Dadages

Chad Hagle

Dadages came from this simple question – Where do we go for advice? It’s really hard to find worthy mentors in our society who have wisdom and knowledge to offer and who are willing to take the time to share it with those around them. Dadages brings you fatherly wisdom that can be applied to your career, your family, your entire life in bite-sized pieces presented in a practical and fun way that is easy to understand, apply and share - and impossible to forget. read less

Entrepreneur's Corner with Ryan Lawrence (Part 2)
May 31 2023
Entrepreneur's Corner with Ryan Lawrence (Part 2)
In this week’s episode of Dadages, host Chad Hagle continues his conversation with Ryan Lawrence in the first installment of Entrepreneur’s Corner. Chad and Ryan are in Santa Clarita, CA, at Ryan’s Vintage Chariots retail location.  The discussion begins with the topic of capital raising for early-stage companies. Ryan gets Chad’s insight on how to navigate the world of venture capital and seeking investments, who to approach, how much to ask for, and ways to spend money from investors effectively. Chad emphasizes the importance of confidence and knowing how to tell your story in a compelling way that shows potential, as this relates to success with investors as well. Chad also offers advice on protecting your brand, keeping it clear,  and how to use trademarks and intellectual property correctly as a company grows. The talk continues with an important topic for any business: money. Ryan asks for Chad’s opinion on how to manage inventory and keep costs down, specifically in apparel. “It’s very unpredictable,” is how Chad describes it; therefore, it’s important to create a good relationship with suppliers to negotiate reorders in a way that allows the business to identify what specific products are successful without amassing inventory and maximizing the cost, or even coming up with alternative methods of production for the top products. Chad also offers tips to increase sales in the store and engage the customers and strategies to deal with excess inventory while still generating value. The next topic the interview touches on is scalability. Ryan shares his concerns about possibly cheapening his brand as it continues to grow. Chad’s fundamental piece of  advice regarding this is “grow cautiously.” This means growing while preserving the integrity of the brand and what makes it unique. He mentions the fact that he favors incremental businesses in his own investments, those that get profitable and then get big. Ryan then talks about some of the specific aspects of his business, like his margins, prices, his customer base, and quality of his products in the industry. Chad and Ryan also discuss the changes the business can go through as it scales in the future. Chad once again advises to stick with what works and continue doing it. Finally, Chad gives guidance to Ryan on how to delegate. Ryan has handled all the details of his business so far, and while he wants to maintain his creativity, he recognizes that he needs help sometimes. This is the second part of the first series of the new Entrepreneur’s Corner format, where the script is flipped and the guest asks the host questions. Make sure you tune in to learn about all the different aspects of business from experienced entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur's Corner with Ryan Lawrence (Part 1)
May 24 2023
Entrepreneur's Corner with Ryan Lawrence (Part 1)
For the first time, host Chad Hagle goes on-site to Southern California to meet with entrepreneur Ryan Lawrence.  Ryan Lawrence was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California where his family was full of civil servants. Listen in to stories of how Ryan, earlier in his career, was a real-life version of a Beverly Hills cop. Ryan says that he is “not a total mechanic” but does “appreciate the style and history” of vintage cars. Ryan still owns the 1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero that he got when he turned 16 years old. Today, he is the thriving owner of VintageChariots.com, which has two retail stores in the Los Angeles area. “It’s like a family experience,” Ryan describes of being a part of car culture. It’s about more than men looking at metal, it’s about storytelling. Ryan appreciates the history, style, and the experiences behind the automobile industry. He has established himself as a resource for the classic car community, connecting with people who share a passion. To continue the conversation, Chad and Ryan turn the tables, and Ryan becomes the interviewer, asking Chad the questions this time. Ryan “pitches” his brands, Chariots Inc and Vintage Chariots, to Chad. He explains that there was a need for a lifestyle brand to exemplify the automotive and outdoor culture that relied on not only style but also high-quality materials, giving people the opportunity to express themselves and show what they love doing. Ryan gets Chad’s insight on how to promote himself and gain exposure when started a brand to let people know what the company represents. Even though Chad doesn’t consider himself an expert in marketing, he shares some of the lessons he’s learned in his own journey. “You have to maintain consistency” is his first piece of advice. Share your message continuously and simplify it as much as possible, associate the person with the brand and the story behind