My guess is you didn’t see this one coming. Neither did I, honestly.
Today we talk with Charles Adler, co-founder of Kickstarter and, most recently, the founder of Lost Arts in Chicago. I’m going to let him tell you all about that. But first, I wanted to explain the connective thread I see between Charles and the beer world.
First, both are incredibly entrepreneurial. And in many ways, entrepreneurialism has come to define what craft beer is. The things that Charles has created, and what craft beer values, are things like transparency, innovation, and community connections.
But in my conversation with him, I think you’ll also hear some other familiar things. A heads-down approach to building something. A desire to grow, but also remain steadfast in your values and goals. The need to be a generalist, but also value specialization. It’s the constant need to balance a hundred different things that are all in tension with each other, in order to get from point A to point B.
There are also a lot of parallels between my personal background and Charles’ that make for some pretty quick and interesting learning—even insights into what GBH is at its core, and how it came to be. I’m thankful for that. I hope you take away as many insights as I did about how you can think about your own business differently. Charles has that affect on people.
Oh, and we talk about how a brewery might just be relevant to his new project, too.