Startup Hustle: Michael Walsh of Cariloop

Startup Hustle showcases leaders in technology, startups, and entrepreneurship across North Texas. Not your typical news story, this weekly series gives an inside look at the personalities of the diverse and multi-faceted people who make the DFW startup community so special. Be sure to check in every Friday for this weekly series! 

Michael Walsh, CEO of Cariloop

Hometown: Frankfort, Illinois

Current Neighborhood: When I moved from Chicago down to Texas, I landed up near Oklahoma in the city of Plano…but I hope to be moving closer to Dallas and civilization soon! Currently Cariloop is officed over at the Treehouse in Addison.

Describe your typical day in one sentence: TONS of communication with team, customers, partners, vendors and working hard to remove any barriers they have to succeed at whatever it is they are doing.

What was your first job? I’m not sure if this counts, but back in high school and college I would work summers for my dad at our family business in Chicago bagging stone and stacking brick. I would literally be out in the sun every day for 10 hours with a shovel in one hand and a big ole bag in the other busting my tail.

Describe a “startup hustler” in 140 characters: Someone who pushes the limits of accepted beliefs or standards to deliver a product that will change people’s lives.

What’s your drink? Because I have spent too much time over at HG Sply, I have been real big on Moscow Mules lately—pretty refreshing when the Texas summer heat sets in!

Finish this sentence: “Dallas got it right when…”: They realized that we needed to focus on building a community where all entrepreneurs work together to help other entrepreneurs. When you help others, they will each gather five of their friends to help you be successful.

What can Dallas do better? We need to better engage the large corporations in town to acknowledge the efforts of the startup community and take these visionaries seriously. Startups need early customers, and large corporations need innovative approaches to solving problems, so we need to figure out how to make more of this happen and more often!

What can’t you live without? I can not and will not live without my five hours in the gym each week, no exceptions to this.

The show you’ll catch me binge-watching is: Tough call between two shows: “How I Met Your Mother” or “Friends”. I have probably seen every episode 20 times at least.

What’s the best place to get coffee in Dallas? Sad to say that I don’t drink coffee, which is only sad in the sense that I have “borrowed” so much Starbucks wifi over the years that they really should have billed me by now.

It’s been a great day. Where do you go to celebrate? The rooftop of HG Sply Co on Lower Greenville or sitting in my favorite booth or on the patio at Ginger Man. I will say that some of the spots over in the Knox Henderson area are also becoming favorites.

Pandora, Spotify, or Songza? Up until about a month or two ago, I was still using Pandora. Thankfully, Raquel Vincent* motivated me to branch out, so I have switched over to Spotify and am loving all the new stuff I can check out!

Who motivates you? Building something that impacts the lives of families all over our country. When families find out that an older loved one is struggling with their health, life can get pretty stressful pretty quickly. For Cariloop to be able to offer a hand in partnership while they navigate through this difficult time, it’s a very big deal. The thought that we can work each and every day to scale this model out and reach thousands of families is beyond exciting!

Tell us a random piece of trivia about yourself: My junior year of high school, I was going to have my wisdom teeth taken out. I was supposed to have 4 teeth coming out…which was already going to create giant, painful craters in my mouth. But as they got me in the chair and were about to put me under, they casually mention that they found 2 more wisdom teeth in there that they’ll have to take out and to enjoy my sleep! I was on a liquid diet for 2 weeks after that.

*I did not pay him to say this, I swear. 🙂 I’m also not paid by Spotify or Songza to promote their platforms (womp-womp).  

Raquel Vincent

Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.