023: Mike Wallenfels- How his career transitioned from A16 Buyer to Small Biz Incubator

August 15, 2017

Hydro Flask VP of Sales Mike Wallenfels tells us about his first jobs in the outdoor biz, how Mountain Hardwear got started and some of the other interesting startup projects he is involved with.

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I tried Boy Scouts it didn't really work I got the Cub Scouts and they didn't do enough stuff as quick as I wanted it to happen so my dad did a great job exposing my brother and I to backpacking early on so backpacking the Adirondacks.

Hs first Outdoor job was at Stanley Andrews Sports in San Diego

Things we talked about

Hydro Flask

Adventure 16


Eagle Creek

Sierra Designs

The North Face


Outdoor Retailer

Mountain Hardwear

Columbia Sportswear



Outdoor Pursuits Consulting

Big City Mountaineers

Grass Roots Alliance


Cascade Angels

Advice, tips

Get in the door and work your way up

Dont burn bridges

Other Outdoor Activities

Road and Mtn Bike, Backpacking, Skiing, Rafting, Paddleboarding, Fly Fishing

Favorite Books

Men to match my Mountains by Irving Stone

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Best Gear Purchase under $100

Lucie Lights

Apps, Tools, Podcasts

Office 365



Connect with Mike



Outdoor Pursuits Consulting


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