Welcome to the Jake & Gino Podcast where we sit down with former NFL player turned successful entrepreneur, Christopher Gronkowski. Chris is the owner and inventor of the Ice Shaker, a protein shaker bottle that has taken the fitness world by storm.
In this episode, Chris shares his inspiring story of going from the NFL to building a thriving business. He talks about the challenges he faced during his football career and how he leveraged his experience to create a product and create a business team that is performing beyond his expectations.
Gino Asks Chris, How Should a Beginning Investor or Entrepreneur start out? Christopher talks about his experience with Shark Tank and Mark Cuban and how he used his past NFL career as leverage to get on the show. But his prior fame wasn’t all it took to get on. His previous success with his entrepreneurial endeavor and his preparation and focus was his real leg up when it came to getting his idea in front of the sharks. Gino and Jake ask Chris how he was able to convince people that are worth billions to claim a stake in his business and to break down what it’s like to work with the investors on Shark Tank and what services and assistance they provide a business starting out
Chris found a way to incentivise everyone as a team. Giving bonuses based on performance as a whole in the company made people look at the end goal and proactively look for connections to save money, make workflow more efficient and pull up loose ends because it was hurting their wallet if someone else failed.
Tune in now to hear Chris Gronkowski’s incredible journey from the NFL to entrepreneurship and how he’s changed the game with his innovative product, the Ice Shaker.
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00:00 – Intro
00:38 – Going from the NFL to Becoming an Entrepreneur
03:30 – How did Chris Handle the Shift from NFL to Businessperson
05:15 – Steps Chris Took to Start A Successful Business
06:49 – Chris Talks about SharkTank and how He Differenciated Himself
14:00 – What was Christopher’s Pitch to Sharktank
15:21 – What Did Chris Need from the Sharks
16:11 – Biggest Factor Contributing to Chris’ Current Scale
17:29 – Friend’s and Familie’s Reactions
18:40 – How Chris Has Been Able to Scale and Keep Fresh with Ideas
21:15 – What’s the Hardest Part of the Business
27:20 – Talking about the Team
33:09 – Where to get the IceShaker
34:29 – Wrap Up
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