Ryan Bonhardt • Educator

Superpower: Establishing relationships/networking. I learned a long time ago that it was all about who you know. And well if you don't know who you want to know then you have to figure out a way to catch their attention and meet them. All of the great connections I've made that have later benefitted me have started by me doing free work. Always provide value first.

Best Spot in the Neighborhood: Grasslands. I'm just waiting for the first batch to be done!

Why Tallahassee: Hmmm that's a good question. For me it was originally because I was here, but now that I've started, I think we are more connected than ever before in history. And because of that, I'm able to work with people from Austin and NYC daily as if I was there working next to them. But I don't have to pay exorbitant prices to live in those places, well NYC especially, Austin is not that bad. Plus I can get more done with less so I still have time to enjoy friends, family and hobbies outside of work. 

Why Be an Entrepreneur?: Freedom. I want the freedom to pursue and work on what I am passionate about and enjoy doing at that time. And I want the freedom to work when I want to.

Finding Inspiration: Another good question. I think there is inspiration all around just depends on what you're looking for. I'm inspired by people that are able to find something they truly love doing and be happy consumed in it. I think that's the ultimate goal. To love the moment.

Advice for Other Entrepreneurs: Don't pursue money. Pursue happiness. Find what you love doing first. Whether you only can work on it for an hour or 30 minutes at a day at the beginning. Build that fire.

Don’t pursue money. Pursue happiness.
— RB

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Photography by Amanda Blood.