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Investors Technology

Rick Heitzmann (FirstMark Capital) - The Future of Marketplaces, Why investing in B2C companies is different to B2B companies, Investing in Secondary and Tertiary Markets

Dec. 9, 2019

Rick Heitzmann is a founder and partner of FirstMark Capital and focuses on consumer and enterprise investments. Rick has led investments in market leaders such as Pinterest , StubHub (acquired by eBay), Riot Games (acquired by Tencent ), Airbnb , Shopify and much more.

Consumer Products Investors Technology

Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures) - Why Investing in Women Founders is Still an Untapped Market

Dec. 5, 2019

Susan Lyne is the co-founder and Managing Partner of BBG Ventures , a fund that invests in visionary entrepreneurs building the next generation of market-defining consumer products and services. Every company in their portfolio has at least one female founder. Some of their investments include Zola…

Consumer Products Investors Technology

Caitlin Strandberg (Lerer Hippeau) - How To Identify Consumer Pain Points, The D2C Investment Landscape, and The New York Ecosystem

Dec. 2, 2019

Caitlin Strandberg is a Principal at Lerer Hippeau , the most active early-stage venture capital fund in New York. The firm has more than 250 active portfolio companies with investments in leading consumer and enterprise companies, including Allbirds , Casper , Guideline , and K Health . Lerer Hipp…

Investors Technology

Ajay Kamat (Pear VC) - Clarity of Thought, Future of Audio, and Today's Investing Landscape

Nov. 26, 2019

Ajay Kamat is a Partner at Pear , one of the premier early stage venture capital funds in Silicon Valley. Prior to Pear, Ajay founded Wedding Party , which was acquired by Instacart . Pear was founded by Mar Hershenson and Pejman Nozad , who were early investors in Dropbox , Lending Club , Zoosk , …

Consumer Products Investors Technology

Amit Mukherjee (NEA) - The Gen Z Consumer, How to Evaluate Two Different Competing Companies

Nov. 19, 2019

Amit Mukherjee is a Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) , one of the premier and global venture capital firms that invests in all stages. Amit focuses on investing in consumer technology. He is a Board Observer for Casper , MasterClass , Brandless , and The Players’ Tribune , and was previou…

Consumer Products Investors Technology

Nicole Quinn (Lightspeed Venture Partners) - Future of Media, Investing in Women, and Thinking Big

Nov. 12, 2019

Nicole Quinn is a partner and investor at Lightspeed Venture Capital, a venture capital firm that is engaged in the consumer, enterprise, technology, and cleantech markets. Some of Nicole's investments include Calm, Goop, Rothy’s, Cameo, Brandable, Girlboss, Illumix, Zola, Daily Harvest & Lady Gaga…

Consumer Products Investors

Hayden Williams (BrandProject) - Empathy, Investing in Smoothies, and the Fickle Consumer

Nov. 5, 2019

Hayden Williams is a Partner of Investments at Brand Project , a venture capital fund that focuses on consumer investments at the early stage. Brand Project is hyper-focused on adding their operational value to founders as the team collectively has launched 100 new products and services for some of…

Consumer Products Investors Technology

Jay Kapoor (Launch Capital) - Persistence, Building Trust & Finding Founder-Market Fit

Oct. 30, 2019

Jay is a Principal at Launch Capital, one of the pioneers of seed-stage investing firms. They often write the check to startups that they invest in. Some of their big consumer wins include Spotify and Snap.

0. Why The Consumer VC

Oct. 22, 2019

This is an introductory episode explaining what will be covered and the goals for this podcast "The Consumer VC". For this episode, I recruited my brother Rob Gelb to interview yours truly about the podcast, the range of topics I hope to cover in the coming interview episodes in this podcast. For m…