Bob's Red Mill: Bob Moore In the 1960s, Bob Moore read a book about an old grain mill and was inspired to start his own. Using giant quartz stones from the 19th century, he made dozens of different cereals and flours, positioning his company at the forefront of the health food boom. Today, Bob's Red Mill has grown into a $100 million business – and at nearly 90, Bob goes to work at the mill every day. PLUS, for our postscript, "How You Built That," how Mike Bolos and Jason Grohowski created the portable desk, Deskview.
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Bob's Red Mill: Bob Moore

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Bob's Red Mill: Bob Moore

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Founder Bob Moore is known for his derby cap and fluffy white beard — as seen on the label of every Bob's Red Mill package.
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In the 1960s, Bob Moore read a book about an old grain mill and was inspired to start his own.

Using giant quartz stones from the 19th century, he ground and packaged dozens of different cereals and flours, quickly positioning his company at the forefront of the health food boom.

Despite a devastating fire in the 1980s, Bob's Red Mill grew into a $100 million business – and although Bob is nearly 90, he goes to work at the mill every day.

How You Built That

How Mike Bolos and Jason Grohowski brought the office desk closer to the light by creating Deskview, a portable desk that attaches to a sheer window with a suction cup.

How You Built That: Deskview

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