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McCarthy Calls on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to Resign
"This is Kevin McCarthy yesterday down at the border You know he's never been considered a real true conservative guy But notice one of the first things he does is heads right down to the border And he said this on camera I mean there's no reason to say it on camera if you didn't mean it He said no we're going to start holding hearings on my orchis the DHS secretary And if he doesn't clean his act up we're going to look to impeach the guy We'll hold him to his word Well you know that's what we do here but I'm glad he said it here listen to yourself This is why today I am calling on the secretary to resign He can not and must not remain in that position The secretary mayorkas does not resign House Republicans will investigate every order every action and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry The secretary mayorkas was in charge of any company he would have been fired by now All right I mean I know what a lot of you are thinking I'm with you I get it Jim what do you think the audience is thinking We've heard it all
Rep. Andy Biggs: Alejandro Mayorkas Must Be Impeached
"Do you think we'll see impeachments Yes thank you for mentioning that That is my baby Alejandro mayorkas must be impeached I've introduced articles I'm going to reintroduce those again on day one Alejandro mayorkas has you know they just got they're just rolling back title 42 again Lisa and that means even more people are going to be caught and released And it already we've had people show up at the border who said well we thought that title 42 has gone away Now you say most Americans don't know what title 42 is That's true But most people who are coming up the cartels they all know what type of 42 is and what it means if that goes away For illegal immigration And so they're going to keep coming And this administration has done it Alejandro mayorkas is culpable
CBP agent dies in shootout with suspected smugglers
"A costumes and border protection agent and a suspected smuggler died during a shootout off the Puerto Rico coast a unit was on routine patrol when the shots were fired in an area considered a major drug smuggling corridor for cocaine coming out of South America at a Capitol Hill hearing Homeland Security secretary Alejandro mayorkas spoke about the shooting These are a brave members of our air and marine operations within U.S. customs and border protection So the difficulty of this job can not be compared to the difficulty that our frontline personnel face every
Garnacho gives United 2-1 win at Fulham ahead of WCup break
"Alejandro garnacha scored in stoppage time to give Manchester United a two one win over Fulham Garnacha came off the bench to score with almost the last kick of the game at craven cottage Christian Eriksen put united ahead in the 14th minute and the lead held until Daniel James tallied in the 61st Ericsson was also involved in the game winner The wind strengthens United's grip on 5th place in the standings Three points behind Tottenham Fulham enters the World Cup break 9th overall I'm Dave ferry
Gen Z has arrived in Congress: Maxwell Frost, 25, wins Florida House seat
"A young Florida Democrat activist is won a House seat I Norman hall Democrat Maxwell Alejandro frost has defeated Republican Calvin wimbish for Florida U.S. House seat making frost the first member of Generation Z to win a seat in Congress frost to 25 year old gun reform and social justice activists ran in a heavily blue Orlando area district being relinquished by democratic representative Val demings she challenged Republican senator Marco Rubio this year Frost is a former March for our lives organizers seeking stricter gun control laws and to stress opposition to restrictions on abortion rights Generation Z generally refers to those born between the late 1990s to early 2010s to
Why Did Alejandro Mayorkas Previously Visit San Antonio?
"You see he recently did something That flew under the news radar That is outside of officials within San Antonio In August Mallorca's traveled to San Antonio for a round table In which he happened to praise the city's handling of migrants Now what is it that San Antonio just happens to be doing that is just so spectacular so worthy a bean price Oh look at this They opened a migrant resource center A migrant resource center oh and this is oh yeah It's federally funded Huh Okay so we have a federally funded migrant resource center in San Antonio Now what is the center do Citing the intended purpose from the San Antonio report Migrants are now brought directly directly from the U.S. Mexico border straight to that center And what does this center do once it gets them Oh look at that It feeds them And shelters them And it transports migrants seeking asylum
"alejandro" Discussed on ESPN FC
"All right, let's keep it moving here, herc. Speaking of the U.S. men's national team, and youth national team standouts Alejandro Zendaya was one. So was Zack Stefan back in his day. Stephen, of course, saw on loan from Manchester City to Middlesbrough in the championship, but you can watch on ESPN+. Reporter Alan Nixon herc is reporting that borough manager Chris wilder wants to stick with Liam a Roberts the backup who has played the last three games with Stephen out due to a knee injury. So we know this move was supposed to help secure Zack Stefan's hold on the U.S. and that number one job. Do you think his starting spot in Qatar herc is now in jeopardy? It is, it is now in jeopardy. I'd go as far as saying, it's not only a starting job that's in jeopardy. It could be as roster spot. I think guitar that's in jeopardy. Because per Zack Stefan on this very program, when you interviewed him, he stressed how important it was to play. For a goalkeeper for himself, so if you're not playing. And if you're not available to play, you can't be available for consideration, especially when it's you're leaving the door open for somebody else, which has been something of a trend for Zach step. And now the injuries are unfortunate. You know how highly I value and rate Zack stuff. And I think when he's healthy, he's the clear number one for me. But if you're not healthy and you keep leaving this door open and we've seen it, leave it left open at the national team level. We can go back to the concatenations League final. He comes out injured and it's Ethan horvath who comes in and plays hero stopping an Andres guardado penalty kick and all of a sudden, Ethan horvath is thrown into the equation. And then for injury worries again, he leaves a door open to Matt Turner and then Mack Turner goes on to have a ridiculous gold cup and then he has good outings with the U.S. men's national team. It's been left open and players are taking advantage of it. Now, if you go down to the championship to play, you need to play, you can't be the backup there. And if that's the case, that's not only put in the starting position in jeopardy. That's putting his roster spot in jeopardy. The question here is how much faith do you think you think Greg berhalter has in Zack Stefan? And I think we go back to that Mexico game, remember whether it was big doubts with Stefan Reddy, and in that huge spot, even with Stefan not playing, not having that consistency, Greg berhalter went with him. It would seem like a real stretch for me that he would forget about him as you're saying maybe entirely to the point where he went from the number one discussion to maybe falling out of the top three and not making it. And I'm talking about falling out of the top three, just due to injury. I mean, I'm talking about staying available. Selection is one thing, like with a coach values, you're not, but you can't even give him the chance to select you because you're not healthy.
"alejandro" Discussed on ESPN FC
"Well, I didn't have more than send there. You hadn't played more with the national team than he has. He hasn't played at all. Oh, hold on. Hold on. World Cup cycle. I had zero games in the World Cup cycle at some buttel had zero games in the World Cup cycle. Robbie Finley had zero games in the World Cup cycle. This would not be a stretch if you look at the depth. Now, it's a stumper column. You've got to see what you can do. And you give them a fighting chance. Given the fact that it's a September column, right? You only call them up if you think he has a chance to make the team, right? You don't have the opportunity or time to waste. There's no future here. This is legit only if he has a chance to make the team. What percentage would you put that at? Right now, if you look at Alejandro's in there, because you just listed off all these players in midfield because you don't consider a winger. What percentage chance would you put it at? I would put it at zero. I would put it at 0% that he makes the team. Either as a winger or a midfielder. We can go through that. Can I be honest? Yeah. He's got more of a chance than I did for the 2010 World Cup before the crazy circumstances that led to me getting on that flight. I mean, because if you look at everything that happened, Eddie Johnson was injured. Charlie Davis Davies got an unfortunate car accident. Every striker that bob Bradley had. For some reason, ended up falling out. It was like a crazy turn of events that got me there. I think he's got more of a fighting chance than I did in that time. Okay, let's look at some of the guys. You mentioned the midfield, right? Weston McKinney Tyler Adams, Eunice Musa, Luca Della Torre. You didn't mention Kellen Acosta roll. I mean, he's not, he's not really going to get, he's not going to break into that, is he? And he's certainly not going to break it out. 26 players, right? And you're going to look at players that can offer you what? Versatility versatility? Yeah, but out wide, it's aronson, politic ray in a way areola. Any of those guys. Because now you have a player that can play two positions, multiple positions, and I think he's very good as an interior. Now, whether he takes him or not, I don't know, but if he takes him, I think he's got a fighting chance of getting him that flight. All right, what about the other perspective here, which is Zendaya, 'cause I'm thinking about this from the choices that he has, which are obviously U.S. or Mexico. If you were going to advise him, which would you advise him to pick, looking at the death threat, you just went through with the United States and thinking about what the competition is with Mexico. IE, which team needs him more 'cause I think it's pretty clear it's Mexico. It is Mexico. And maybe even for this World Cup, what they got Corona out. You're looking at urban Pineda, you're looking at Diego lioness and you're looking at Alexis Vega and that's it. After that, that is going to be. And if you think about midfield, like you said, he's versatile. Maybe he can play midfield. On this one, I will barely got registered for Betty's. Hasn't played in what? Three weeks? Almost a month. So there you go. There's a crisis building in that in that Mexican midfield.
