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Paul started Spuds in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Spuds?
I feel like I have always had an entrepreneur sense to things. During my junior year of high school, I started a business to help provide protection and accessory products for sports facilities. We sold products such as those large tarps that are laid out over baseball fields when it rains, and even did padding and other products for football fields and running tracks. My family has always been in the field of the construction of these facilities and an opportunity came along to push me to start my own little business in this niche.
Throughout the end of high school and into college, I continued working on this company as a way to make money while focusing on my studies. I never really felt like it was something that I wanted to do forever, so I used it as a way to learn about the business world and to manage my own hours.
I have always had an interest in design and the psychological way people interact with brands. After college, I had initially planned to go into Product Design or Industrial Design because of my interests in how things are built (was always into Legos at an early age). This never panned out, though, as I could never get my artistic portfolio up to a standard that was acceptable in the industry. I loved the concept of design, but I couldn’t get myself to be passionate about the artistic side of it.
My next plan was then to get into marketing. The goal was to get into an MBA program in the Silicon Valley area so I could be centrally located to some of my favorite companies. This was more in line with what I wanted to do in life because it allowed my creative juices to flow while not having to be too artistic. Marketing is more focused on data and statistics, (which I love) but still allows you to have some fun. I studied for months and finally took the GMAT test.
I missed the lower cut-off by 1 or 2 points. To me, this was frustrating. I spent months working on something and then missed it by almost nothing. Most people would just study again and take it until they got a good score, but I felt like I wasn’t being pushed to do this and everything in life at the time was pushing me back to my entrepreneurial roots.
At that point, I decided it was time to start working on a company. I realized I needed to apply my previous knowledge and passions into creating something without having to rely on others' approval.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story