We had the good fortune of connecting with Keith Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keith, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting my own business was something I had wanted to do since 7th grade. I remember one of my teachers explaining the definition of an entrepreneur and knew it was for me. Ironically, the description wasn’t glamourous, it was more about persistence and learning from/pushing past failure. The timeline that I set when I was a kid was before my 30th birthday. My current company was founded when I was 27 after a couple of ideas failed.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Making it as a creative can be both rewarding and soul-sucking. Many of us get into our creative field because we are passionate about the craft. I studied Photography at Brooks Institute for example. Living on a boat photographing sea life and diving all day was something I loved. Photographing corporate headshots doesn’t fulfill the same creative need so I learned quickly how important it is to continue to work on your craft. For me, it is doing travel photography. Finding that balance of what feeds your soul vs what funds your business is the secret.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A perfect Day in Denver 1- This day starts with a proper cappuccino at Crema in Rino. Denver has a plethora of solid coffeehouses but Crema is the OG 2- VIsit the worlds greatest bookstore (the Tattered Cover) to get a copy of the NYTimes and a few new books for the ‘to be read’ pile 3- Reading and personalized Mala from Serita at Tibitean Imports (make sure you have your birthday and time within 30 minutes along with the city of birth) 4- Hike in the flatirons of Boulder followed by lunch and Chai at Dushanbe Tea House. Finish up the Boulder tour with some window-shopping on Pearl Street 5 – Dinner Mizuna with Chef Frank Bonanno personally preparing some of Denver’s best food 6 – See the Lumineers play Redrocks and visit with the band backstage 7- End the evening with a nightcap at my favorite Speak Easy – Green Russell
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out to EO (Entrepreneurs Organizaiton) and more specifically to my EMP (Entrepreneurs Masters Program at MIT) Facilitator Steve Kearley. The program that he put together changed my life and was the starting point for the creation of the OAK Journal.
Other: https://keithrobertsiii.com/ https://www.oakmasterclass.com/