Colin Hardy/About me

If the average adult male is sixty percent water, I’m probably seventy percent sweet tea. I’ve never really enjoyed talking/writing about myself, but this domain name is a waste if I don’t have a short bio. Copying whatever I’ve got on my LinkedIn feels inauthentic. Listing nouns would be easiest. Sweet tea. Flip-flops. Beach. Creek. Banana chips. Sentences are more challenging. I’ll give it a whack. This is just the business-y stuff.

I’m currently studying business at the University of Texas. I’m majoring in management because numbers bore me and people never have. At UT, I’m an exec of the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. LEA is a branch of student government dedicated to fostering and supporting entrepreneurship on campus. I was lucky enough to be in the Freshman Founders Accelerator program my first year at UT. That program kickstarted my path with LEA.

Entrepreneurship is an important part of my life. I started my first company when I was seventeen. Towards the end of my junior year of high school, I decided I would try to sell printing services to local businesses in my hometown. I figured it would be a good learning experience and give me some grub money, but I didn’t expect to continue the project past summer break. I ended up continuing the business through high school and into college, where it became Snagaprint in 2016. Snagaprint prints business stationery and marketing materials for people and businesses across the U.S. The company helps fund reforestation projects in nine countries and plants one tree per product sold. Our friends at the One Tree Planted Foundation do the grassroots work that makes the reforestation projects possible.

Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia is probably my business hero. In his book ‘Let My People Go Surfing,’ he talks about how Patagonia uses its resources to influence other companies in the outdoor apparel industry to operate more responsibly. A good deed multiplied is much greater than a good deed alone. In 2018, a competitor of mine in the printing industry announced that they would be planting a tree for every sale they made in April, and the head of their U.S. division asked me to lunch. Snagaprint’s good deed was multiplied by an international competitor owned partially by the parent company of Vistaprint. It felt better than any sale. A few days after I turned twenty, Snagaprint received its first interest from another company for an acquisition. It felt good, but it didn’t feel as good as influencing my competitor to plant trees. I didn’t sell the company. In June of 2018, I considered shifting the business to offer services directly to other printing companies. I’m still considering that pivot.

Around the same time that Snagaprint received its first interest for an acquisition, another Austin-based founder asked me if I was interested in starting a new travel tech startup with him. He said he was working on a reverse auction platform for traveling. The idea was too cool to turn down. At the time, I’d been landlocked for eight months and desperately wanted the ocean, so I’m sure that also played a part in my decision. If I did a good enough job building Bidler, I could get to the beach faster. Bidler’s beta is currently in development.

In July of 2018, I started a small project in cooperation with Texan environmental organizations called Keep Texas Country. Texas is urbanizing faster than any other state. Keep Texas Country’s mission is to promote the conservation of Texan wilderness areas. I reached out to a handful of environmental nonprofits in Texas to see what they thought of the idea. After talking with them, I had some shirts made in Dallas. We give ten percent of our sales to nonprofits who are protecting our open spaces, state parks, lakes, streams and beaches. I call it 1% for the Planet on steroids. The shirts are available for purchase now.

Live simply!

Colin Hardy/About me

If the average adult male is sixty percent water, I’m probably seventy percent sweet tea. I’ve never really enjoyed talking/writing about myself, but this domain name is a waste if I don’t have a short bio. Copying whatever I’ve got on my LinkedIn feels inauthentic. Listing nouns would be easiest. Sweet tea. Flip-flops. Beach. Creek. Banana chips. Sentences are more challenging. I’ll give it a whack. This is just the business-y stuff.

I’m currently studying business at the University of Texas. I’m majoring in management because numbers bore me and people never have. At UT, I’m an exec of the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. LEA is a branch of student government dedicated to fostering and supporting entrepreneurship on campus. I was lucky enough to be in the Freshman Founders Accelerator program my first year at UT. That program kickstarted my path with LEA.

Entrepreneurship is an important part of my life. I started my first company when I was seventeen. Towards the end of my junior year of high school, I decided I would try to sell printing services to local businesses in my hometown. I figured it would be a good learning experience and give me some grub money, but I didn’t expect to continue the project past summer break. I ended up continuing the business through high school and into college, where it became Snagaprint in 2016. Snagaprint prints business stationery and marketing materials for people and businesses across the U.S. The company helps fund reforestation projects in nine countries and plants one tree per product sold. Our friends at the One Tree Planted Foundation do the grassroots work that makes the reforestation projects possible.

Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia is probably my business hero. In his book ‘Let My People Go Surfing,’ he talks about how Patagonia uses its resources to influence other companies in the outdoor apparel industry to operate more responsibly. A good deed multiplied is much greater than a good deed alone. In 2018, a competitor of mine in the printing industry announced that they would be planting a tree for every sale they made in April, and the head of their U.S. division asked me to lunch. Snagaprint’s good deed was multiplied by an international competitor owned partially by the parent company of Vistaprint. It felt better than any sale. A few days after I turned twenty, Snagaprint received its first interest from another company for an acquisition. It felt good, but it didn’t feel as good as influencing my competitor to plant trees. I didn’t sell the company. In June of 2018, I considered shifting the business to offer services directly to other printing companies. I’m still considering that pivot.

Around the same time that Snagaprint received its first interest for an acquisition, another Austin-based founder asked me if I was interested in starting a new travel tech startup with him. He said he was working on a reverse auction platform for traveling. The idea was too cool to turn down. At the time, I’d been landlocked for eight months and desperately wanted the ocean, so I’m sure that also played a part in my decision. If I did a good enough job building Bidler, I could get to the beach faster. Bidler’s beta is currently in development.

In July of 2018, I started a small project in cooperation with Texan environmental organizations called Keep Texas Country. Texas is urbanizing faster than any other state. Keep Texas Country’s mission is to promote the conservation of Texan wilderness areas. I reached out to a handful of environmental nonprofits in Texas to see what they thought of the idea. After talking with them, I had some shirts made in Dallas. We give ten percent of our sales to nonprofits who are protecting our open spaces, state parks, lakes, streams and beaches. I call it 1% for the Planet on steroids. The shirts are available for purchase now.

Live simply!