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 mainly 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. I’ll be leading LEA’s Founders Table program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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. Until our June 2018 pivot, Snagaprint printed business stationery and marketing materials for people and businesses across the U.S. The company helped fund reforestation projects in nine countries and planted one tree per product printed. 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 pivoted the business to focus on offering web solutions directly to other printing companies. We’re working to level the playing field between small businesses and large, international printers. Snagaprint plants one tree for each of our customers every month of the year.

Live simply!

Books I’m reading: The Return of Depression Economics, Tools for Grassroots Activists, Slow is Fast

Music I’m listening to: John Craigie, The Bahamas, Taj Mahal, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mason Jennings

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 mainly 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. I’ll be leading LEA’s Founders Table program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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. Until our June 2018 pivot, Snagaprint printed business stationery and marketing materials for people and businesses across the U.S. The company helped fund reforestation projects in nine countries and planted one tree per product printed. 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 pivoted the business to focus on offering web solutions directly to other printing companies. We’re working to level the playing field between small businesses and large, international printers. Snagaprint plants one tree for each of our customers every month of the year.

Live simply!

Books I’m reading: The Return of Depression Economics, Tools for Grassroots Activists, Slow is Fast

Music I’m listening to: John Craigie, The Bahamas, Taj Mahal, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mason Jennings