Reyes, Hoerner help Cubs beat Blue Jays 7-5, avoid sweep
"Zach McKinsey had two hits and friendville Reyes belted a solo home run as the Chicago Cubs down the Blue Jays 7 5 at roger center McKinsey's triple part of a three run four hit third off starter and losing pitcher Mitch white while reya's 13th home run of the season came off white in the 5th The first to about he drove me a lot of sliders away But you can notice that the second page was middle in Toronto got a three run home run from Alejandro Kirk and a two run shot from Kevin BGO and will Rodriguez one and out of the pen while Rowan wick picked up his 9th save John leathery to run
Cole's frustration shows as scuffling Yanks fall to Jays 5-2
"The Blue Jays put together a four run 5th and received 5 strong innings from their bullpen in a 5 two win over the Yankees New York led one zero until Jackie Bradley junior and Alejandro Kirk had two run doubles in the 5th sending the yanks to their 20th loss in 29 games since the all star break Yankees manager Aaron Boone is frustrated by his team's skid We got a play better Period And the great thing is it's right in front of us It's right here And we can fix it The Yankees lead in the AL east is down to 7 games over Toronto I'm Dave fairy
Kirk's 2-run homer in 8th lifts Jays to 4-2 win over Royals
"The Blue Jays beat the royals four two on Alejandro Kirk's two run Homer in the bottom of the 8th Toronto took the last three of a four game set with Kansas City which was missing ten players due to COVID-19 travel restrictions at the border The Jays also scored twice in the third inning following an error by shortstop Bobby witt junior Matt Chapman had two more hits for Toronto giving him 7 in his last 6 games Winning pitcher Tim maze of retired 5 batters after replacing Jose per Rios who allowed two runs over 6 and a third Wyatt mills took the laws I'm Dave
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton Named All-Star Starters
"Aaron judge and Giancarlo Stanton will represent the Yankees and will be teammates with angel stars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on the AL squad So will Toronto's Alejandro Kirk and Vladimir Guerrero junior Dodgers Mookie betts and Trey Turner will make up two thirds of the NL starting outfield The AL lineup includes Astros second baseman Jose Altuve White Sox shore stopped Tim Anderson and Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers Ronald Acuna junior of the braves made the NL starting lineup as did cubs catcher Wilson Contreras Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt Padres third baseman Manny Machado and giants outfielder jock Peterson I'm Dave
Tellez hits 2 HRs against former team, Brewers top Jays 10-3
"Rowdy teles victimized his former team by banging out a pair of two run homers in the brewers ten three route of the Blue Jays The first Homer came in the opening inning After Alejandro Kirk ripped a three run shot in the top half teles added a second inning blast that made it 8 to three Both homers came off losing pitcher Jose barrios Milwaukee took two of three in its first series with the Blue Jays since 2017 The victory coupled with the Cardinals lost to the cubs puts the brewers that top the NL central by one game over St. Louis I'm Dave
Secretary Mayorkas: Nina Jankowicz Is 'Absolutely' Politically Neutral
"So I want to get into a really critical story that blew up over the past week. You guys all know about it. The ministry of truth, now DHS secretary mayorkas, that's the Department of Homeland Security, asserts that the disinformation board chaired by Nina jankovic, who's a straight out of central casting for the progressive left, is going to be completely and absolutely neutral. From the story, Homeland Security secretary Alejandro mayorkas said there is no question. He could have more effectively communicated the purpose of his newly created disinformation board. So he's giving a Mayo culpa there after credits framed it as a crackdown on free speech. Mayorkas explained Sunday that the board specifically addresses disinformation that presents a security threat to the homeland. No interesting couch couching of language again, this is the game they play. Look at the language. So it presents a security threat to the homeland. So then he says disinformation from Russia from China from the cartels, he said. So he also claims that Nina Jacobs will absolutely be neutral and is renowned expert in the field of disinformation.
Alejandro Mayorkas: Nina Jankowicz Is 'Eminently Qualified'
"Alejandro mayorkas tried to make the rounds to do some damage control yesterday on the Sunday morning news shows. Listen to him with CNN's Dana bash. Republicans are criticizing your decision, the administration's decision to choose nita jankowitz to lead this disinformation board. They say she is not somebody who is neutral. You're response? Eminently qualified a renowned expert in the field of disturbing information. Absolutely so. Would you be okay if Donald Trump were president if he created this disinformation governance board or if it is in place and he wins again in 2024 that he's in charge of such a thing? I believe that this working group that gathers together is gathers together best practices make sure that our work is coordinated consistent with those best practices that we're safeguarding the right of free speech that we're safeguarding civil liberties. I think it's an extraordinarily important endeavor.
Alejandro Mayorkas: We've Effectively Managed the Border Crisis
"Here's my orcas yesterday talking about how they've effectively managed the border crisis Has this man seen the drone footage or the camera footage of thousands of people a day walking across our border folks We don't have a border we don't have a border We have a suggestion of a border right now Hey there's the border Well what happens if I cross it Nothing Then how is that a border How is that a police tell me how that's a border That is the border American citizens or authorized people allowed in or allowed to come in Well what happens if I'm not authorizing committee Nothing We let you in any way That's not a border That's not a border That's a suggestion of a border So here's our disgraced dreadful DHS secretary who should be should have been impeached yesterday For forfeiting the national security of the United States and putting this country in danger with this fentanyl and terrorist crossing the border this guy should have left the job weeks and months ago Here he is saying oh they've effectively managed it They've done a great job Check this out We inherited a broken and dismantled system that is already under strain It is not built to manage the current levels and types of migratory flows only Congress can fix this Yet we have effectively managed an unprecedented number of non citizens seeking to enter the United States You've effectively managed it pretty Dan
Border Patrol Stopped 23 People on Terrorist Database in 2021
"I think we've got a border catastrophe. Well, as reporters have learned, border patrol has apprehended at least 23 people coming across the southern border whose on the who are on the terrorist watch list. This happened in 2021, this is data obtained by Fox News, Bill melus finds out about 23 people literally in the terrorist database trying to cross the border into the United States. Here's his report on Fox News. I've obtained a CBP record through a freedom of information act request, which reveals that last year there were 23 known or suspected terrorists who were encountered here at our southern border. Take a look at this graphic right here and we'll dive into the numbers for you. What you're looking at are hits on the TSDB. That is the terrorist screening database, which is maintained by the FBI. You can see the breakdown sector by sector. There were four hits in San Diego sector, four and El Centro two in Yuma, two and Tucson, three and El Paso, four in Del Rio in four in the Rio Grande valley sector. Again, this was for 2021 and keep in mind these are only the ones that they caught. Only the ones they know about. Why is that a concern? Take a look at this final video right here and we'll explain it to you as you look at runners here. CBP sources are telling Fox News that in the last 6 months alone there have been more than 300,000 known got away here at our southern border. Masses of people are making it into the country without ever being apprehended by border patrol and former ice director Tom Holman says that is a major concern when you look at these TSDB hits, he says DHS secretary Alejandro mayorkas has to wake up when it comes to national security at our open border.
"alejandro" Discussed on The Wisdom Podcast
"Welcome to the wisdom podcast. My name is Daniel akin and this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing wisdom author and wisdom academy teacher doctor Alejandro Chao. Ali is author of Tibetan yoga, magical movements of body breath and mind, which was published by wisdom in late 2021. Ali has authored many other works and teaches the wisdom academy online course to Ben yoga. In this conversation, we discussed the yoga practice of salon trunk or magical movements, and its role in Tibetan meditation. And how these practices can help restore dimmed awareness to clarity. I hope you enjoy the interview and remember if you do enjoy the interview, please consider leaving us a 5 star review in Apple podcasts. It's really helpful for us in promoting these episodes. But please enjoy the episode and thank you..
"alejandro" Discussed on Health Babes Podcast
"Instagram and anything else you want to share? Doctor Alejandro junger, DR for doctor and how many younger Instagram Facebook, Twitter, clean program dot com, my book, your podcast. You're so sweet, doctor Ali. You really are. Well, we've loved having you. You've given us so much great information. Thank you so much for coming on. I love hanging out with babes. Anytime you have the most beautiful eyes. Has anybody ever told you that? My mom tells me all the time. If I hear that one more time today. YouTube back, you got pretty blue eyes. I don't mind. You can tell me as many times as you want. Besides your eyes, I'm obsessed with those beams in the house you're in. Yes. I'm like, I need that into my life. It's so pretty. Yeah. Very fancy has not my house, but very fancy. I have a movie theater right behind. Nice. We're coming over. Sure, sure. Well, thanks again for coming on. We appreciate it. Matt, thanks. And you guys don't forget to leave a review because we love people to know what episodes you like. So when you leave your review, which takes 5 seconds, talk about doctor Alejandro's episode if you think that someone you know or someone just out there could benefit from it. And if you like my eyes, you can leave a review too. Exactly. That's what my review is going to be about. Bye. Nice. Thanks for listening. Everybody. Thanks for coming. Bye. Bye bye..
