Take a peek into the couch life Keith Rinzler of Atlanta, Georgia, including all of the stress that comes along with being a serial entrepreneur and single dad. I was recently travelling through Atlanta and I had the chance to sit down with my good friend Keith in his own home. Keith knows all about all of the stress and pressures of an entrepreneur growing a business, and a single father raising three teenage kids. I love hearing from successful and totally unique people like Keith because it just reaffirms my belief that we all have a life on a couch—and we are all more alike than we are different. Some of our best memories in life happen on or around our silent sofas. See how Keith relies on his couch life to de-stress and bring his family together.
“My Couch Life” Interview with Keith Rinzler, of Atlanta Georgia. Read the full transcript.
The Stress of a Tech Startup Entrepreneur
Keith is currently living with all the stress that comes from building an amazing technology company called 1Q. Check out 1Q.com…it will blow your mind. You can actually sign up to receive text-based questions (or download their app: for iOS or Android) and get paid $1 dollar for every single question you respond to from a company interested in asking you survey questions. When was the last time you were paid by a company talking at you? Think about it. I think 1Q is going to be a big deal—and I’ll be like a proud papa when I can someday say, “Hey, I know that guy—and he’s got Sactionals.”
The ultra stress-free hookah lounge sectional sofa
I didn’t mention that Keith also has this crazy Moroccan themed hookah lounge, complete with an audio-sensitive LED light show embedded in the walls behind the draped fabric panel tent that envelopes the entire room. Talk about a stress relieving environment! The seating for this hookah room is, of course, all Sactionals by Lovesac and a Pillowsac too. When asked, “What is the craziest thing that’s ever happened in this hookah room?” Let’s just say, Keith declined to comment.
Shawny: What was your early memory of your life on a couch?
Keith: It was itchy—it was kind of a wool, itchy material I remember, it was kind of a white-beige color. You know, its in the living room, and every once in a while we would just get in a mood and start building. And I’ve carried that forward to my kids, and we’ve built couch castles in the basement. And my kids have slept in them—they’ve taken it to the next level, they’ve built couch castles and then they cover them with blankets so its totally dark on the inside.
Shawny: What about your everyday couch life, today?
Keith: On this particular couch, which is in front of the television, I like to get right in the middle, and my sinks in right in between these two pillows—all the stress seeps out…
Shawny: What is your craziest memory involving a couch?
Keith: This guy had a couch, it had a steering wheel, it was motorized—you sat on it—and its driving all over the desert at Burning Man and going to see things and people would jump on and jump off. It was like taking the best of a couch and making it mobile. It was awesome—it was awesome
Shawny: What does “life a couch” mean to you
Keith: As my kids get older and they want to spend a little less time with their parents and they want to go do other things—those times when we sit together and all watch something together and kind of comment on it and just have that time—that’s what I think of.
This is life on a couch – and it is interesting, because you are.