Bolder Young Pros to Know: Austin Hartley and Tyler Sicilia

In celebration of the Boulder Chamber's Battle of the Industry Bands on September 26, we're highlighting two young pros to know from last year's winning band, Sir Shattenburg, representing PopSockets!

Austin Hartley

austin hartley

Hometown: Colorado Springs

Why is your job awesome? It’s allowed me to travel...A LOT. I spent 3 months traveling across Europe last year, spent a few weeks traveling across Asia this year, and have been all over the U.S. for the past two years.

Hobbies: Slappin da bass – that’s basically why I’m answering these questions today, so I guess you could say I like it. I also do judo a couple times a week.

Favorite beer? This kind of changes based on the season. The flagship Nitro Milk Stout from Left Hand is always a go-to for me, along with 90 Shilling and the Colorado Lager from Odell’s.

What's the first song on your pump-up playlist? State of the Union by Rise Against – if that doesn’t get your heart pumping fast, nothing will.

You have a time machine that'll take you to any year, present or future. Where do you go? I’d probably go REALLY far back in time, like the year 100AD or something, but I’d bring some piece of modern technology with me and blow everyone’s minds. Basically, I’d break every rule that every time travel movie has ever taught me.

Favorite happy hour spot in Boulder: Nothing beats a marg at the Rio after a long day. Oskar Blues on Pearl Street is tough to beat.

One place in Colorado everyone should visit: The view from the summit of Pikes Peak is unlike anything else in the world. There aren’t any other mountains obstructing your view, unlike some of the other 14-ers in Colorado. I always recommend that to people coming to visit.

Favorite movie: I’ve seen Forrest Gump more times than I care to admit. I took a break from it for a while, but it will probably always be near the top of my list.

What is the best gift you have ever received? Right after I took the LSAT my fiancée bought a bottle of my favorite bourbon, and a copy of a video game that I had been waiting months to play (because I didn’t want to ruin my studying) and had both waiting for me on the kitchen table.

If you were 80 years old, what advice would you give your children? Probably the three best pieces of advice my parents gave me; too much of anything is almost always bad for you, learn to pick your battles (let the little things go and stand up for the big things), and if you feel like you’ve given your best effort on something, there’s no sense in worrying about the outcome (but make changes in the future if the outcome is not what you wanted).

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why? Tom Hardy. I don’t look like him, but sometimes I wish I did.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in life? Probably what I mentioned previously – if you’ve given something your best effort, there’s no sense in stressing yourself out about the outcome because you’ve done all you can. It’s not a perfect philosophy, but it’s definitely helped me through some hard times.

Tyler Sicilia

Tyler Sicilia

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Why is your job awesome? I am privileged to work for a fun and exciting company in one of the of the most beautiful towns in the world. Working with some of the most talented professionals in Boulder has been a tremendous learning experience, and it has been incredible watching PopSockets grow over the last few years.

Hobbies: Making music, playing golf, fishing, hiking

Favorite beer? Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

What's the first song on your pump up playlist? Heatseeker by Valient Thorr

You have a time machine that'll take you to any year, present or future. Where do you go? February 4th, 2018--- to watch the Eagles win the Super Bowl again. To date, this was the greatest day of my life.

Favorite happy hour spot in Boulder: McDevitt Taco Supply. They have Suerte Tequila and some delicious tacos

One place in Colorado everyone should visit: Buena Vista

Favorite movie: Anchorman

What is the best gift you have ever received? My “Keep It Gritty” Philadelphia Flyers T-Shirt.

If you were 80 years old, what advice would you give your children? Life is truly about the moments that you spend with loved ones. Everything else should be a stepping stone to create more of those moments.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why? Gerard Butler- I’ve been told we look alike. (I don’t see it)

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in life? Stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to the best experiences in life. I would not have succeeded in anything without doing so.

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