Creatives In Conversation: Taylor Offer and the drive to pay it forward.
Despite common metrics such as wealth, job title or material assets, success is one of the most difficult things to measure. For Taylor Offer, a multifaceted entrepreneur currently living in Los Angeles, his barometer for success has become rooted in his dedication to paying it forward, especially to the planet and those looking to find their own pathways to success.
In 2014, while attending a fated entrepreneurship class at UMass Amherst, Taylor met his soon-to-be business partner, Parker Burr. After brainstorming ways for them to combine their talents and passions, they decided to dive right in and began laying the foundation for their first joint venture, FEAT Socks. Together, they first experienced success by way of selling custom socks out of their backpacks in front of the campus dining hall. Their company went on to evolve both organically and rapidly, teaching Taylor every kind of business lesson imaginable that his college education didn't necessarily prepare him for.
Through experiencing the ups and downs of running a vibrant start-up brand such as FEAT, Taylor began understanding the importance of being as transparent as possible in business and leaning wholeheartedly into the reality that every day is a new opportunity to learn. While overcoming an array of challenges and even restructuring their business, Taylor gained a new perspective on how to grow and maintain a successful company without compromise. The company has since gone on to collaborate with numerous influencers, garner the coveted Forbes 30 Under 30 accolade and sell millions of dollars worth in socks and apparel. Ultimately, FEAT is a shining example of growing through what you go through, inspiring Taylor to share what he’s learned along the way and help others grow their businesses as well.
In addition to sharing his advice on how to actually run a successful business, achieve a work/life balance and overcome other struggles entrepreneurs face, he also has developed multiple companies rooted in the mission statement of giving back in different ways. As exemplified through his various endeavors, such as My Last Bottle, which gives back to the environment in impactful ways, or through Taylor Parker Academy, which helps provide tools and insights to aspiring entrepreneurs, Taylor has found that being able to pay it forward is the ultimate measure of success.
Alongside Parker, Taylor currently can be found embracing different ways to evolve in business and is happily seeing where his career may lead him next. During a recent visit to the DropLabs HQ, Taylor shared more about his journey and what helped lead him to where he is today.
What do you do for a living and what helped you get started?
I am an entrepreneur. I have different businesses from manufacturing to E-commerce brands to a digital agency. Other entrepreneurs have helped me get started.
Is there an early memory you’d like to share about when you first discovered some of your passions?
At 16 years old, I was a big Clippers fan but couldn't afford tickets. I started buying and selling tickets outside the stadium; I would start with $5 and by the time the game started, I would have courtside seats!
How would you explain the DropLabs experience to your friends?
Game-changing. I've never felt sound like that before.
What type of environment or setting do you feel the most creative in?
Late night, when the world is asleep! Dark room and a cold brew coffee.
What is your favorite accomplishment or a project that you're really proud of?
I started TaylorParkerAcademy.com as my way of paying it forward to future entrepreneurs. My online courses teach entrepreneurs all the tips and tricks they need to know!
Taylor Offer's work as an entrepreneur can be found on Instagram at @tayloroffer and @taylorparker, and his businesses can be found online at mylastbottle.org, taylorparkeragency.com, featsocks.com and taylorparkeracademy.teachable.com.
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