We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Boyd Myers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Courtney, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of incredible entrepreneurs. I was always just kind of waiting to find “my thing”. You know “the thing” you are ready to dedicate 26 hours a day to (unpaid!) as you beg, borrow, and beg some more to make it all happen? Cause that is honestly what it is like starting your own business. And so the thing I became incredibly passionate and obsessed with that no other person on the planet could do but me…? It turned out to be getting people to eat more KELP.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
AKUA is the world’s first meat alternative company creating sustainable foods from ocean-farmed kelp! I am most proud of the fact that we are pioneering a new form of food, and bringing the delicious and nutritious world of seagreens to the U.S. market.

The path to get to where we are today was long, steep, and rocky. We had so many challenges! I think the primary reason I was able to overcome them was having a partner who believes in me and is also an incredible business mentor. My husband has “the opposite” brain of me – he’s all spreadsheets and strategy and I’m all creativity and big picture.

The #1 thing I want the world to know about my brand and story is that I am driven most by the idea that our human body and our planet body are inextricably connected and we cannot heal one without the other.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The two things I love most about LA are the healthy food and the beaches! I would start out with a morning workout on the beach in Venice followed by a latte at Gjusta and probably end up hanging at Erewhon eating expensive cauliflower with fellow foodie founders. At some point, we’d head to a friend’s house in Malibu and jump into the ocean to try to surf… and then end up for a delicious glass of wine and meal at the Malibu House.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
WHEN I am “successful”, 100% of it will be because of the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. There are so many people I want to shoutout from my parents to my team to most of AKUA’s investors and definitely, our customers. I just got off the phone with Courtney Gould, the founder of SmartyPants who is one of our investors who has continually invested in every round so it is easy to shout her out. She has been a mentor, friend, and inspiration to me as I grow AKUA. She’s an incredible leader, super smart, and so passionate about building businesses the right way with huge impact.

I met Courtney (who is very much a California woman!) through the Summit community, which is the organization that has given me so much support and encouragement to pursue my dreams. It’s an incredible event series for founders, and when you get invited, you just have to go.

Book wise… I want to shout-out A Wrinkle in Time and The Golden Compass. I love sci-fi fantasies with strong, young female characters. These books were really formative in my childhood in shaping my imagination and making me feel like I could accomplish anything with a lot of determination, a little bit of cleverness, and an animal (daemon!) sidekick.

Website: akua.co

Instagram: instagram.com/cbm

Linkedin: linkedin.com/courtneyboydmyers

Twitter: twitter.com/cbmrey

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