Welcome back to the Startup Junkies podcast!
Jeff Amerine, Caleb Talley, and Matthew Ward were joined by Kirsten Blowers, a serial entrepreneur and owner of Riff Raff and City Supply. Kirsten’s entrepreneurial spirit was planted by her parents, sparked by the great recession, and fueled by a love to tackle and adapt to any obstacle in her way. Want to know what it looks like to pivot before it was cool?
Check out this episode!
(1:01) Introducing Kirsten Blowers
(1:23) Riff Raff during the Recession
(7:17) The Spark of a Serial Entrepreneur
(9:05) Oh S**t Moment in 2020
(17:02) The Evolution of Riff Raff
(20:24) Staying Current and Going beyond Statistics
(26:48) What’s Winning and What Comes Next?
(30:03) Success Does Not Have to Be about Growth
(32:10) The Process of Handing Off a Company
(36:14) Advice to Younger Self and Closing Remarks
“My parents are both entrepreneurs. My mom is a childcare provider; my dad's a food consultant. They've always instilled resiliency and pivoting just as a way of life.” (2:28) - Kirsten Blowers
“I think a lot of people get stuck in the idea that they have to stick to their original process. If it shifts, it shifts. Everything shifts.” (19:25) - Kirsten Blowers
“If I don't want to do something, there's no expectation. I'm the only person that has to live up to that expectation.” (26:12) - Kirsten Blowers
“More money, more problems, you know? If this [present success] is healthy and good, if we're excited every day, if everyone's getting paid what they should be paid, and if we're still able to move forward with trends, then why are we trying to [change]?” (27:21) - Kirsten Blowers
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