Episodes

June 22, 2021

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

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 le...

June 17, 2021

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

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 r...

June 15, 2021

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

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 le...

June 10, 2021

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

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 an...

June 08, 2021

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

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 foo...

June 03, 2021

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

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...

June 01, 2021

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

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 Ar...

May 27, 2021

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

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 enga...

May 25, 2021

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

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 ...

May 20, 2021

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

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 ab...

May 18, 2021

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

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...

May 13, 2021

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

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 tha...

May 11, 2021

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

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 convenie...

May 06, 2021

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

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 l...

May 04, 2021

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

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...

April 29, 2021

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

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...

April 27, 2021

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

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 h...

April 22, 2021

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

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 ...

April 20, 2021

Andrew Dudum (hims & hers) - The Future of Telehealth

My guest today is Andrew Dudum , founder of hims & hers . Hims and hers is a telehealth company that sells personal care products, subscriptions and and over-the-counter drugs online. We discuss our current healthcare system,...

April 15, 2021

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

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 col...

April 13, 2021

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

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 chang...

April 08, 2021

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

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 an...

April 06, 2021

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

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 sustainabil...

April 01, 2021

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

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 we...