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A Day in the Life: Interview with Mike Salguero from ButcherBox

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This week we are thrilled to be joined by serial entrepreneur Mike Salguero. Previous CEO at CustomMade, Mike has now turned his attention to a new project ButcherBox. A monthly delivery service offering natural 100% grass fed beef, ButcherBox is striving to bring high quality meat to the masses, working with the best small farms across America.

1. First can you tell us a bit about your job?  What does your company do?

Sure. ButcherBox.com ships 100% grass fed beef, pasture raised chickens, and antibiotic/hormone free pork to our monthly members. Our customers have told us how hard it was to source clean meat, and we have built a business around helping them to solve this challenge.  Each box comes with enough meat for 20 meals, recipes, and additional add on items.

2. What brought you to this area?

When my wife was pregnant with our first child Marley (now 22 months) we wanted to eat healthier, but had trouble finding 100% grass fed beef.  I was running another company at the time (CustomMade.com) but I knew there was a huge unmet need, so I left to start this new venture.

3.  What time does your day start, and what does your typical work day schedule look like?

My day typically starts with an early CrossFit workout at CrossFit Arsenal (crossfitarsenal.com), then I come home to spend time with my family until I walk to the office around 8AM.  I’m in the office until about 5PM, working with our onsite and remote teams, exploring new partnerships and ensuring we are always delivering on the promise to our customers. I don’t work on Fridays, I stay at home with my daughter. My goal has been to never work a Friday and dedicate myself to the important task of being a great dad. This has been transformational to my happiness, and family life.

4. What kind of projects are you currently working on?

We are in the process of making our products more environmentally friendly; shipping in the mail tends to generate a lot of waste, and we think we can do better.

5. What do you consider the greatest achievement in your work to date?

I’m very excited about the number of meals (250,000+) we have served our members. As a family-man and lover of great food, I know how important meals around the kitchen table can be. ButcherBox takes the trust that people are putting into our company seriously and strives to provide incredible value on high quality meats people can feel great about feeding to their family!


6. What app’s could you not live without?

RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, Wodify, Stripe

7. What’s the best thing about working at ButcherBox?

We are a results driven organization, we do not require a lot of facetime, but we demand the very best of people. The satisfaction we receive by helping our customers find high quality meats and feeding their families.                                      

8. Where is the after work hangout?

When we aren’t grilling up some of the same great meat we send our customers, there are a few local watering holes in Harvard Square like Charlie’s Kitchen which is right below our office.

9. Who is your professional role model?

My current role model is Robert Craven of UFood (MegaFood and Innate Vitamins); he has built a successful and growing company while leading with compassion, tenacity and an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

10. What makes Boston a good city for startups?

Access to smart people and big ideas.  Great place to raise a family!

11. What are the top 3 qualities you look for in an employee?


Thirst for self-Improvement

Can they pass the “we are stuck in a car for 4 hours” test (because life is too short to work with people you don’t get along with)

12. And finally, what is the one piece of advice you would give to an entrepreneur starting out?

Oh gosh… I have so much advice! One current focus and recommendation to others is building a profitable company without raising a ton of venture capital… I see too few entrepreneurs consider this and ButcherBox has proven this to be a viable option. 


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