Taste Radio Episode 199

Eboost: Josh Taekman


Twelve years since launching Eboost, a brand of natural energy powders and ready-to-drink beverages, founder and CEO Josh Taekman reflected on his entrepreneurial journey with a measure of regret.

In an interview included in this episode, he admitted that he’s made some big mistakes — including a few near-fatal ones for the brand. He acknowledged that Eboost has been chronically underfunded and that he missed the boat on key hires during critical moments in its development. 

That’s not to say that Eboost hasn’t seen its share of victories, including earning national distribution at 7-Eleven for its energy shots, announcing a highly publicized partnership with fitness celebrity Jillian Michaels and landing a spot on Oprah Winfrey’s coveted “List of Favorite Things.”

Throughout the years, Taekman said that he’s taken the highs and lows of his business in stride. He knew Eboost wasn’t going to be an overnight success, and explained that persistence, tenacity and an unrelenting belief in the brand’s potential have been his most crucial assets.

“When someone says ‘you can’t do it’ or ‘I dare you to do it,’ to me it’s ‘of course I can, and I will through perseverance and grit,’” he said. “The thing that kept me going is that I truly loved the product,” he said. “In my heart of hearts, I knew we had a great product and a great brand.”

As part of our conversation, Taekman chronicled his career path from music marketing, including a partnership with hip-hop and fashion mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, to beverage entrepreneurship with energy platform brand Eboost, and also discussed why he initially focused on non-traditional retail and how he landed a joint venture with AriZona Beverage Co. to produce and distribute the product.

In this Episode

1:26: Josh Taekman, Founder/CEO, Eboost — In his interview with Taste Radio editor Ray Latif, Taekman spoke about why he moved to New York City after college, how he landed a meeting with Bad Boy founder Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) and eventually founded the company’s marketing division. He also discussed why a proposed joint venture between Combs and Nantucket Nectars was scrapped, the impetus for launching Eboost and the company’s initial focus on distribution at hotels and gyms. Later, he explained why a deal with 7-Eleven didn’t work out as planned, benefitting from the perception that Eboost was a bigger brand that it actually was, why he regrets not focusing on direct-to-consumer sales earlier on and the reason that the company rebranded. Taekman also explained how he convinced AriZona Beverages co-founder/CEO Don Vultaggio to partner with Eboost and why he wishes that his investors would have asked him to step down as CEO.

Also Mentioned

Eboost, Nantucket Nectars, Mistic, Snapple, AriZona, Sprite, Pepsi, Red Bull, Monster Energy, Redline, Berocca, Emergen-C, Muscle Milk, Vitaminwater, Zipfizz, VOSS, Nuun, Coca-Cola, Snickers, Toblerone, Bai, 5-hour Energy, Rockstar Energy, Stacker2, SK Energy, RxBar, Bang Energy