Ross Andrew Paquette is the founder of Maropost. Ross founded Maropost in 2011 as an email service provider, but it quickly grew beyond the original vision and helps simplify customer engagement for companies across the board with their technology. They became one of the fastest-growing companies in North America, without ever raising funding. Maropost is trusted by companies like the Golden State Warriors, Mercedes Benz, Livestrong, and The New York Post. They are also working to make philanthropy more efficient, by using their technology to power non-profits. MaropostCares is a nonprofit focused on giving endangered species a second chance, restoring ecosystems through conservation initiatives.Click to Watch – Learn about dealing with conflict!
Trace Ostergren is the founder of MudLrk. Trace first ventured to China when he was 15 years old, where he attended school and travelled extensively throughout Asia. Although many ideas were attempted prior to MudLrk (pronounced Mud-Lark), Trace is confident that his brand and its products most exemplify his goals and beliefs: to create remarkable food products that are beautifully crafted, good for you and good for the planet.05Click to Watch – Learn about why we need to eat more plants!
Ryan Farr is the founder of 4505 Meats. 4505 Meats began back in 2009 when Ryan, started frying up chicharrones in his home kitchen. Living in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, Ryan was inspired by the many bodegas and shops that carried chicharrones and he thought that the snack would be a great use for the pork skins he often saw thrown away in butchery practices and restaurant kitchens. With his first kid on the way, Ryan decided to start making chicharrones at home and selling them to local bars for extra cash. The chicharrones quickly became infamous throughout the city and endearingly dubbed “crispy clouds of porkaliciousness.”Click to Watch – Learn about pork skin snacks!
[Sweet and Snack Show Series] Why We Need More Gluten-Free Candy with Mike & Jackie Nakamura Founders of Lovely Candy Company
Mike and Jackie Nakamura are the founders of the Lovely Candy Company. Their journey started when Jackie asked her husband, Mike, to go on a quest for her favorite candy, but it was a special request – it needed to be consciously crafted with select ingredients, as well as gluten-free. What began then evolved into a plethora of delicious family favorite candies. Click to Watch – Learn about creating gluten-free candy!
Molly Wilson is the founder of Molly&You, a woman-owned and operated gourmet powerhouse. Today you can find Molly&You beer bread mixes, beer cake mixes, party dip mixes and her hottest sensation – microwave brownie, cake, and muffin mixes for one – in amazing flavors.Click to Watch – Learn about making a bold move!
[Sweet and Snack Show Series] Innovating Dairy Free Candy with JJ Rademaekers Founder of JJ’s Sweets
JJ Rademaekers is the founder and CEO of JJ’s Sweets. The idea for this company came to JJ in a dream he had one night in 2009. Inspired by the dream, JJ began experimenting with making delicious, natural sweets made from sustainably sourced, organic, healthier ingredients. What started as a candy stand at Boulder’s local farmer’s market has since grown into a thriving natural candy brand, with Cocomels occupying shelf space in more than 2,000 retailers around the country. In 2014, JJ’s Sweets further expanded our reach in the natural candy market with a line of Chocolate Covered Cocomels. Click to Watch – Learn about creating dairy-free candy!