it.Ryan explains how his brand went from vintage to Chariots Inc to include modern car enthusiasts. Chad shares his thoughts on how and how much brands can transition and change while still remaining true to their message without confusing their audience. They also discuss retail and sales strategies in the world of cars, touching on things like design, fashion, stores, location, and how to attract people’s attention visually. Finally, Chad gives Ryan advice on creating a good online presence and ways to reach more people in the environment around him and his space. This is the first part in a two-part series where the script is flipped and the guest will be asking the host questions. Make sure you follow through and listen in to Entrepreneur’s Corner, the latest and greatest format brought to you by Dadages Podcast.
Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Spencer Burton
Apr 12 2023
Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Spencer Burton
In this episode of Dadages, Chad Hagle sits down with Spencer Burton to discuss real estate, family, and life in the industry. Spencer is the President for Stablewood, a next-generation real estate investment platform. Chad and Spencer talk about the importance of building relationships and creating a good reputation in the world of real estate through conferences and other methods and one of Chad’s go-to Dadages, “When all else fails, just show up.” Spencer also explains that his company is a digital multi-strategy operator, using data as a tool to create specializations, and what that looks like in real life and potential investment opportunities. Spencer shares his passion for real estate financial models. He explains how he uses the forecast of the future of real estate cash flows to build models with data, which provide outputs that influence investing decisions. Spencer adds another Dadage to the conversation, “The day that this stops being fun is the day I stop doing it.” He emphasizes the significance of enjoying what you do and having fun while you do it. Chad and Spencer discuss their experiences and stories that have been part of their journey and led to successful careers in real estate. This episode continues the series “It takes credit to make money.” Be sure to tune in this week to gain valuable insights into the world of real estate and all that factors into investment decisions from some of the best professionals in the field.
Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Ward Hendon
Mar 22 2023
Chadding with Dads: a Conversation with Ward Hendon
On this episode of Dadages, Chad Hagle sits down with Ward Hendon to discuss the importance of relationships in business and impact investing. Ward is an experienced venture capitalist who believes that social capital plays a crucial role in friendships and relationships, and works with his partners at Dangerous Ventures to invest in companies that are building a more resilient future for people on the planet.In the previous solocast episode, Chad shared his vision for "For-Profit Philanthropy," a new approach to philanthropy that combines business and social responsibility. He emphasized the importance of finding partners who share your values and goals and discussed the potential for-profit philanthropy has to address pressing global challenges.During the conversation with Ward, they dive deeper into impact investing and how it can create positive change in the world. Ward shares stories from his own experience, including teaching civics classes at San Quentin Prison, which changed his life and gave him deep empathy for how people with different lives experience rights such as those outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. He highlights the abundance of entrepreneurial talent inside San Quentin and the role venture capital is playing in creating more diversity in the ecosystem.They also discuss the essence of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) impacts when it comes to investing, activism leading to change, market-driven decision making in a capitalist economy, and talent allocation through internships like Talent Lab. The discussion then shifts to Bill Gurley's speech on building blocks for success, which includes networking tools such as LinkedIn and Twitter, where 85% of jobs are filled through networking according to a 2016 study cited by Gurley. Ward also expresses his belief that private sector enterprises are essential for solving climate change due to their speed and scale capabilities.The episode concludes with Ward sharing his parenting advice, based on his parents' example, but acknowledging that what worked for him may not work for his children. He emphasizes the importance of being kind, keeping an open mind, and following The Four Agreements: be impeccable with your word, don't make assumptions, always do your best, and don't take things personally. They also discuss having family councils, talking about feelings, and sharing dad jokes.This episode provides valuable insights into the importance of relationships in business, impact investing, diversity in the ecosystem, networking, and parenting. Chad's solocast also adds to the discussion by highlighting the potential for-profit philanthropy has to make a difference in the world. Together, these episodes demonstrate the power of combining business and social responsibility to create positive change.