Episode 50 - Jimmy Hayes

"We just want to make cool things happen in the world." - Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy is the co-founder of Minaal, a high-end travel gear company. He met his business partner Doug on a university exchange trip and discovered that they both love to travel. Over a number of overseas trips the pair realised that the part of the travel experience causing the most pain was their gear. They both soon decided to quit their jobs in order to create products that make travelling faster, happier, and more efficient. Although neither of them had a background in design, sourcing or manufacturing they managed to fund a carry-on sized backpack through a massively successful Kickstarter campaign. The company has since gone on to create a number of different bags and related travel accessories.

We talk about driving an ice-cream truck, learning from failure, surrounding yourself with smart people, reflecting on the important moments, his definition of a "lifestyle business", asking "why" and "why not," taking care of yourself and much more.

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