Episodes

Brian Reilly (Will Ventures) - The opportunities investing in sports, media and telehealth

June 22, 2021

My guest today is Brian Reilly , founder of Will Ventures . Will Ventures is a venture capital fund that focused exclusively on leveraging the power of sport to shape the future. In this episode (as you can imagine) you'll learn about sports technology, health and wellness innovation and what's nex…

Sandy Gibson (Better Place Forests) - New natural traditions for your final resting place

June 17, 2021

My guest today is Sandy Gibson , founder of Better Place Forests . Better Place Forests is America's first conservation memorial forests. Instead of graves and tombstones, families choose a private, protected family tree to return their ashes to the earth together. In this episode, we talk building…

John Gannon (GoingVC) - How to break into venture capital and the power of cohort based learning

June 15, 2021

My guest today is John Gannon , founder of GoingVC . GoingVC is a VC Career accelerator. GoingVC is designed to help you break into venture capital by directly connecting motivated VC job seekers with VC firms. and you can learn VC through cohort based learning. GoingVC also has its own investment …

Ben Zises (SuperAngel.Fund) - Starting a rolling fund, what first check-in means, and lessons learned from founding

June 10, 2021

My guest today is Ben Zises , founder of SuperAngel.fund . SuperAngel Fund is an early stage rolling fund investing in Consumer, PropTech & Future of Work companies. Some of the companies he's invested in are quip, Caraway and Arber. Ben is usually the first check in on the investments that he make…

Justin Kolbeck (Wild Type) - Creating the most sustainable seafood, the state of the ocean, and developing fast feedback loops

June 8, 2021

My guest today is Justin Kolbeck , CEO and co-founder of Wild Type . Wild Type is on a mission to create the cleanest most sustainable seafood on the planet, starting with salmon. This is the first founder of a cell based food company I've had on the show and as someone who didn't know much about c…

Steve Sashen (Xero Shoes) - Building the ultimate minimalist shoe

June 3, 2021

Our guest today is Steven Sashen , one of the founders and CEO of Xero Shoes . Xero Shoes produces lightweight minimalist footwear designed for walking, running, and athletics. Here are some of the questions I ask Steven: How did you discover minimalism shoes and what led you to founding Zero Shoes…

Ariel Kaye (Parachute) - Creating the leading brand in bedding and home decor

June 1, 2021

Our guest today is Ariel Kaye , founder of Parachute. Parachute is a vertically integrated high end bedding company that is Designed in LA. Manufactured in Italy. Delivered directly to you. In this episode you'll learn how Ariel saw the opportunity to create a brand in bedding, approached an omni-c…

Lindsay Kaplan (Chief) - Building the network for women leaders

May 27, 2021

Our guest today is Lindsay Kaplan , Co-founder of Chief . Chief is a private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders. Previously, she was part of Casper’s founding team to lead communications and brand engagement. In thie episode you'll learn about the inner workings of professio…

Kate Shillo Beardsley (Hannah Grey) - The early days of venture capital in New York, learning from Martha Stewart, and the creator economy

May 25, 2021

Our guest today is Kate Shillo Beardsley , Partner at Hannah Grey . Hannah Grey is a first check venture fund investing in founders reimagining everyday experiences to improve work and life. In this chat we went down alot of fun rabbit holes like what we could all learn from Martha Stewart, what Ne…

Mark Gainey (Strava) - Building the social network for athletes

May 20, 2021

Thank you Mike Ghaffary for the introduction to our guest today, Mark Gainey , the founder of Strava . Strava is the #1 app for runners and bikers and is the destination to record any activity. In this conversation we talk about how Mark's passion for sports compelled him to Strava, what focus real…

Matteo Franceschetti (Eight Sleep) - Why we should optimize our sleep

May 18, 2021

Our guest today is Matteo Franceschetti , founder and CEO of Eight Sleep , The #1 Smart Mattress, designed to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. In this episode, you'll learn about how Matteo thinks about sleep, why we should optimize it, habits that help us get to sleep and where eight s…

Amir Nathoo (Outschool) - Building a direct to family marketplace to help kids learn what they want to learn

May 13, 2021

Thank you Mereces Bent to the intro to our guest today, Amir Nathoo. Amir Nathoo , is the founder of Outschool . Outschool is an education marketplace/platform that offers a variety of engaging, small-group classes online that gives kids the unique opportunity to explore their interests in-depth. T…

Madeline Haydon (nutpods) - Developing creamers from scratch with no food and bev experience, using Amazon as a testing ground, and fundraising without a network

May 11, 2021

Thank you Alison Ryu for the introduction to our guest today, Madeline Haydon . Madeline is Founder and CEO of nutpods . nut pods is a dairy-free half and half alternative made from almonds and MCT-rich coconuts in a convenient, easy to use coffee creamer. What I most appreciated from this conversa…

Elizabeth Galbut (SoGal Ventures) - The biggest arbitrage opportunity of her lifetime, managing a global investment fund, and leveraging her community to make decisions

May 6, 2021

My guest today is Elizabeth Galbut , one of the founding partners of SoGal Ventures . SoGal Ventures is the is the first female-led, next generation venture capital firm. In this episode we discuss how Elizabeth's interests led to thinking about consumer innovation, how she started a fund, the bigg…

Ryan Gnesin (Elevate Brands) - Investing and Scaling Amazon Brands

May 4, 2021

My guest today is Ryan Gnesin , founder of Elevate Brands . Elevate Brands buys consumer-leading Amazon FBA brands and elevate them to their full potential. This is a little bit of a different episode as the focus is creating and scaling brands on Amazon and how you can leverage Amazon across other…

Dan Reich (Troops.ai + TULA) - From skincare to SaaS, building B2C and B2B businesses

April 29, 2021

My guest today is Dan Reich , who is a serial entrepreneur. Some of the companies he founded are Spinback, TULA and Troops.ai . TULA started as a digitally native health and beauty brand where Dan served as CEO from inception to over $1mm in sales in less than one year. Troops is a B2B technology c…

Robin Li (GGV Capital) - What U.S. investors can learn from China's consumer internet, bringing small businesses online and opportunities in the creator economy

April 27, 2021

My guest today is Robin Li , Principal at GGV Capital . GGV is a global venture capital fund that invests in seed to growth stage companies. Some of their companies include Airbnb, Poshmark, Alibaba, and Peloton. We discuss how GGV makes decisions on a global scale, what opportunities in consumer i…

Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard (Slumberkins) - Creating stories to help teach children emotional learning, scaling organically and fundraising when you don't have a lead investor

April 22, 2021

Thank you Rick Desai for introducing me to today's guests Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard , founders of Slumberkins . Slumberkins is a leading children’s educational brand on a mission to promote early emotional learning through a combination of creatures and story telling. We're going to learn…