8. Running a virtual playground for food nerds
Who does it: Craig Kanarick, CEO, taster, and merchant at Mouth, Brooklyn, NY
What he does: Kanarick founded Mouth, an online speciality food store, as a way to celebrate the amazing "indie" food producers across the United States. Although a good part of his job focuses on the decidedly unglamorous jobs of company strategizing, money raising, and, you know, making sure the company continues to exist, he also gets to meet some of the coolest food-makers, taste products, and bring them to market. Some recent favorite product selections include: ostrich jerky, nori sesame popcorn, salty black licorice, pickle juice (for dirty martinis and picklebacks), and some crazy-amazing bourbon.
How he got the job: He started the successful digital agency Razorfish back in the '90s, as well as an experiential marketing group within the Rockwell Group. Then, after finishing a year-long consulting project for Samsung.com, he was jobless. Struck by the increasing popularity of the Cooking Channel, emerging food markets like Smorgasburg, and the willingness of millennials to spend a big chunk of their paychecks on food, he realized there was a huge opportunity to help local specialities get national exposure.