Spirits dadpreneur started with WHY when launching new biz

I am excited to introduce you to a great guy, Simon Ford.

Simon and I worked together at The ABSOLUT Spirits company before it was acquired by Pernod Ricard in 2008. Back then, Simon was a respected taste maker in the spirits game, who traveled the globe befriending and influencing the world’s best bartenders.

Today Simon is an entrepreneur, recently starting his own spirits company, The 86 Co., and he’s a new dad trying to figure out how to balance the startup grind and raising a family.

I caught up with Simon and talked with him about how things are going.

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Happy Father’s Day, dadpreneurs

Being a dad is something I’ve grown into these past two years since the twins were born. At first, I was like, what are these two lil’ things up in my house making all this noise and constantly disrupting my sleep?

Then I grew into the whole¬†“dadpreneneur” thing after the business ran out of cash and I had to come home to take care of the twins and hustle to turn the biz around. At first, I was not into it. At all.

Then I realized this is a precious opportunity to bond with the kiddos, as they’ll only be this age once. (more…)

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