Dexter Holland: Punk Rocker, Hot Sauce Entrepreneur and AIDS Researcher

If you’re into music, you may know that Dexter Holland is the lead singer for The Offspring, a punk-rock band. What’s less known is the fact that he’s also a successful entrepreneur and a scientist.

Holland started a hot sauce company, Gringo Bandito, when he was in his early 40s.  Apparently, the inspiration for his business occurred during an everyday moment.  In this Marketplace.org radio interview, he explained, “I’m sitting eating a taco one day, putting some hot sauce on it and I’m thinking, why don’t I have a hot sauce?”  Holland created his own recipe and, after a positive response from friends and co-workers, began selling it.

In addition to the hot sauce gig, the multidimensional Holland has another impressive endeavor: He’s a molecular biologist who’s working on his Ph.D. and conducting research to find ways to stop AIDs/HIV.

As he told Marketplace, Holland’s success in non-music ventures doesn’t mean he plans to stop making music anytime soon. But he won’t be singing about the same things he did when he was 20.

Said Holland, “You can’t really write about mortgage payments or stuff like that … but you can talk about, let’s make the world a better place.”

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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16 Responses to Dexter Holland: Punk Rocker, Hot Sauce Entrepreneur and AIDS Researcher

  1. Sounds like a man on the go, how wonderful that he has many talents 🙂

  2. cavegirlmba says:

    Thanks – that was an interesting one!

  3. Madhumita says:

    Truly an inspiration. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

  4. mcwatty9 says:

    Wow. New found respect for Dexter Holland.

  5. It’s really nice to know there are a lot of us late bloomers out there!

  6. blissluk says:

    I didn’t know that about Dexter! Great information you shared with us! Dexter is simply amazing! 🙂

  7. Fred says:

    Thanks for sharing. I agree with the other bloggers here — it’s refreshing to find a good example of someone who is so professional, passionate and successful at more than one thing.

    • lbstrang says:

      I agree. At first glance, Dexter’s areas of interest seem unconnected — but when you think about it, you see how they overlap. His background in science probably helped him develop his hot sauce recipe.

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