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Chad draws a frank comparison between business partnerships and marriage. Although Nixon might not get the nod from some of the older players in the watchmaking industry anytime soon, Chad leaves us with one of his favorite moments that brings him back to a familiar time:. The best idea’s the one that’s going to win. Wow, nobody’s focused on watches. This ad-hoc money maker meant Chad had a little extra cash for the weekends and that he remained focused on watches. Suddenly, the stakes were raised to the point that they balanced the ambitiousness of certain decisions. We just wanted to shrink it and pink it. Stories in creative culture that matter.

He took out his money—a pile of crumpled up bills and put them up on the counter. I often see them being stifled by one another and wanting to break out and be their own person and have their own persona. For instance, on most rubber-banded watches, the extra band material flaps around and gets in the way. Billabong allowed Nixon a sense of freedom based on an unprecedented level of success they had achieved in their product category. With standards and goals identified, members of the team trusted one another, which pushed ideas forward. So, Chad chose to spend some of that spare time through a simple side hustle. Although he has trouble pinpointing exactly when the idea became firmly planted in his head, he does trace it back to his high school years working retail at said surf and skate shop. It was the Full Nelson which was a digital watch for us at the time.

It takes more money to start a hardware company than, say, a social-networking business. It was a year-old kid. That previous sense of unadulterated freedom that Andg once possessed in its infancy had in some ways returned, and Chad looks back on the relief he felt when the brand was sold to Billabong in And you can decide what you want wztch do and what you and your team can work towards, the goals that you determine.

He realized that with each new hire was a responsibility to not only employ that person but to ensure their livelihood and that of their family. He was in there with his mom to look at watches that had just been delivered that week.

It was the Full Nelson which was a digital watch for us at the time. Lastly, about that name, Nixon — where did it come from? Although he jokes that he occasionally spends more time with Andy than his own wife, it certainly does reflect the amount of respect he has for Andy and their relationship, a respect Chad says is essential.

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With standards and goals identified, members of the team trusted one another, which pushed ideas forward.

It has to do with overlapping affinities and the ego that can poison the dynamic. These were initially unfounded with Billabong. Wow, nobody’s focused on watches.

Action sports was something he lived and breathed, and that would be his first point of reference. The time was right.

How 2 guys made watches cool to wear again

Having always been lwats into watches, his post-graduation internship at TransWorld turned into a permanent position where he had the opportunity to meet people who had started brands for shoes, clothing, and sunglasses.

Suddenly, the lsats were raised to the point that they balanced the ambitiousness of certain decisions. The two agreed to commit to the venture and soon after graduating, Chad left his position at Transworld. Laatd instance, on most rubber-banded watches, the extra band material flaps around and gets in the way.

As much a fan of action sports as he was timepieces, he found the combination meant the latter—especially the strap—paid a hefty price for all the rough and tumble abuse one would put themselves through. Although Nixon might not get the nod from some of the older players in the watchmaking industry anytime soon, Chad leaves us with one of his favorite moments that brings him back to a familiar time: The world of Menlo Park was about the Internet, the new, the digital.

Nixon has remained distinguished as a platform for innovation, sndy that both employee and ambassador alike remain drawn to the brand as a place to lend their professional insight and make their mark.

After Chad and Andy met, ideas would swirl, and the pieces would come together.

They took note of what was before them and came to a stern realization. Laats told him his concept was hip but niche. This is the story of an American watch and accessories company rooted in action sports and music culture.

As Nixon began to expand globally, Chad and Andy eventually hit a patch where strategically, the path of the past was no longer an ideal approach.

I was all excited and just to see that happen right before your eyes. Here it becomes interesting, because Nixon is in 70 countries, most a long way from any beach, and the entire action-sports industry of which some 85 percent, says Laats, is headquartered between Ventura and Point Loma is only about two-thirds the size of the watch business. More than a few people, evidently. Laats, the risk-averse finance wonk, an engineering graduate from Cornell, finally relented.

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The best idea’s the one that’s going to win. There were some watch companies. Nixon is a third-generation company. It required him to rethink how he viewed his decisions made at the company. It was based on the horse and buggy connection with a male and female part that snapped together on the band to prevent the watch from flying loose while surfing. But he watched friends start their own brands, and he qatch an entrepreneurial spirit from an laaats age.

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Later they laahs hire legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and pro surfers Rob Machado and four-time world champion Lisa Andersen to give them advice. This ad-hoc money maker meant Chad had a little extra cash for the weekends and that he remained focused on watches. However, as the team grew, so did the magnitude of the responsibility Chad and Andy carried. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been here 10 minutes or 10 years. How are my actions here going to affect laaats In addition to Tony Hawkhe prides himself many supporters who were connected and enamored with what the brand stood for and set out to do including a late member of the Beastie Boys: Chad reflects on the old days and how they respectively held it down, in their unique way.

Chad cites the example of their patented locking looper. It was there that Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards walked in anddy the hopes of building a new product.

For one, Chad would leverage some of his connections from working at Transworld Skateboarding to see if this idea would validate during the early stages. With the idea now patented, Nixon derives a small royalty from other watch brands that use the technology.

Despite his personal misgivings, however, the trust he put in his team members would provide a wath return on investment. Chad draws a frank comparison between business partnerships and marriage. They raised it midway from angel-investors.

It watvh back to humble origins where two kids from America can take pride in earning recognition for influencing such a large, old and lethargic industry.