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Mike Asem (M25) - Why the midwest the perfect place to launch and invest in consumer startups, diversity report insights and creating a VC board game

Aug. 2, 2022

Our guest today is Mike Asem, General Partner of M25. M25 is an early-stage venture firm based in Chicago, investing solely in companies headquartered in the Midwest. We discuss what movie got intrigued by venture capital, w…

Jeff Nobbs (Zero Acre Farms) - How he's changing cooking oil for the better

July 26, 2022

On today’s episode we’re talking about cooking oils. Thank you Craig Shapiro for the introduction to our guest today is Jeff Nobbs, who is the founder and CEO of Zero Acre Farms. Zero Acre Farms is on a mission to remove des…

Mark Achler (MATH Venture Partners) - How to Exit Right

July 21, 2022

My guest today is Mark Achler, who is a serial entrepreneur and Managing Partner at MATH Venture Partners. Recently he published his book that he co-wrote with Mert Iseri called Exit Right. which is about how to position and…

Justine Palefsky (Kindred) - How she created a travel community that led to a house swapping platform, how to construct a marketplace where your supply equals your demand, and approach to monetization

July 19, 2022

Our guest today is Justine Palefsky, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Kindred. Kindred is the trusted home swapping network and harnesses the power of community to allow you to travel more for less. We discuss the opportunity within…

Juan Pablo Cappello (Nue Life) - Ketamine and psychedelic therapy, what’s wrong with current healthcare incentives, and picking the right investment partners

July 14, 2022

Our guest today is Juan Pablo Cappello, founder of Nue Life. Nue Life is a mental wellness company that offers in-home ketamine therapy. This was a fascinating conversation about where our current healthcare system has faile…

Luke Vernon (Ridgeline Ventures) - Why family offices are great investment partners for brands, investment timelines and do brands need product innovation to succeed?

July 12, 2022

My guest today is Luke Vernon, Managing Partner of Ridgeline Ventures. Ridgeline Ventures is an independent investment group that provides founders and brands a unique alternative to traditional investment firms. Some of the…

Joe Spector (Dutch) - How he’s changing the pet industry and how his approach to fundraising has evolved

July 8, 2022

Our guest today is Joe Spector, Founder & CEO of Dutch. Dutch is the online vet care when you need it. Previously Joe was one of the founders of hims & hers. We discuss the opportunity he saw within pet insurance and care, h…

Brian O’Malley (Forerunner Ventures) - How he’s investing in the empowerment economy, the evolution of consumer venture capital and raising $1 billion fund

July 5, 2022

Our guest today is Brian O’Malley, Partner at Forerunner. Forerunner is one of the top consumer venture capital firms that tirelessly champions founders who deliver the innovation they demand. Some of Brian’s investments inc…

John Timar (Kill Cliff) - Why they doubled down on their core audience in times of doubt, How the Navy SEALs inspired the creation of the brand, and His approach to partnerships for growth

June 29, 2022

Our guest today is John Timar, CEO of Kill Cliff. Kill Cliff is America’s best-selling clean energy drink and the official drink of the Atlanta Braves. We discuss how the Navy Seals impacted John and led the founding of Kill…

Patrick Chun (Juxtapose) - What is an inception stage investment firm, why it’s less risky than modern venture capital, how he recruits CEOs to lead each business he incubates

June 23, 2022

Our guest today is Patrick Chun, Founding Partner of Juxtapose. Juxtapose is an inception stage investment firm. Some of the companies that they founded include Tend, Care/of, and Dayforward. Their process for how they build…

Patrick Schwarzenegger (MOSH) - Why he's creating the tools for a "mindstyle" lifestyle, why he co-founded a brain bar brand and how he got into angel investing in health and wellness brands

June 21, 2022

My guest today is Patrick Schwarzenegger, CEO and cofounder of Mosh. Mosh is a brain wellness brand co-founded by both Patrick and his mom, Maria Shriver. They’re on a mission to change the conversation about brain health th…

Ariana Thacker (Conscience VC) - What it means to invest in deep tech x consumer, How she raised her first VC fund, and Her definition of a moat

June 16, 2022

Our guest today is Ariana Thacker, founder of Conscience VC. Conscience invests into early-stage & science-led consumer startups. We’re going to discuss why science-led consumer startups is contrarian in itself, what are rea…

Paul Voge (Aura Bora) - Why he decided to found a sparkling water company with weird flavors, How he entered retail during COVID, and What perception he would change when founding a CPG business

June 14, 2022

Our guest today is Paul Voge, one of the founders and CEO of Aura Bora. Aura Bora is sparkling water made from real herbs, fruits, and flowers for earthly tastes and heavenly feelings. The flavors are definitely one of kind …

Joe Marchese (Human Ventures) - What marketing channels brands overlook, how to partner with founders and build investment firms

June 8, 2022

Our guest today is Joe Marchese, who is a serial entrepreneur and has started a few VC funds including Human Ventures, Casa Komos, Groundswell, True X, Reserve and Attention Capital. His resume is pretty wild. Joe has alot o…

Matt Nichols (Commerce Ventures) - How Brands Can Leverage Web.3 to Build Community, The Future of Retail From a Crypto Lens, and Use Cases Where Web.3 Might Not Be Impactful

June 1, 2022

My guest today is Matt Nichols, founder of Commerce Ventures. They back entrepreneurs from every background building the infrastructure for tomorrow's industries. We focus our time deconstructing web.3 and how it could be im…

Seth Goldman & Chef Spike Mendelsohn (Eat The Change & PLNT Burger) - Why they decided to found two companies together, and their approach to making the world a better place

May 26, 2022

Our guests today are Seth Goldman and Spike Mendelsohn, co-founders of Eat The Change and PLNT Burger. Eat the Change is a snack company that’s on a mission to create chef-crafted and nutrient-dense snacks that are kind to t…

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…