Episodes

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

April 29, 2021

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 inceptio…

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

April 27, 2021

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 …

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

April 22, 2021

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…

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

April 20, 2021

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…

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

April 15, 2021

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 co…

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

April 13, 2021

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 chan…

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

April 8, 2021

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 a…

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

April 6, 2021

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 sustainabi…

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

April 1, 2021

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 w…

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

March 29, 2021

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 partne…

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

March 25, 2021

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…

Investors Consumer Products

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

March 23, 2021

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 br…

Investors Consumer Products

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

March 18, 2021

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, …

Founders Consumer Products Technology

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

March 16, 2021

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-…

Founders Consumer Products

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

March 11, 2021

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 …

Founders Consumer Products

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

March 9, 2021

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…

Investors Technology

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

March 4, 2021

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 build…

Founders Consumer Products

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

March 2, 2021

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…

Investors Consumer Products

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

Feb. 18, 2021

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 inves…

Investors Consumer Products

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

Feb. 16, 2021

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 gener…

Founders Technology

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

Feb. 11, 2021

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 entrep…

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

Feb. 9, 2021

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 transformativ…

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

Feb. 4, 2021

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…

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

Feb. 2, 2021

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 …