29 Aug Tyler Gage: How the lessons of the Amazon helped him grow a successful business
Episode 66: Tyler Gage
This week on the show, Tyler Gage joins me to discuss his project where he shares lessons from the Amazon jungle to help people find purpose in their businesses and their lives.
I also share my experience on our sailing trip in the Greek Islands. If you are interested in joining our next adventure in Norway, just drop me a direct message or visit our site to check out our next adventures.
Tyler and I discuss:
- What led Tyler in diving deeper into the Amazon jungle and some of its teachings
- What it means to be lost and how we challenge the edges of comfort or certainty
- The synthesis between entrepreneurship and Amazonian Shamanism
- Connecting and translating Amazonian practices to entrepreneurship and modern problems
- Creating a successful business that is driven by the goal of supporting farming families
More about Tyler
Tyler is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who uses wisdom from the Amazon and start-up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations.
Tyler has spent the last 12 years studying with indigenous elders in the Amazon rainforest, venturing far from his suburban roots at the age of 20. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler turned down a Fulbright grant to start RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages with guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf, and improves livelihoods for indigenous farming families in Ecuador.
Tyler was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur” and winner of both the Big Apple Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Specialty Food Association’s Citizen Leader of the Year Award. CBC This Morning, ABC Nightline, National Geographic and Richard Branson’s book Screw Business As Usual have all featured Tyler for his unique and powerful approach to building businesses and creating social good.
Tyler also serves on the Board of Directors of DavidsTea (NASDAQ: DTEA) and on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. In addition to advising and investing in other start-ups, Tyler is a co-founding partner and strategic advisor to NAKU, a pioneering indigenous healing center in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Tyler lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife Michelle and enjoys boxing, yoga, riding his unicycle and studying ethnobotany.