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Episode #59

Today we chat with the founders of Rome Snowboards, Paul Maravetz and Josh Reid . Paul and Josh share the story behind leaving Burton and founding Rome, they discuss guerrilla marketing tactics that were directly inspired by Shepard Fairey, their share their love for European resort pow we touch on their thoughts on industry wide pricing challenges and much more.

Photo Credit for featured image: Shem Roose

Follow Paul and Josh on Instagram at: @romefounders

Details on the second annual The Not Snowboarding Podcast Camp:

 

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This episode's topics include:

 
Rome’s roots in friendship and snowboarding
 
Getting certified to ride in the 80's and 90's
 
Dealer Councils
 
Board design and The Agent
 
Stiffness vs. price
 
Launching Rome in 2002 - how Shepard Fairy influenced their marketing
 
Gorilla snowboard marketing
 
God Bless Snowboarding
 
Balancing the friendship and business relationships
 
Nate applies for a job at Rome
 
The Burton rumor
 
Snowboard design
 
Listener questions
 
European lodge
 
Sales cycles
 
Sneaky Powder Days
 
 
Getting kids on snow
 
Props to Burton on the riglet parks and LTR program
 
The Lodge and the European office
 
Spray Skiers
 
Quotes from the episode: 
 
 
We bought a couple of cheap computers and eventually went for it.” -Josh 
 
“There’s Kemper, Look, Sims and Burton - there’s too man companies in the industry…”-Josh
 
“There weren’t a lot of other brands that really drew us in at the time…. the other point was how big the ski companies were at the time.” -Paul
 
“The ski industry was slow to embrace snowboarding.”-Josh
 
“We officially started paying ourselves and other people here in November of 2002.”-Josh
 
“…. the boards were all designed around a size 8 foot. The average size in America is 10.5.” -Paul 
 
“To hear that a graphic is good or a graphic is bad from the people that have to sell it is huge.”-Josh
 
“I can make a super expensive board soft or stiff - it doesn't cost an iota more.” -Paul
 
 
“Before 2004, we didn’t have any money to advertise at all.”-Josh
 
“We don’t have any money to advertise in a magazine… So we made our own magazine and advertised in it.” -Josh
 
“Taking the step to start doing fun shit together again.”-Josh
 
“It’s so much easier to disagree when we fundamentally get along.”-Josh
 
“Weekly meetings get scheduled after 10…. On powder days meetings get moved back.” -Paul 
 
“We don’t have any connection with them (Burton), we both worked there and we did stuff well early on. I think that fueled the rumor.” -Josh
 
“Shift deliveries later an hold price longer…. We can’t uninvent Christmas.”-Josh
 
“There’s all these structural barriers for young kids in snowboarding.” -Paul
 
“If you have the free time and it’s fitting over there (Europe), in terms of resort riding (Alaska not included) it’s the best in the world…. You can scare the shit out of yourself inbounds.”-Josh
 
“We do feel that a snowboard company should be owned by snowboarders.”-Josh
 
“It’s a rounding error… Snowboarding’s not giving us (Nike) the return.” -Paul 
 
“You can’t just sit there and plan forever…”-Josh
 
“When we started, nobody was telling us that it’s a good time, except one guy.” -Paul

 

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Category:Outdoor -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT