251: How a Husband and Wife Duo Built the 20th Fastest Growing Company in the US

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They’ve won the Shopify Build a Bigger Business Competition, hit number 20 on the INC 5000 list, and now they’re on the podcast to talk about turning a personal need into a successful business venture.

Garret and Deeanne Akerson of Kindred Bravely share how they’ve navigated running a business together as a couple — from initial startup to hiring over 50 remote employees and all the challenges and milestones in between.

Tune in and enjoy!

Episode Highlights: 

  • 4:59 How Garret and Deeanne started Kindred Bravely
  • 9:01 The lessons learned transitioning from Amazon to Shopify 
  • 12:07 How the Amazon ecosystem has evolved and how to approach it now
  • 14:47 Navigating running a business as married entrepreneurs
  • 18:17 What trading flexibility for structure looked like for Garret and Deeanne
  • 21:55 The things that make a large, remote company successful
  • 26:36 Milestones and challenges during the hiring process
  • 30:53 How to know when it’s time to hire executive-level positions
  • 36:47 Group Zoom calls during the interview process — is there an advantage?
  • 42:36 What questions and themes Garret and Deeanne like to bring up during interviews

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