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Kind Find

Featuring FOUNDER -

Collin Tate

hosted by: Brandon Stover
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April 30, 2021

Kind Find is a weekly brand discovery email series that introduces everyone everywhere to 100% vegan companies, crowdfunding projects, trends, job listings, and more. They are on a mission to help ethical eCommerce thrive and support the mass adoption and global growth of the vegan lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Growing, happy community of delighted readers of a weekly brand discovery email that introduces you to 100% vegan products, trends, and remote job listing
  • Supports communities entire lifestyle beyond food that reduces the impact upon animals and animal based systems
  • Combined his expertise in startups, marketing, ecommerce, SEO, and the vegan lifestyle
  • Remote job opportunities listed from vegan businesses
  • Growing portfolio of products to support vegan community
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The Why

The world is in crisis. The planet is suffering. Food systems are in trouble. Our health as individuals is in jeopardy.

Colin combined his expertise in startups, marketing, ecommerce, SEO, and the vegan lifestyle to ultimately help people transition to a vegan lifestyle, supporting not only their food choices but the entire ecosystem around their life. Collin started this to make real impact.

Problem

Consumers are confused about vegan vs non-vegan brands

  • Being vegan is not just about eating plant based foods. It includes a lifestyle that reduces the impact upon animals and animal based systems.

Solution

The first and only vegan brand-discovery newsletter

  • Discover Amazing Vegan eCommerce Brands
  • Discover Which Trends to Embrace and to Avoid
  • Find Great Remote Jobs at Companies with Purpose
  • Supporting a communities entire lifestyle

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Collin Tate Interview

Brandon Stover: [00:00:00] Welcome to founder Fridays on evolve. The podcast about social entrepreneurs, changing the world. I'm your host, Brandon Stover. And today I'm here with founder, colon tape. If you're new to the show, occasionally on Fridays, we feature inspiring founders from our very own evolve community.

the rest of the week, we have long form interviews with a variety of social impact founders, visionary leaders, and social enterprise experts, as they share how they built startups that are solving the world's greatest challenges.

Now today's featured. Founder is calling Tate founder of kind find, which is a weekly brand discovery email series that introduces everyone everywhere to a hundred percent vegan companies, crowdfunding projects, trends, job listings, and more. Now calling go ahead and introduce yourself and your company kind co.

Collin Tate: [00:00:46] Sure. So my name is Colin and I am the founder of kind co. Which is the parent company of two different brands that we'll talk about in just a second. But Concow helps people to discover direct to consumer brands that only sell plant-based and vegan products. And we actively support the growth of those companies who make the products.

And that happens in two ways. The first is through kind find, which is a newsletter, a weekly newsletter that introduces people to new plant-based and vegan brands. And the second is kind work, which connects job seekers to open job listings at the companies that we feature through the kind find newsletter.

So really we're, we're working to, to try to make sure that people Have access. But I'll dive into that a little bit later, but so yeah, I'm the founder of kind co and working with two brands right now and looking to expand that brand portfolio in order to support vegan. And plant-based.

Brandon Stover: [00:01:47] Yeah, I love that addressing a community that could definitely use some more awareness out there. Both on the consumer side, but also on the brand. Side as well. So that's awesome. So every founder has a passion that usually gets them up and motivated to be doing this every day. So why do you wake up every morning and tackle this problem?

Collin Tate: [00:02:07] Yeah, that's a big question. And a lot of it has to do with the state of the world presently. Right. A lot of people agree that the world is in peril, right? It's in crisis. The planet is suffering. Food systems are in trouble. Our health. As, as people as individuals is in jeopardy. So what's the, what's the solution.

And everybody's looking for the right solution. A lot of the talk in the plant-based and vegan industry is reduction if not elimination of eating animals and animal products, consuming animals and animal based products. And. Really looking for ways to let's see the impact of mankind on the earth is, is what drives me.

