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Megan Bent (Harbinger Ventures) - Why plant based milk is in a better position than plant based meat to win, the benefits of a concentrated portfolio, and sharing carried interest

July 1, 2021

My guest today is Megan Bent , Managing Partner at Harbinger Ventures . Harbinger Ventures is a leading growth-equity investment firm focused on identifying and scaling high-growth companies in the consumer sector. Some of t…

Tyler Mincey (Bolt VC) - New business models for SaaS + Box, design vs. sustainability and what's next in tech enabled products

June 29, 2021

Thank you Kate McAndrew for the introduction to my guest today Tyler Mincey , Partner of Bolt VC. Bolt invests at the intersection of the digital and physical world. Tyler started his career on the ipod team at Apple, focusi…

Rachel ten Brink - Founding Scentbird, investing in personal care, and how to grow online

June 24, 2021

Our guest today is Rachel ten Brink , who is an investor, Founder, CMO, and Board member. She was one of the founders and the CMO of Scentbird, which is a beauty subscription services that let's you choose from over 700 top …

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

June 22, 2021

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 l…

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

June 17, 2021

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 …

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

June 15, 2021

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 l…

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

June 10, 2021

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 a…

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

June 8, 2021

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 fo…

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

June 3, 2021

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: Ho…

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…