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Marcos Gonzalez (VamosVentures) - Why he left PE to start a VC fund that invests in minority-led businesses

Nov. 22, 2022

Our guest today is Marcos Gonzalez , Founder & Managing Partner of VamosVentures . VamosVentures is committed to creating a pipeline of diverse VC investors. Their investments include Stix , DRNXSMYTH , and Suma .  We also …

Steve Case (AOL, Revolution & Rise of the Rest) - Why He's Optimistic About Innovation in Secondary and Tertiary American Cities

Nov. 15, 2022

Thank you Tige Savage for the introduction to our guest today, Steve Case . Steve is the co-founder / former CEO of AOL . He also founded Revolution & Rise of the Rest. Revolution focuses on early-stage venture capital inves…

Joe Welch (In Good Taste) – How you can make money in wine and why he left tech to found a beverage company

Nov. 8, 2022

Thank you Connor Ryan for introducing me to our guest today, Joe Welch , Founder & CEO of In Good Taste . In Good Taste allows you to explore the world of wine with their eight 6-ounce bottle wine flights. We discuss: Why he…

Wayne Hu and Josh Constine (SignalFire) - The Current State of NFTs & Which Web2 media Platform is Best Positioned for Web3?

Nov. 3, 2022

Our guests today are Wayne Hu (Partner) & Josh Constine (Venture Partner & Head of Content) at SignalFire . SignalFire is the first Venture Capital firm built from the ground up as a technology company. We discuss: The promi…

Ben Jones (Haus Labs by Lady Gaga) - Inside Lady Gaga's Beauty Brand

Nov. 1, 2022

Our guest today is Ben Jones, CEO of Haus Labs by Lady Gaga. Haus Labs by Lady Gaga is Lady Gaga’s clean artistry makeup brand powered by innovation. Here's some of the questions I ask: How did you meet Lady Gaga and what wa…

Katlin Smith (Simple Mills) - How She's Building a Next Generation Food Company

Oct. 27, 2022

Our guest today is Katlin Smith, founder and CEO of Simple Mills. Simple Mills are Clean, nutritious foods for a better life - it’s that simple. I’m a big fan of their products. We discuss the insight and inspiration behind …

Eze Vidra (Remagine Ventures) - Investing in Israel, Media, and the Metaverse

Oct. 20, 2022

Our guest today is Eze Vidra, Managing Partner of Remagine Ventures. Remagine, focuses on a cluster of these interconnected sectors, specifically media, entertainment, sports, commerce and data. We discuss consumer tech inve…

Abraham Shafi (IRL) - Building a community rather than an audience

Oct. 18, 2022

Our guest today is Abe Shafi, co-founder and CEO of IRL. IRL is Your group messaging app where you can Chat, create polls, post photos, and coordinate plans with your friends. We discuss: The founding story of IRL and the or…

Ashleigh Hinde (Waldo) - Building a brand with a product you can't see - contact lenses

Oct. 14, 2022

Our guest today is Ashleigh Hinde, Founder and CEO of Waldo. Waldo makes daily contact lenses without the hassle or price tag. We discuss how she’s building a brand with a product that you can’t see, how she approaches e-com…

Mike Hirshland (Resolute Ventures) - The state of pre-seed & seed investing

Oct. 11, 2022

Our guest today is Mike Hirshland, co-founder of Resolute Ventures. Resolute Ventures is a lead seed and “pre-seed” investor focused on backing and connecting a community of Founders who share an entrepreneurial spirit and e…

Michael Senackerib (Dewey's Bakery) - How a 90-year old bake shop turned into a CPG powerhouse

Oct. 6, 2022

Our guest today is Mike Senacareb, CEO of Dewey’s Bakery. Dewey’s Bakery was founded in 1930 in Winston-Salem and was famous regionally for their baked goods. Fairly recently they opened a CPG line with lots of treats. Their…

Mike Mayer (Windmill) - Building the smart AC Unit that's eye candy for your window

Oct. 4, 2022

Our guest today is Mike Mayer, Co-CEO of Windmill. Windmill is the smart, quiet AC unit that looks nice. As you can imagine, we discuss the wonderful world of air conditioning. How he co-founded Windmill with his brother if …

