An avid athlete and seeker of new, novel experiences, Randy Carlson has extensive experience with startups on the forefront of trends. He’s worked with tech companies, healthcare corporations, and even rock bands (not a typo.) He understands the value of quirky and different, and how to create a platform for smart growth in the silly (yet emerging) bubble soccer space. Born and raised in Colorado, Carlson currently resides in Chicago, where he’s plotting world domination of bubble soccer with Battle Balls.
Favorite read: The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay. The book is based on the premise that one person can have a profound effect of many. I’m really drawn to the fact that anyone can make a difference for someone else by just by connecting with them – no matter what your title or day job – even for just a moment.
Favorite sport: Beach Volleyball. I’ve been playing since I was 12.
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan. I don’t even really like basketball, but Michael Jordan resonates with me because he plays for the love of the game.
Favorite sports personality: John Elway / Peyton Manning. Both consummate leaders (by example), and it doesn’t hurt that I grew up in Denver.
Biggest Indulgence: Sleeping in – which really doesn’t happen anymore. But a man can dream…
Next on my bucket list is: Italy – I’m drawn to the history, culture, architecture and art I’ve so far only read about. And its where I first discovered bubble football (soccer) via YouTube – I’ve got to make pilgrimage to the homeland!
Favorite travel spot: South America – the food, the culture, the dancing –the people are very vibrant in South America. Peru and Columbia are two of my favorite places on the earth.
I Can’t Live Without: Working out, moving, being active. Without getting my sweat on at least once a day, I’m nowhere near as happy or productive as I could be. Go figure – I now run a sports and fitness (and fun company).
My roles models are: Les Brown – I admire his persistence and tenacity; Eric Thomas – he brings so much energy to all he does, and he motivates me.
My Mentor Is: Timothy O’Donnell – he’s taught me the road to success in business is being willing to take risks.
I’m most proud of: My daughter, Giovanna. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when she was 5, and I never cease to be amazed at her inner strength. I’ll never forget when we had our first real “adult” conversation about world affairs, and I was blow away. I saw the light ignite inside her, and shortly thereafter we traveled to Haiti together…and that’s when I realized my little girl was growing up. It was one of the coolest moments of my life as a parent so far.
You’d never guess: I worked for the rock band Evan and Jaron. They had this really well-known song, “Crazy for this Girl” back in 2000. I worked for them for a year and a half when I was 22-23, and I did everything – from assistant tour manager to PA, you name it.