Episodes

Holiday Highlights: Kanyi Maqubela, Managing Partner Kindred Ventures

Dec. 29, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Kanyi Maqubela. Kanyi Maqubela, is the Managing Partner at Kindred Ventures. Kindred Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital fund, whose mission is to back visionary and…

Holiday Highlights: Samara Hernandez, Founding Partner Chingona Ventures

Dec. 28, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Samara Hernandez. My guest today is Samara Hernandez , founder of Chingona Ventures . Samara invests at the preseed and seed stages on industries that are massively chang…

Holiday Highlights: Eric Paley, Founding Partner at Founder Collective

Dec. 27, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Eric Paley. Thank you Adelle Archer for introducing me to today's guest, Eric Paley , who is one of the Managing Partners at Founder Collective . Founder Collective's mis…

Holiday Highlights: Soraya Darabi, Founding Partner TMV

Dec. 26, 2020

This is a highlight from my conversation with Soraya Darabi. Soraya is one of the Founding Partners of TMV, where she focuses on the future of living well. Links: Click Here to Listen to Full Episode with Soraya Darabi Click…

Holiday Highlights: Rishi Garg, Partner at Mayfield Fund

Dec. 25, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Rishi Garg. Rishi Garg Rishi is a partner at Mayfield. Mayfield is a global venture capital firm with a people first philosophy of investing. Links: Full Episode with Ris…

Holiday Recap: Jiake Liu, CEO of Outer

Dec. 18, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Jiake. Outer is an extraordinary company that is reengineering outdoor furniture. Business Insider named them the #1 fastest growing DTC brands. If you enjoy this episode…

Holiday Recap: Jessica Rolph & Rod Morris, Co-CEOs of Lovevery

Dec. 17, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Jessica & Rod. Jessica Rolph and Rod Morris , the co-founders of Lovevery , staged-based play essentials designed by experts, built for babies and toddlers up to age 3. I…

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Recap: Michael Barlow, CEO of Fernish

Dec. 16, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Michael Barlow, CEO of Fernish. Thank you Anna Barber for the intro to today's guest, Michael Barlow , founder and CEO of Fernish . Fernish offers premium furniture renta…

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Recap: Betsy Fore & Sofia Laurell, Co-CEOs of Tiny Organics

Dec. 15, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Betsy Fore & Sofia Laurell, Co-CEOs and Founders of Tiny Organics. Tiny Organics delivers organic, fresh, nutrient-rich baby and toddler meals created by their Infant Nut…

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Recap: George Milton, CEO of Yellowbird Sauce

Dec. 14, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with George Milton. George Milton is the co-founder and CEO of Yellowbird Sauce , Spicy condiments crafted to take you on a fiery–fresh food adventure. If you enjoy this episo…

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Recap: Coulter Lewis, CEO of Sunday

Dec. 13, 2020

This episode are highlights from my conversation with Coulter Lewis. Coulter Lewis is the founder and CEO of Sunday . Sunday provides nutrient and soil health plans for garden and lawn care. Previously, Coulter founded Quinn…

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Recap: Adelle Archer, CEO of Eterneva

Dec. 12, 2020

This episode are highlights from my episode with Adelle Archer. Adelle Archer is the founder of Eterneva , which celebrates remarkable lives by making diamonds from Ashes. Eterneva was featured on Shark Tank , in which Mark …

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Recap: Kate Boyle, CEO of Banjo Robinson

Dec. 11, 2020

Kate Boyle is the founder and CEO of Banjo Robinson . Banjo Robinson is a magical cat that writes personalized letters that turn reading, writing and learning about the world into a magical game for 5-8 year olds. Banjo Robi…

Annoucement: Consumer VC Holiday Schedule

Dec. 10, 2020

Hey Everyone! For this holiday period, I'll be releasing an episode every morning of Hanukkah (starting tomorrow) that will be some of the best moments from my conversations with founders over this past year. I'll also be re…

Founders Consumer Products

Matthias Metternich (Art of Sport) - Building the Nike of Body Care, The Power of the Athlete, and How to Build a Compelling Story for Retail