Tight security in place for Sunday's Super Bowl
"Homeland homeland homeland homeland security security security security secretary secretary secretary secretary Alejandro Alejandro Alejandro Alejandro my my my my your your your your cases cases cases cases in in in in Los Los Los Los Angeles Angeles Angeles Angeles he he he he says says says says there there there there are are are are no no no no specific specific specific specific credible credible credible credible threats threats threats threats to to to to the the the the venue venue venue venue so so so so five five five five stadium stadium stadium stadium what what what what this this this this is is is is all all all all about about about about is is is is planning planning planning planning and and and and preparation preparation preparation preparation to to to to prevent prevent prevent prevent any any any any incident incident incident incident from from from from occurring occurring occurring occurring may may may may RK RK RK RK says says says says everyone everyone everyone everyone and and and and everything everything everything everything that that that that enters enters enters enters the the the the perimeter perimeter perimeter perimeter of of of of the the the the stadium stadium stadium stadium will will will will be be be be screened screened screened screened we we we we also also also also are are are are ensuring ensuring ensuring ensuring the the the the safety safety safety safety of of of of land land land land sea sea sea sea air air air air and and and and the the the the cyber cyber cyber cyber environments environments environments environments your your your your consultant consultant consultant consultant says says says says specialist specialist specialist specialist working working working working to to to to combat combat combat combat any any any any human human human human trafficking trafficking trafficking trafficking there there there there very very very very well well well well might might might might be be be be nefarious nefarious nefarious nefarious actors actors actors actors that that that that prey prey prey prey upon upon upon upon vulnerable vulnerable vulnerable vulnerable children children children children and and and and other other other other individuals individuals individuals individuals may may may may okay okay okay okay says says says says they they they they are are are are taking taking taking taking measures measures measures measures that that that that are are are are both both both both seen seen seen seen and and and and unseen unseen unseen unseen I'm I'm I'm I'm a a a a Donahue Donahue Donahue Donahue
"alejandro" Discussed on DNA Today
"How is it that we find ourselves surrounded by such complexity? Such elements. The genes of you and me Jesus of you and you're all made of DNA we're all made of the same chemical being we're all made of DNA. Hi, you're listening to DNA today, a podcast and radio show where we discover new advances in the world of genetics. From genetic technology like CRISPR, to rare diseases to new research. We have you covered. For a decade, DNA today has brought you the voices of leaders in genetics..
"alejandro" Discussed on The New Yorker: Fiction
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Rep. Andy Biggs: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Should Be Impeached
"We're here You are from Arizona's 5th district We appreciate everything you do in this fight Your state you're in real trouble with the immigration crisis now Real trouble It's gotten disastrous There's video that's emerged and some of Fox News is reporting from Bill illusion and others and some hidden camera video of the Biden administration Now basically opening the borders taking people into processing centers congressman flying them around the country to FBO's and private airports late at night after the curfew and just letting them loose Is that not impeachment worthy to me I mean that sounds and you know I'm not the kind of guy who throws that around loosely I mean it is a high crimes and misdemeanor thing But if you're facilitating an invasion of the United States by transporting people in the country illegally around the country with no real means to track where they are who they are or what they've been up to I mean that sounds to me like a very serious offense It is really serious I think it's a high crime investment By the way I'm sitting about 15 miles out of order I've just driving back from the border I went down to see it this morning And I would just tell you Dan that's one of the reasons I introduced a resolution in peace by the secretary of America because he is violating a statute And Biden is violating statues too My orchestra admitted in you the other day that this is the Biden administration's policy and their policy is to endanger the country is to allow an invasion By the way a 178,000 apprehensions and another 30 to 50,000 got aways in December that's an invasion by anybody's rational book It's irrational that's the vision That is impeachable in my opinion
Alejandro Mayorkas Allowed an Illegal Alien Allegedly Commit Fraud and Murder
"So Ted Cruz chews him up and spits him out Now it's Mike Lee's turn You know what a fan I am of Mike Lee Cut three go Like you're in Medina ulua who's a 24 year old Honduran man who has recently apprehended crossing the U.S. Mexico border where he fraudulently claimed to be a 17 year old He then ended up in Jacksonville Florida where a family took him in Days later he stabbed the father of that family to death He was a 24 year old not a 17 year old as he claimed There are people like him crossing and with the assistance with the approval with the facilitation in some cases of your department These things are happening That is inaccurate I am aware of the case that individual is being prosecuted There is an immigration enforcement detainer on that individual Did your department or did it not allow him in A senator I'd like to not comment on the details because not exactly a detail Did you let him in the country or not And the answer is yes everybody knows that he wants to hear it out of your mouth but listen to Majorca If I may senator there is a criminal case against that individual pending Whether or not that individual committed fraud and deceived our personnel is a question that may be relevant to the ongoing criminal prosecution and so it would be inappropriate for me to comment on a pending criminal matter at this
"alejandro" Discussed on Poetry Unbound
"Nothing but a thing. After Robert Frost. Amending wall comes from Daryl Alejandro wholeness book, migrant psalms. Thank you to northwestern university press, who gave us permission to use Daryl's poem. Read it on our website at on being dot org..
"alejandro" Discussed on Poetry Unbound
"Tara Alejandro Holmes is really interested in psalmody that form of song and poetry and literature that comes from the Hebrew sounds. In fact, the short book within which this poem is gathered is called migrant psalms. And the psalms and the Hebrew Bible tradition are filled with faith and fury. They are poems and poems that are filled with rage and poems that are filled with yearning and hope and poems that often resolve themselves to what's interesting in this sound that he's written is that it doesn't resolve itself. It turns insurance insurance and opens itself to critique that's necessary in terms of other poems that have resolved where that resolving is far too convenient. He doesn't bring it to a neat and tidy ending. Toward the end of the poem you can hear how dare Alejandro wholeness brings a certain kind of music to his poem, amending wall when he says, oh, America, if anywhere, there are limits are beginnings and ends that heaven has to be nothing loving us something loving its everything, then life country and its borders, and nothing but a thing. He spells America with three K's at the end. So rather than AME or ICA it's a.m. or I KKK so he's looking at the word America and allowing the Ku Klux Klan to be echoed within the context of that to say for whom is the America that frost was writing existent and for whom is the America that he is reflecting in the way that he's spelled it, existing here? It's provocative to do this. And I think it is the job of justice. And he doesn't resolve it. He leaves the question like a challenge like an open wound and invites those of us made comfortable perhaps by the imagination of the frost poem to become uncomfortable and to settle into.
"alejandro" Discussed on Poetry Unbound
"I'm ending war, by Daryl Alejandro wholeness. If crucified means one has died on the cross, then what is the word in English for a dying of the crossing between countries? What word describes when a brown woman's dreams have been something like a white man, are killed at the intersection between his dreamt up borders and his dream come true, border patrol? White man, like dead men printed or minted on money, more valuable than the pesos and her purse. White man, like gods on horseback come to conquer their India after reading a mistaken map. White man, like the grace of misinterpreted almonds turned into a chance for vicious attack. White man like buying but outlawing cocaine to catch the brown man in the crossfire of its trade. White man, like picket fences in award winning films about the privilege of being so over privileged that he yearns for something real. Something there is that loves a wall that builds a boundary, that calls the structure love of country. Something there is that kills those who trespass. Something there is that buries bodies at a border as foundation stones for yet another war, but something there is that doesn't love fathers saying good fences make good neighbors. Something doesn't love a man carving up a continent and its people to make a new world in the image of old worlds like the name of God instead of new words, like the name of one's own desires to divide life into here and after by crossing an ocean as if it were the pearly Gates. Oh, America. If anywhere, there are limits are beginnings and ends then heaven has to be a nothing loving us something, loving its.
