Episodes

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...

March 29, 2021

Aditi Dash and Joe Hovde (CircleUp) - Balancing data with founder-market fit when investing in consumer brands

My guests today are Aditi Dash and Joe Hovde from CircleUp . CircleUp Growth Partners is an early-stage consumer fund that takes a data-driven approach investing in compelling companies. Aditi is one of the investment partner...

March 25, 2021

Wendy Tsu & Susannah Shipton (AlleyCorp) - Going from idea to venture-scalable business

My guests today are Wendy Tsu who is a partner of new business ventures at AlleyCorp and Susannah Shipton , Head of Platform and investor at AlleyCorp . AlleyCorp was founded by Kevin Ryan and both founds and funds companies ...

March 23, 2021

Leigh Radford (P&G Ventures) - What is Corporate Venture Capital, and the Advantages For Aspiring Brands

Thank you Elizabeth Edwards for introducing me to our guest today. Leigh Radford , the Senior Vice President, Founder & General Manager of P&G Ventures . We discuss what is corporate venture capital, how P&G partners with bra...

Investors Consumer Products

March 18, 2021

Carey Smith (Unorthodox) - Scaling Big Ass Fans to $250 million and What It Means to be a Contrarian Investor

My guest today is Carey Smith . Carey is the founder of Big Ass Fans , which in less than two decades he took the company from 0 to $250 million in revenue, without the help of investors. Following the sale of Big Ass Fans, C...

Investors Consumer Products

March 16, 2021

Helaine Knapp (CITYROW) - How Running Injuries Led Her To Start Boutique Rowing Fitness Gyms and Transforming The Studio Experience to At-Home

Thank you Katie Shea for introducing me to today's guest Helaine Knapp , founder and CEO of CITYROW . CITYROW is a boutique fitness studio which started in New York City that specializes in a total body, high-intensity, low-i...

Founders Consumer Products Technology

March 11, 2021

Brandon Schwartz and Lawrence Cisneros (DRNXMYTH) - Creating World Class Cocktails, Partnering with Bartenders, and Creating a Marketplace Out of a Bottle

Thank you Carlton Fowler for the introduction to today's guests Brandon Schwartz and Lawrence Cisneros, co-founders of DRNXMYTH . DRNXMYTH Makes The Best Cocktails Ever Bottled. I have to say, these are amazing. I tried the p...

Founders Consumer Products

March 09, 2021

Kelsey Moreira (Doughp) - Leaving Tech to Start a Cookie Dough Company, Growth of Ecommerce During COVID, and Her Appearance on Shark Tank

Thank you Sumeet Shah for introducing me to our guest today Kelsey Moreira , founder and Co-CEO of Doughp . Doughp makes 100% raw cookie dough. As you probably can guess, we talk all things cookie dough as well as why Kelsey ...

Founders Consumer Products

March 04, 2021

Mercedes Bent (Lightspeed) - The State of Series A, Future of EdTech, and Evolution of Investment Products

My guest today is Mercedes Bent , who is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and is on their consumer investing team. Lightspeed Venture Partners's mission is to serve the world’s most extraordinary people who are buildi...

Investors Technology

March 02, 2021

Hugh Thomas (Ugly) - The Opportunity He Saw With Sparkling Water, Why He Started OmniChannel, and Approach to Overseas Expansion

Our guest today is Hugh Thomas , founder of Ugly . Ugly is the refreshingly honest sparkling water in a can. No sugar, no calories, no sodium, no sweetners. We discuss his background and how working at Vita Coco impacted him ...

Founders Consumer Products

February 18, 2021

Tyler Morgan (BFG Partners): How His Passion for Health & Wellness Led Him Into CPG, Changes During COVID, and The Evolution of BFG

My guest today is Tyler Morgan , Vice President at BFG Partners . BFG Partners invests in entrepreneurs that build exceptional businesses in the better-for-you food, beverage, and consumer products space. Some of their invest...

Investors Consumer Products

February 16, 2021

Deborah Benton (Willow Growth Partners) - The Need to Focus on Profitability from Day One, Why Raising Lots of Money Doesn't Mean Success, and Her Investment Philosophy at Willow Growth

Thank you Sunny Dhillon for the introduction to today's guest, Deborah Benton . Deb is the founder and general partner of Willow Growth Partners . Willow provides early growth capital to entrepreneurs building the next genera...

