kitchen every once in a while to curse out his favorite customers. In his restaurant, his regulars call the...||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Laurie Woolever, Writer and Anthony Bourdain's Assistant||Laurie Woolever is a writer and Anthony Bourdain's assistant. She and Anthony are releasing a cookbook called Appetites this fall. Pre-order it on Amazon. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends...||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Paula Varsalona, Bridal Designer||Paula Varsalona has designed and made over 60,000 dresses during her long career in New York City. Originally from Independence, Missouri, Paula arrived in the 70's and started out living with 5 girls in a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side...||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Marty Raney, Alaska Stone and Log Company||Marty Raney runs the Alaska Stone and Log Company in Wasilla, Alaska. He's also on Discovery's Homestead Rescue. His site is MartyRaney.com. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends...||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Stephanie Bruce Rothstein, Picky Bars||Stephanie Rothstein Bruce is an inspiration to a lot of athletes because of her real stories of being a mom and a professional athlete. Some of those fans might not even know that she also has a successful organic energy bar business. Stephanie...||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Co.||Aaron Draplin runs the Draplin Design Co. in Portland, Oregon. His new book, Pretty Much Everything, is available at ddcbook.com. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends...||7/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Dave Nevogt, Hubstaff.com||Dave Nevogt is on his “third or fourth” online business, he doesn’t really remember. And it is not as if the previous companies have failed, some of those ventures hit $2 million+ in annual revenue. But in David’s words, “a lot of online...||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Peter Metcalf, Black Diamond Equipment||Peter Metcalf ran Black Diamond Equipment from 1989 to 2015. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends at MailChimp for sponsoring the show!||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Allison Robicelli, Robicelli's Bakery||Allison Robicelli moves fast. The woman who got engaged only 6 weeks after meeting her husband and co-owner has opened a store in Brooklyn, closed it, grew a wholesale business, opened another store, wrote a book, closed another store, and is now...||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17: Chris Linton, C & M Floors||Chris Linton came to this country from Trinidad as an illegal alien in 1990. After spending 7 years working as a day laborer starting at $40 per day, he ended up getting his citizenship and launching C & M Floors in Hoboken. C & M...||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: James Nelson and Jeremiah Tallerine, Bravado Spice||James Nelson and Jeremiah Tallerine run Bravado Spice, a hot sauce company in Houston, Texas. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends at MailChimp for sponsoring the show!||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15: Freddy Zeideia, The King of Falafel and Shawarma||Freddy Zeideia started and runs The King of Falafel and Shawarma in Astoria, Queens. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends at MailChimp for sponsoring the show!||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14: Peter Shankman, Help a Reporter Out||Peter Shankman stumbled upon a multi-million dollar business when he started e-mailing his journalist friends from his couch. Founder of Help a Reporter Out, Peter tells the story of getting his business started, selling it, and how to get in touch...||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13: Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club||Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp are the founders of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn, NY. Sign up for our newsletter to get bonus stuff from each episode. Thanks to our friends at MailChimp for sponsoring the show!||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: Michael Miqueli, San Antonio Broker Services||Michael Miqueli is the founder of San AntonioBrokerServices, a trucking company in North Bergen, New Jersey.Sign up for our newsletter togetbonusstuff from each episode.Thanks to our sponsor MailChimp.||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: Brad Tyler, Tyler Electric||Brad's an electrician in Dorset, Vermont. He employs 10 people, has 1600 customers, and has a masterful command of the English language when it comes to backwoods slang. We caught up with him in his barn for this interview. Brad shared what is was...||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: White Oak Pastures, Will Harris||Will's a rancher from Bluffton, Georgia. He's the fourth generation owner of White Oak Pastures. Will transitioned White Oak from a traditional cattle ranch to an exemplar of sustainable agriculture. He now raises and slaughters cattle and poultry...||12/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Great Bear Auto Repair, Audra Fordin||Audra grew up changing oil and swapping tires. She's a fourth generation mechanic and owner of Great Bear Auto Repair in Queens, NY. Since taking the reins at Great Bear she's also started WomenAutoKnow.com, a site that teaches people how to...||11/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Free Range Fish & Lobster, Joe Ray||Joe Ray thought he was pretty tough at 18. So tough, he thought, that he might have a career as a boxer. He hired a boxing coach and quickly found himself with plenty of black eyes and no wins. But Joe’s coach still gave him a chance–a...||11/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7: Wine & Design Founder, Harriet Mills||After being fired from her corporate job and with a new six-month old, Harriet Mills needed to find work, fast. So she did the logical thing: headed for the local "paint-and-sip" studio, had a few glasses of wine, and took a painting class....||11/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Luke's Lobster Founders, Luke Holden & Ben Conniff||Luke Holden & Ben Conniff started a restaurant in the East Village with $30,000 and one product in 2009. Since then, they've expanded into Boston, Chicago and even locations in Japan. And the focus is still on serving a fresh, simple lobster...||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: Nonpoint Founders, Robb Rivera & Elias Soriano||Nonpoint is a heavy metal band that originated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Robb Rivera is the drummer and founded the band in 1996 when he heard Elias Soriano singing "happy birthday" at a restaurant and convinced him to join his fledgling...||10/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: Amy's Ice Cream CEO/Founder, Amy Simmons||Amy Simmons is the founder and president of Amy's Ice Creams in Austin, Texas. She opened her first store in 1984, picking the location after seeing a croissant shop next door stay busy all day. Amy now does over $10M in revenue across her 15...||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Shipyard Brewery CEO/Founder, Fred Forsley||Fred Forsley is the co-founder of Shipyard Brewing Company, which in 2014 sold over 18 million bottles of their Pumpkinhead Ale. His story starts at a brewpub in Kennebunk, Maine. Fred was managing the restaurant, booking bands, and bouncing...||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: Spartan Race Co-Founder, Joe De Sena||Joe De Sena is the co-founder of Spartan Race, a military-inspired obstacle race series. At 13 he started a pool cleaning and construction company in Queens, NY. After selling that company he went to work in finance, spending his free time...||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0: Introducing Salt of the Earth||We talk with gritty, hilarious people who run successful small businesses. Season one will feature conversations with loggers, ranchers, electricians, manufacturers, musicians, brewers, and more. Subscribe to our newsletter for photos and all the...||9/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
In an era in which we readily exalt the 18-year-old with a half-baked idea and a modicum of technical expertise, it's incredibly refreshing to hear a podcast that celebrates those whose work has built value in the real world--beyond our devices. In Salt of the Earth, financial savvy, operational expertise, people skills, ingenuity--and a healthy dose of hustle-- rightfully gets its dues. Bravo, Craig and John.
It's awesome to hear the stories of entrepreneurs creating real value outside the bubble of insane tech valuations. With small businesses from a lobster shack, to the spartan race, it's refreshing to see that real people can build successful businesses without giving away equity to venture capitalists.
These are interesting and super funny.