Episodes

Technology Investors

Elaine Russell (Greycroft) - The Future of Retail, How to Choose a Co-Founder, and Running a Single LP Fund

Oct. 22, 2020

Our guest is Elaine Russell , who co-leads Greycroft's Albertsons Fund. Greycroft is one of the premier full lifecycle investors, investing out of both their venture fund and growth fund. Greycroft's Albertsons fund is one o…

Technology Founders

Yury Lifshits (Openland) - How to Build a Community, The Hard Pivot, and Minimizing Friction

Oct. 8, 2020

Our guest today is Yury Lifshits , founder and CEO of Openland . a modern social platform for communities. Yury is a serial entrepreunor, founding Zonaspace, Blended Labs and Entangled Solutions. On this episode we talk abou…

Bonus Branding

Bonus: Jordan Odinsky (Ground Up) - Cult Brands, Launch Strategies and the Importance of Celebrating The Failures

Sept. 22, 2020

My guest today is Jordan Odinsky , investor and head of platform at Ground Up Ventures . GroupUp is an early stage venture capital firm investing in pre-seed and seed stage startups in the United States and Israel. Some of t…

Consumer Products Investors

Wayne Wu (VMG) – His Ecosystem Approach, How He Builds Community In CPG, and Advice for Founders Located in Secondary Markets

Sept. 16, 2020

Our guest today is Wayne Wu , General Partner at VMG . VMG focuses on investing and building iconic consumer brands. They've invested in some incredible companies like Kind Healthy Foods, Justin's, Drunk Elephant, Health War…

Technology Investors

Maya Horgan Famodu (Ingressive Capital) - Investing in Sub-Saharan Africa, What She Looks For When Entering New Countries, How to Build Startup Ecosystems in Frontier Markets

Sept. 11, 2020

Thank you Soraya Darabi for the intro to our guest today Maya Horgan Famodu . Maya's the partner and founder of Ingressive Capital . Ingressive Capital is an early venture capital fund located in Nigeria and invests in found…

Consumer Products Investors

Nate Cooper (Barrel Ventures): Lessons Learned from Founding Two Companies, The Beauty of Chicago and Investing in Markets that are Overlooked

Sept. 9, 2020

Our guest today is Nate Cooper , partner at Barrel Ventures . Barrel is seed stage fund based in the heart of the midwest. Some of their investments include Haus, Olipop and Clove. Previously, Nate founded L3 Hospitality Gro…

Investors Technology

Sarah Kunst (Cleo Capital) - The Future of Work, Complicated Consumer and How to Have a Diverse Portfolio

Sept. 3, 2020

Thank you Soraya Darabi for the intro to today's guest Sarah Kunst , managing director of Cleo Capital . Cleo Capital is an an early stage VC fund focused on the preseed & seed stages. Some of their investments include 42 Bi…

Investors Technology Consumer Products

Sunny Dhillon (Signia Partners) - Grocery Store Technology, Why Beauty Brands Are Great To Invest In, and Changes in Retail

Sept. 1, 2020

Our guest today is Sunny Dhillon , one of the Managing Director of Signia Ventures . Signia invests at the seed & series A stages in great entrepreneurs that are applying new technologies and innovative business models to ol…

Founders Consumer Products

Hilary Quartner (Hilma) - Creating The "Clinical Herbal" Category, Her Fundraising Strategy, and The Decision Making Process with Two CEOs

Aug. 27, 2020

Our guest today is Hilary Quartner , one of the founders and Co-CEOs of Hilma . Hilma creates natural remedies for your medicine cabinet that are backed by science. Previously Hilary worked at The Wonderful Company, FIJI Wat…

Consumer Products Founders

Alix Peabody (Bev) - From Producing Events to Founding a Wine Company, The Challenges When Raising Capital, and How She Thinks About Opportunities

Aug. 25, 2020

Thank you Fernando Gentil for the introduction to today's guest, Alix Peabody , CEO and founder of Bev . Bev is a wine company that is breaking down barriers in the heavily male dominated alcohol space. Feel free to follow A…

Investors Technology

Office Hour 2. David Goldberg (Corigin Ventures)

Aug. 24, 2020

This episode is part of a live recording Office Hour / AMA with David Goldberg. David Goldberg is a General Partner at Corigin Ventures . Corigin Ventures is a New York based venture capital firm leading seed stage investmen…

Founders Consumer Products

Jiake Liu (Outer) - How Outer Became The Fastest Growing DNVB In The US, His Approach to Showrooms, and Why You Can't Rely On "Build It and They Will Come"

Aug. 20, 2020

I'd like to thank Adelle Archer for introducing me to today's guest, Jiake Lu , CEO of Outer . Outer is an extraordinary company that is reengineering outdoor furniture. Business Insider named them the #1 fastest growing DTC…

Investors Consumer Products

Dan Gluck (Powerplant) - The Opportunity He Saw After Reading "Born To Run" and His Inspiration Behind Investing in Plant Based Products

