024: Wylie Robinson- How Rumpl has grown from kickstarter into a respected outdoor brand.

August 09, 2017

This episode is with Rumpl Founder and CEO Wylie Robinson. Wylie tells us how he got into backpacking and camping as a kid and how Rumpl got started. Wylie also dropped some generous Rumpl love on Outdoor Biz Podcast listeners, listen through to the end to find out what it is. Thanks very much Wylie!

Show Notes


His first exposure to the outdoors was through his Dad. Wylies Dad got him into the outdoors camping and backpacking. His Dad lived on the kalalau trail in kauai. Wylie hiked the trail with his Dad when he was about six years old.

Spent a lot of time around the bay area hiking, mountain biking and surfing growing up.

Things we talked about

The Rumpl Kickstarter launch and first manufacturing

How Rumpl began selling.

The Grommet




Venture Out at OR

Advice, tips

if you're just starting out as an entry level start up and haven't launched yet, hustle as hard as possible

if you're gaining traction learn how to say no

Other Outdoor Activities

still rides,backpacks, surf, ski

camping in his westfalia

Favorite Books

Change by Design by Tim Brown

Question Storming byFrank Wilczek

Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold

Let my People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Compass and the Nail by Craig Wilson

Traction by Gino Wickman

Kellogg on Branding by The Kellogg School of Management

Best Gear Purchase under $100

Rumpl Blanket of course (Wylie was generous to share a discount code for Outdoor Biz Podcast Listeners, go to the Rumpl website and use code OUTDOORBIZPOD at checkout for 15% OFF your order.

also a Crazy Creek sleeves to turn your sleeping pad into a chair

Apps, Tools, Podcasts

takes a lot of people out for coffee or beers and gets a lot of motivation from Rumpl advisory board

also meets with a management coach

Connect with Wylie

you can find Wylie under Wylie Robinson on LinkedIn or Facebook


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