Dec. 8, 2020

My guest today is Matthias Metternich , one of the co-founders and CEO of Art of Sport . Art of Sport is a complete line of daily essential body and skin care products made for athletes. Some of the things we spoke about wer…

Investors Technology

Aaron Fu (Catalyst Fund) - The Biggest Misconception When Investing In Emerging Markets, Difference Between Selling to SMBs and Consumers, and the Effects of Mobile First

Dec. 3, 2020

Our guest today is Aaron Fu , Head of Growth at Catalyst Fund . Catalyst Fund is an inclusive fintech accelerator that is focused on investing in companies located in different parts of Africa, India and Mexico. They support…

Technology Investors

Vincent Diallo & Joseph Sartre (Interlace Ventures) - Why ecommerce is boring, Why is China at the Forefront of Retail Tech, and Headless Commerce Explained

Dec. 1, 2020

Our guests today are Vincent Diallo and J oseph Sartre , founding partners of Interlace Ventures . Interlace is a seed stage fund that invests in founders that are re-inventing commerce and retail for better consumption. We …

Technology Founders

Michael Barlow (Fernish) - The Advantage of Not Knowing, His Approach to Building a Rental Furniture Supply Chain, and The Biggest Hurdle When Fundraising

Nov. 24, 2020

Thank you Anna Barber for the intro to today's guest, Michael Barlow , founder and CEO of Fernish . Fernish offers premium furniture rentals that feel like home, delivered and assembled in a week. We discuss how Michael appr…

Investors Consumer Products Technology

Samara Hernandez (Chingona Ventures) - Why Chicago, How Diverse VC Teams Lead To Investing In Markets That Are Overlooked, and Some of the Differences When Investing In Consumer vs. Enterprise

Nov. 19, 2020

My guest today is Samara Hernandez , founder of Chingona Ventures . Samara invests at the preseed and seed stages on industries that are massively changing and founders whose backgrounds uniquely position them to create busi…

Investors Consumer Products

Elizabeth Edwards (H Ventures) - Why Some DNVBs Don't Work On Shelf, Different Customer Insights You Receive in Retail vs. DTC and Demystifying Corporate Venture Capital

Nov. 17, 2020

My guest today is Elizabeth Edwards , the founder and Managing Partner of H Venture Partners . H Ventures invests in brands that are disrupting billion-dollar categories and changing the way we live our lives. She was an ear…

Technology Founders

Taylor Nieman (Toucan) - Browser Extension Businesses, The Power of Partnerships, and Her Unique Approach to Fundraising

Nov. 12, 2020

Our guest today is Taylor Nieman , founder of Toucan . Toucan is a free chrome extension that helps you learn a language without even trying. It's pretty cool, I've been using it for the past few months and The Consumer VC o…

Technology Consumer Products Investors

Nikhil Basu Trivedi (Next Big Thing) - Why Investing in Consumer Subscription Businesses Has Become The Next Big Thing, and The Reasons Physical Goods and Software Businesses Aren't That Different

Nov. 10, 2020

Thank you Ezra Galston for the intro to today's guest, Nikhil Basu Trivedi . Nikhil previously was the managing director of Shasta ventures and writes The Next Big Thing, which is an awesome online publication. Some of his i…

Investors Consumer Products

Carlton Fowler (Goat Rodeo Capital) - The Changing Landscape In Beverage, Why Beverage is Poised For Ecommerce, and His Thoughts Around Portfolio Construction

Oct. 29, 2020

Our guest today is Carlton Fowler, Managing Partner of Goat Rodeo Capital . Carlton invests in the beverage space with some of his invests including lemon perfect, sourced, and one hope. Previously, he led spirits innovation…

Technology Investors

Han Shen (iFly.VC) - How He Thinks About Overlooked Opportunities, Focusing on a Sector Rather Than Becoming Opportunistic, and How One of His Portfolio Companies Was Able to Pivot Successfully

Oct. 27, 2020

Our guest today is Han Shen . Han is the Founding Partner of iFly.vc , an early-stage seed/VC fund based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fund follows a sector-thesis driven process and aims to build a concentrated portfol…