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The Backpocket Podcast
117 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
334. Don Liimatainen
Don Liimatainen is the CEO and founder of the Best Christmas Ever organization, a local Minneapolis nonprofit that helps families in need have an amazing Christmas. Last year Backpocket and Straight Candid worked with the Best Christmas Ever organization and the community raised over $10,000 for a local family in need! Your kindness paid for gifts for the family, paid for a few months of rent, and basically saved the family from getting evicted from their home! Surprising this family last year was incredible and we’re stoked to do it all over again! This year we’re sponsoring a family of 6 who’ve fallen on hard times and they’re currently living out of a hotel. Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 to help get this family out of a hotel and into a home! To Donate Follow the Link Below: fanlink.to/BCE2021
109 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
333. Shawn Gold
Shawn Gold is the CEO and founder of Pilgrim Soul, an education and cannabis brand meant to stimulate creativity. Shawn has so much experience working with huge brands and has used his wisdom and knowledge to build his own company. Listen in to learn more about his brand, his relationship advice, and what pushes him to keep chopping wood. Enjoy!
84 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
332. Ben Zaver
Ben Zaver is the founder of Seeq, a brand new protein powder that is a clear, crisp and refreshing alternative to traditional thick and milky protein shakes. Throughout the quarantine of 2020, Ben spent countless hours working on creating the product as well as establishing his brand. We have fun throughout this podcast creating content ideas and hearing the details of Ben's story. By the end of this podcast you'll be Seeqing to try the best new protein powder on the market!
78 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
331. Chad Heegaard
Chad Heegaard is the founder Cheegs Apparel - A sustainably sourced, ethically made business apparel for the modern man. Chad's hunger for adventure drove him away from the corporate world and eventually led him to Athens, Greece where he biked around the Balkan countries. Shortly thereafter he made his way to China to teach English and ultimately start Cheegs. By the end of this podcast you'll be whispering to yourself "Fuck collars, I need some Cheegs." Enjoy!
86 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
330. Kris Clewell
This week on the show we welcome Kris Clewell, adventurer and author of his upcoming novel The Primrose Triangle. We talk about car ego, creating adventures while traveling, being a father, the process of writing a novel, and so much more. We hope you enjoy!
68 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
329. How to Dance at Weddings and (also) Navigate Nuclear Power Plants
Andrew and Declan catch up and reflect on their summer as they trade stories on bringing energy to the dance floor at weddings (now that they've both attended one). Decky also finds himself in a pecular spot at the Nuclear power plant in AZ and if you listen to that story on the podcast please be aware that the information spilt in that story is confidential. Enjoy!
102 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
328. Sam Harper
Sam Harper is the co-founder of Hippy Feet, an eco-friendly sock brand that donates a pair of socks for each pair purchased. He is celebrating his 5 year anniversary! With well-over 20,000 pairs of socks donated, Hippy Feet also helps the community by employing 16-24 year olds who are experiencing homelessness. Hippy Feet wears the title of "tree-hugger" with pride and it is their mission to not only provide environmentally friendly products, but also to play a pivotal role in positioning young people into stable housing and transition them into full-time employment elsewhere. Enjoy!
90 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
327. Content Machine
Michael and Tyler are the founders of Content Machine, a comedy sketch brand that is taking off on social media (check out their TikTok)! BFFs since 4th grade, Michael and Tyler have been making hilarious and creative sketches for over 10 years. They discuss the process behind their work and some of the stories they've used for inspiration. Enjoy!
53 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
326. Introducing “Finding Felony”and Checking In on Our Journey to Mars
We introduce our newest project, Finding Felony, that we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to go check out when it releases hopefully next week (thank you to Apple Podcasts for the delay) and we deliver an inside look at how our journey to Mars is going. Enjoy!
103 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
325. Hannah Perez
Hannah Perez is the founder of Awake Social, a marketing agency focused on helping small businesses. She recently returned from living the van life on a trip from Minneapolis to Yellowstone seeing Sioux Falls, the Badlands, Rapid City, and the Devil's Tower along the way. She discusses everything she experienced from the trip and about other life experiences that set her up to succeed with Awake Social. Hannah believes it is important to surround yourself with people who will keep you hustling and bettering yourself. Enjoy!
86 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
324. Jordyn Woodruff
Jordyn Woodruff is an assistant strategist at Hearts & Science and a TikTok guru. In the midst of the pandemic last year, Jordyn started creating TikToks on entertainment news around unconventional celebrity TikTokers, AKA "U-listers". It wasn't always easy, as the growth was slow at the beginning, but she stuck to it and continued to chop wood until it paid off after 6 months of consistent posting. Sustainable growth isn't easy, but generating a dedicated audience pays off and Jordyn now has over a quarter-million followers on TikTok enjoying the content she absolutely loves putting out. Enjoy!