And when I started on this journey and decided to eliminate animal products and byproducts from my from my life I saw a drastic change. And the way that my life felt, the way that I looked and the way that I felt personally, and I wanted, I wanted other people to be able to experience that as well.

And it's very clear that the world is going through a shift right now, understanding that the food systems that we currently have in place are not sustainable. And looking for solutions looking for alternatives, but as you get started, it can kind of be hard to figure out, okay, well, what companies are plant-based and what only, what companies only sell some plant-based products.

And so I wanted to make sure that people understood, The differences between those two. So there's this convergence of, okay, I'm now not eating animals. And you may hear that I'm a little reluctant to say vegan because people have, there's a stigma about veganism. And really we're all working to do the best that we can.

It's kind of like this high bar that gets set sometimes. And I don't want people to feel like they have to hurdle a high bar right. Or volt over this high bar. But when I decided to, to make this transition in my life, it was, it was amazing. And with me, This became a passion project of mine. How can I help other people learn about this?

How can I consolidate the resources and help them to find the brands that will allow them to make that transition? My background is in the startup world. I've. I've been a marketer for the last 10 years, specializing in SEO. And this kind of allowed me to put my search experience to work as well.

I became really good at helping people businesses in particular grow. And one of the things that kind co does through its brands is help drive traffic to those websites of the brands that are featured. So it was some really tight alignment there. I have an analytical background, you know, being an SEO.

So I reported on trends and insights. I love visualizing data. And so that came into play. I started my marketing career though copywriting. And so there's that creative part of me, as well as the analytical part of me and this kind of scratched all of those itches and you know, me being kind of the jolly friendly person that I am.

I love helping people. So it's all of these things that kind of came together. The lifestyle, the startups, the, the analytics, the creative, the helping people. And that's really what gets me out of bed. I love doing this. If I never got paid a single cent, I will do this. And you know, that's really what motivates me.

Brandon Stover: [00:05:37] Can you talk about how big the problem is for people that are first becoming vegan or they're already vegan and being able to get connected with these brands? How, how big of a problem that is for them?

Collin Tate: [00:05:50] No, I don't have any hard data around the access regarding vegan brands. But what I do see in online communities is people being confused. There's some confusion about, you know, what is vegan versus what isn't vegan. And we're getting to this point where cell based technology is starting to come into play.

And the question is, is cell-based technology, is it begun? Is it not vegan? Is it plant-based? Is it not plant-based? So there seems to be a bit of confusion about what that the lifestyle is a friend of mine, and I told him about this idea. He was like, well, I don't get it. You're you're talking about shoes and clothing and food.

I thought veganism was just food. Right? So there's this misconception that vegan and plant-based lifestyles are just have to do with food. When really it's about reducing the impact upon animals and animal systems. And as far as it's practicable to eliminate the reliance on them, allowing the animals to be free without human interruption and disturbance.

So there's a bit of confusion there, but I don't have any hard facts about the accessibility or the or really the visibility around it. It's, it's more Being part of these communities where the confusion is very clear and seems to exist.

Brandon Stover: [00:07:10] Yeah, it sounds like part of that's a solution. And now have you expand on your two solutions here in a moment, but it sounds like a lot of it is education and helping these people to really understand what it means to have this sort of lifestyle, not just from a food perspective, but through the entire life.

Collin Tate: [00:07:27] Yeah, absolutely. Right. And it's so not, not just the food perspective, like you mentioned, but also the, the clothing that we wear, the items that we buy. You know, commerce plays such a huge part in all of our lives. And, you know, I go back and forth, you know, speaking with my other vegan counterparts. And what is, what's the solution?

Right? Work, where can we make the greatest impact? Some people believe political. Some people believe social, some people believe economic. And when we make buying decisions every day we are choosing the type of world that we want to live in. Right. And so I feel like I can have the greatest impact around commerce especially given my background.