Matt Gibson (New Culture) - Creating Cheese Without the Cow

Sept. 30, 2022

Our guest today is Matt Gibson, co-founder and CEO of New Culture. New Culture makes animal-free dairy products that stretch, melt, and taste like the real deal through fermentation. We’re going to discuss why he made animal…

Noah Gray (Onda) - How he's Scaling Shay Mitchell's Tequila Seltzer Brand

Sept. 27, 2022

Our guest today is Noah Gray, co-founder CEO of Onda. Onda is a sparkling tequila brand famously co-founded by Shay Mitchell. We discuss how Onda came to be, how Shay became involved, the intersection of celebrity and consum…

Brent Vartan (Bullish) - How desires lead to opportunities & Bullish on Consumer Report

Sept. 22, 2022

Our guest today is Brent Vartan, Managing Partner of Bullish. Bullish is an investment firm and Brand Agency designed for consumer businesses living early in an S-curve. Some of their investments include Peloton, Harry’s and…

Cristina Nuñez (True Beauty Ventures) - How to invest in beauty and personal care brands

Sept. 20, 2022

Our guest today is Cristina Nuñez, Co-founder and General Partner of True Beauty Ventures. Some of their investments include Maude, Crown Affair, and K18. Today’s episode focuses on how to invest and build a beauty and perso…

Alison Cayne (Haven's Kitchen) - From founding a cooking school to creating a sauce brand

Sept. 15, 2022

Our guest today is Alison Cayne , who is the founder of Haven’s Kitchen . Haven’s Kitchen is a cooking school and a sauce brand that creates fresh sauces in easy-squeezy, lightweight pouches. In this episode we discuss: Why …

Chuck Newhall (NEA) - How he founded one of the most successful venture capital firms in history

Sept. 8, 2022

Our guest today is Chuck Newhall, who is one of the founders of New Enterprise Associates or also known as NEA. NEA is one the largest and most renowned venture capital firms in the world. The companies he financed have over…

Nick Moran (New Stack Ventures) - Going from podcast to syndicate to fund, how he’s investing in founders outside major markets and the state of the current VC market

Aug. 25, 2022

Our guest today is Nick Moran, General Partner of New Stack Ventures. New Stack's mission is to invest in the Outsiders. Nick is also the host of The Full Ratchet. We discuss why he’s bearish about Web 3 short term, how he t…

Sita Chantramonklasri (Siam Capital) - How to raise a VC fund as a first-time manager, what investing in sustainability really means and her due diligence process

Aug. 23, 2022

Thank you Oscar Adelman for the introduction to our guest today, Sita Chantramonklasri, Founding Partner at Siam Capital. Siam Capital is in search of innovation that betters people and the planet. We discuss how Sita got in…

Clément Pointillart (Verlinvest) - How do you examine brand equity, Why rummaging through the trash made him interested in consumer and Does product innovation matter in CPG

Aug. 18, 2022

Our guest today is Clément Pointillart, Executive Director at Verlinvest. Verlinvest is Verlinvest is an international, evergreen investment company with over €2bn assets under management backed by families who have together…

Jonathan Wolfson (Brainiac Foods) - What nutrients have been missing for kids and how he’s changing it

Aug. 16, 2022

Our guest today is Jonathan Wolfson, who is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Brainiac Foods. Brainiac Foods produces brain-boosting snacks with the nutrients young minds need. We discuss his framework for founding a comp…

Susan Lin (Felix) - What consumer-driven means, what are real competitive advantages for companies, and why Felix raised $600 million

Aug. 9, 2022

Thank you Oksana Stowe for the introduction to our guest today, Susan Lin. Susan is a Partner at Felix Capital. Felix Capital is one of the premier consumer investors based in the UK. Some of their investments include Goop, …

Ollie Forsyth (Antler) - The New Creator Economy, Web3 and what social platforms are most vulnerable right now

Aug. 4, 2022

Our guest today is Ollie Forsyth, Global Community Manager and Investor at Antler. The global venture capital firm enabling and investing in the world's most exceptional people from the earliest stages. Ollie recently publis…