We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh C. Kline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, how does your business help the community?
HaveNeed is the first multiparty consumer barter platform for goods and services. We help people by empowering them to acquire goods and services by using their own goods and skills. By creating barter loops of up to 5 people each, we create barter options for people that were not previously possible.
Even before the pandemic, there were billions of people around the world who lacked easy access to currency and banking institutions, although many had smartphones and internet access. have|need can empower these people to have a higher quality of life. And since the pandemic created mass economic displacement, HaveNeed can be used as one of the tools to help people get by in these incredibly difficult times.
Additionally, by creating a way for people to exchange goods instead of discarding them, HaveNeed keeps these goods out of landfills and in this way is a benefit to our environment.
HaveNeed’s motto is “leveling the playing field for those in need“, and right now that’s a lot of people.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Through meeting with a number of people I respected soon after college, I learned that almost none of them had a linear career path, and that being open to unexpected opportunities was key to how they ended up in positions that I aspired to achieve. It hasn’t always worked out, but over time I think it was a great lesson to learn and I’ve passed it along to anyone who cares to listen.
I have spent the past 20+ years working in media and production technology. I’ve always been solution-oriented, and that mindset led me to create Digital Dailies, which transformed the review and approval process for the film and TV production industry. I was fortunate to be recognized for that effort by being awarded a Prime Time Emmy Award.
That experience is in line with how I approach most things in life: if I see something that is unnecessarily difficult, slow, or cumbersome, I tend to want to fix or improve it. If it affects a sufficient number of people. there’s probably a business in there somewhere.
The character traits I aspire to uphold at all costs are honesty and integrity, and the trait I despise most (especially when I catch it in myself) is hypocrisy.
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.
I enjoy spending time outdoors mountain biking, hiking, dirt biking and bouncing around in my Jeep in the dirt with my son, so my choice spots tend to reflect that.
I was lucky enough to go to boarding school in Ojai, and it is my favorite place in the world to this day, so I would suggest to anyone to make the short trip up there. The town is all of one block long so if you head up there you’re gonna see it all.
Santa Barbara is pretty much always a great time (outside of fires and floods).
When in L.A. proper, I’ve always gravitated to the ocean and the hills, which I see as L.A.’s defining features. Can’t go wrong walking along the Santa Monica bluffs, walking down into the canyon and grabbing lunch at Patrick’s Roadhouse, at least when we’re not in a pandemic. And when I’m anywhere near Santa Monica around lunchtime I try to get by Bay Cities deli, as I think they’re the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.
As for dinner spots, my favorite is Pacé in Laurel Canyon. It’s such a cool, quirky spot and the food is excellent. For outdoor dining, the patio at Boa in WeHo is aces.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When I was a child, my dad would frequently say that we should leave the campground nicer than we found it, so my shoutout starts with him. These days, my wife and son are the main drivers that make me want to have a positive impact on people’s lives and the planet we share.