Elevate Classics: Davis Smith on Building Cotopaxi Into A Famous Brand
ABOUT DAVIS SMITH
Davis Smith has made genorosity and philanthropy the foundation of a thriving business.
He is the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, a highly popular, carbon-neutral outdoor gear brand founded to create sustainably designed products that fight extreme poverty, inspire adventure, and move people to do good. In 2021 alone, Cotopaxi aided over 1 million people in extreme poverty through their non-profit partnerships and revenue sharing. Davis is also a member of the United Nations Foundation Leadership Council.
Davis joined host Robert Glazer on the Elevate Podcast to talk about his entrepreneurial career, founding and building Cotopaxi, how Cotopaxi withstood the pandemic, and humanity in business.
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Davis’ Full Bio
Davis Smith grew up throughout Latin America and has since dedicated his life to helping those in need there and around the world. He’s a passionate social entrepreneur and adventurer. Davis is currently the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear and active lifestyle brand – with a social mission at its core.
The brand creates innovative products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation. Cotopaxi is the first company to incorporate from inception as a Benefit Corporation and raise venture capital.
Prior to starting Cotopaxi, Davis was the Founder and Co-CEO of Baby.com.br and Dinda.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012, which raised over $40M in venture capital. The business also won the Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest. In 2004, Davis founded, and later sold, PoolTables.com, America’s largest pool table retailer. PoolTables.com was one of the first digital-first brands to not only sell online, but also through their own independent retail stores.