"alejandro" Discussed on How I Built This
"This message comes from NPR sponsor DocuSign. When you're running a small business, you want to maximize every minute and every dollar. That's where DocuSign can help DocuSign can give you the freedom to complete your business agreements anywhere in real time and get signed versions back in minutes. It's that simple. Visit DocuSign dot com today to learn more about how DocuSign can help add valuable time back into your day. This message comes from NPR sponsor, click up, a productivity platform that's saving people one day every week. How? It's simple. Click up brings all of your work into one place. You get tasks, docs, goals, chat, and more. In one tool so you can focus on getting work done without switching apps. It's how teams and companies like Uber, Google and web flow save time. Click up is for free forever. So try click up today and click up dot com slash NPR. Hey, welcome back to how I built this. I'm guy Roz. So it's 2012 and Nikhil and Alejandro have decided to focus full time on making mushroom growing kits for the home gardener. And they're still providing all the elements required to grow the mushrooms. But then someone suggests that they partner with a specialty farm called Gourmet mushrooms incorporated, run by a guy named David law. Brilliant him and Chris Bailey, the two guys who run that just brilliant people and best in class at growing fresh mushrooms. You know, it would take us decades to get to the experience these guys had. And we just hit it off also, just in a relationship standpoint. And you know, you fast forward a few weeks and they grew some and we tested them out and it was night and day quality. Yields consistency, everything that goes around making a healthy mushroom substrate inspired. It was just night and day. And there was that was probably the biggest defining moment. I think in our journey earlier for Alex and I both, when you realize one, you don't have to do everything, it's okay not to be the best at everything. And it's okay to let some things go. And that was the hardest thing in my life. Because that was our identity. Let me understand when you say let it go. You meet this guy David law, clearly they know how to grow mushrooms better. So what did you do? I mean, what were you selling to him? What we were doing in our warehouse in Oakland of collecting the substrate, the coffee grounds, mixing of the spawn, growing the kits, packaging them. We fast forward ended up now by those from him as a supplier to us. So they're the ones incubating all of that. So there's this huge warehouse, 10,000 ft². You know, we had at that point in what 35 people Alex. You know, we knew what that meant was that the people, the space, everything we're doing. All of that would go away. So you essentially get out of the farming business in at the end of 2012, 2013, you start to transition out of the farming business because really this company can grow the mushrooms sell you the ground, whatever's left. The finished product. The finished product, and you can then and then this guy David, this company, Gourmet mushrooms. They can turn them into kits for you. Yeah, it's kind of crazy because yeah, he was a competitor to us, and he could have easily said, nope, I'll wait till you guys go out of business because you're not going to be able to scale it the way I can. And instead, instead, David, basically looked at us and said, you guys have so much energy and you're getting people growing mushrooms. That's a good thing for me. So let me take it off your plates and you guys focus on what clearly you guys are really good at, which is getting the word about out into the world about mushrooms and that's like the partnership right there. And so by the middle of 2013, I have to assume you get out of the coffee hauling business. You no longer are hauling away coffee grounds for petes. Correct. Okay, so you are out of the coffee. It's amazing. Because you start this business in 2009. By 2013, you're no longer too big revenue streams. Fresh mushrooms and hauling coffee grounds. You're out of that business entirely. You're focused on selling mushroom kits. And what's interesting to me about that is I can not imagine seeing a viable business there. Like I could not imagine in 2013, saying, we're going to sell grow your own mushroom kits and turn this into a sustainable business. So what was giving you the indication that you could do that? And I'm not trying to be so harsh and I love it. I'm not trying to be harsh. I'm just, I can not imagine saying to people, yeah, we're like, you know what? The beauty about the United States is if you execute on one thing extremely well, there is a pretty large market for it. I mean, just whole foods alone was 500 stores that we could take this product into and running the numbers on it, you could do a couple $1 million. Yeah, if you're in every whole foods in America selling mushroom kits and you're doing really well, the math suggests that you could probably do like 5 maybe 7 million in revenue maximum a year. So you could do a significant small business for sure, but that's only if you did it in whole foods, and that would have to kill it. That's true. We'd have to sell a lot and then we'd have to expand beyond whole foods. You're dead on there. I think with the kids, we were starting to also realize this was 2012, I think Alex and we did our first non mushroom product. I want to say, I think it was with our KickStarter for our water gardens. I think we were at that point also, we had made the decision we.
"alejandro" Discussed on How I Built This
"That's no longer a sedative for your taste buds. Dave's killer bread is on a mission to make the most of the loaf to rid the world of GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial ingredients, while planting the seeds of good and all that they bake, killer taste, killer texture, always organic, Dave's killer bread, bread, amplified. I'm guy raz, host of how I built this. Here to tell you about another podcast I host on this one, I talked to some of the world's top leaders about what it took to get where they are. Triumphs, failures and all. It's called wisdom from the top from NPR and luminary. Hey, welcome back to how I built this. I'm guy raz. So it's 2009 and Niki and Alejandro are full time mushroom farmers, selling whatever they can grow to whole foods and making extra cash by hauling away used coffee grounds. All good developments, but still they're barely making any money. I mean, we were living off of very little. We took, I think, a $100 a week, each and, you know, it took us until January really to get some consistent crops to whole foods. But the beauty about starting a sustainable business in which you're taking waste to produce something is that, yeah, the raw materials are actually not even free. You're making money. You were paid right, that's the brilliance of it, because you basically, you were hauling the coffee grounds, which is what you needed to grow your mushrooms. You were paid for that so you'd cash coming in. And then selling the mushrooms. So you had some cash. It's a money coming in. Yep, the spawn was really our biggest expense. We were buying spawn, because we were not sophisticated enough to be able to grow our own spawn and seed, but in the scheme of what we were doing. It was a very small percentage, but as we were scaling up growing mushrooms, and we were starting to collect thousands and thousands of pounds of coffee grounds per week and we were growing mushrooms on them. And what's left over was the spent mushroom substrate, which at the time we kind of knew was something interesting but didn't know much about it. It ended up kind of stockpiling it. The substrate is what's left over in the ground. Yeah, this is the mycelium or the roots of the Marshall speed. Yeah, the white roots growing throughout all the coffee grounds, the mushrooms have fruited or grown off of it. And we were starting stockpiling this behind our warehouse and we I don't think it fully thought through what we were doing with this. And I remember actually we got an email from our landlord saying this stuff is starting to stink. I've seen rats running through there. You got two weeks to get rid of it all. If not, I'm to remain your leasing as it kicked out. And we ended up putting it on Craigslist and didn't know what else to do. And honestly, within probably 48 hours, all of it was accounted for. People wanted it for what? Urban farms, local gardeners, who, and we kind of learned through them. And this is one of the most premium nutritious soil amendments there is period and mushroom I see like a mycorrhizae, it's called are actually one of the most beneficial things you have to your garden because it helps your roots uptake nutrients. So imagine adding plant food, which is like the actual nutrients, but what mushroom roots are mycorrhizae do is actually help your plants better extract whatever is in your natural native soil. So really good stuff for your garden. So you basically had coffee grounds mixed with this, mycelium, and that is plant food basically. You would just sprinkle that over your garden. Exactly. So we started selling that guy and we sold it actually in bulk. We had now the waste of waste of waste, which is our revenues. Coffee grounds, getting paid for that, growing mushrooms off it, and then our own waste. We were selling as well. So that whole cycles would allowed us to bootstrap this company. We were getting started. So in the first half year, at least, it was just the two of you. Just the two of us, I mean, it was probably 15 hour days between collecting and planting and then harvesting and then demoing at night. Okay, so at this point, you're selling the mushrooms and whole foods. And I think you're doing some farmers markets at that time. And what kind of reaction were you getting from people? What are people saying to you? Are they different things were happening at the same time? One, we'd always do farmers markets, and any time families came by with their kids, they would stay there for half an hour with us. They'd buy a lot more mushrooms. They'd love the story. They'd come and do tours of our farm. And they'd say, hey, can I take one of these bags home? I'll try to grow them out of my kitchen. So basically, when you refer to, when you refer to your quote farm, you're literally talking about a warehouse full of bags mushrooms. It's not like a far like a bucolic farm with a growing green hills. No, it was scary. It just looked grindy. We were next to a recording studio and an insurance agency. And it was to our consumers from fiber's market. Awesome. It is awesome. But to a whole foods produce buyer, it was not awesome, and we made the mistake of just because we were starting to get more confidence with these tours. We're like, hey, produce team come and do a tour. Oh, you invited the whole foods team to come and check out your operation. Yes. And we were so proud and right after that, Randy calls us the whole foods buyer. And he says, guys, never do that again. What? Why? Because he's like the health aspect of it could turn into something we don't want to go there. It took us what 6 months after that we had to get certifications because whole foods is like you guys. These health and safety checks, there was our first big kind of regulatory lessons and I'm sharing it up and selling to a major retailer. So when you had to like kind of quote unquote, professionalize it and get it up to code and stuff. I mean, all power to the Bay Area, but I mean, the regulatory regime in the Bay Area can be quite something for anybody who's start a business. What did you have to do to get it to make it a kosher operation? So to speak. We would spend hours cleaning. I mean, I'm Alex and I have we just be jamming out