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July 4th, 2010
07:44 PM ET

From AIG To "King Of Pops"

By Dan Donahue, CNN Newsroom Writer

The first thing you notice about Steven Carse is that he's a pretty chilled-out guy. That may have come in handy at his last job, as an analyst for insurance giant AIG, but it's a literal necessity in his new role as the King Of Pops. When the 26-year-old Atlanta resident lost his job with the company that was "too big to fail," he put all his energy into a venture that's the antithesis of everything AIG's known for these days. No boss, no spreadsheets, no talk of derivatives. Carse and his brother bought a rolling cart and decided to sell handmade, gourmet popsicles at a busy corner in Atlanta. Only fresh ingredients from local farmers' markets go into Carse's creations. You won't find his flavors in your grocer's freezer–combinations like chocolate sea-salt, pineapple-habenero, and one of Carse's favorites, grapefruit-mint.

Word-of-mouth is spreading, and Carse has an eye towards expansion. He admits the benefits aren't as good as AIG's–he describes his insurance plan as "try not to get sick." And if anything, Carse is working longer hours than he ever did with the insurance giant. But getting canned was the best thing that could've happened to him. You can tell by the laidback smile on his face, and by the reactions of his customers when they try out-there flavors like strawberry-basil and discover, almost to their surprise, that they love it.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Mamaknows

    Love it. Good luck brothers Carse!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  2. diana donadoni

    Great story. This should inspire those of us without a 9 to 5 job that there is hope out there. Aferall we live in America, land of opportunity.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  3. Andy

    wonderful job, what an inspiration. Keep up the great work boys!!!

    July 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  4. Steve

    Love it! If you can compete with specialty items for taste, cost and availability and make a profit how about franchising? Interested in Louisville, KY !?

    Thanks for all you do!

    July 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  5. Peggy

    There is speculation that a giant methane bubble is forming on the ocean floor around the oil well (methane is what caused the explosion of the Deep Sea Horizon) and since the pressure is so great down there, this could explode causing a huge tsunami. What are the facts on this?
    Since CNN seems to be the only news source standing by us here, please have your experts tell us the truth. We can't get any reliable information here. I live withing 10 minutes of the coast here in the Pensacola area.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:23 am |