Brian Carraway is the Founder of Flying Squirrel Outfitters and has built his hammock company with a social conscience to empower women in the small villages in Northern Thailand but he once had a normal, ideal job in Seattle. He was living downtown right by Pike Place Market and had a dream job with a great company but upon returning from a long vacation and staring at the 100s of emails in his inbox, he knew he was done.
He was dreaming of pursuing something different but he really didn’t know what that was so on the day that the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2013 and the city was at the pinnacle of excitement, he was on a plane leaving it behind.
Where was he going, to Chang Mai Thailand.
“I came to Thailand with the mentality that I was not on vacation.”
Since that moment, he’s re-established himself and is building a Hammock Company with a social conscience. He uses all local products and then his employees the seamstresses are women in the small villages of Thailand that didn’t even have a way to make money until Brian came along.
He is empowering these women through ethical job creation.
In this episode we discuss…
Moving his life to minimalism by selling his car and biking to work.
Meditating to come to the conclusion that he was done with his job that he loved.
Taking what he learned from Red Fin and the entrepreneurial environment with him to apply in his next business move.
Leaving Seattle on Super Bowl Sunday at the height of the city’s excitement.
Landing in Thailand and getting out of vacation mode by starting to teach English for income.
Building a company to empower women in the small villages of Thailand.
The steps to build a company outside of the US and import into the US.
And the hammocks, they are beautiful, they are hand-sewn and completely adjustable like no other camping hammock you’ve ever seen. Through his first step into his entrepreneurial life of living abroad, he’s built a company to empower women providing them a way of life that didn’t previously exist.
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