to music and wiping the walls every day because you want to keep it pristine, because if not, you know, you can have a competing fungus growing. So we would get so much of our days those days were just us mopping and scrubbing and cleaning and trying to keep this little space as pristine as we could. And you're not whole foods guided us a lot. They would help guide you from start to finish. All right, so now, so you've got the mushrooms, but then around this time I think late 2009, you decide to kind of make kits mushroom kits where people could grow them themselves. First of all, I would just think that would cut into your business because now you're giving people the means of production, you know, you're not giving them your mushrooms anymore. And now they can make their mushrooms suited to hell with you guys. Why do I need to buy your mushrooms? But that was not the thinking presumably. Well, the thinking was that when we had so many families come to do these tours and they could take a souvenir home, that would be at 20 bucks. So that same bag would produce roughly $10 worth of product, this now became a $20 product, and that was one part of it. The other part of it was people were sending us pictures by text and email of their fully grown kit and that was impactful because you now had our consumers come back to us and they became the farmer with us. We didn't know this early on, but we kind of learned this through those kind of experiences. The kits weren't about the mushrooms. They were about the experience of growing and just seeing something grow and growing something yourself. Okay, but to make the kids and for people who are familiar with them today, they're like, they're like cardboard boxes and you know it's got branding on it and it's a printed package and there's a bag of soil that has a mushroom spawn in it in a booklet on how to grow them, you know, everything's in there, right? But that costs money. It costs money to finance that. So how did you able to launch the mushroom kits even though I know you had some cash flow, but I can't imagine you had that much cash to work with. I think Alex and I early on tapped into every support avenue there was and that, you know, we applied to a ton of business plan competitions. We probably got Alex a hundred, something $1000 from different winnings. The city of Oakland was incredible, and we moved from emoryville to Oakland and got about a $25,000 redevelopment grant from them to build out what became our largest warehouse 10,000 ft² in west Oakland. So. And I think you even got a loan from whole foods. We got the local producer loan from the Northern California region. And that loan was to do. What could you do? What'd you do with that loan? It's like 25,000 bucks I read. One of the best uses of that grant funding, I remember, we finally, this is two years or so Alex and to it maybe more. There was a local machinist near west Oakland facility and he would just see us every morning for hours grinding away on this wine press drawing these coffee grounds. And he was like, I think I can make you guys an automated one in a cost significant money. 11 grand, 11 grand, yeah. And he ended up building this beautiful automated thing custom built for us at his machine shop and I remember the vividly the first time that we got this machine put coffee guns in there with literally a 90 minutes. We had one button and 60 seconds later. He had perfectly dried coffee grounds at the right moisture consistency. And I was just game changing. Never forget that clicking that button. I wonder, I mean, you're now a year in, right? You get to mid 2010. You've got you've got people now working for. How many people were you able to hire initially in that first year? Do you remember? I want to say we roughly had 5 people all in. That's about right, yeah. And we did 250,000. In year one, in revenue, year one. So I wonder in that first, I mean, it would take a while. We'll get to this later, but it would take a while for you guys to actually go and raise money. But why didn't you why didn't you do that early on? Why didn't you go out and look for investors? We still knew we were figuring all this thing out. Like there was a lot of moving parts. I mean, we were doing everything ourselves and we were still making a lot of mistakes and we would throw away stuff. Like nobody would invest in a business like that. And so it wasn't even a radar. Not even in our radar, we were all focused on grants, actually. That was all our energy because we knew that we had something that we could see and feel from customers that they're like, this is so cool. You're taking waste your selling the waste. You're selling fresh mushrooms that come from waste. So we felt that always. And that's why we stayed in it. All right, so you guys, you're selling mushrooms. And I think by year one, you're an all the whole foods in Northern California. I mean, 500 pounds a week at ten bucks and 50 weeks is roughly a quarter $1 million. So that was where most of that revenue was coming from. So your core business was raw mushrooms that people would buy and then cook. In 2010, our bread and butter was fresh mushrooms. Okay. And also in 2011, was your bread and butter, mushrooms. 2011 got a little bit more from waste collection because we were by then picking up from roughly 40 pizza and Starbucks and local shops. A week? Yeah, a week. Because I think 2011, you're basically your customers or whole foods and peas, right? Essentially. That's right. But we were also doing a lot of farmers markets guide that time, too. So that was a lot of Alex and every weekend fired in Sunday ten hours for years. That's all we did. And that's the mushroom kits. We sold them. We started creating mushroom kits. We were first found on farmers markets and getting great feedback. So. And so this is 2011. You've got these three, let's say legs of the stool. Soil, fresh mushrooms, mushroom kits. Was it just will you just so busy the two of you and your small staff that you couldn't really figure out where this was gonna go or at this point that you did the two of you start to have conversations saying, hey, you know, maybe we should kind of assess what we want to do here and what where we should focus. Or was it just like, let's just keep doing it this way. We had gotten our mushroom kits and farmers markets, then we got them into whole foods. And Randy was a mentor of ours and actually the first time we took this big basketball size bag that we were growing these mushrooms and we had slapped a sticker on it from FedEx. We thought it'd look beautiful. We were in a meeting with Randy talking about fresh mushrooms and at the end of the meeting we pull out this mushroom kit. With all the confidence in the world as if it was the next iPhone, right? And we put it on the table with one more thing, Randy. What about this mushroom kit? And he looks at this bag and he literally falls out of his chair. He's like, that's the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. No one's gonna buy that in my store. And you just laughed at this thing and he was also, you know, by that point, a friend, a mentor, and it wasn't a no. He was like, just go back and figure this thing out because it's cool, but this thing looks hideous. No one's going to put this on a windowsill. And it was actually the push that we needed at that time to really kind of make us focus in on the design and the user experience. We came back with what is a version of what it is today and start selling that in whole foods. And we were for a while selling both of them. Mushrooms and mushroom kits. All right, so you guys have this business going. Still bootstrapped. And this is a total like I'm going to go and we're going to take the offer ramp here and go in a totally different direction for everybody. And there's warning for everybody listening. In May to June of 2012, Alejandro you'd become a contestant on the 8th season of the bachelorette. This is not part of the narrative. This is true. I am not making you leave the mushroom business for some time to be a contestant on the bachelorette. I need the backstory and the front story in the middle of the police. Niko, the floor is yours. It was a friend of one of the casting directors for the bachelorette. I think had gotten a mushroom kit from Alex, and heard about the brand through a demo at an LA whole foods. A lot of random things came together where they were like, oh, you just talked to Alex and somehow Alex got connected to the bachelorette casting director. They loved Alex and thought he'd be a great fit for it. And they thought it'd be a great fit because aside from the fact that he's handsome and charming, that there's a great backstory there. He's a handsome. He's a smart charming entrepreneur. Doing cool stuff and they thought he'd be a great, you know, a great contestant and just two he has an urban mushroom farmer. I gotcha. And Alejandro, did you think, hey, you know, this might be my ticket to meeting my true love. I was 23, 23, like so many things. One of their producers was this guy named Elon and the guy just sold you on the whole experience. And they had announced to who the bachelor Rhett was, and that was Emily Maynard. She had a daughter named Ricky. So I was 23. She was 27 28 with a 6 year old daughter. So it was this thing where just one thing would lead to another and this we kind of laughed and just said, what the heck? Let's just do it. It was a big decision. I mean, you're basically gonna be MIA like we had two phone calls allowed for the 45 days and it was like Alex chose me. You could have one person you could talk to when you're on this because they don't want anything leaking. So you can choose somebody, so Alex chose me as a prison phone call, so to speak and we got two phone calls over a month and a half and checking in on the. You know, it was a big decision, but we're like, this is a kind of a one to the lifetime thing like who knows where it goes and you did not make it clearly. You were not married to Emily today. So you did not make it all the way to the end. I didn't tell the final 8 or 9 Alex. I remember we had a viewing party at our warehouse. I was a random, the random Hispanic that didn't say a word the entire time. I was so nervous so quiet. Did you get, did you get recognized ever? Be like, hey, Alejandro. I saw you on the bachelorette. I was so I think I had like a one second of local fame. There was a good there was a good year. So there was a lot of that, which is fun. All right, so you the bachelorette ends, you're back to work. And you guys are still bootstrapping, but clearly it seems like by 2012, it becomes clear, I think that the growth part of your business is are the kits. Am I right about that? The mushroom kits was that growing faster than the mushrooms themselves? Yeah, you know, at that moment, I think we were going to realize they're both pretty different things we were selling. One is more this branded experience that required education and teaching people like what is a mushroom kit? What's a grow kit? What is this? I can grow my own food at home. You know, there's a lot of education focused versus selling fresh mushrooms, which was a kind of a different thing and scaling up that production and so I think we started realizing there's we may have to choose one of these things. And it became so clear that with fresh mushrooms we could have a local farm, sell locally get our mushrooms into people's homes locally or we had this other avenue in which these mushroom kits could be shipped nationwide and it just was like, let's do the lad. Let's do that. And let's put all our energy on that. When we come back in just a moment, how Alejandro and Nikhil go all in on mushroom kits. And how the decision to expand even further, almost wipes them out..
