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Meet Bryan Spunt of Seek Discomfort, PopSockets, Big Smiles Program in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Spunt.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Bryan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Los Angeles, California and went to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I studied business strategy and entrepreneurship. I always had an entrepreneurial spirit and by the time I was a freshman at school, I had already started working on a few ventures – most of which never saw the light of day. This was an early lesson as an entrepreneur: ideas are just ideas… execution is what really matters.

One year at school, I decided to take a philosophy class. By chance, my philosophy professor, David Barnett, was the inventor of a new product called a PopSocket. When I met David, he had just received his first prototype from the factory. I spent six months working alongside David before dropping out of school to help him launch the company in January of 2014. A side note, my dad was the one who encouraged me to take time off from school if I believed in the business – I’m forever grateful to have him in my life as a mentor who always taught me to follow my own authentic path.

I became the third employee and third shareholder at PopSockets. Today I sit on the advisory board as a shareholder and the company has sold over 150 million units.

In 2016, I partnered up with a good friend of mine, Paige Stoker, and the Chase Foundation, to help hospitalized kids feel more like kids. We came up with the idea of bringing art supplies into the hospital to paint with the kids. This was the start of the Big Smiles Program – a therapeutic art program that works with hospitalized children and their families. Since then, we have spent hundreds of hours painting, dancing, and smiling in the hospital.

After launching the Big Smiles program, I started working with two of my best friends, Jackson Wirht and Justin Saul, to run the e-commerce and digital strategy for Elwood Clothing – a young men’s streetwear brand. This is where I discovered my passion for making clothing, building brands, and e-commerce.

In 2019 I took a leap of faith and left Elwood Clothing not knowing what my next move would be. Quickly after, I crossed paths with the Yes Theory team. They have been good friends of mine for a few years now and their YouTube channel has always been a serious inspiration.

They needed someone to help manage their brand Seek Discomfort – and since I’ve always been so inspired by the Seek Discomfort philosophy – I made the decision to join them on their mission to inspire the world to Seek Discomfort. In January of 2020, I became the CEO of Seek Discomfort.

Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being an entrepreneur, it’s that you have to be comfortable with uncertainty… or a very bumpy road. I think it’s important that you really live the brand; you have to believe in what you are building so much that you have the courage to overcome the ups and downs. It’s almost never pretty.

Every time I made a shift in my career, I felt as if I was starting from scratch. I was coming into the new opportunity with more skills and an increased confidence in my abilities, but that never made it less daunting on day 1.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Seek Discomfort, PopSockets, Big Smiles Program – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Our mission at Seek Discomfort is simple: we want to inspire the world to Seek Discomfort. We are a community of dreamers who believe the best things in life exist outside our comfort zones.

We make products that serve as daily reminders of this philosophy and connect our community with other like-minded Seekers around the world.

I definitely think our community sets us apart from other brands. Our community is so supportive of one another. When you meet another Seeker, you have an instant bond. If you run into a stranger and you are both wearing Seek Discomfort, you are instantly family. That’s what we are trying to do at scale. Create the largest family in the world.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
100% the ocean. I’ve been surfing since I was 14 years old, and it’s my favorite activity in the world.

Not a big fan of the traffic (like most). Or sometimes LA can be a bit too chaotic. There was something nice about going to school in Boulder, CO, and being more connected to nature.

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