Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson Dish on How They Built Headspace

Andy Puddicombe was in college when he decided to quit school and become a monk. Almost a decade later, he started a business where he helped executives reduce stress through meditation. It was here that he met his future co-founder, Rich Pierson. Andy and Rich eventually realized that meditation should be available to everyone and that they were the ones who could make it happen.

Now Headspace is a household name, and popular among engineers and celebrities alike. In this video, entrepreneur Eva Ho interviews Andy and Rich onstage at Hustle Con, and finds out the tactics these founders used to take their business to the next level.

Given we have limited time, do we really sort of mind the wisdom on this stage here? So Andy, your mom showed sort of meditation to you when you were younger, like 10 or 11 years old. How did that sort of inspire your journey to becoming…later on becoming a monk sort of a decade later and spending the journey traveling the world? Share a little bit of that with us, given it’s a very unconventional path to running one of the best startups today.