"alejandro" Discussed on How I Built This
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Here to tell you about another podcast I host on this one, I talked to some of the world's top leaders about what it took to get where they are. Triumphs, failures and all. It's called wisdom from the top from NPR and luminary. Hey, welcome back to how I built this. I'm guy raz. So it's 2009 and Niki and Alejandro are full time mushroom farmers, selling whatever they can grow to whole foods and making extra cash by hauling away used coffee grounds. All good developments, but still they're barely making any money. I mean, we were living off of very little. We took, I think, a $100 a week, each and, you know, it took us until January really to get some consistent crops to whole foods. But the beauty about starting a sustainable business in which you're taking waste to produce something is that, yeah, the raw materials are actually not even free. You're making money. You were paid right, that's the brilliance of it, because you basically, you were hauling the coffee grounds, which is what you needed to grow your mushrooms. You were paid for that so you'd cash coming in. And then selling the mushrooms. So you had some cash. It's a money coming in. Yep, the spawn was really our biggest expense. We were buying spawn, because we were not sophisticated enough to be able to grow our own spawn and seed, but in the scheme of what we were doing. It was a very small percentage, but as we were scaling up growing mushrooms, and we were starting to collect thousands and thousands of pounds of coffee grounds per week and we were growing mushrooms on them. And what's left over was the spent mushroom substrate, which at the time we kind of knew was something interesting but didn't know much about it. It ended up kind of stockpiling it. The substrate is what's left over in the ground. Yeah, this is the mycelium or the roots of the Marshall speed. Yeah, the white roots growing throughout all the coffee grounds, the mushrooms have fruited or grown off of it. And we were starting stockpiling this behind our warehouse and we I don't think it fully thought through what we were doing with this. And I remember actually we got an email from our landlord saying this stuff is starting to stink. I've seen rats running through there. You got two weeks to get rid of it all. If not, I'm to remain your leasing as it kicked out. And we ended up putting it on Craigslist and didn't know what else to do. And honestly, within probably 48 hours, all of it was accounted for. People wanted it for what? Urban farms, local gardeners, who, and we kind of learned through them. And this is one of the most premium nutritious soil amendments there is period and mushroom I see like a mycorrhizae, it's called are actually one of the most beneficial things you have to your garden because it helps your roots uptake nutrients. So imagine adding plant food, which is like the actual nutrients, but what mushroom roots are mycorrhizae do is actually help your plants better extract whatever is in your natural native soil. So really good stuff for your garden. So you basically had coffee grounds mixed with this, mycelium, and that is plant food basically. You would just sprinkle that over your garden. Exactly. So we started selling that guy and we sold it actually in bulk. We had now the waste of waste of waste, which is our revenues. Coffee grounds, getting paid for that, growing mushrooms off it, and then our own waste. We were selling as well. So that whole cycles would allowed us to bootstrap this company. We were getting started. So in the first half year, at least, it was just the two of you. Just the two of us, I mean, it was probably 15 hour days between collecting and planting and then harvesting and then demoing at night. Okay, so at this point, you're selling the mushrooms and whole foods. And I think you're doing some farmers markets at that time. And what kind of reaction were you getting from people? What are people saying to you? Are they different things were happening at the same time? One, we'd always do farmers markets, and any time families came by with their kids, they would stay there for half an hour with us. They'd buy a lot more mushrooms. They'd love the story. They'd come and do tours of our farm. And they'd say, hey, can I take one of these bags home? I'll try to grow them out of my kitchen. So basically, when you refer to, when you refer to your quote farm, you're literally talking about a warehouse full of bags mushrooms. It's not like a far like a bucolic farm with a growing green hills. No, it was scary. It just looked grindy. We were next to a recording studio and an insurance agency. And it was to our consumers from fiber's market. Awesome. It is awesome. But to a whole foods produce buyer, it was not awesome, and we made the mistake of just because we were starting to get more confidence with these tours. We're like, hey, produce team come and do a tour. Oh, you invited the whole foods team to come and check out your operation. Yes. And we were so proud and right after that, Randy calls us the whole foods buyer. And he says, guys, never do that again. What? Why? Because he's like the health aspect of it could turn into something we don't want to go there. It took us what 6 months after that we had to get certifications because whole foods is like you guys. These health and safety checks, there was our first big kind of regulatory lessons and I'm sharing it up and selling to a major retailer. So when you had to like kind of quote unquote, professionalize it and get it up to code and stuff. I mean, all power to the Bay Area, but I mean, the regulatory regime in the Bay Area can be quite something for anybody who's start a business. What did you have to do to get it to make it a kosher operation? So to speak. We would spend hours cleaning. I mean, I'm Alex and I have we just be jamming out to music and wiping the walls every day because you want to keep it pristine, because if not, you know, you can have a competing fungus growing. So we would get so much of our days those days were just us mopping and scrubbing and cleaning and trying to keep this little space as pristine as we could. And you're not whole foods guided us a lot. They would help guide you from start to.
"alejandro" Discussed on How I Built This
"No. I think we got second place, brother. Yeah, it felt like we won this thing. We got $5000, and we were on top of the world. And that is when we I think met up and we remember very vividly both of us and just kind of asking each other. If you're in I'm in, if I'm in your and just kind of both shaking on it and deciding to go all in and you fast forward actually to graduation ceremony, thousands of thousands of kids at Berkeley. And because it won this award, our Chancellor bought it up and actually his commencement addressed. And he was like, and we have two kids who are going to be going mushrooms after they graduate. And I remember the whole auditory of his Greek theater just starts cracking up laughing and Alex, not looking each other. What are we getting ourselves into right now? Everyone thinks we're crazy, but that was the start of this whole thing. And just to be clear, I mean, before you got going with this mushroom project, I read that both of you had really promising jobs lined up after school ended. Like a hundred, I think you were gonna go into banking and kill you at I think a consulting job lined up and you basically put those jobs on hold, right? That's right. So how did your parents take the news when you told them that Alejandro when you told your mom who made all these sacrifices to leave Columbia and get you to the U.S. you get the berklee and you've got this great offer on Wall Street when you're like, I'm not gonna do it. Do you remember what she said? She was all in. Wow. She trusted me. She was all in. Amazing. She wasn't like, what are you doing? Are you nuts? She was totally supportive. She was. She saw, and I think probably the best word is how refreshing and those three months versus my summer experience in investment bank in New York. I had a really tough time. Yet, I was going back and signing full-time and going back to doing it again. So I think in her eyes, she saw how happy I was, and she just trusted me, wow, fame. And guys, as much as we talk about our family being really supportive and we definitely had friends who thought we were crazy. I was just one memory of remember being on the corner of a telegraph and Durant by the Pete's coffee there waiting at like 9 30 or ten p.m. after closing. And then waiting for Alex to pick me up because he was collecting coffeehouse from some other cafe and Friday night, all of our friends are going out and to a party. Like, what are you doing? They kill standing by this trash can with two trash bags. I feel like Alex almost had an intervention that his fraternity, everyone's just like, what are you doing Alex? He had this job offers 6 figure job offer. You worked your butt off for it for four years. And you're gonna give it up to do what? Like, what are you doing, man? You just got this job offer. You've been wanting to I've been hearing about she wanted to do this forever. And now you're going to start growing mushrooms. Like, what are you doing? That was good advice, but that was a good advice I gave you at the time. I mean, because this was a chance that this was going to succeed. A very, very tiny. Oh yeah. So you have 5000 bucks now. Some money to start. What does that do? What does that get you? What can you do with 5000 bucks at that point? Summer of 2009, you stay in Berkeley. Everyone goes after their jobs. You guys are staying there. What do you do with 5000 bucks? We got an $800 van. Cheapest thing we could find that's the wood run. And this is going to be presumably to haul to haul the coffee grounds, right? Because you needed all the coffee was yeah. It was to pick up the coffee waste. We signed a lease on a 250 ft² office that was supposed to be our warehouse in which we'd cultivate the mushrooms. We'd wake up early in the morning. Meet up at like 5 a.m. and at that point, you know, we ended up meeting with Pete's coffee and key environment spot and we pitched them and we were trying to do and they helped they were excited about it. They said they said yeah, you can have our coffee waste and presumably they were paying somebody to remove their waist, right? They were, when we started off, we weren't getting paid. That was a whole separate discussion actually. A little bit later as we proved ourselves, but the beginning was just like, can we be allowed to go into your back of your cafes and go pick up your coffee ground waste every morning and be at Pete's coffee as our first major kind of supply partner? Yeah, they had a couple hundred coffee shops and then eventually we went and said, hey, how about paying us? And they said. Well, at that point, though, we had been collecting Kafka for some time for probably what 6 8, 9 months. I think consistently and had proven ourselves. They were like, we were literally replacing Waste Management in their stores, which was a cost driver for them. And so we ended up negotiating a rate. That was a little bit cheaper than I think with air paying Waste Management. And so we really became ballet waste collectors or you taking the coffee grinds to this 250 foot square foot office space. And like filling a bucket in that little office space, maybe filled up in bags. And that's right. And you just would put put it on the ground and that off in that warehouse or the office. We put them on the racks that we bought with the 5000 I got you. So you just have racks of bags growing mushrooms. What kind of mushrooms? Per oyster mushrooms. Mushrooms, right? And how are you growing these mushrooms? So the processes you pick up the coffee waste, dry, put them in the bags, add the mushroom spawn, and then you leave it in a dark room. For roughly two and a half, three weeks. And then, well, mushrooms are pretty fascinating. They only grow when they think they're gonna die. So you have to immediately go from a dark room to a light room, you have to go from a dry room to a really humid room, so with those shops, mushrooms get scared, and they begin to fruit, and that takes about ten days. How did you do all of that in the non climate controlled warehouse or 250 ft² office in Oakland? We bought some tarp and some humidifiers, lots of duct tape. Humidifiers, okay, oh duct tape. So you would just sealed a part of the room off? We tarped up or humidity chamber and stuck a bunch of humidifiers. This is all we got to start off. Fans and remove some of the ceiling tiles that create some more, you know, Eric's changing. It was looking back. It was crazy. How did you figure out how to do this? Was it all through watching YouTube videos? And reaching out to experts. All right, now you've got a bunch of bags of mushrooms. And what point, I guess I read it was like October of 2009. Is when you finally had enough mushrooms to bring to whole foods. How many how much did they buy? First invoice was 3.14 pounds. So they got three pounds of your oyster mushrooms. And what do they pay you? $10 per pound, which is pretty good price, very good price. So 30 bucks and some change. And.
