140: Derek Smith- HeadSpin Outdoors, what it’s like to launch a new brand in the Outdoor Biz

November 08, 2018

Derek and his team have launched their new lighting brand HeadSpin Outdoors and we talk about the excitement and challenges they’ve run into along the way. These guys are pumped and have a pretty unique take on this category.

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

Well we’ve always been sort of outdoor guys. This is our first foray into the outdoor industry as an occupation. Growing up we both really loved the outdoors and my business partner and I were raised in completely different outdoor environments. But we both had a common respect and appreciation for everything outdoors. So as we started our company and started thinking about applications for our product, the outdoors was just the natural direction that we wanted to go.

Things we talked about

HeadSpin Outdoors

Big City Mountaineers

Advice, tips

Yeah, keep your head down and just keep on going. A lot of people give up really quickly and I would say that one thing that we have is his tenacity, and that’s really helped us. It’s just not giving up. I mean not to the point where it’s foolish to just keeping keeping ongoing, right? But just staying the course. You get a lot of nos and there’s a lot of hiccups, but just working through it and taking the time to take a step back and evaluate and reassess and then logically move forward has been so impactful for us. It’s helped us get to the point where we are today.

Other Outdoor Activities



Whitewater Kayaking

Favorite Books

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Best Gear Purchase under $100

Hydro Flask

Connect with Derek

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