We found ourselves drinking warm beer at a tailgate in Clemson, South Carolina. For the love of all that is holy, why are we drinking warm beer!?! We all had $300 coolers that could keep beer cold for a few weeks but didn’t use them to keep our beer cold for a few hours? This made no sense.
Well, we didn’t use our coolers because we didn’t want to have to deal with ice and hauling the huge thing all the way to our tailgate a mile from where we parked. So, instead, we stopped by the convenience store, grabbed a cold case, and just carried it with us to drink it as it got warm. We found our problem... Warm... Beer... Sucks!
With this in mind, we noticed something very profound at the tailgate next to ours. It might seem normal to most, but what it represented was life changing. We saw someone take a cold beer out of a cooler and put it into a can insulator. What we really saw was someone take a cold beer out of what made it cold (the cooler) and put it into something to keep it cold for the entire time they’ll actually enjoy it (the Insulating Sleeve).
THAT’S when it hit us: WHY THE HECK ISN’T THERE A CAN INSULATOR FOR A WHOLE CASE! We took it out of a fridge (what made it cold), but we needed something to put it in to keep it cold for the entire time we were actually going to enjoy it without the ice or hassle!
Right then and there, the vision for the Kanga Kase Mate was born. There was no going back. We realized what we had to do: end the tyranny of Big Cooler and set millions free from having to choose between cold OR convenience.
LOGAN LAMANCE, Founder & CEO
As a proud recipient of a business degree from Clemson University, Logan is an experienced entrepreneur who has built, managed, and grown multiple business which allowed him to pay his way through college. As the creator of the Kase Mate, he knows what it takes to make this company successful: Blood, sweat, and beers. He directly oversees new product development and always seems to be “product testing”…
RYAN FRAZIER, Co-Founder / Head of Finance
Ryan earned a Financial Management degree from Clemson University in 2017 and resides in Greenville, SC. Throughout grade school and college, he built many successful E-commerce businesses, from electronics to sporting equipment. Utilizing and building on prior experiences, he’s in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes at Kanga by managing finances and assisting in operations. Outside of Kanga-time, he enjoys adventuring with his pup (Luna, pictured), finding the next best beer while brewery-hopping, mastering the sweet sounds of the ukulele, and fine-tuning his Excel and graphic design skills.
AUSTIN MAXWELL, Head of Sales
Austin received his degree in industrial engineering from Clemson university. During his 4 (and some change) year stint at Clemson, he was a member of the club soccer team, founder of the technical sales society, as well as the social and events chairman for his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. Not to mention that he held the regional sales manager position for beat box beverages. To add to long list of accomplishments, Austin was also an ambassador for Chubbies Shorts, Old Row, Sheepshead Wear, and Coast Apparel. Since graduating, Austin decided that as an adult he wanted a more stable income, with reasonable hours, and good healthcare. So Inherently…he joined a startup. Now his focus lies on ridding the world of warm beverages (beer) from sea to shining sea.
TEDDY GIARD, Head of Branding
Teddy (AKA The Team Hippie) is an experienced videographer, photographer, and thrill seeker. An Entrepreneur at heart, Teddy’s career started with nothing more than a GoPro and an idea…”how can I make a living doing what I love?” In following his love for film Teddy has been able to turn this idea into a lucrative means of living (for a sophomore in college). From running his own summer camps, to freelancing for countless organizations, such as: Southern Tide, Special Olympics, and Clemson University. Teddy continues to relentlessly push the boundaries, and pursue his passion to turn every memory into a story.
KYLE SELF, Head of Marketing
According to Kyle his proudest moment was the day he bought his 1985 Honda CR100 Dirt-bike. A Philadelphia native, Kyle is currently taking time off from school at Clemson University to focus on growing Kanga. His roles include: Head of Digital Marketing, Website Creation/Management, and helping out with Graphic Design when needed. His (lack of) experience in these fields was gained through countless hours of self-teaching, internships with E-Commerce/Marketing Firms, and online classes. According to Kyle his greatest assets include: his abilities to "rip a wheelie" on his dirt-bike, as well as his innate sense of curiosity to understand the processes behind how things work. Or as Kyle would say, "In Order To Trust The Process, You Gotta Understand It. Go Sixers"
EDWARD GIARD, Advisory Board Member
A varsity letterman in swimming, Edward (AKA Fast Eddie) Giard is a successful entrepreneur and a consumer product executive with 30 years of experience specializing in sporting goods. Edward started his first company, Profile By Design, while studying mechanical engineering at Clemson. With dozens of patents to his name in a variety of consumer products categories, Edward is an advisor/mentor to the Kanga team, he also just so happens to be Teddy’s dad. After the sale of his companies, Edward oversaw product marketing and business performance for industry leading brands like: Burton Snowboards, Trek Bicycles, and Under Armour.
MARCH 2017: An idea was born in Clemson, SC
APRIL 2017: The First Prototype was Created
MAY 2017: Kanga, LLC was Founded
AUGUST 2017: Delivered First 150 Kase Mates for Test Market
MARCH 2018: Launched Kickstarter Campaign
MAY 2018: Kickstarter Funded / Kanga Begins Large-Scale Manufacturing
AUGUST 2018: Kase Mates Delivered to Kickstarter Backers / First Official Kase Mate in Use
SEPTEMBER 2018: Delivered First Batch of Custom Kase Mate Orders
OCTOBER 2018: Official "Bud Light" Kase Mates were Made
JANUARY 2019: Attended First Trade Show in Las Vegas
APRIL 2019: Shark Tank Episode Airs