A decade ago, Darren Meenan was screen-printing T-shirts in his parents’ basement. The die-hard Mets fan didn’t plan to turn his passion for The Amazins into a business. But 10 seasons later, his The 7 Line, named for the subway line that takes fans to the Queens neighborhood that is home to the Mets, has partnerships with manufacturers New Era and Majestic and a licensing deal with the MLB.
“Major League Baseball took a huge gamble on us,” Meenan told us recently in his office in Hauppauge, New York, which is also home to a warehouse and podcasting studio, a long way from his parents’ basement. In the video, Meenan has advice for entrepreneurs who hope to turn their passion into a winning brand.