165: Oru Kayak, Ardy Sobhani- designing folding kayaks and building a manufacturing business through crowdfunding

June 11, 2019

In this episode Ardy Sobhani talks about his first camping adventures as a kid in Iran, the inspiration and lunch of Oru Kayak. We also discuss how he and the Oru Team built the business, using Crowdfunding to launch products and he drops two great books on us!

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoor

I’m originally from Iran, so we used to go to the northern area of Iran where it is very forested and mountainous and the Caspian Sea is up there. So we used to go there and camp. It is beautiful and as a kid I just kind of got into it. We used to go hiking a lot and climbing and things like that. Since then I’ve always been into outdoor activities, camping . . . just being outdoors.

Things we talked about

Oru Kayak 

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Origami

Robert Lang

Kickstarter

Indiegogo

One Percent for The Planet

Other Outdoor Activities

Climbing

Skiing

Advice, tips

One thing is that don’t think it’s all glamour, it’s hard work. Especially in the outdoor business, the industry very small. But I think there’s a lot of opportunity for you to innovate and come up with something interesting and different. Something more impactful.

I also think it is really fulfilling to get people out side and connect people to the outdoors. Once we understand where that connection comes from I think people will be more likely to conserve nature.

Favorite Books

Principles by Ray Dalio

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Favorite Piece of Gear under $100

Utility Knife

Connect with Ardy

ardy@orukayak.com

Linkedin

 

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