Episodes

Eric Doty (Loupe) - Building the world's largest community of sports card collectors

April 15, 2021

Thank you Arie Abecassis for the introduction to our guest today Eric Doty , founder of Loupe . Loupe is a FREE app built for the modern sports card collector. We talk about box breaks, how he thinks about the sports card collecting market, solving the classic chicken or the egg, supply/demand trap…

Monique Woodard (Cake Ventures) - The three layers of cake investment thesis, the future of work, and demographic changes that lead into opportunity

April 13, 2021

Thank you Samara Hernandez for the intro to our guest today, Monique Woodard . Monique is the founding Partner of Cake Ventures. Cake invests in companies that address the needs of a world undergoing massive demographic changes. We break down the three layers of Cake or themes that Monique focuses …

Sara Deshpande (Maven) - Investing in companies building on top of Zoom and opportunities in Telehealth

April 8, 2021

My guest today is Sara Deshpande , Partner at Maven Ventures . Maven Ventures is a consumer focused micro-fund that focuses on investing in seed stage companies. Some of their investments include Zoom, Wild Type, Angellist and Nuggs. What I most enjoyed about this conversation was looking at what t…

Morgan Hirsh (Public Goods) - Finding simplicity while focusing on selling sustainable essentials

April 6, 2021

My guest today is Morgan Hirsh , CEO and founder of Public Goods . Public Goods is your one stop shop for healthy, sustainable, everyday essentials you can trust. This episode helps to demystify or understand what sustainability means or could mean for consumer products. I also loved learning about…

Alexandra Fine (Dame Products) - Normalizing Sexual Wellness and Self Care Products

April 1, 2021

My guest today is Alex Fine , founder of Dame Products . Dame is the home of phenomenally fun toys for adults, that helps people to upgrade their self care with toys for sex. They were also named one of the most innovative wellness companies in 2020 by Fast Company. We touch on alot of areas in bot…

Aditi Dash and Joe Hovde (CircleUp) - Balancing data with founder-market fit when investing in consumer brands

March 29, 2021

My guests today are Aditi Dash and Joe Hovde from CircleUp . CircleUp Growth Partners is an early-stage consumer fund that takes a data-driven approach investing in compelling companies. Aditi is one of the investment partners and Joe is one of the data analysts. This is a fascinating conversation …

Wendy Tsu & Susannah Shipton (AlleyCorp) - Going from idea to venture-scalable business

March 25, 2021

My guests today are Wendy Tsu who is a partner of new business ventures at AlleyCorp and Susannah Shipton , Head of Platform and investor at AlleyCorp . AlleyCorp was founded by Kevin Ryan and both founds and funds companies in New York. On this particular episode, we're going to focus more on the …

Investors Consumer Products

Leigh Radford (P&G Ventures) - What is Corporate Venture Capital, and the Advantages For Aspiring Brands

March 23, 2021

Thank you Elizabeth Edwards for introducing me to our guest today. Leigh Radford , the Senior Vice President, Founder & General Manager of P&G Ventures . We discuss what is corporate venture capital, how P&G partners with brands, and the advantages for aspiring brands. Without further ado, here's L…

Investors Consumer Products

Carey Smith (Unorthodox) - Scaling Big Ass Fans to $250 million and What It Means to be a Contrarian Investor

March 18, 2021

My guest today is Carey Smith . Carey is the founder of Big Ass Fans , which in less than two decades he took the company from 0 to $250 million in revenue, without the help of investors. Following the sale of Big Ass Fans, Carey started Unorthodox Ventures , where he partners with extraordinary fo…

Founders Consumer Products Technology

Helaine Knapp (CITYROW) - How Running Injuries Led Her To Start Boutique Rowing Fitness Gyms and Transforming The Studio Experience to At-Home

March 16, 2021

Thank you Katie Shea for introducing me to today's guest Helaine Knapp , founder and CEO of CITYROW . CITYROW is a boutique fitness studio which started in New York City that specializes in a total body, high-intensity, low-impact workout using a water-based rowing machine and strength-training exe…

