In 2013, former lawyer Rob Martineau embarked on a 1,000 mile run to raise awareness of, and funds for, child trafficking. Two years later, he and two friends have turned their passion into a business.
What is it that drives you?
The things in my life that I have really loved are often the things I’ve had to work hardest at doing. I don’t always take the ‘sensible’ route, and by taking an alternative path, I tend to approach problems in a different way. It might make things more challenging, but from experience, I know it’s worth the effort.
Would you consider yourself a Restless Spirit?
To me a Restless Spirit is someone who isn’t satisfied with taking the conventional path, with doing things the way they’ve always been done. It’s a person who will confidently strive to do something they are passionate about, no matter the challenges. Before I set up Tribe, I was in a good, stable job. But I didn’t see the opportunity to make real change, quickly.
What was the inspiration behind Tribe?
Ultimately the idea was born of a love for running. The conversation grew out of our 1000 mile charity run. We wanted to continue building communities around running, and at the same time we were frustrated with the range of heavily refined and processed running snacks dominating the market.
Who inspires you?
I have learnt so much from my Tribe co-founders, and adventuring companions Tom and Guy. They drive me to see things in a different way; an alternative perspective.
What gives you confidence in Tribe’s success?
There are a lot of people out there whose skills are better suited to build a business like Tribe, but I honestly believe that no one cares about it like we do. That conviction and self-belief is what fuels us. Whatever happens, we will have learnt so much about business and about ourselves.
See how his start began good running:
Rob Martineau, Co-founder of Tribe.