Episodes

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

June 1, 2021

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 A…

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

May 27, 2021

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 eng…

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

May 25, 2021

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…

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

May 20, 2021

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 a…

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

May 18, 2021

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, wh…

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

May 13, 2021

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 th…

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

May 11, 2021

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 conveni…

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

May 6, 2021

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 …

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

May 4, 2021

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 creatin…

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 …