Dec 31, 2024
TO BE SCHEDULED Sydney Rieckhoff
Sydney Rieckhoff, CEO & Co-Owner, Almost Famous Popcorn
Sydney is the 25-year-old CEO of Almost Famous Popcorn Company, a gourmet popcorn brand she co-founded at 14 years old!
We learned that at the age of 9, Sydney interviewed most of the candidates running for president during the 2008 campaign, as well as pop music sensation Taylor Swift.
More recently, Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst chose Sydney as her guest for the State of the Union.
Established in 2012 as an inaugural stand inside NewBo City Market, Almost Famous Popcorn Company has grown to become a multimillion-dollar enterprise, with retail stores in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, as well as production facilities in Cedar Rapids and Sac City. Almost Famous last February acquired Noble Popcorn of Sac City.
She graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and spent a year and half in Chicago as a software engineer before rejoining the business. 
Based on her life experiences thus far, Sydney shared the following advice with the group:
  • Fearlessness is not a lack of fear.
  • Getting good at failing is a spectacular thing.
  • Asking for help can be your greatest superpower.
  • Sydney Rieckhoff - Almost Famous Popcorn Company | LinkedIn