November 8, 2016ExplicitE

Trip 9 | Building Community

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Kristin is the co-owner of Community Skis, a mobile manufacturing trailer that produces custom skis and a traveling lifestyle that follows suit. She and her business partner Michael Lish, in addition to building custom skis, host Build Your Own Skis workshops in which Kristin is able to delve into her culinary skills while clients build their skis in some beautiful off-grid environments. Kristin and Michael are also involved with implementing their ski manufacturing platform in high schools across the country creating a “mini MBA” program for students to learn about business and entrepreneurship in addition to the manufacturing process.

Topics of this chat include:

  • Starting a business
  • Learning manufacturing
  • Shaping environments
  • Brick and mortar vs. mobile
  • Heat-vacuum curing process
  • Hurdles and transformations
  • Custom workshops
  • Outreach and marketing
  • Spreading ideas
  • High school programs
  • Implementing ideas
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Skiing to cooking
  • Having a support system


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