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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…

Avrum Elmakis (CLMBR) - How He's Bringing Vertical Climbing To Your Home, The Future of Fitness and How He Fundraised From Top Athletes

Jan. 25, 2022

Our guest today is Avrum Elmakis, founder & CEO of CLMBR. CLMBR is an at-home the first vertical climber with a touch screen and on-demand, instructor-led classes. It’s a full body and one of the most efficient workouts you …

Abigail Cook Stone (Otherland) - How She Turned Her Love of Scents into a Leading Candle Brand

Jan. 21, 2022

My guest today is Abigail Cook Stone, the founder of Otherland. Otherland transforms your home into an immersive world that never stands still with their amazing scented candles. We discuss how her attraction to design led h…

Nagraj Kashyap (SoftBank Vision Fund) - His Three Consumer Investment Themes, How Fund 2 is Different From Fund 1, and How He Invests in Tech and Non-Tech Businesses

Jan. 19, 2022

Our guest today is Nagraj Kashyap , Managing Partner of SoftBank’s Vision Fund one of the world's largest venture capital fund, with over $100 billion in capital. Nagraj leads their consumer investment practice for north Ame…

Jessica Peltz-Zatulove (Hannah Grey) - How Brands Are Engaging with Web3, Why Identity Driven Brands Will Win and The Metaverse

Jan. 14, 2022

Our guest today is Jessica Peltz-Zatulove , co-founder and General Partner at Hannah Grey . Hannah Grey is a first check venture fund investing in founders reimagining everyday experiences to improve work and life which she …

Mike Ghaffary (Canvas) - What’s next after the iPhone, Unpacking Web3, Metaverse and Remote First Products, and Is this the time to be investing in B2C or B2B

Jan. 11, 2022

My guest today is Mike Ghaffary who is a partner at Canvas Ventures, a firm that specializes on leading Series A. Some of their investments include Flyhomes, Nubrakes, and Zola. This is Mike’s second time on Consumer VC and …

Tushar Garg (Flyhomes) - How He’s Helping Families Buy Their First Home, and Why Real Estate Still Hasn’t Seen Much Innovation

Jan. 6, 2022

My guest today is Tushar Garg , co-founder and CEO of Flyhomes . Their mission is to build the world’s best home buying experience. We discussed how Tushar got into real estate and why he saw not much innovation on the buy s…

Stephen Hughes (Sunrise Strategic Partners) - What Makes a Great Market, When Should a DNVB Hit Retail and the History of the Natural Foods Movement

Jan. 4, 2022

My guest today is Steve Hughes , founder of Sunrise Strategic Partners . Sunrise Strategic Partners provides growth capital and expertise to emerging brands in the healthy, active and sustainable living space. Some of their …

Nisha Dua (BBG Ventures) - Opportunities within health and wellness, Investing in climate friendly consumption and solving problems for the 99%

Dec. 21, 2021

Thank you Deb Benton for introducing me to our guest today Nisha Dua , co-founder and General Partner at BBG Ventures . BBG Ventures is an early-stage fund backing big ideas that will reshape the way we live. One of the firs…