Episodes

May 11, 2020

Adelle Archer (Eterneva) - From Ashes To Diamonds, A New Way To Honor Loved Ones and Experience Innovation

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 Cuban joined other incredible angels and VCs as an investor. This...

Founders Consumer Products

May 07, 2020

Bonus: Sasha Strauss (Innovation Protocol) - Brand Strategy, Not Making Brand Too Personal, and Importance of Positioning

Sasha Strauss is the founder and Managing Partner of Innovation Protocol, a full-service strategic brand consulting and design firm based in Los Angeles, with a presence in San Francisco and New York. Some of his clients incl...

Branding Bonus

May 04, 2020

Michael Duda (Bullish) - Why TAM Is Overrated, Empathize But Don't Listen, and DTC 3.0

Michael Duda is the Founder and one of the Managing Partners at Bullish . Bullish is a creative agency and a pre-seed fund, investing in early stage consumer companies. Some of their investments include Warby Parker, Peloton,...

Investors Consumer Products

April 30, 2020

Joe Tonnos (Ketch Ventures & Mistral Equity Partners) - Cricket Protein, Tequila and Investing in Sustainability

Joe Tonnos is a Principal at Mistral Equity Partners and a Co-Founder of Ketch Ventures . He invests across the consumer spectrum from seed/pre-series investments at Ketch to growth equity, private equity buyouts and even som...

Consumer Products Investors

April 27, 2020

Bonus: Arie Abecassis (ICONYC Labs) - The Board of Directors

Arie Abecassis , is the founder and partner of ICONYC Labs and was the chairman of the board at SeatGeek . ICONYC labs is a business and funding acceleration platform customized for early-stage Israeli tech startups looking t...

Bonus

April 23, 2020

Kate McAndrew (Bolt) - Distributed Teams, Fundraising Outside the Major Hubs, and Impact of COVID

Kate McAndrew (Bolt) - Distributed Teams, Fundraising Outside the Major Hubs, and Impact of COVID

Investors Consumer Products Technology

April 20, 2020

Bonus: Brian Wang (Dashing Leadership) - Why A Founder Might Need A Coach and a Conversation About Curiosity, Judgement and Culture

Brian is an executive coach and owner of Dashing Leadership . He helps early-stage founders grow into more effective leaders. Previously he started and ran Fitocracy , one of the largest fitness social networks of its time, a...

Bonus

April 16, 2020

Bonus - Zac Dearing: Paycheck Protection Program

This episode explores the Paycheck Protection Program as it relates to venture backed small businesses. Zac Dearing is a J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School and Venture Fellow at AlleyCorp. Zac has a deep appreciation for st...

Bonus

April 13, 2020

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

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. So...

Technology Investors Consumer Products

April 09, 2020

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

**This episode is brought to you by WeStock.io . WeStock streamlines the product request process and helps your brand get on retail shelves faster. Learn more at WeStock.io and when scheduling a demo, use promo code ConsumerV...

Technology Investors

April 06, 2020

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

*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 empowe...

Investors Technology Consumer Products

April 02, 2020

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

*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 portfoli...

Investors Consumer Products

March 30, 2020

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

*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 d...

Investors Consumer Products

March 26, 2020

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

*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 in...

Investors Consumer Products

March 23, 2020

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

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 s...

Technology Investors

March 20, 2020

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

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 compani...

Bonus

March 16, 2020

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

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 f...

Investors Technology

March 05, 2020

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

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 th...

Technology Investors

March 02, 2020

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

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 Gro...

Investors Technology

February 27, 2020

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

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 founder...

Bonus Branding

February 24, 2020

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

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...

Investors Technology

February 20, 2020

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

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 h...

Investors Consumer Products Technology

February 18, 2020

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

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 Robin...

Consumer Products Founders

February 13, 2020

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

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, Snap...

Investors Technology Consumer Products