Founders Consumer Products

Brandon Schwartz and Lawrence Cisneros (DRNXMYTH) - Creating World Class Cocktails, Partnering with Bartenders, and Creating a Marketplace Out of a Bottle

March 11, 2021

Thank you Carlton Fowler for the introduction to today's guests Brandon Schwartz and Lawrence Cisneros, co-founders of DRNXMYTH . DRNXMYTH Makes The Best Cocktails Ever Bottled. I have to say, these are amazing. I tried the product a few weeks ago and think what they are building with DRNXMYTH is v…

Founders Consumer Products

Kelsey Moreira (Doughp) - Leaving Tech to Start a Cookie Dough Company, Growth of Ecommerce During COVID, and Her Appearance on Shark Tank

March 9, 2021

Thank you Sumeet Shah for introducing me to our guest today Kelsey Moreira , founder and Co-CEO of Doughp . Doughp makes 100% raw cookie dough. As you probably can guess, we talk all things cookie dough as well as why Kelsey moved from Oakland to set up shop in Las Vegas, effects of COVID in her st…

Investors Technology

Mercedes Bent (Lightspeed) - The State of Series A, Future of EdTech, and Evolution of Investment Products

March 4, 2021

My guest today is Mercedes Bent , who is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and is on their consumer investing team. Lightspeed Venture Partners's mission is to serve the world’s most extraordinary people who are building tomorrow’s companies today. Some of her portfolio includes Forage, Stor…

Founders Consumer Products

Hugh Thomas (Ugly) - The Opportunity He Saw With Sparkling Water, Why He Started OmniChannel, and Approach to Overseas Expansion

March 2, 2021

Our guest today is Hugh Thomas , founder of Ugly . Ugly is the refreshingly honest sparkling water in a can. No sugar, no calories, no sodium, no sweetners. We discuss his background and how working at Vita Coco impacted him to found Ugly, why he went retail on day one, and his expansion strategy a…

Investors Consumer Products

Tyler Morgan (BFG Partners): How His Passion for Health & Wellness Led Him Into CPG, Changes During COVID, and The Evolution of BFG

Feb. 18, 2021

My guest today is Tyler Morgan , Vice President at BFG Partners . BFG Partners invests in entrepreneurs that build exceptional businesses in the better-for-you food, beverage, and consumer products space. Some of their investments include Olipop, Quinn Snacks, and Bear Naked. I really enjoyed my ti…

Investors Consumer Products

Deborah Benton (Willow Growth Partners) - The Need to Focus on Profitability from Day One, Why Raising Lots of Money Doesn't Mean Success, and Her Investment Philosophy at Willow Growth

Feb. 16, 2021

Thank you Sunny Dhillon for the introduction to today's guest, Deborah Benton . Deb is the founder and general partner of Willow Growth Partners . Willow provides early growth capital to entrepreneurs building the next generation of transformative consumer brands and the disruptive technologies tha…

Founders Technology

Brendan Rogers (Wag! and 2 a.m.) - Founding Wag!, Scaling by Doing Unscalable Things, and Investment Opportunities in India

Feb. 11, 2021

My guest today is Brendan Rogers , one of the co-founders of Wag! and 2 a.m . Wag! is #1 app for pet parents and the leading on-demand dog walking platform. 2 a.m is a venture fund, investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs in India. We discuss the insight that led to the founding of Wag!, …

Amanda Groves (PLUS Capital) - The Power of Celebrity, The Most Unlikely Partnership, and Managing an Advisory Practice with a VC Fund

Feb. 9, 2021

Thank you Sita for the intro to our guest today, Amanda Groves , one of the partners at PLUS Capital . PLUS Capital is an advisement and venture fund trusted by elite artists and athletes to invest in and build transformative companies. We talk about how to think about analyzing true value from cel…