August 13, 2019

173: Sarah Smith tells us how easy it is to find your next campsite with The Dyrt

Show Notes

Rick Saez
173: Sarah Smith tells us how easy it is to find your next campsite with The Dyrt

I caught up with Sarah Smith from The Dyrt recently and on this episode we talk about how she and her husband got the inspiration to create The Dyrt, their tremendous growth and some of the interesting gamification techniques they use to engage consumers.

Please give us a rating and review HERE

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I grew up in northern Minnesota and if I say that enough, you’ll hear the accent come out. But I grew up with fishing. My dad hunted and we did lots of camping as a kid. My dad was actually a teacher, so in the summer is we would spend time driving around lake superior smelting. They’re little tiny fish that almost look like minnows and I just have vague memories of it. I think we did this at night and we’d be standing on a little stream and the smelt would go up river and you’d hold out a little net and catch the smelt. Then we’d go cook them up, just fry them up. And I remember thinking, Oh, I want to go to Disney World or do something more exciting than this. And now looking back at it, you know, it was pretty special way to grow up.

Things we talked about

The Dyrt

Primus Stoves

Gregory Packs

Episode Sponsor

Tribe Alpha


I would say people ask me often, what was the hardest part of doing The Dyrt, especially someone was not necessarily your typical tech startup entrepreneur right? I think my advice is just to do something. tThat was the hardest part to go from nothing to actually taking some action to start doing something, was really hard. But if you believe that you can make a difference and you have an idea, that’s good. And it’s a problem that needs to be solved, just follow that.

Entrepreneurs, we come in all shapes and sizes and different sorts and there’s no one size fits all. So, you know, I don’t look like any other tech startup founder in Portland for sure. So just go with your gut and give it a try.

Other Outdoor Activities




Favorite Books/Podcasts

Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux

A Short history of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Favorite Piece of Gear under $100

Luci Light

Connect with Sarah