Episodes

Technology Investors Consumer Products

Rishi Garg (Mayfield) - Consumer Distrust, Curated Experiences, and What’s Next For Social Media

April 13, 2020

Rishi Garg is a partner at Mayfield . Mayfield global venture capital firm with a people-first philosophy of investing. Mayfield invests primarily in early-stage technology companies in the enterprise and consumer sectors. Some of Rishi’s investments include Grove Collaborative, Oliver Space and Pr…

Technology Investors

David Goldberg (Corigin Ventures) - The Sharing Economy, Consumerization of Enterprise Software, and Distribution

April 9, 2020

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Investors Technology Consumer Products

Natalie Dillon (Maveron) - Subcultures, Sustainability, and The Differences Between Gen Z & and Millennials

April 6, 2020

*Please note this episode was recorded back in January before the global pandemic.* Natalie Dillon is a Principal at Maveron . Maveron is a premier consumer focused fund that invests in seed and Series A companies that empower consumers to live on their terms. Some of their investments include eBay…

Investors Consumer Products

Kiva Dickinson (Selva Ventures) - Best Time To Start A Brand, Why First Mover is So Important in CPG, and Why VCs are Scared of Getting it Wrong

April 2, 2020

*This episode features two conversations I’ve had with Kiva* Kiva Dickinson is the managing partner at Selva Ventures . Selva Ventures invests in emerging brands that make their consumers’ lives better. Some of their portfolio includes Haus, Mud Water, and Three Wishes. Prior to founding Selva Vent…

Investors Consumer Products

Madeline Keulen (Victress Capital) - Knowing Your Why, Analyzing Contrasting Trends, and Building Brands

March 30, 2020

*Please note that this episode was recorded before the coronavirus global pandemic* Madeline Keulen is Vice President at Victress Capital . Victress Capital is an early stage venture capital firm that provides visionary and diverse founding teams in the consumer space with capital and resources for…

Investors Consumer Products

Logan Langberg (Imaginary Ventures) - DTC 2.0, Multiple Channels of Distribution, and Paid vs. Organic Growth

March 26, 2020

*Please note that this episode was recorded before the coronavirus global pandemic* Logan Langberg is a Principal at Imaginary Ventures . Imaginary is a Venture Capital Fund that invests in early–stage opportunities at the intersection of retail and technology in Europe and the US. Some of their in…

Technology Investors

Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures) - The State of Seed Investing, The Early Stage Ecosystem, and Why Consumer Has Been Out Of Favor with VCs

March 23, 2020

Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures . Precursor Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies. Some of their investments include The Athl…

Bonus

Bonus - Coronavirus: Feat. Robert Gelb (HeySummit) - How early stage investors are thinking about the current landscape?

March 20, 2020

I reached out to all past investors that came on the show and future investors that will be coming on and asked them the following questions pertaining to the impact of corona: * Are you shifting strategy away/towards companies/verticals? No. We're long term, early stage investors so we look at com…

Investors Technology

Laura Chau (Canaan) - The Five Pillars of Social Media, Moving Towards Status and the Power of Grit

March 16, 2020

Laura Chau is a Principal at Canaan . Canaan is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in visionaries with transformative ideas. Some of her current investments include Coterie, Curtsy, and Jumpcut. At Canaan, she focuses on consumer technology. She previously worked in Deloitte’s Strateg…

Technology Investors

Ethan Austin (Techstars) - Punched in the Face with a Problem, Analyzing Teams and EQ

March 5, 2020

Ethan Austin is the Managing Director of Techstars Western Union Accelerator . Techstars Western Union Accelerator is the premier program for global startups shaping the future of money movement. Companies participating in the program gain direct access to the world's best fintech execs, founders a…

Investors Technology

Lee Hower (NextView Ventures) - Making Good Decisions Fast, Going With Your Gut and Why Trust at the Early Stages Is Vital

March 2, 2020

Lee Hower is the Co-Founder and Partner of NextView Ventures . NextView is a high-conviction hands on seed-stage VC firm that invests in founders who are redesigning the everyday economy. Some of their investments include Grove Collaborative, Skillz, Plastiq, Attentive, LetGo and TapCommerce. Previ…

Bonus Branding

Bonus - Matt Hirst (West): Brand and Marketing - What is Brand?, How to Hire at the Early Stages, and Trusting Your Gut vs. Data Driven

Feb. 27, 2020

Matt Hirst is the Managing Partner at West . West is a venture studio, a team of market and brand experts with investor discipline. Since 2011, West has partnered with some of the world’s most innovative companies and founders to maximize their opportunity and make impact including Impossible Burge…

Investors Technology

Elizabeth Yin (Hustle Fund) - Investing When There’s No Traction and How To Mitigate Risk When Founding

Feb. 24, 2020

Elizabeth Yin is a co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund , a pre-seed fund for software entrepreneurs. One of Hustle Fund’s missions is to level the playing field in the world of venture-backed businesses by investing in non-Stanford and non-Ivy League founders. Previously, Elizabeth was a …

Investors Consumer Products Technology

Jason Shuman (Primary Ventures) - Payback Period, Market Timing, and The Importance of Distribution

Feb. 20, 2020

Jason Shuman is a Principal at Primary Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm responsible for backing NYC's most promising founders. Some of their investments include Ticketfly, Jet, Deliveroo, and Package Free. Jason has been working in New York as a VC for the past four years. In college, J…

Consumer Products Founders

Kate Boyle (Banjo Robinson) - Expanding Into Different Countries, Her Unfair Advantage, and Storytelling

Feb. 18, 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 Robinson graduated London Techstars Accelerator fall 2019 and recently raised a…

Investors Technology Consumer Products

Gautam Gupta (M13) - The Thin Line Between Success and Failure, Board Construction, and Why He Offers Learnings, Not Advice

Feb. 13, 2020

Gautam Gupta is a Partner at M13 and founded and previously was the CEO of Naturebox . M13 is a venture fund headquartered in Los Angeles that has invested in some of the most innovative consumer companies like Pinterst, SnapChat, Lyft, Bird, and Ring. Naturebox, a subscription online delivery serv…

Investors Technology

Tim Katt (TACK Ventures) - How Tech is Disrupting Sports, Media and Advice for Founders in Secondary Markets

Feb. 10, 2020

Tim Katt is the managing partner and co-founder of TACK Ventures , TACK Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm based in Brooklyn and focused on investing in game-changers across sports, media, lifestyle and entertainment. Investments include Overtime, ShotTracker, Roam, Greenfly and . Tim …

Consumer Products Investors Founders

Sophie Bakalar (fable & Collaborative Fund) - What is Market Expertise?, Conscious Consumerism, and How She Sensed An Opportunity

Feb. 6, 2020

Sophie Bakalar is the founder of Fable, an e-commerce pet store help pets (and their humans) lead healthier, happier lives through better design. She is also a Venture Partner at Collaborative fund, a seed stage fund that focuses on the growth of the creative class and the concept of collaborative …