Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Matthew Berk, CEO of Bean Box, Inc., located in Seattle, WA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Bean Box helps people discover the joys of specialty coffee through coffee-tasting subscriptions and gifts sourced from more than 50 artisan roasters across the United States.

Tell us about yourself

I'm a software engineer by training and fell in love with the many challenges of building an e-commerce business: sourcing, manufacturing, inventory, catalog, commerce, fulfillment, etc. I'm motivated by the fact that our products bring joy to our customers every day!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Creating a truly unique coffee product growing Bean Box to reach hundreds of thousands of customers and making a dent--by way of product innovation--in one of the largest consumer markets in the world.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

I have two answers. First, managing capital in a way that allows you to grow. Second, supporting a high-performance team as a manager, colleague, and leader.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Start small and grow organically.
  2. Don't overcomplicate your business.
  3. Prioritize your customers, not your business model.

Where can people find you and your business?



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