Matt Maier is the founder of designastone.com, a 7-figure brand launched at the very start of the pandemic lockdown. Design A Stone is a leader in personalized lawn decor name and address stones with a lifetime guarantee. Matt has a mission with a huge give back: All stones are made in the US, providing job opportunities for the small community in which he lives.
(02:10) The start as an entrepreneur
(05:14) Design A Stone: Sourcing stone
(07:49) Personalizing the stone
(08:32) Getting started: Breaking a big job into little steps and finding specialists
(10:50) Getting the message out through social media
(12:04) Learning what not to do
(13:19) What's different about shipping heavy things
(16:25) Giving back
(18:53) The halo effect of a good charitable mission and purpose
(21:06) Rapid fire question round
(21:26) If you ever had to start again, how would you make your money?
(22:23) What is the most common or biggest mistake that leaders make?
(23:19) Who is a great leader (alive or dead) and why?
(24:40) How do you hire top talent?
(26:03) What is one of your proudest moments?
(26:49) What is one interesting fact about you that not many people would know?
(27:58) What daily routines do you have (morning or evening) that have helped make you successful?
(29:01) What book (or books) changed your mindset or life?
(30:45) What is the most exciting question you spend your time thinking about?
(31:45) Are you thinking about adding more products?
(33:53) What unusual or underrated food or drink should more people try out?
(35:14) What makes you happiest?
(36:12) Any asks or requests for the audience?