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Episode 45

Dustin Henderlong

Vice President, Digital @threadless. Ages ago : @snapjoy

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Dustin Henderlong is the Vice President of Digital at Threadless, a community-driven design platform featuring designs created by various designers, artists and general consumers. With a background in acting & photography, Dustin has always been interested in technology. He joined Threadless to lead partnerships for several years before becoming the first employee at Snapjoy - which was later acquired by Dropbox. Dustin then returned to Threadless as VP of Digital and has been helping drive innovation since then. He shares more about his day-to-day role, why building authentic relationships is key for personal and business growth, how community is critical at all stages, and more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Dustin.
  • Learn more about how Dustin got into tech and began working at Threadless.
  • Learn more about relationships are key to both personal growth and business growth.
  • And more!


Episode Overview

Dustin Henderlong is the Vice President of Digital at Threadless, a community-driven design platform featuring designs created by various designers, artists and general consumers.

With a background in acting & photography, Dustin has always been interested in technology. He joined Threadless to lead partnerships for several years before becoming the first employee at Snapjoy - which was later acquired by Dropbox. Dustin then returned to Threadless as VP of Digital and has been helping drive innovation since then. He shares more about his day-to-day role, why building authentic relationships is key for personal and business growth, how community is critical at all stages, and more.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Dustin got started as an entrepreneur.
  • Why relationships are important foundations for personal and business growth.
  • Why community and digital innovation keep pushing Threadless forward.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:31
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:08
What is Threadless and how did you come across the opportunity to work there?

4:56
You started off by leading partnerships for Threadless. How did you approach building these relationships with bigger brands? How do you get them to work with a new company?

7:44
What does your role as VP Digital involve? What are some of the things you focus on and what does a typical day look like for you?

11:28
Threadless has also become a community of artists, designers, and more. How have you guys built such a thriving community?

12:48
What was Snapjoy and how did the opportunity to work there come about?

14:21
Why did you end up leaving SnapJoy and how did you get to return to Threadless? Did it have anything to do with the acquisition to Dropbox? If so what was the acquisition process like?

18:36
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

19:22
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

21:40
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Dustin on Twitter
Dustin on the web
Threadless on Twitter
Threadless on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Coin
Pocket

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