Posted on 31st May 2023 by Harry
David Alleman is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman @ On Running one of the fastest-growing global sports brands with over 17 million products sold in 60+ countries. In 2021, On went public on the NASDAQ and today has a market cap of $8.7BN. However, it all started with three friends in the mountains experimenting with making shoes with pieces of garden hose to create a running shoe with a totally different feel.
In Today’s Episode with David Alleman We Discuss:
1. From the Swiss Mountains to NASDAQ IPO:
- What was the initial a-ha moment for David and his co-founders with On Running?
- How did they make the first shoes?
- What are some of the biggest lessons for David in V1 product build?
- What does David know now that he wishes he had known at the start? Is naivete always good?
2. The Launch: First Customers:
- How did On get their first customers?
- What can products and companies do to instill true customer love in those first customers?
- What was the hardest element of launching On to their first customers?
- How does David analyze and use customer feedback? What does he listen to vs not?
3. Retail: Expanding into Own Store vs Partnerships:
- What are some of David’s biggest lessons in how to make retail partnerships successful?
- How can brands create amazing experiences for customers in retailers that are not their own?
- Why did On decide to also have their own stores? How did this change the business?
- What have been David’s biggest learnings on what it takes to do retail well with own stores?
4. Roger Federer: Working with a Legend:
- How did the relationship with Roger begin? Where was the first meeting? What was it like?
- How did Roger come to invest in On Running? Why did On not want to do the traditional athlete endorsement deal?
- What role does Roger play in the company today? How does he impact product development?
- What have been some of the biggest lessons for David from working with Roger?
- How much of an impact has Roger had on On Running as a business?
5. Financing, IPOs, and Brand:
- Does David wish they had raised venture capital sooner?
- If they had more money sooner in their journey, what would David have invested in earlier?
- Why did they decide to go public when they did? How has the journey been post being a public company? What changes? What is the same?
- What brand does Davist most respect and admire? Why? What brand decisions does David most regret? What would he have done differently?