EarBuds founder Jason Fox sits down with us to discuss what inspired him to start EarBuds and how his history as an NFL athlete has impacted his path as an entrepreneur.
What’s your background, and how did you get into your field?
Growing up, athletics and music were my two biggest passions in life. After retiring from the NFL, I wanted to spend time working closely with music and exploring the possibilities around music being social. Partnering with my co-founder Brice, we developed EarBuds as a truly social music app and I’ve been able to draw on my connections/experience in the NFL to develop a talented, competitive team driven towards success.
What made you want to found EarBuds?
The idea of EarBuds first came to me watching Cam Newton warm up before a game. He was dancing with his Beats headphones, and I thought to myself, How many people in the stands, fans watching at home, and his followers online would love to be in his headphones with him at that moment? We are making that possible!
What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?
I think I have the best job on Earth. I get to wake up and work with some of the sharpest individuals I’ve ever met. We have an amazing team, and I’m responsible for leading to ensure we reach our destination. I don’t see it so much as a challenge but as an opportunity.
What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success?
Work ethic. That’s the approach I took with athletics. I was never the fastest, strongest, or most athletic player. But I knew I could always outwork my competition. Look at successful people, regardless of industry. What’s the one thing they all have in common? Unreal work ethic. I have tried to imitate that approach and apply it to business and it hasn’t let me down yet.
Just one last one, for fun: What’s one album you absolutely adore that you wish more people would listen to?
This is a hard question! I love anything Texas country: Josh Abbott Band, Eli Young Band, Flatland Cavalry, Casey Donahew, Wade Bowen, Josh Ward, Brandon Rhyder, Mike Ryan, or Cody Johnson.