In 2016, about a year after launching Channel Bakers from a single laptop on a little desk in his daughter’s room, Joshua Kreitzer broke his collarbone while mountain biking. Coming out of surgery, his wife asked him three questions: What year is it? Who is the president? And, can you get the company’s payroll done before it’s due on Monday? “I have a picture of me with the gauze on my arms, and I’m sitting there with two laptops resubmitting invoices,” Kreitzer remembers. “I kid you not, I got them done two hours before payroll was due.”
It’s this kind of relentless forward momentum that has propelled Kreitzer’s Channel Bakers—which helps brands grow their businesses online—to expand tremendously over the course of the past eight years. Today, Channel Bakers is an award-winning, full-service global agency with 300 employees across four continents, and is an Amazon Ads advanced partner.
Below, Kreitzer shares the advice that has helped him throughout his career, and how brands and marketers can keep moving forward, learn, grow, and be curious.