Investors Consumer Products

February 11, 2021

Brendan Rogers (Wag! and 2 a.m.) - Founding Wag!, Scaling by Doing Unscalable Things, and Investment Opportunities in India

My guest today is Brendan Rogers , one of the co-founders of Wag! and 2 a.m . Wag! is #1 app for pet parents and the leading on-demand dog walking platform. 2 a.m is a venture fund, investing in the next generation of entrepr...

Founders Technology

February 09, 2021

Amanda Groves (PLUS Capital) - The Power of Celebrity, The Most Unlikely Partnership, and Managing an Advisory Practice with a VC Fund

Thank you Sita for the intro to our guest today, Amanda Groves , one of the partners at PLUS Capital . PLUS Capital is an advisement and venture fund trusted by elite artists and athletes to invest in and build transformative...

February 04, 2021

Beatriz Acevedo (SUMA) - Why Personal Finance, How Content Can Build Community and Educate, and Creating Products Serving the Latinx Community

Thank you Samara Hernandez to our guest today, Beatriz Acevedo , CEO and co-founder of SUMA Wealth. SUMA is a revolutionary financial wellness company with the mission to engage, educate, and empower the Latinx community via ...

February 02, 2021

Rick Desai (Listen) - What Makes a Compelling Brand, Why He Loves Patagonia, and His Approach to Investing in Consumer Products

Thank you Samara Hernandez for introducing me to our guest today, Rick Desai , one of the Partners at Listen . Listen is a consumer venture capital fund that backs and builds the brand of tomorrow. Some of their investments i...

February 01, 2021

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January 28, 2021

Steven Wolfe Pereira (Encantos) - Teaching Kids 21st Century Skills, Building a Direct to Learner EdTech Company, and Overlooked Opportunities That Make Real Impact

Thank you Samara Hernandez for introducing me to today's guest, Steven Wolfe Pereira , co-founder and CEO of Encantos , an award-winning edtech company that believes kids learn best through play while teaching kids 21st centu...

January 26, 2021

Jeff Housenbold (Softbank) - Approach to Risk with $100B AUM, Identifying Markets That Are Ripe for Disruption, and Assessing Value Chains

My guest today is Jeff Housenbold , Managing Partner of Softbank's Vision Fund , the world's largest technology-focused venture capital fund, with over $100 billion in capital. Some of Jeff's investments are DoorDash, Compass...

January 21, 2021

Michael Nogen (Overton VC) - Founding Theality Maternity Wear, Learnings Working at Gap and How He Thinks about Innovation

Thank you Joe Tonnos for the introduction to today's guest, Michael Nogen , one of the founding partners of Overton VC . Overton Venture Capital invests in early stage companies (Pre Series A) who demonstrate early success th...

January 19, 2021

Andrew Goletka & Franklin Isacson (Coefficient Capital) - Behaviors that changed forever in 2020, Investing in CPG at the Series A, and when to go into retail

My guests today are Franklin Isacson & Andrew Goletka , Founders and Managing Partners of Coefficient Capital . Coefficient partners with entrepreneurs to build brands, tell stories and engage consumers across the digital and...

January 14, 2021

Lucy Deland (Inspired Capital) - Founding Paperless Post, How Design Became Critical To Software, and Why She's A Generalist Investor

My guest today is Lucy Deland , Partner at Inspired Capital , who back early-stage founders with transformative ideas, brilliant teams, and relentless determination. Some of her investments include Geneva, Habi and Dandy. A c...

January 12, 2021

Brian Requarth (Latitud + Viva Real) - Building an Online Real Estate Marketplace in Latin America, Raising Money Without a Network, and Solving Supply vs. Demand

Thank you Sasha Astafiva for the introduction to my guest today, Brian Requarth , co-founder and former CEO of Viva Real . Viva Real is the online real estate marketplace in Latin America. He is also the founder of Latitud , ...

January 07, 2021

Sapna Shah (Red Giraffe) - Future of Retail, Drop Shipping, and Small World, Long Life

Thank you Joseph Sartre for the introduction to today's guest Sapna Shah , founder of Red Giraffe . Red Giraffe makes pre-seed investments in start-ups in the retail industry, including retail tech, marketplaces, brands and c...