Brandon Stover: [00:08:07] Yeah, two solutions that you mentioned at the beginning and why you chose to go those routes.

Collin Tate: [00:08:14] Yeah. So, you know Kind find as I mentioned as a weekly newsletter and I write to kind find, and it's a really long form newsletter. Some people might say, well, why don't you just do a blog post? That's kind of like, well, I don't want to do a blog post. Right. I want to, I want to have this intimate conversation.

With people and the newsletter allows me to do that. I know who I'm reaching. And in some cases, you know, I see the names of people I can connect with them. We're having a conversation, a blog kind of feels impersonal. And I wanted that connection. I'm a very connection oriented kind of person.

So the newsletter is released re released weekly. On Sundays, but I've been doing some testing recently and we may change up the day when that gets published. But in it, I usually recommend at least five brands, five plant-based or vegan brands that sometimes I've had personal experience with them other times I've not, and they're just doing something awesome that everyone needs to know about.

So I publish that newsletter weekly, but in addition to. You know, the fines, the, the products that you can potentially purchase. I also talk about trends and the plant-based and vegan world, and I include charts and facts and stats. It's I try to, you know, really do my research. And the previous newsletter, I talked about the trend of a vegan frosting or vegan icing.

And you would think that, that that's, doesn't really sound like an interesting trend and there's not much data around there. There's a ton of data around that particular topic. So I dove into it that week, before that we talked about, you know, I, I, I, you, you fishing and it just, it allows me to be able to explore Things that I'm interested in.

And I then published those things in hopes that it's interesting to other people as well. And I think I'm pretty well aligned with my audience to know that that they would be interested in that as well. So that's kind fine. In a nutshell, the one thing that I did leave out is, is jobs. I do have job listings at the end of the newsletter and that my hope is to be able to empower people, to search for employment at companies that align with their values.

But that brings us into kind work. So kind work essentially takes those jobs that I post in the weekly newsletter. And it's created a a remote job listing website along the lines of remote. Okay. Dot IO. We work remotely Haymarket. Yeah. There's those types of very specific and niche job boards and helps connect.

Job seekers who are looking for employment at eco-conscious companies that get featured in the kind find newsletter all with the intent of helping people to be able to live a healthier lives lives that are fuller and more rich provide them with economic opportunity.

Brandon Stover: [00:11:03] Yeah. So again, touching the entire life of these people, I think that's, that's great. What is your business model behind this?

Collin Tate: [00:11:09] You mean, as far as revenue is concerned, Yeah. So I didn't want to take the traditional route when it comes to a newsletter. And I think that's really where we're kind of work comes into play. And that's where the revenue model exists. It's not in the newsletter itself. So I'm building this audience with, with kind, find with the newsletter and I didn't want to monetize it using ads or affiliate income. I guess for a couple of soapbox reasons that I probably won't get too deeply into, but the biggest thing is that I hate ads. And when I see affiliate links on websites, it makes me question whether or not the person is truly uses that product or whether it's paid promotion. And I didn't want to have that journalistic or ethical, moral dilemma, whatever you want to call it.

So keeping ad spend away. Keep you keeping a fellow affiliate in revenue away allows me to avoid all of that. But then there is the inherent long-term efficacy or the impact of those things. Ad revenue dries up when there's a crisis, right people, the first thing that they cut is marketing and advertising budgets.

And. a lot of companies saw an impact there, right? A negative impact there, but everyone's looking for jobs, always in an up economy and a down economy. And by providing paid job listings through kind work. And then also those job listings get posted to the kind find newsletter. It allows me to create a model that's circular.

So I don't have to rely upon ad revenue in order to keep kind, find a float. I can use the revenue from the job postings from kind work to keep things running, but kind work, kind, find those are just the first two brands in the portfolio that are going to help, you know, really fund kind co the parent company and keep things moving and allow for greater access across the whole life cycle of plant-based in Venus.

