We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie and Cody Solbo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie and Cody, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Mind Over Matter was initially started by Sean Moritz. However, my husband helped Sean grow the social media following that the business has from the inception. When Sean was looking to sell it was a no brainer that we wanted to continue the company. We are both triathletes that believe strongly in what the business stands for. Quite honestly we couldn’t bare the thought of it going to someone else. We were actually on a trip in Colorado when Sean made the decision to sell. We were tossing the idea back and forth, like are we really about to be business owners? As we were hiking, several people complimented my Mind Over Matter Singlet I had on, it felt like a sign.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Both my husband and I fell into our full time careers by happenstance. I don’t think it is our careers that set us apart from others. We both had very similar life paths. Our mothers had addictions and died when we were younger. Both of our fathers distanced themselves from our families. Due to the parental situation we were both raised by our grandmothers. We both forged our own paths that led us to where we are today. Our path has given us the grit, independence, and determination it takes to run our own business and hold full time jobs. With life comes difficulties and those can be magnified by how you view yourself. My husband was really struggling with depression prior purchasing to Mind Over Matter. It was a struggle for both of us. To watch someone you love to feel so insignificant is heart wrenching. Mind Over Matter has given him a new purpose and drive, it could not have come into our lives at a better time.
We are the most proud of our Team. We can not say enough about how supportive and incredible each athlete is. We take pride is seeing our designs hitting the start line and knowing that they love the brand enough to race in it.
We are a new business and everything feels like a learning curve. Whether it be how to set prices or how to file taxes or what vendor to use. I think the biggest lesson we have learned is how to work with each other in a business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are very basic and dedicated athletes. We are in bed by 8 and up around 3:30 to train. If our friends are here we usually maintain the same schedule. We do a lot of cooking at home, preparing meals with friends can be more fun than an evening at a restaurant.
Our favorite eat out spots are:
Guadalajara in Memorial City
The Spot (Galveston)
Cypress Trail Hideout home of Pappa Charlie Barbecue
Towne Lake to SUP
We like to torture out friends and take them on bike rides
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The triathlon community is what has inspired us the most. The support and love that you feel at races, group training, and on social media is incredible! You find out someone does triathlon or is a runner or swimmer and it is an instant bond. We couldn’t stand the thought of the Team going to anybody else because we wanted to be able to continue to cultivate and promote that positive mindset within the community. There is no better feeling than finishing a race and someone telling you seeing “Silence the Enemy” on the back of your kit really helped me push to the finish.
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