Founder & CEO of Ample
Connor Young, founder and CEO of Ample, is dedicated to optimizing human health through nutrition. As an entrepreneur in the health and wellness industry, Connor previously started a CrossFit gym, a physical therapy startup called Koach, and sold medical devices for Johnson and Johnson. With a biology degree and a passion for a healthy lifestyle, Connor first formulated Ample to help his entrepreneurial and startup community consume balanced nutrition while staying focused for long hours. While living in a hacker house and joining an accelerator program, Connor launched Ample on Indiegogo and it quickly became the #1 food campaign of all time. Since their record-breaking campaign, Ample has grown to offer three formulations – Original, Vegan and Ketogenic – to meet the various needs of individuals leading fast-paced lifestyles like Connor’s.
My goal each day is to be able to identify and complete the most important task on my to do list. I think about what I want to get done that month and how that translates into the single most important item each day. If I am constantly working to complete the most important and essential tasks each week, this will keep me on track to accomplish monthly goals and solves the problem of overcommitting myself.
I think about how I can make different problems in my business or life easier.
My action of the day is to diligently prepare for meetings with potential business partners for Ample. I am always looking for ways to build the company—whether that is with an investor or influencer.
My deed of the day is to send a Thank You or gratitude letter to someone important in my life. It is extremely powerful to send letters to people who continue to make a big impact in my life.
Always consciously block out time to have fun, recharge or take a break. By doing that, you ensure that the rest of your life doesn’t unconsciously take over that time.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love the atmosphere in San Francisco! It is very innovative and collaborative, and I feel energized all the time just by being here.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Obviously, I am biased, but my favorite breakfast meal is Ample. It’s a quick, filling and nutritious breakfast when I am busy.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Meditating. It is important that I start my day with a clear head, so I can work efficiently throughout the day.
10:00 AM – Focusing on the top priority of the day. This is either a meeting or the most important “in the zone” activity of my day that will move the business forward.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
–Focaccia Market & Bakery in San Francisco is perfect for lunch. My go-to is a chicken salad with red peppers, olive oil, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
7:00 PM – Playing guitar or eating dinner. This is the point where I unwind and relax each night.
11:00 PM – Sleeping.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I drink Ample, coffee and water to get through the day. I start my day with an Ample, pick up coffee mid-morning and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I am a complete music nerd and am constantly listening to the Youtube Music app. The user interface and capabilities make this app a must have to stream and enjoy music all day.
What should everyone try at least once?
Weight lifting. There is a weird stigma around women lifting, but I am a firm believer that everyone should try weight lifting at least once—especially women. There are so many health benefits that many people are missing when they only focus on cardio. I’d also recommend attending a meditation retreat. It is an amazing event to experience at least once, if not every year.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
My favorite place to ‘get lost’ is in a song. While I listen to music throughout the day, metal and specifically the band August Burns Red is what/ who I can spend hours listening and singing to while losing track of time. However, if I want to exercise my brain, I love solving a Rubik’s cube. I have the formula and technique memorized, but still enjoy challenging myself to see how fast I can solve it.