Brandon Stover: [00:13:11] I think that's a really smart building an audience and then using something else to monetize the audience, but allowing the newsletter to be something that you really build that relationship like you were talking about before. And there was a high amount of trust there because they know you're going to do all the research, get all the data to back it up.

But you're also not trying to sell anything, you know, in that newsletter, you have this other thing that helps with that, but the trust is really established there in the newsletter first.

Collin Tate: [00:13:38] I didn't want the newsletter to become muddied up. Right. I've I've seen ads done really well. I mean, one of my favorite newsletters that I'll drop here is called dense discovery and they do ads really well. It's just not a model that, that fit for what it was that I was. You know, doing, and there's nothing wrong with the ad models.

There's nothing wrong with affiliate models. It just wasn't a good fit for, you know, the ethos in a building would kind go,

Brandon Stover: [00:14:03] Yeah. What's your subscriber count right now in your audience?

Collin Tate: [00:14:06] Oh, it's tiny at this point. So we launched in February I, I do love sports. But I just haven't been following it lately because I've been very involved in entrepreneurship and I was like, you know what, I'm going to launch this upcoming Sunday. And that just happened to have been super bowl Sunday, February 7th here in the States.

And so I launched on Superbowl Sunday. I'm probably not the wisest decision, but you know, when. When things are ready, you don't wait in order to launch. So I just, I let her fly in that particular sentence. Right. So it's only been about a couple of months, a month going on two months that this thing has really been live.

So the audience is small, but it's growing and it's growing very fast. I try to really engage on social media and have seen some. Some great progress there as well. But we are a small but mighty community at this point. You know, if we I hope to be able to talk to you again at another time and tell you that we're just, we're known really well.

So tiny at the moment, but growing

Brandon Stover: [00:15:08] What do you see as the potential growth and what are the things in the portfolio you hope to expand to?

Collin Tate: [00:15:15] Potential growth. I'd like to think that there's a lot of upside to this, but I've been in marketing long enough to know that when you try to apply past information to a new market or a completely different market, those two things don't correlate very well. So I'm actually going into this with, with no expectations.

The only expectation for me is that I want to build something that. I would love to get if I were on the receiving end. But I'd like to think that the upside is, is really large. The veganism is just it's exploding. Plant-based industry. The vegan industry is exploding right now. And again, you wary the, the global movement for, you know eating plant-based or vegan for 30 days.

Continues to see exponential growth year over year, and with, you know, over 8 billion in the world and population essentially, that's, that's the limitation there. It's, it's the human population for, the upside or the positive potential of this. But. My aspirations or ambitions, aren't that large.

I just, I want to create something great. I want to create something that, that resonates with people. And if that means I have tens of thousands of people who read kind, find, and who look for jobs on kind work. Great. If that, if it only ends up being a tiny but mighty nation of, of people who are looking for this kind of thing, that's okay too.

Right. Because it has impact. And that's what I'm most concerned with. And as far as the portfolio is concerned, I'm still working on, on some other ideas. But right now the biggest thing is, is kind work because that re launched more recently than kind fine. But part of this life cycle in supporting these plant-based and vegan companies is making sure that they have the right funding funding for these types of companies is woefully inadequate, and it's, it's getting better.

And I appreciate everyone that's doing their part to make that make that happen. It's still pales in comparison. To the funding that happens for non plant based and non vegan companies. So I'd like to, to play a role there as well. And angel investing is something that that's on the roadmap as well.

So again, supporting the, the entire lifecycle, not just of consumers, but of businesses as well. Since I have the marketing expertise.

Brandon Stover: [00:17:42] Sure. Yeah, I really appreciate it. Or view as being a content creator and doing something that you really love. As you mentioned earlier, you know, you get to research these things every week. So it's diving into topics that you really love. You're sharing that passion with other people to build a community.

