In the Bag: The Story of WANDRD

In the Bag: The Story of WANDRD


– My name if Ryan Cope,
co-founder at Wandrd. Kinda of a cliché
story of wanting and needing a photography
bag, looking for one and buying several bags. I couldn’t find one
that looked good and also functioned well. So we thought, “What the heck? “We’ll try making our own bag.” (upbeat music) – As a kid, I feel like I was
kind of always a little bit of an entrepreneur. From really young, we
used to go get pine cones out of my grandma’s backyard, then walk them to her front door and try to sell them to her. I did candy stands,
lemonade stands. One of the businesses I started, when I was probably
around 22, 23, was a window washing business. And kinda always just
wanted to figure out how I could make
money for myself. I always liked that my
efforts paid me, right? I wasn’t making money
for somebody else. If I worked hard,
I made more money. – When I was about,
you know, 10 or 11, my dad decided to
start his own business. So I just remember him going
through staring the business, saw him struggle through
kinda that startup phase and felt it as a family,
as we were tight on cash or, you know, maybe didn’t
get to do as many things as we did beforehand. But I also saw how
much he enjoyed and was passionate
about what he was doing. I think that sparked,
in my brother and I, this desire to start
our own business and to do our own thing. – Wandrd is an amazing brand and it’s really, you
know, a lifestyle for those of us who work here. We are all really
passionate about travel. And, you know, for some
of us, photography. All of us are passionate
about instilling that in other people
and in selling products that really promote
those things. – We all bring
something to the table. We all have our
different strengths, but they all work
together very well. We get our work
ethic from my dad, who’s very, like,
very work-driven and my mom’s got a really
good sense of humor and very laughy and fun. And we kinda got both
of those in our family and I think it helps
with the business that we have that
easy going side of us, as well as, like,
the work ethic. So it just, I don’t
know, it just works. – As a father, one of the
things I’m most excited about, in life right now, is
watching this business go. And not because the
business is doing well, it’s because the boys are really coming into
their own with it. It’s really fulfilling
to see them develop into good men,
into good leaders, into individuals that are
creating a great product for society. – I went to UVU, love UVU. Felt like a really
good place for me ’cause it felt more
accepting and more inclusive. And that’s one of the things
I really liked about UVU. – I decided to go to UVU. The education I was given
was really top tier, really enjoyed the
professors that I had, the class sizes that I had,
where it was really interactive. And I felt like UVU had this
really big focus on doing and not just learning. – I met Ryan, he was here
the first year I was here. And it was so fun because
he had an amazing energy. In addition to being brilliant, just wonderful with
business, so savvy. An entrepreneur already
before I had him, but he also developed
those skills here, at UVU and we gave him opportunities. He competed in
national competitions and won the Marketing Strategy. It’s unheard of for a
university to win it and it was all because
of Ryan and his partner. Ryan was a student who
reached out to others and helped them find
their place at UVU. – The biggest advice
I could give somebody is to just jump
in, try something. Keep trying things
until you find what you’re passionate about. (upbeat music)

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