Support Breast Cancer Awareness: $10 Donated with Each Pink Belt Sold

 Support Breast Cancer Awareness 
$10 Donated with Each
Pink Belt Sold

Navi Singh

Happiness A-Z

 Happy Friday, Crusaders!

Shout out to the Operations team on getting over one thousand orders out this week. Job well done!

Happiness comes from our actions. What do you do that makes you feel alive and grateful? Those are the things that will foster your happiness in living a satisfying and fulfilling life.




Jeff Schmidt

Living in a Mobile World


Hey, team!

Did you know that mobile sales account for at least 30% of all e-commerce in the US? That number is steadily growing worldwide and will continue to do so. How can it not? It is almost way too easy to go on, say, Amazon, and order something to be at your house by the time you get home. With your information saved it's really only a few clicks away.


Another interesting point about these mobile sales is that many restaurants with online ordering options have reported average tickets to be about 20% higher than normal ones because of the customization options. With the simplicity of use, I would imagine those numbers translating into many other e-commerce markets. We know this world very well here at SlideBelts because the Creative and User Experience teams make ours look good. 


With the addition of our Amazon Prime option we have a very busy Operations team. We have to give them some props as they are doing an excellent job streamlining order flow and keeping us on top of our game. SlideBelts grew up in e-commerce and will continue to snowball there if we pay attention to the details. High-five, Ops team. Let's get after it!


Trevor Nielsen

One Day at a Time

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.




Sometimes our lives can consist of too many things, causing our brains to not function properly. If you ever feel overwhelmed by responsibilities, which I'm sure you have at some point or another, remember to take things one day at a time. The world doesn't end when you go to bed at night. The sun will rise each and every morning, giving you a new beginning every 24 hours. Don't over work yourself, just do the best you can every day and you will feel more accomplished. That's all anyone can ever ask of you.


Great Job, Kev!!!

Marc Pearl

Great Work

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.  Don't settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

                                                                -Steve Jobs


In the course of a year here at Slidebelts you will spend somewhere north of 1,800 hours of your time at work which is almost a quarter of the total hours you have in a year.  It's human nature to always be looking for the next "thing" that will make you happy.  If I only had "that", if I only could do "that" I will be happy......  Take a moment and realize where you are and the potential you have where you are and then CHOOSE to make the decision to be the best at what you are doing now and you may be surprised at the result.  


Cassidy Myers

Greetings From The Future

**We interrupt your regularly scheduled post about the Kentucky Wildcats to bring you a message from one of everyone's favorite Crusaders, Emmeline!**


Good morning from 9 hours in the future!


Guess what! I’m back! I am ecstatic to be back at SlideBelts and look forward to working with all of you again, even in a remote situation. I missed you all! Feel free to shoot me an email from time to time. 


I just need to warn you all that living in Europe for approximately two months has made me about three times more cultured and two times more knowledgeable about all things. So I’d like to impart a bit of that wisdom to you here.

When you reach a river in life that seems uncrossable, take a grumpy selfie with said river, and then show it who’s boss by just crossing the dang thing. Walk straight through and surprise the sheep that were watching you from the other side, taking bets on whether you’d cross. Sure your toes may go a little numb, but the warmth that comes from the satisfaction of crossing an uncrossable river will definitely counteract that.


Don’t just get your feet wet – jump in. Take that dancing class you’ve been thinking about. Wear the bright purple sweater hanging in your closet. Join the LARP group you’ve seen at the park from time to time. Quit your job and move to Germany. Just do it.

(Except not that last one – that’s my thing.)



Navi Singh

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Happy Friday Crusaders!

It is Breast Cancer Awareness month. SlideBelts is donating $10 from the sale of every Rose Skinny and Pink Canvas belt throughout the month of October.


Our Sacramento region holds many Breast Cancer Awareness events to raise awareness, celebrate survivorship and to remember the ones we have lost.


This Sunday, October 16, 2016, is the annual Making Strides Breast Cancer walk. I will be joining a friend of mine who can officially say “I AM CANCER FREE!" The statistic is if you do not have any remission within the first five years, chances are you will not after that.


The past walks for her have been so liberating, and emotional to see everyone come together, standing shoulder to shoulder, showing support for one another. The event starts at West Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento between 10th and 16th and L and N St. The event is rain or shine. Join in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Have a good weekend. 






Jeff Schmidt

This Day In History

October is an interesting time as a sports fan. It's the only time that the NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA are all in season. The NBA begins on October 25 of this year and it will definitely be an exciting time in the local Sacramento area. We have a new arena and there is a buzz in the air downtown. 


The NBA's roots are from two different professional leagues originally, one of them being the ABA. On October 13th, 1967, the American Basketball Association had it's first game when the Oakland Oaks beat the Anaheim Amigos 134-129. 


You may have seen the red, white and blue ball, the short shorts, and the big hair. Did you know, though, that they invented the three point shot? A facet of basketball that still lives strong in the Oakland area, in fact. 


There are four teams in the current NBA that have survived the merge and are still around. Kudos card if you can name them to me.


Just a little fun history for your Thursday. Slide On!!! 



Theo Nault


In the wake of Kickstarter, I find myself reflecting on all the special moments I had with Kickstarter backers. Turns out the internet can be a pretty vicious place, and sometimes it's hard to shake off the negativity being thrown at you. I could scoff and sarcastically make a comment about the person who publicly criticized us, but what good would that do?  


I recently found some perspective and, in turn, some inner zen. If you had $86,400 and someone stole $10 from you, would you waste the remaining $86,390 to seek revenge on that person? No, you'd just move on. Well we have 86,400 seconds in a day, don't let 10 seconds ruin the rest of it.  



