StartUp Podcast: Up in Flames (Season 3, Episode 9)
June 24, 2016 10:14 AM - Subscribe

A story of asylum, ashes, and acidophilus.

Edgar Diaz has dedicated his life to dairy. He sees an incredible beauty in milk and the things that can come from it: soft cheese, rich dulce de leche, and creamy yogurt.

He knows that to produce a really good yogurt, the conditions are just as important as the ingredients. You can use the freshest milk, but if your temperature is off or the timing inexact you risk ruining the whole batch.

Edgar has a lot in common with some of the world’s most successful founders: intense passion, a deep knowledge of his product, and awards and acclaim from peers in his field. He seems to have all the ingredients for success, and the conditions seem right, so why is he so far from it?

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posted by radioamy (5 comments total)
Wow, what a twist. I definitely did not expect Edgar to set the place on fire!
posted by radioamy at 10:14 AM on June 24, 2016

Edgar maybe needs to stop worrying about worrying his wife and just keep her in the goddamn loop already.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:36 PM on June 24, 2016

Edgar's story is almost comedically tragic, I mean if someone pitched his life as a movie I would say "nah, that's too unrealistic". Putting aside the fire and prison time, that the company he created in the US eventually disappeared as well is pretty gutting.

I hope he finds some happiness when he gets out of prison, and a job that doesn't drive him mad. Also, yeah, sharing your life with your wife is a good thing dude.
posted by selenized at 9:06 PM on June 29, 2016

As tragic as this story was, I also think it's a remarkably lucky one it its way. I mean, he escaped the FARC with his family intact, had the opportunity to start a business in a new country, and even from prison he's getting job offers. Something is clearly going right for Edgar even amidst all that's gone wrong.
posted by that's candlepin at 9:01 AM on June 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

It reminded me of Breaking Bad.
posted by bq at 7:47 PM on August 24, 2016

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