Episodes

Amy Lacey (Cali’flour Foods) - How she created a cauliflower pizza dough that exploded online and the changes she had to make for retail

May 24, 2022

Our guest today is Amy Lacey, founder of Cali’flour Foods. Cali’flour makes craveable comfort food that’s always low carb. With simple fresh ingredients and no fillers. That includes pizzas, crusts, flatbreads, crackers and …

Melissa Urban (Whole30) - How she founded Whole30 and created her own health & wellness content empire

May 19, 2022

Our guest today is Melissa Urban, Founder of Whole30. The Whole30 program eliminates cravings, improves physical energy and quality of sleep and has changed millions of people’s lives. It’s a pretty amazing story. We’re goin…

Jordan Gaspar (AF Ventures) - How she transitioned from law to investor, when brands are going omnichannel, and her approach to portfolio construction

May 17, 2022

Our guest today is Jordan Gaspar, the Managing Partner at AF Ventures. AF Ventures is dedicated to growing the next generation of brands, having invested in Circul, By Heart and Harmless Harvest. We discuss how she founded A…

Marc Hostovsky (Minoan) - How he's creating 'native retail', connecting ecommerce and in real life experiences to try out products

May 12, 2022

My guest today is Marc Hostovsky, founder of Minoan. Minoan connects people with products in spaces that feel like home. This is a concept that Marc calls native retail. We discuss what’s missing today when it comes to tryin…

Natalie Gordon (Babylist) - How she combined content and commerce to better serve expecting parents, her approach to raising capital and creative product partnerships

May 5, 2022

Our guest today is Natalie Gordon, founder and CEO of Babylist. Babylist is a baby registry and ecommerce platform, combining content, commerce and data to serve millions of expecting and new parents. We focus on why Natalie…

Nick Saltarelli (Mid-Day Squares) - How he built a passionate audience, why his family decided to found a chocolate company, and their approach to content

May 3, 2022

Our guest today is Nick Saltarelli one of the Co-founders of Mid-Day Squares. Mid-Day Squares is the first functional chocolate bar. Nick founded the company with his wife, Leslie and brother-in-law Jake. We discuss how and …

Michael Duda (Bullish) - How to invest in brands that can appeal to the early majority, the two ways to win as a brand, and why all consumers are liars

April 28, 2022

Our guest today is our second second time guest, Mike Duda. Mike is the General Partner at Bullish. Bullish is a consumer only venture capital fund and creative agency. Some of their investments include Sunday, Spark Grills,…

Sumi Das (CapitalG) - How to invest in consumer tech in both U.S. and emerging markets, when does the growth stage start, and the advantages of having a single LP structure

April 26, 2022

My guest today is Sumi Das, who is a Partner at CapitalG. CapitalG is Alphabet’s independent growth fund. Some of their investments include Airbnb, Lyft, and Duolingo. We discuss CapitalG’s relationship to Google, Google Ven…

Nuno Gonçalves Pedro (Chamaeleon) - What consumer technology will make its way to the west, do companies create new markets, what’s after the iPhone?

April 20, 2022

Thank you Ashish for introducing me to our guest today, Nuno Gonçalves Pedro, General Partner at Chameleon. Chameleon typically invests at the seed and series a level principally product led technology companies. Some of the…

Bilal Zuberi (Lux Capital) - Why investing in technological innovation is overlooked by most VCs, how to invest in at the intersection of deep tech x consumer

April 13, 2022

Our guest today is Bilal Zuberi, Partner at Lux Capital. Lux Capital Investing in people inventing the future. Some of their investments include Happiest Baby, Citizen, Carbon Health and Duck Duck Go. Bilal also founded GEO2…

Jeff Cantalupo and Brentos Fernandez (Listen Ventures) - How to build compelling brands through the power of storytelling

April 11, 2022

Thank you Erin Grant for pitching this as an episode idea and making it happen. This episode is all about storytelling. What does a good story need, what are the mechanics, and how to build a compelling brand through the pow…

Michele Romanow (Clearco) - The Three Critical Marketing Metrics for DTC Brands, When VC Money Makes Sense and When It doesn't and The Insight That Led to Founding Clearco

April 4, 2022

Thank you Radha Kapoor for the introduction to Michele Romanow, co-founder and CEO of Clearco. Clearco offers fast affordable funding for ecommerce companies to fund your inventory or marketing needs. Michele is a serial en…

