Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Faves- Five Whats with Paul Budnitz

Originally posted on April 8, 2008.This week I am proud to present Five Whats with the Founder and President of Kidrobot, Paul Budnitz. Paul is the man with the vision and courage to popularize the urban toy industry, within 6 years Kidrobot became one of the most successful urban toy/apparel stores in the country. I wanted to know what it's like to be Paul and as you read the answers you'll find him a very grounded and energetic person with a balanced life between work and play (you should also visit his blog). Here are the Five Whats:

What is an average weekday like in the life of Paul Budnitz? What about an average weekend?

Weekday: wake, brush teeth, floss teeth, meditate, run 3 miles, eat Bunnylove cereal with soymilk, put on cyan blue Nikes, dodge scary streetsweeper homeless guy who recognizes me every day and lives on Sullivan street, catch M6 to work, design some stuff, eat lunch, design some more stuff, eat a snack, run out of office in a sudden panic, end up wandering around the Islamic Art section at the Metropolitan museum of art, dinner at Korean restaurant, home, read Tintin comics, practice Tai Chi, eat Bunnylove cereal with soymilk, brush teeth, floss teeth, sleep.

Weekend: The same, except substitute Vietnamese for Korean food.

What is your favorite food?

Bunnylove cereal and Almond Butter.

What are your inspirations?

This week: The Dead Boys, Flashdance, and Mr. Peanut.

Last week: Benjamin Franklin, Junya Wantanabe, Asterix, and Smax.
What is your favorite product that Kidrobot has ever made?
It changes almost every day. Right now it is "CAPEE: Calcium is Insufficient!" in pink flock.

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

A firm and unshakable commitment to see what one is doing through, no matter what, and at all costs.

Until one is committed

there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back

always ineffectiveness

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation)

there is one elementary truth,

the ignorance of which kills countless ideas

and splendid plans:

that the moment one definitely commits oneself,

then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one

that would otherwise never have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

raising in one’s favor all manner

of unforeseen incidents and meetings

and material assistance,

which no man could have dreamt

would have come his way.

-W.N. Murray

The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

images: Kidrobot and

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