It’s the continuation of last week’s episode, where we interviewed the founder of Austin’s Couch Potatoes, Brian Morgan.
If you haven’t heard part one of this two part series, go back and grab a tissue as you do. It’s an episode too good to skip.
In this week’s episode, Brian starts off with explaining how he and his team had to pivot during the initial onset of Covid19. He discusses making over one million items of PPE (personal protective equipment) from fabric purchased for furniture construction and how he got a call from the Department of Homeland Security!
He also touches on a heart warming and equally gut wrenching story about two murderers who came to work for him and their story of redemption. This episodes ends on the highest of notes and its one we can’t wait for you to hear.
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To get lunch, Brian Morgan used to order pizza during homeroom and sell it for $2 a slice to his classmates. In college, he sold plus-size lingerie on eBay and in 2010 he launched a church at Ground Zero in New York City.
The founder and owner of Austin’s Couch Potatoes is passionate about meeting the needs of people and building a business around those he brings into his ever-expanding family.
It’s rare to find a person whose story is so captivating that you have a hard time stopping the conversation, but we have it here. Brian’s journey coves so much ground we decided to break this episode into two parts.
In part one, we introduce you to Brian—who he is, his approach to business, and the early days at Austin’s Couch Potatoes. It started by reselling scratch-and-dent furniture from Macy’s on Craigslist before moving into their first brick-and-mortar location—an old bathtub manufacturing facility with no electricity or running water where Brian and his crew ended up living for three years.
Brian used a coffee shop’s WIFI to transact business, purchased a lifetime membership to a fitness facility to get a hot shower, and sold furniture out of their dark warehouse by giving customers headlamps so they could see it.
Although his journey covers a lot of ground, the heart of Brian’s message is clear: you can serve people in business by meeting their needs—and meeting them where they are.