Marc Pearl

The Future

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

                                       -Peter Drucker


I don't know about you, but as soon as people find out where I work I tend to get the usual questions. Weren't you on Shark Tank? I've got a great idea for a belt..., etc. Lately, people have been letting me know every time they see a competitor's ad or product. They are typically convinced that they are stealing our thunder and we should do something about it.


What I love about SlideBelts is that we don't play that game. When the other companies are running around trying to copy us, what they don't realize is they can't. What we have created here can't be copied.  We are creating our own future every day and that is a pretty cool place to be.


Matt Edwards

T-ogether E-veryone A-chieves M-ore

Teamwork is often a crucial part of a business, as it is often necessary for colleagues to work well together, trying their best in any circumstance in order to achieve a certain goal.



Gabby - October 2016

Energetic and Friendly Mood
Congrats Gabby! This is for all the above & beyond sacrifices you've made for SlideBelts.

  • That one movie that you can literally watch over and over and over and over again and you still love it:
    Lethal Weapon 4
  • Quirkiest nickname you have, and who uses it:
    GabSauce! A handful of friends.
  • That one food that you can't stand that everyone else seems to love:
    Steak (But I can cook it, just not for me!)
  • If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
    Hands down, George Carlin because he is the comedian I grew up watching and I'm sure he had more to share with the world.
  • Movie quote you use most often in daily conversations, and what movie it's from:
    "Paint the fence, wax the floor" - Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid

This Week

C.I.C. Report 10/21/2016

Marketing- Gary V. giveaway sold out in 6 minutes! 258 entries for our giveaway with vessel and krave, trying to get into holiday gift guides. Creative- Posting wide strap leathers tomorrow, also the survival straps are being sold separately, Andrew is working on marketing e-mail for direct wholesale accounts. Finance- Submitted applications for loans to get prepped for the holidays (additional funding), balancing cash-flows. HR- Workers comp audit went really well, and Emmeline back on board with us! Wholesale- Bob’s belts and PGA ambassador orders, resolving overdue accounts and local shops in Sacramento area re-ordering our belts! Operations- Over 1000 orders shipped this week! Gunmetal buckles should be here tomorrow!

C.I.C. Report 10/7/2016

Marketing- Giveaway with Krave Jerky and VSSL next week. The Gary V. Hustler's Digest is coming up quick Oct 17. Creative- Ongoing project of cleaning up dropbox.  Animal Friendly belt ads coming out tomorrow.  Wide straps (leather and survival) will be up on Oct 20. Finance- Submitted all paperwork for loan approval.  Selected program for cash flow management.  Direct website sales have tripled the average volume.   HR- Open enrollment approaching very soon.  Re-vamping SlideBelts University. Wholesale- PGA ambassador trip coming up. First wholesale order has gone out!  New order of operations for the wholesale and operations team. Operations- Movember sign up for SlideBelts.  Kelly will be leaving us Oct 14h.

C.I.C. Report 09/23/2016

Marketing- The date is set, we'll be in Gary Vaynerchuck's Hustlers Digest on Oct 17th.  We have partnered with a local breast cancer organization.  We have a new influencer for the survival belt.  Kings assistant received our belts and are handing them out to the coaches and staff.   Finance- Finalized retail and wholesale pricing.  We have our credit limits for advertizing increased. Phase 2 of the Cal Competes tax credit, now we wait... Suite 4 requires a bit of cleaning then we're moving in! HR- Holiday times are finalized (a week off for Christmas SERIOUSLY???) Preparing for Bryan's (our new PGSS) arrival.  Seeing some interested applicants from HackerX. Operations- We've had some customs issues, but we're powering through it. All Survival Belt Pre-orders have been shipped!  Only 200 Kickstarter backers left to go.   Creative- Dropbox organization!  Wrapping up Survival imagery then planning for holiday imagery.   Wholesale- Quite a few wholesale orders went out last week, and making...

C.I.C. Report 09/15/2016

Operations- Down to 342 Kickstarter backers to fulfill!  We have officially qualified for seller fulfilled Prime for Amazon.  We have started to ship out Preorder Survival Belt, we'll be caught up in no time.  Great success with the Remote Team, good job Rylee and Kelly! HR-HackerX event was a great experience, learned a lot about web developer culture for hiring.  Holiday times are being put into WhenIWork.   Wholesale- Getting ready for next year's tradeshows.  Cleaning up Salesforce.  Made it into the Harrington Catalog for the holiday season! Creative- Alex finished the "How To" video for the Survival Belt, it should be up in no time.  Focusing on organization, namely dropbox.  Prepping for holiday posts and advertisements.   Marketing- Former King's player Kenny Thomas loved the belts Cassidy sent to him for his new restaurant.  Sent a few custom buckles and belt combos to the Kings management and coaching staff, great job Cassidy!  Look out for us in Gary Vanyerchuck's...

C.I.C. Report 09/9/2016

Operations- Domestic Survival and Hunter backers have been printed to ship.  Rylee has started on our remote team! HR- Recruiting for our potential new kiosk in Roseville.  Starting to plan all the upcoming holiday festivities.  Creative- Alex is working on the Survival belt "how to" video.  The creative team toured Sierra Printing on a creative field trip. Compiling and organizing all the survival photos we've taken over the years. Marketing- 2 press releases in the last week for the Survival Belt.  Over 18,000 people saw our Snapchat filters!  Survival series coming to social media soon. Wholesale- 3 large wholesale orders going out next week.  We were invited back to Facebook for a holiday shop!  PGA ambassador belts have been sent out.