"alejandro" Discussed on How I Built This
"Getting to do this show is, we don't just hear about the successful businesses that people built, but also about the businesses they tried to build and ultimately abandoned. Before James Dyson came up with a groundbreaking idea for a new vacuum cleaner, he was desperately trying to market a wheelbarrow that used a giant round ball instead of a wheel in the front. Before dinah trout launched health aid kombucha, she was working on an idea to make party kits for adults. Everything you'd need for a roaring 20s party or a flintstone's party. Before rich full up cofounded the bed sheet company, Brooklyn and he was thinking about a business selling a hot dogs inside a hollowed out French baguette. And a poor meta, the guy who started Instacart was initially convinced he had the perfect business idea. And online, social network, for lawyers, just four lawyers. I know, I know imagine how exciting it would be to connect with other lawyers. Anyway, you get the picture. Sometimes you need to come up with and then try one idea to get to the real idea, which is how the home and garden brand back to the roots began. Nikhil aurora and Alejandro velez, originally planned to sell mushrooms, which they grew, unused coffee grounds. The idea came from a class they took together at UC Berkeley. And believe it or not, even though neither of them knew much about agriculture or farming, they managed to build a pretty successful small business around it. For several years, they would haul leaky bags of stent coffee grounds from cafes around Berkeley and Oakland to a warehouse they rented near the airport. They grow mushrooms and sell them to the local whole foods and a few other specialty food stores. Their guide to farming mainly YouTube videos and trial and error. But what's truly remarkable about their business model is that even though it wasn't making a ton of money, it was profitable from the very beginning. Nikhil and Alejandro, who also goes by Alex, would get paid to Holloway the used coffee grounds. Then they'd get paid for the mushrooms they grew on those grounds, and after that, they'd sell the nutrient rich coffee soil that the mushrooms had grown on. But as the cofounders eventually realized, there's only so far you can go with mushrooms and coffee grounds. So eventually, they dropped the mushroom growing business entirely and moved into the home gardening business, things like seeds and potting soil. And this year, the company says it will reach $100 million in sales. All from an idea to grow mushrooms on coffee grounds. Nikhil arora grew up in Southern California. His parents were immigrants from India. Alejandro spent his early childhood in Medellín, Colombia, where he experienced firsthand the political violence and terrifying guerrilla attacks that were happening at the time. As a young boy, he and his grandparents were briefly held hostage by the violent Colombian guerrilla group, farc. But when he was about 11, his mother married an American serviceman and the family moved to Michigan. We moved to so I'll start off by saying basically when I was on the plane, it was like, you're now called Alex, they won't know how to pronounce adero. So I basically as soon as I got to Michigan, I changed my name, didn't speak a word of English. And landed in a town called papa, Michigan. Town of about 5500 people and I was the only Hispanic kid. So you were an 11 year old now named Alex. And put right into a public school right away. Yep. And just like sink or swim, like you gotta start learning English, basically. So much so that the day in which I was put in front of the class the first day and apparently they asked me where is Columbia and my teacher, misses shuman, she brought out she put me to the front of the class, I was so scared. And then she makes me point to the country where I'm from. And for some odd, my intro is me making gun noises. Gorilla is gorillas at 11 year old from papa Michigan. He thought I was talking about gorillas with guns in Colombia. And he's like, wow, this kid comes from a place where gorillas have guns. That was my intro to my 5th grade class. But the culture and papa and mid OS culture is so warm. I never felt like I was an outsider. I guess when you were 15, you went to see a doctor because you had a soccer injury and the doctor discovered. A lump in your armpit which turned out to be stage two Hodgkin's lymphoma. I can't even imagine what that must have been like for your mom. What do you remember about that moment in hearing that? When you mention it the memory that comes to mind is when the doctor called and my mom had already gotten the news and she just turns away, hands me the phone. And I said, hey, doctor what's going on? And he immediately says Alex, you have cancer. And as I'm hearing those words, I'm processing my mom, take her head and start pounding it against the kitchen wall. In my immediate first question, I was like, well, am I going to die? And thankfully, the doctor said, no, you're not. The prognosis is pretty good for that particular kind of cancer, especially when you're 15, but it still meant that you had to go through months of chemotherapy. Yeah. Yeah, I went through four cycles of chemo and did you lose your hair? I did, yeah. I mean, I was the luckiest immigrant to have come to a town like papa. The entire town rallied around me, so the entire basketball team shaved ahead and then wow, the entire school started shaving their head at another friend of mine, McKenzie, who did prayer chains, so the entire school did prayer chains and she glued one by one and created a whole chain and she took to the day long chemotherapy sessions. They.
"alejandro" Discussed on Spanish Aquí Presents
"I try that my life My personal life. My my might intimidating to make it more more as a normal person. Like like like like i i. I want simple fates. I love the thimbles. Thinks loved the The simple moments of life like just. I don't have a beer with your friend in tokyo. relationships were about the the world. Or whatever you know. I think that has more value than i don't know them. Play the bullshit game of pretend something. Yeah i love that answer. That's cool 'cause like you're right. Like i love just having a beer with of frank. That's that is something that you know you you. You're working so much because my back is killing me meter but yeah no like what you're saying like grabbing a beer like a lot of people forget about those like simple things when you're blow up your on this show and you become so famous but like it's really cool to like here that you do and you think in you and this is not something that learned in because of kobe but for sure i I i make more like a statement for my life that i had to create we have to create more simple moments by the ones we at the end of the day. Are they gonna keep forever like just be able to spin out weekend the beach with friends or with your family all that conversation with your best friends that veer with your with your friends you you give more more value to other things. Because they're not easy to have But for sure what matters ally for the simple once of that. Yes we have to build simple moments. I want that framed. It might we weren't watch to get this shoes or by car. And what if you buy a little house somewhere or a little apartments in that beach you are gonna be able to buy your friends or your family as like. Yeah i'm gonna spend one month year. Dies come whenever you once you make it easier for the for that people that you all to have those amazing moments together. Well you said a lot of beach stuff and i love the beach party lay. You're inviting me. I'll send a thank people people's info a miami beach crazy with animals that we posted for your fans to submit some questions so we have some questions before we go that we want to ask you. i'll start the first question that came out a lot and this usually happens. All i mean. This is the one that always happens all the time. Because everybody's so nosy. They want all the deeds on our guests. Alejandro single not seeing your want ryan knows who i am i single. I'm single yes. Ra yes. i i had a girlfriend Before the The the the coverage. And i wrote called like i don't know two months before the client gene and all that and i don't know and then i've been working like crazy so yeah i'm single gonna introduced me to a friend or what. Yeah yeah yeah let me know. Let me know we got gang yes god. Comedians actress. everything off engineer. You name it. No all right boy. I'm a question from a fan. They said you enjoy traveling. What's your favorite place that you've ever been to the hard question when i. It's very simple lineup. That i have to say my experience with new york was not at all connected to a tourist experience. You know it was more like a local experienced by. I was in a very Special because i was not working like crazy like everybody to be able to tweet in to leave so i had the time and the stability to to to go inside city. I know the vast were the on the ground. The with a glamorous thing and and and i think imp- to me. I always think that. I was born in caracas but i was made york everything everything into got into their rights as precision. Yeah every gets clicked. Click yes ravine over there. I'm the person ym. And i'm the the human a lot because over new york city. I love new york. I just couldn't live there too cold in the winter. I'm not winter that winter made the nfl. I'm like no by understand but has a and fashion is so fun but then if the take off so many coats when you go to dinner at least i do. I'm like i'm always cold. Latine women's are always go where high but we're like cold. Yeah that's really like freezing really..