119 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
323. Patrick Larson
Patrick is the founder of The Harrier, a running culture apparel brand and former founder of the infamous, short-lived "Too Good for the MIAC" apparel brand. He is also a long-time listener of the Backpocket and has been listening regularly for almost 300 of our episodes. He first tuned in while he was in Bulgaria where he was teaching at a foreign language high school as a fresh, Luther college graduate. Patrick is a passionate entrepreneur who follows strongly to the keep chopping wood mentality (while maintaining a pro climate change position). Enjoy!
75 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
322. Austin Jochum
Austin is a good friend and founder of Jochum Strength, a strength and conditioning facility focused on training athletes across the greater Twin Cities area and online across the world. Austin recently just moved into his brand new gym after spending his first 3 years in a 400 square foot gym that most nights he slept out of (he can now admit this as he's no longer bound by a lease there lol). We had to keep this one short due to time constraints in our new studio, but it's an electric 1:15 - enjoy.
101 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
TWINSICK is the infamous DJ duo that headlined Boatche**a 2021. Alex Ingalls & Casey Schnieder started TWINSICK back in 2019 after they met at a Two Friends concert where Alex was shooting video and Casey was opening as a solo act (his former artist name was simply, Casey Audio). We recap the insanity that was Boatche**a 2021 and we dive into how they became the EDM juggernaut they are today. Enjoy! All Boatche**a 2021 photos are here. Please DM us on IG if you did not recieve your Boatche**a T shirt and UNRL Promo Code. Thank you to our title sponsors LowFuel & UNRL Thank you to our supporting sponsors The Center of Movement, Embrace North, Man Paw, Pedal Pub, 5th & Baldwin, and WowSpa
65 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
320. Everything You Need to Know for Boatche**a 2021
From speed shades to CO2 cannons, we cover everything you can expect to see at the Boat Party That Got A Cease And Desist From Coachella. We cover the itinerary and perks aboard, so listen up and get pumped! We're stoked for performances by Twinsick and Bayo and just a downright rowdy time. Huge thank you to our title sponsors, Low Fuel & UNRL, and all other sponsors, Center of Movement, Embrace North, Pedal Pub, Wow Spa, Man Paw, 5th & Baldwin, and Freight House.
101 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
319. Brandon Poliszuk
Brandon is the head of content at Ikonick, a canvas art company centered around motivation and inspiration. He recently closed the doors on his former marketing agency, Social Butterfly, and took on this new venture with Ikonick. He paacked his bags and relocated to Scottsdale, AZ. This podcast is a conversation between Declan and Brandon as they unpack the recent career move, Ikonick's NO WALLS NO EXCUSES campaign featuring Decky West Coast, and much more. Enjoy!
69 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
318. John Inserra Walks the Middle to Find Common Ground
John Inserra, father of host Andrew Inserra, recently founded a non-profit organization called For Our Shared Humanity (FOSH). FOSH was created to shape and share an educational, cross-generational voice focused on strengthening the indivisibility rooted in the common ground upon which we all walk. The FOSH mission is to inspire, promote and educate targeted inter-generational awareness for common humanity as a national unifying force. John discusses the 1,700 mile walk down the center of the country to drive the organization's mission that begins on July 4th and will end mid-October of this year. John shares about his motivation for founding FOSH, his training journey, and more. Enjoy!
102 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
317. Joe Koezly
Joe Koezly is a digital creator and photographer who simply started out as an average teenager wanting to learn the ins and outs of design tools to make graphics of athletes. From networking after high school, to working at Social Butterfly, to his current position as photographer and social media content manager at Team IFA, Joe shares insights from his journey to find doing what he loves. Enjoy!
51 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
316. We Got a Cease and Desist from Coachella
Getting a cease and desist from Coachella is actually the coolest thing that's ever happened to us. Listen to the full back story as to how it developed and our new plan of attack. OH AND BY THE WAY WE SOLD OUT THE BOAT PARTY THAT GOT A CEASE AND DESIST FROM COACHELLA. Enjoy!
116 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
315. Declan Goff
Declan Goff is first and foremost, a man named Declan. He works for Skor North as the Executive Producer of two Minnesota sports shows, manages social media and often co-hosts covering Minnesota sports teams. Men named Declan are few and far between, but when they find each other, they band together. They ride or die. Listen in for the ultimate Declan collab. Enjoy!
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