The Mantoring Podcast

Episode 8

Interview with Beardbrand and Urban Beardsman founder, Eric Bandholz

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Eric Bandholz is the founder of Beardbrand and Urban Beardsman. In 2011 Eric left the secure corporate world as a financial planner to venture out an become an entrepreneur. At that time he started Urban Beardsman, a blog site, where the focus is to offer tips on beard care and style advice for men just like you and I. 

In 2012 Eric decided to begin his business, Beardbrand, and it has since taken off like a rocket becoming the go-to site for beard care and mens products. Eric has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Men’s Journal as well as on ABS’s show Shark Tank. Eric inspired me personally to live with more freedom and the take away action was that I gave wearing up the uniform shirt and dress slacks at my practice. 

Show Notes:

2:24 Eric tells his story, his background and the origins of Beardbrand

4:20 What is it that drives you? 

5:50 What are the ways you experience and seek out freedom in your life?

7:24 What has caused the increase in beard popularity?

9:24 What is an urban beadsman?

11:42 What does society expect of a bearded man, what are the qualities of a bearded man?

14:07 On women’s perceptions of beards.

15:24 What was it like to be on Shark Tank?

17:07 Eric’s tips to growing out a beard.

20:15 How long have you been growing your beard?

20:55 Is there a functional purpose of the beard?

22:19 How has being a father changed you ideas about what it means to be a man?

26:18 If you could go back to your 20 year old self and give yourself on piece of advice what would it be?

27:22 When did you first feel like a man?

28:50 Who are you mentors?

30:37 Who is your hero real or fictional?

31:29 What is your dream car?

32:09 What are the top three attributes of a dynamic ideal man?


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Intro Music: “Falling Down” by Ryan Little 

Outdo Music: “Excuses” by Ryan Little


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