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Tom's Open Road

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    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Boston, MA

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TOM FIRST

Founder
Nantucket Nectars

“There's a million different paths to get there, but everyone thinks there's just one when they're giving you advice.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

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FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

epiphanies, fishing, juice

BIOGRAPHY:

  • People have approached him to write a book about the history of his business, but he'd always wanted to talk about finding himself.
  • After graduating from Brown University, he decided to defer any career plans and move to the island of Nantucket.
  • He got his commercial fishing license, because that was how you made money on the island.
  • At night, he'd have to wash the fish guts off the boat and out of the buckets.
  • One Christmas Eve, he slipped on the dock; he laid there in the freezing cold and thought, "What the hell am I doing?"
  • After that, he started buying clams from local fisherman and reselling them to local markets.
  • Now that he had a feel for the local markets and their distribution, he was able to start Nantucket Nectars with a foot already in the door.
  • Says no one could have ever predicted his path, so you can't limit yourself to thinking there's only one "right" way to succeed.

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