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Born and raised in Southern California, Chase spent his adolescence in the sunny LA weather enjoying the great outdoors. A lifetime Boy Scout, Chase spent most of his weekends hiking, camping, and otherwise experiencing nature, which became a lifetime passion. Chase graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014 with a major in Business Administration, a concentration in Marketing, and a minor in Web Technologies.
Chase was recruited by Google out of college and went to work at their Mountain View headquarters. Over his 4 years there, he helped small and medium businesses grow through digital advertising before later moving into sales and account management working with Google’s largest clients. While Chase had a great experience at Google, he found himself too often too busy to spend time enjoying the outdoors. And so Chill Systems was born to help reconnect him with that passion.
Brian grew up near Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoyed playing basketball, listening to music, and spending time outdoors whenever possible. After graduating high school Brian moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California. In 2014 Brian graduated from USC with two Bachelor of Science degrees - one in Business Administration with a focus on finance & entrepreneurship, and one in Accounting.
After graduation Brian moved to San Francisco where he began working in a rotational program at Apple, involved in many areas of the company ranging from digital sales to product launches and even manufacturing. Until he left Apple in 2018 to focus on building Chill Systems, Brian worked in the Media Platforms finance team where he focused on marketing and original content production for Apple’s digital media business like Apple Music, the App Store, and the iTunes store.
Chase and Brian met in college at USC and became roommates in San Francisco in 2014. For over two years as roommates, you could catch us bouncing startup ideas back and forth or watching entrepreneurship-focused shows like Shark Tank on TV.
In 2016 we were out enjoying the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in SF’s Golden Gate Park - this is a free daytime event where city residents gather to listen to music and enjoy the sunshine with their friends and family. As a BYOB event, people brought their own beverages, coolers, picnic blankets, chairs etc. However, due to a week of rain prior to the event, the ground was muddy and we saw people either struggling to carry their coolers, or splashing others with mud as they dragged their coolers through the dirt. We thought there had to be a more convenient way to keep drinks cold on the go, and we began searching online to find it - something lightweight, with the power of a cooler and without needing ice.
After our search came up empty, the idea for Chill Systems was born and we got to work designing a compact, portable cooling system with self-contained freezing power. For two years, we kept our corporate jobs and built Chill Systems as a hobby on nights and weekends. In the summer of 2018, we launched on Kickstarter and decided to leave Google and Apple to focus 100% of our energy on Chill Systems. We know the stresses that tough jobs and life’s challenges can bring, and we are happy to be building a business that encourages others to spend more time relaxing outside and enjoying life in the moment.