Aug. 18, 2020

Our guest today is Dan Gluck , Managing Partner of Powerplant Ventures a growth equity fund investing in emerging consumer food, beverage, and foodservice companies leading disruptive plant-centric brands. Some of their inve…

Technology Investors Consumer Products

Alex Levitt (Yellow) - Inside Snap Inc.'s Launchpad for Startups, Building Products On Top of Social Platforms, and Her Diligence Process

Aug. 13, 2020

Our guest today is Alex Levitt , one of the heads of Yellow . Yellow is Snap Inc. 's ecosystem to serve companies at the intersection of creativity and technology with its Accelerator Program, Collabs Program, and Community …

Consumer Products Founders

Betsy Fore and Sofia Laurell (Tiny Organics) - Delivering The Healthiest Food to Babies, Approaching a Co-CEO Partnership, and Their Unique Way of Approaching Organic Growth

Aug. 11, 2020

Thank you Will McClelland for the introduction to today's guests Betsy Fore and Sofia Laurell , the co-founders and co-CEOs of Tiny Organics . Tiny Organics delivers organic, fresh, nutrient-rich baby and toddler meals creat…

Consumer Products Founders

Mitch Hayes (Los Sundays) - Building a Tequila Brand for the Millennial, Focusing on Generating Demand, and a Taste of the Beverage Industry

Aug. 6, 2020

Thank you Joe Tonnos for the introduction to today's guest, Mitch Hayes, founder and CEO of Los Sundays Tequila. Los Sundays is the tequila for the millennial and founded on the principles of Quality, Originality and Style. …

Technology Investors

Sasha Astafyeva (Atomico) - Growing a Real Estate Tech Company in Brazil, Series A Consumer Landscape in Europe, and How She Thinks About International Expansion

Aug. 4, 2020

Our guest today is Sasha Astafyeva , Partner at Atomico . Atomico invests in Europe’s most ambitious tech founders at Series A and beyond. Some of their investments include Farmdrop, Habito, and teatime games. Sasha leads ne…

Consumer Products Investors

Nick Mindel (Amberstone) - Differences Between Trends and Fads, The Opportunity He Saw Investing In Consumer Brands, Why He's Bullish On Founders Located In Secondary Markets

July 30, 2020

Our guest today is Nick Mindel , Partner at Amberstone . Amberstone invests at the early stages in entrepreneurs building breakthrough consumer companies. Some of their investments include Daily Harvest, Juneshine, Bev and H…

Technology Investors

Ezra Galston (Starting Line) - Benefits of Chicago, Managed vs. Lightly Managed Marketplaces, and Consumer for the 99%

July 28, 2020

Our guest today is Ezra Galston , Founding partner of Starting Line , a seed stage consumer tech focused fund based in Chicago. Previously he was a Principal at Chicago Ventures. Some of his investments include Cameo, Flyhom…

Consumer Products Founders

Coulter Lewis (Sunday) - Introducing D2C & Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care, and Lessons From a Serial Entrepreneur

July 23, 2020

Thank you Jordan Nof for introducing me to today's guest Coulter Lewis, founder and CEO of Sunday . Sunday provides nutrient and soil health plans for garden and lawn care. Previously, Coulter founded Quinn Snacks, the succe…

Technology Founders

Adam Cohen-Aslatei (S'more) - Bringing Inclusivity and Honesty to Online Dating, and How He Successfully Fundraised

July 21, 2020

Our guest today is Adam Cohen-Aslatei, founder and CEO of dating app S'More , the dating app that is built for relationships. Adam has had an extensive career working in the online dating industry and the advertising world. …

Technology Consumer Products Investors

Jesse Draper (Halogen) - Why Investing In Female Led Businesses is Such a Massive Opportunity, Los Angeles Consumer Tech Scene, and Consuming Meaningful Content

July 16, 2020

Our guest today is Jesse Draper , Founding Partner of Halogen Ventures . Halogen Ventures is a Los Angeles, California based Venture Capital fund focused on investing in early stage consumer technology startups with a female…

Technology Investors

Soraya Darabi (TMV) - The Care Economy, Where Change Needs to Start In VC, and How to Approach Market Sizing

July 14, 2020

Our guest today is Soraya Darabi , General Partner at Trail Mix Ventures where she focuses on the future of living well. Previously, she worked at the New York Times, co-founded Foodspotting (acq. by OpenTable) and Zady. Som…

Technology Investors

Meera Clark (Obvious Ventures) - How COVID led to a Crossroads in Healthy Habits, Milestones at Series A, and How She Thinks About Sustainability and Consumer Centric

July 9, 2020

Thank you Sumeet Shah for the introduction to today's guest, Meera Clark , Senior Associate at Obvious Ventures. Obvious Ventures invests in startups that combine profit and purpose for a better world. Some of their investme…