Dec. 14, 2021

Brett Thomas (CAVU Venture Partners) - How He Adds Billboard Value, His Approach to Brand Building, and When Consumer Companies Should Raise Capital

Brett Thomas (CAVU Venture Partners) - How He Adds Billboard Value, His Approach to Brand Building, and When Consumer Companies Should Raise Capital

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Our guest today is Brett Thomas co-founder of CAVU Venture Partners.

CAVU Venture Partners builds brands for a healthier world. Some of their investments include WHOOP, Poppi, and Once Upon a Farm. We chat about his transition from hedge funds and the public markets to early stage companies, how his introduction helping companies was getting on billboards and the impact of that channel and how he came to found CAVU. Without further ado, here's Brett.

In this episode you will learn:

  1. What was your initial attraction to consumer brands?
  2. How did you end up at Scout Capital?
  3. How did CAVU come together?
  4. What's the differentiation at CAVU?
  5. When do you typically get involved in startups?
  6. Should startups pay more attention to offline
  7. What were you learnings from COVID
  8. When does it make sense to go to retailHow do you find where the consumer is going
  9. How do you get to conviction within a company?
  10. How do you think about brand? What makes a compelling brand?
  11. What's the main reason why you pass?
  12. How do you think about product differentiation?
  13. When does it make sense for companies to start omnichannel from the beginning?
  14. How should a company think about their channel marketing mix?
  15. What's a successful marketing campaign to you?
  16. What's one thing you would change about venture capital within consumer?
  17. What's one book that inspired you personally and one book that inspired you professionally? Steven Schwartzman - What It Takes
  18. What's one piece of advice for founders?