At Kanga Our Mission Is To Bring Fun and Convenience To Beverage Cooling Solutions
We’re 5 close friends with completely different backgrounds united by one simple thing: we love cold beer. When we were assigned a class project to create an idea that solved a problem we faced, we knew exactly what it would revolve around.
We found ourselves drinking warm beer at a tailgate in Clemson, South Carolina. WHY THE HECK WERE WE DRINKING WARM BEER!?! We all had $300 coolers that could keep beer cold for a few weeks but didn’t use them to keep our beer cold for a few hours? This made no sense.
Well, we didn’t use our coolers because we didn’t want to have to deal with ice and hauling the huge thing all the way to our tailgate a mile from where we parked. So, instead, we stopped by the convenience store, grabbed a cold case, and just carried it with us to drink it as it got warm. We found our problem: WARM BEER SUCKS!
With this in mind, we noticed something very profound at the tailgate next to ours. It might seem normal to most, but what it represented was life changing. We saw someone take a cold beer out of a cooler and put it into a koozie. What we really saw was someone take a cold beer out of what made it cold (the cooler) and put it into something to keep it cold for the entire time they’ll actually enjoy it (the koozie). THAT’S when it hit us: WHY THE HECK ISN’T THERE A KOOZIE FOR A WHOLE CASE! We took it out of a fridge (what made it cold), but we needed something to put it in to keep it cold for the entire time we were actually going to enjoy it without the ice or hassle!
Right then and there, the idea for the Kanga Kase Mate was born. There was no going back. We realized what we had to do: end the tyranny of Big Cooler and set millions free from having to choose between cold OR convenience.
Meet The Team
As a proud recipient of a business degree from Clemson University, Logan is an experienced entrepreneur who has built, managed, and grown multiple business which allowed him to pay his way through college. As the creator of the Kase Mate, he knows what it takes to make this company successful: Blood, sweat, and beers. He directly oversees new product development and always seems to be “product testing”…
Head Of Sales
Austin received his degree in Industrial Engineering From Clemson University. During his 4 (and a half) year stint at Clemson, he was a member of the club soccer team, founder of the Technical Sales Society, and the Social & Events chairman for his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. Not to mention that he held the Regional Sales Manager position for Beatbox Beverages, was an ambassador for for Old Row, Chubbies Shorts, Sheepsheadwear, and Coast Apparel. Since graduating, Austin decided that as an adult he wanted a more stable income with reasonable hours. So inherently, he joined a Startup. Now his focus lies on ridding the world of warm beverages (BEERS) from sea to shining sea.
Head Of Finance and Operations
With a Financial Management degree from Clemson University, Ryan handle's the numbers and operations. Ryan has had the opportunity to live all over the world, but now calls Greenville, SC home. When he’s not working on Kanga, Ryan loves spending time with his pupper Luna, going on road trips, cooking delicious meals (the word delicious is used loosely here), enjoying the outdoors, and “mastering” the Ukulele.
Head Of Content
Teddy (aka the team hippie) is an experienced videographer, photographer, and thrill-seeker, as an entrepreneur at heart, Teddy’s career started off with a GoPro and an idea “How can I make money doing what I love?” By following his love for film Teddy has been able to turn this idea into a lucrative means of living (for a College Sophomore). From self-held camps to freelance work with corporations, like Southern Tide, Special Olympics, and Clemson University. Teddy continues to relentlessly push back boundaries and pursue his passion to turn every memory into a story.
According to Kyle his proudest moment was the day he bought his 1985 Honda CR 100 Dirt Bike. Kyle is currently taking time off from school at Clemson University to help grow Kanga, through his roles as Kanga's head of digital marketing, as well as managing the site, and helping out with graphic design. His experience in the fields of Digital Marketing, Graphic Design, and Website creation/optimization have been gained through his countless hours of self-teaching, numerous summer internships, and online courses. According to Kyle his biggest asset's are his ability to Pop a wheelie on his dirt bike, and his innate sense of curiosity which sparked his love of understanding the process behind how things work.
Advisory Board Member
A varsity letterman in swimming, Edward (aka Fast Eddie) Giard is a successful entrepreneur and a consumer product executive with 30 years of experience specializing in sporting goods. Edward started his first company, Profile by Design, while studying Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. Edward has dozens of patents to his credit in a wide variety of consumer products categories. After the sales of his companies, Edward oversaw product marketing and business performance for industry leading brands like; Burton Snowboards, Trek Bicycles, and Under Armour.