Date a Geek: Seth Combs of SOL Republic
Due to the controversial popularity of our How to Date a Geek Girl and How to Date a Geek Guy guides, we have introduced a special column featuring real life single geeks. This week, we have interviewed Seth Combs of SOL REPUBLIC.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I grew up in Aromas, it’s a super small town in Santa Cruz county where we had goats, rabbits, horses and dogs. Music was always a passion and I moved to San Francisco to go to school and play music. Unfortunately, music didn’t work out but I eventually found my calling in marketing and helped build several brands.
A couple years back, I was lucky enough to team up with Kevin Lee and Scott Hix to co-found SOL REPUBLIC. Now, I get to fuse my love for music and marketing – it’s a dream.
What makes you a geek?
My inner geek lies in audio. I am an absolute music fanatic, which includes wearing my SOL REPUBLIC headphones 16 hours a day… minimum!
Android, iOS, or other?
I swing both ways when it comes to phone platforms. Most of my time is spent on my iPhone 5, but I can frequently be found rocking my RAZR HD.
Your favorite comic book hero and why?
I used to be all about Superman, Spiderman and the Fantastic Four. Then I found out about Silver Surfer and was hooked. He was my idol. Growing up in Santa Cruz County, even the mailman surfs, so a comic hero racing through space on a surfboard blew me away. The moment the galactic surfboard gets invented, I am buying one!
What gadget can’t you live without?
Most of my time is spent traveling and I love to read, so my Kindle is my ultimate gadget.
And yes, I’m that weirdo who pulls the Kindle out of my back pocket and reads while waiting in line or when any spare moment arises.
What is the last book or ebook that you read?
The last book I read was Autobiography of a Yogi. A friend of mine recommended it a few years ago. I read it once, it changed my life and I read it again every year.
If you don’t hear from me for a few months, you can find me in Santa Cruz with bare feet in the sand and mala beads in my hand.
If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?
It’s a toss up between William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill because both men had an affinity for words, food and liquor.
If I had to choose, it would be William Shakespeare because several hundred years later he can still evoke laughter, sorrow, anger and more from men and women around the world. Plus, I would learn so many good insults, jokes and compliments.
What do you look for in a girl? And do they need to be a geek too?
I need a girl that makes me laugh and is sassy. She doesn’t have to be a geek, but has to be able to deal with a guy who wears headphones to dinner, has speakers everywhere and spends way too much time reading.