And I think as somebody that also creates content like. You have to start from that perspective and not expect to like, get anything out of them in the beginning. Because you do have to build that trust. You do have to, you know, kind of get your feet wet in content creation and make sure that you're actually creating something valuable.

So I really appreciate that perspective.

Collin Tate: [00:18:18] I appreciate, you know, that you're a content creator and you get that. Sometimes it's hard to, to, to pitch your concept when there's not a, a dollar sign or a North star or a goal that that often gets thrown around in the tech world. What's your North star when you don't have that KPI, that key performance indicator people's eyes glaze over, or, you know, they get ready to turn the other way and walk away.

But for me, it's. It's all about. If I help other people get what they want first, eventually my needs will be met and my needs aren't, you know, they aren't great. I don't have this grandiose vision of, being rich and powerful. It's more about the impact that I can have while I'm here.

Brandon Stover: [00:19:00] Well, what's your biggest struggle as a founder right now in your startup.

Collin Tate: [00:19:04] it's hard to narrow it down to just one, because you know, there are a lot of firsts that are happening here for me. I'm building from scratch alone for the first time. Being a marketer, I've always helped take companies from, you know, something to something, you know, At a specific size or scale and then scale it up.

I've always had somewhere to start from that. Wasn't from zero, but for this, this is zero. I've never done this. I've never started from zero. Even when I'm working with startups, they're usually somewhere past, you know, at late seed stage or past the seed stage. So I have something to work with. So that's tough.

Working in tech, specifically software as a service. And now I'm talking about working with companies in helping the CPG space. That's new, there's a lot of things to learn there. And now I'm putting creativity first. Whereas working in marketing, I was putting the analytical part of myself first. So learning to balance that.

It's tough and just kind of wanting to do everything and learning these skills simultaneously and really getting involved in social media, which up to this point has terrified me. So there's a lot of first, there's a lot of things that are going on here, but I, but if I had to kind of distill it down into the biggest challenge is just getting traction.

Sometimes traction is the hardest thing to get, but it happens slowly and I'm approaching this kind of with with a tortoise mind instead of needing to, you know, Run fast, like the hair?

Brandon Stover: [00:20:38] Right. Sure. Well, for those that want to get in touch and get involved, where should they go?

Collin Tate: [00:20:44] Yeah. So you can go to kind find.co or you can go to kind work.co both w. Oh, those are our websites are up and running and you know, feel free to send me any company recommendations. I'm always open to, to company or brand recommendations. Join the newsletter. We'd love to have you join the community and support plant-based and vegan businesses with your purchases.

And if you do have a company, you know, feel free to get in touch and post the job to the website. We're working to reinvest the proceeds back into plant-based and vegan businesses, as I mentioned through funding them and also through charities, you know awesome charities like word forest. They're doing a lot of great work in the tropics right now to replant a diverse amount of trees and really to help repopulate the ecology of the earth because right now we're destroying it.

But those are two great resources also for you feel free to get in touch with me on LinkedIn. Collin Tate with two L's. So yeah, I I've I've enjoyed really being on the podcast brand. And thank you so much for this opportunity. I appreciate.

Brandon Stover: [00:21:50] Absolutely Colin. And thank you for coming on the show today and talking about kind fine and kind works, and really hoping to see you get some traction and it'll be good to watch your journey.

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Kind Find is a weekly brand discovery email series that introduces everyone everywhere to 100% vegan companies, crowdfunding projects, trends, job listings, and more. They are on a mission to help ethical eCommerce thrive and support the mass adoption and global growth of the vegan lifestyle.

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  • Growing, happy community of delighted readers of a weekly brand discovery email that introduces you to 100% vegan products, trends, and remote job listing
  • Supports communities entire lifestyle beyond food that reduces the impact upon animals and animal based systems
  • Combined his expertise in startups, marketing, ecommerce, SEO, and the vegan lifestyle
  • Remote job opportunities listed from vegan businesses
  • Growing portfolio of products to support vegan community

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