Mac the VC (Rarebreed Ventures) - How He Leveraged Twitter To Raise a Fund, Why He Decided To Start RareBreed, How He Evaluates Customer Acquisition Strategy, and The Current State of Venture Capital

March 30, 2022

Our guest today is McKeever Conwell II or as he’s most well known Mac the VC, Founder and managing partner of Rarebreed Ventures. RareBreed Ventures is a pre-seed fund that invests in exceptional founders primarily outside o…

Michael Ronen (Branded) - Why He's Building a Portfolio of Amazon Brands, The Aggregation Opportunity within eCommerce and Why He Left SoftBank Investment Partners

March 28, 2022

Our guest today is Michael Ronen, co-founder and President of Branded. Branded acquires and partners with top performing Amazon sellers. So as you can imagine, we’re going to be talking about creating brands on Amazon. Previ…

Jason Karp (HumanCo) - How he started Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate, The Rebranding of Coconut Bliss to Cosmic Bliss, His Value System within Food and His Mission with HumanCo

March 23, 2022

So this was our first LIVE episode, which we recorded at Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden in Austin, TX during SXSW. To everyone who came out and was there in the flesh, thank you thank you thank you and a special thanks to Marc …

Jackie Fast (Sandbox Studios) - How to Build a Talent-Led Brand, The Intersection of Celebrity x Entrepreneurship and What Makes A Great Partnership

March 8, 2022

Our guest today is Jackie Fast, Managing Partner at Sandbox Studios VC. Sandbox Studios is a 'next-generation' venture capital firm which addresses the challenge of funding and collaboration expertise for celebrity-owned pr…

Greer Tessler and Cara Kaufman (Simple Food Ventures) - Why they only invest in CPG products that work on-shelf, the difference between better for the planet and better for you, and analyzing product differentiation

March 1, 2022

Our guests today are Greer Terrler and Cara Kaufman, founders of Simple Food Ventures. Simple Food Ventures is an early stage venture firm that invests in the future of healthy foods and products. We discuss how they both be…

Ksenia Yudina (UNest) - How she's Helping Parents Invest in Their Kids

Feb. 17, 2022

Our guest is Ksenia Yudina, the Founder and CEO of UNest, the first mobile app that makes it easier than ever for parents to open a simple and affordable tax-advantaged investment account for their kids. We talk about how sh…

Eric Kinariwala (Capsule) - How one visit to pick up his prescription led him to create a new type of pharmacy

Feb. 15, 2022

Our guest today is Eric Kinariwala, founder and CEO of Capsule. Capsule is the pharmacy that delivers your prescriptions, the same day, for free. We discuss the pharmacy visit that led to his aha moment of founding Capsule, …

Mike Smerklo (Next Coast Ventures) - What it was like working for Ben Horowitz, How he set up a search fund and bought a company, Why he invests in consumer when he comes from enterprise

Feb. 10, 2022

My guest today is Mike Smerklo, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Next Coast Ventures and author of Mr. Monkey and Me. Next Coast is investing in a new generation of entrepreneurs building disruptive companies in big mark…

Walker Drewett (NuBrakes) - How He Started a Mobile Brake Repair Company with No Automative Experience

Feb. 8, 2022

Thank you Mike Ghaffary for the introduction to our guest today, Walker Drewett, CEO and founder of Nu Brakes. We want to make the brake repair process simple and frustration-free. We discussed why Walker always had his hear…

Joe Kudla (Vuori) - What Was Missing From Active Apparel, How He Scaled His Brand Profitably, and How He Pivoted To Find Customer-Fit

Feb. 3, 2022

Thank you Nagraj Kashyap for the introduction to our guest today Joe Kudla , founder and CEO of Vuori . Vuori is Performance Apparel Is Built To Move & Sweat In, Yet Styled For Everyday Life. We discuss why Joe wanted to sta…

John Foraker (Once Upon a Farm) - How To Craft A Story For Retail, Why Jennifer Garner Came On Board as Chief of Brand, and Their Approach To Scale

Feb. 1, 2022

Our guest today is John Foraker , co-founder and CEO of Once Upon a Farm . Fresh snacks with immune-boosting probiotics to keep your little one's wellness top of mind. For chilly season or any reason! Before John was the CEO…

Brandon Yahn (Convivialité Ventures) - Why the Second Largest Wine & Spirit Company is Investing in Consumer Tech

Jan. 27, 2022

Our guest is Brandon Yahn , co-founder and partner of Convivialité Ventures . Convivialite is Pernod Ricard’s venture arm, the second largest wine & spirits company in the world. Their focus is to invest in technology compan…