Occupation: The Social Entrepreneur
Aran is the Managing Partner of Eartheasy, a business focused on sustainable living. Eartheasy retails & distributes over 1,000 innovative products, including a line of water purifiers called LifeStraw – which enable you to safely drink straight from contaminated water sources. Aran just came back from Kenya where he worked with the local government to install $300,000 worth of water purifiers in rural schools, providing 157,000 children with access to safe, clean drinking water. Growing up off-grid, on a remote gulf island in humble beginnings, his proudest moment was being able to help his parents finally retire.
What are your plans for 2015?
We have a “buy-one-give-one” model in place for our LifeStraw line, which provides a year of clean drinking water to a child in a developing country for every product sold. With our projections for 2015, we expect to be able to double the impact we made in 2014, and provide over 300,000 kids with clean water this fall. It’s really exciting to have that as a goal to work towards this year.
What cause do you support the most?
Sustainability. It is intrinsically tied to social & environmental problems – local and global.
What is your most interesting dating story?
The first thing that comes to mind is a double-date in Jakarta, when my friend and I spontaneously asked out two very attractive German girls on the street. We started with dinner & drinks served off the back of a rickshaw, which eventually progressed more drinks, dancing in the streets, and the forming of a (very impressive) human pyramid on the sidewalk. We ended the night by getting kicked out of a penthouse karaoke bar at 3am for dancing on the tables while singing. Apparently they frown on that.
What do you look for in a potential partner?
Someone who can take the lead instead of always being led. For example, I once had an amazing birthday, when my girlfriend at the time surprised me by taking me to 8 different awesome events over the course of the night. It was such a blast, and totally unexpected.
One idea to improve Vancouver’s dating scene?
More venues that bring together young professionals in a casual, yet fun environment. For example, San Francisco has these amazing places that are coffee shops during the day, which transform into sophisticated, unpretentious lounges at night.
What is your Deal Breaker?
Someone who doesn’t care about balance in their life. I think it’s really important to make time for fitness, friends & family while also advancing your career.
What is your Achilles Heel?
Thoughtful, loving gestures – such as a handwritten note. For example, I was having a really terrible day, and when I made it back to my car a note from my friend was waiting for me under the wiper, encouraging me to pick myself up & keep going. I literally broke into tears at the time – it meant a lot.
Favourite Vancouver hotspot on a Friday night?
Vancouver Urban Winery in Railtown. (Check out their open mic night!).
How do you feel about books that teach women to play hard to get or not to approach men?
I think women are more mature than men – so when a woman gives subtle signals of interest such as playing with her hair or looking over her shoulder, a man often will not pick those up. A Harvard study proves that the most effective pickup line for women is “Hi”. If you’re shy, then bring a wingwoman / wingman who can be the intermediary.