"alejandro" Discussed on Spanish Aquí Presents
"Fired. Show i i think i'm going to have to just set up a room like alex in my in my wall with the lake. The lake if i'm detective as well it makes me feel when i'm watching so i that's one of the reasons because it was so it's huge in the world because a as the audience you get a little bit too off says with the idea. I think it's brilliant. That the writer trawscoed thriller. He put the name who killed sarah and the questions. Everybody's asking around the world is who killed sarah. I think that's great. And and bill way the story make you not as are now assess spectator getting in bold like. You're like no no no no no no no. Don't go there things like that. I think that's one hundred percent immediate. My roomie her name is sada. And i've been it's been really hot in la lately. So i've been putting my ac. And since the on after put the tv on louder. So i was like oil and look at the on out like. Do you hear like your name being yelled ally at night because it's not me it's tv and she started cracking a little bit. But it's you know it's like it. It's definitely like there's so much going on and it is. It's very intense and you know. I definitely agree. Like that's definitely part of the reason. Like i feel like why so. Many people are hooked because every single episode. You're like the word that's the right word. Hoops like a drug before. He's like i want more like give me more. And the fact that we could make first season in dense psychosis. away And the outage didn't have to to to span like a year or year and a half or two to wait for the next one. I think though is something very nice. Stephanie mental was really good when it came to the release of the second season. Two totally like you said earlier. Like the name of the show proposes a question and as a viewer what you wanna do want to answer that question right away to be the first one to answer it. You know so you have to sit through all the clues and figure out what what what's going on very smart. This reminds me of twin peaks. I like the. I like the slogan was who killed laura palmer right. Yeah and they famously solve revealed in the second season And then the show. I mean let's kind of okay. Mystery was solved. Yeah yeah. I think that's one of the reasons is not that year and also because i think that you know now things are like not clear that and that's how you get like trying to get in to know exactly what happened and and and if you realise very easy who kill sarah than was. Yeah the important. Thanks for ruining for now. We know all the tea but yeah and also like You know. I will say the writing is so clever as well because they do like you know like a character like yours can be hated both seasons right but they do write something not something they write things that make me feel for like like care for him lake at one point and it's really because even like the like evil characters you see inside of their world and why they were why they became like this and i loved that because i i hate when i watch a show in the villain is just a villain and i'm like you know this is what what what is happening with the stories right now. I think good. Riders for good stories are not basin. Who's about a guy who was a good guy because if you wanna lies a little bit the greatest shows in the world that's cheese years the characters. For example i dunno. Game of thrones. The characters are not the good the bad one. The play de in different episodes different seasons are different moments. That the good roll back roll and it was not. It was not just died. There were humans we act different in different secretions of life. And i think that's something very important right now to get connected to the to what is happening at the other side with the people without is because you feel humans and and and that's exactly what you're saying right now you don't like just the guy to be the bad guy because then you don't emphasize same attrition. Yeah exactly and so okay. Look i know. We talked a lot about sarah. And you know the killings and everything but i want to know more stuff about alejandro life more fun stuff. Now we're okay. They'll pandemic is lake slowly like opening up the world again. It's been a crazy fucking year like say and you've been filming and working in all your things. What are things that you're excited about doing. The has jonathan unallocated with career. Stuff just like alejandro chilling out or having fun shoot. Okay lost food here you got. You had the biggest smile. I'm like i know. I ought to answer okay. I know who likes latinos love to read and loves to talk about food israel. So yes i love to to always being Discovering things in terms of foods are i. Were i lost. And i love to travel and i love to travel based on on food so i'm always travelling in in trying to curate Curious dice and and i always trying to discover new things and and to impress my salvage with new worlds. And and you you point of view jobs and and i also love my house. I love my bed. Love Spain time in bed and watch Show series or movie. I love my family. I love to spend time with my family with my friends..
"alejandro" Discussed on Spanish Aquí Presents
"Slurp slurp slurp you guys our guest. Today is very very very mysterious. Right now but i'm really excited for the show because i literally almost done with season two and i i'm just going to say it. We have from guillaume martha who killed sarah alejandro. Oh here thank you. We mentioned to the to the listeners. Alejandro literally right now on set filming season three right. And you're doing this. Not susan tree own all shooting some. Yeah listen busy okay. He telling you since january since january at least shooting. Bliss show. Oh what is a show called I can't talk march too. Loud buddies basically Particular prison from mexican history and mexican culture more than history okay and and and is from the nineties. Nineteen ten and his I'm having fun playing with my my gun and horses all the time and playing the kid the cowboys moment all the toys waiter t speaking of okay so it sounds like this role also is a very physical role. Because you're talking about guns and stunts and and you know being on horses which people think. Yeah people think the horses easy. Let me tell you. I sometimes barely get on them. They're very difficult to just get on so might not having to film a whole scene. I have been watching game. I thought and i the one of the first things that i thought about. Oh my god there's so much physical action in almost every character like so many of you guys have so much physical work on that show. What did you do to prepare for that on. Did you do any of your own stunts. yes i try always do everything sometimes The production of the sun doesn't let you because his danger and is reid will not go. Numb project is any project is more important than the house and then then then security at for short at by with hookah. Sarah i yeah i did. Try to working out a lot and A very tire every day after shooting the sultan's the time and that energy for sure and Talk with no air to to say that to to to be able to to to talk so that's very. It's a lot of energy. So i was very tired. Back was killing me. After shooting by the end of the day. I love it. I love the character of the energy of the show. I knew i was shooting somebody for myself. I knew the show was something that could be. Imports is become like about. The show is out. Gracefully says along the road. America expected that one i knew was some something important for myself that. What does that feel like to be part of this like it's blowing up internationally in a way that like like these streaming platforms allow global audiences to come to a show. What does it feel like. I have to say this is surreal to me out. I've done things with a lot of success in other countries and other languages but the the fact that in one day one click you are in one hundred ninety something countries at the same time. It's amazing and and for sure that changed a little aid. The game as an actor because right now i'm having this interview with you. I had with a uk in the morning and spain and aimed at the other day so this is totally unaffected. Tweet this is new to me. I always have interviews for for for world and an east sanish. I'm getting getting used to talk in interviews in english. But also i think that's because of the worlds change in the industry of the entertainment is changing and we latins we're more i think we're more strong than ever everywhere in the world. Our voices he's getting hurt and and and and for the fact that the world is giving the They'll paternity to something. That is not the usual. Because i'm mexican. Show a lot to show for sure in latin and spanish world things spanish speaking world. Of course we have expectations in that were about india. Germany ask france so the fact. They're they're open their their their life in their houses to to to this shows from from the spanish world i think he's a mason and the The de more of the work a lot of people who've been doing for years because it's not just because of who goes her. Yeah is a lot of people who have worked to get to this point team. Yeah that's amazing man. So you make venezuela seen us because i'm colombian so where where are you from. What what was your journey like traveling. How did you get started in the industry. good i was born in caracas. venezuela research. I was born and raised. There was there until i was seventeen. And then i went to cuba Just studying music for caution. from hunger. Born their knowledge. I was born in miami so technically yes but technically i know that miami's don't go on o'casey kathy koita. Yeah totally so so. I spent two years in studying caution and now yeah we'll not one. Yes okay. And then i then i started to travel a modeling And i work in so many countries around the world and then i decided to focus on on acting as study acting and to save money to be able to study acting. Rudolph been thinking about the rant or food or whatever no so. That's real.