Spotlight on Carson Sweezy / by Haley Smith

Meet Carson Sweezy - A multitalented podcaster, food guru, and real estate expert. Learn more about his cooking show "Crave", podcast "GrindDaily", and his love for real estate investing!

Tell us about the GrindDaily podcast. What was your favorite episode? 

We launched GrindDaily as a networking tool to engage with young creative innovators. Realizing that coffee meet-ups were hard to commit to, digital media was the perfect channel for engagement. 

Wow, favorite episode. Obviously that's tough with so many amazing people…Justin's episode aside, "The Mad Scientist" episode is one of my favorites.  Elliot Roth shares the story of how  he found himself broke after college, experimenting in his garage. Deciding between paying rent, and buying food he chose rent and found a way to nourish his own body by growing spirulina. It's a story of grit, determination, and facing fear head on. 

 

When did your love for food begin, and how have you shared it with the world through Crave and your cooking show?

I started cooking at age four because I didn't want to wait for other people to feed me. Self-sufficiency was key. From there I watched the O.G. Iron Chef's on the Food Network, as well as Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Alton Brown to pick up tricks. Soon after I started cooking for friends and family, and came to realize how powerful food is as a language for communicating. 

When our university shut down half of the restaurants on campus, our students were left with few options. My passion for food and sharing food with others motivated me to do something. That's why we launched Crave. The peer-to-peer food delivery service became a way to connect hungry students with the food they wanted, but it also connected students to each other. 

Our new cooking show uses food as a language in a similar way. I apply the "Lean Start-up" methodology in the kitchen. Understanding ingredients and techniques through a dynamic approach allows anyone to create amazing dishes in the kitchen. We can use the same ingredients in countless ways. 

Food connects people. We share stories, empathy, ideas, and culture through the food we eat. 

 

Real estate can be an opaque field for some entrepreneurs. Tell us about your work in the field! 

Such a good question, I've always said that real estate is it's own category, like medicine or business. The possibilities are seriously endless. Tech, finance, marketing, non-profits, art, we all use real estate. With all the possibilities, mentorship was essential for someone like me who loves new ideas!

After working for a real estate start-up, I decided to get into real estate investing. Theres a lot of hype in REI. So I decided to get my real estate license to learn. It was an economic way to "hack" my investment education, representing investors, learning the ins and outs of deal flow and getting paid to do it. 

When I first decided to get my license I hustled and networked on my own for a while and made progress, but as soon as I partnered with a mentor my growth was exponential. My sales acumen rose to new heights, I started to learn about the macro and micro economics that effect real estate markets, the mentorship was necessary. BiggerPockets is a crazy free resource for anyone looking to learn about investing.