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Why he created a mission-led outdoor apparel brand // Davis Smith, Founder & CEO of Cotopaxi
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Why he created a mission-led outdoor apparel brand // Davis Smith, Founder & CEO of Cotopaxi
The Consumer VC podcast #265 with Davis Smith, Founder & CEO of Cotopaxi

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Hey Friends,

Thank you Luke Vernon for the intro to our guest today Davis Smith, Founder & CEO of Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi builds gear that fuels both outdoor experiences and global change.

We discuss:

  • What led him to found digitally-native businesses – pool tables, diapers, and now apparel

  • What it’s like founding a business with your cousin

  • The mission behind Cotopaxi

  • The differences between Cotopaxi and Patagonia

  • How he raised capital

  • How he found llamas

  • The early approach to promotion for Cotopaxi

  • When he opened up retail stores

  • Why he shut down their store in San Francisco

Thank you for listening

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The Consumer VC: Venture Capital I B2C Startups I Commerce | Early-Stage Investing

The Consumer VC takes a look into early-stage consumer investing and venture capital. If you are interested in learning about consumer trends, have a b2c business and interested in learning about the fundraising process at the early stage, you have come to the right place. Mike interviews some of the top venture capitalists in the world that focus on B2C and consumer type companies or have a deep track record investing in these categories such as marketplaces, SaaS, social, CPG and non-tech subscription. Mike also interviews founders that are building some of the most disruptive consumer facing companies in the world. The conversation usually includes the insight the founder discovered, fundraising strategy, and the pitch. This podcast also includes bonus episodes. Each bonus episode dives into a particular subject that might not have to due with the fundraise or venture capital, but still would be helpful to founders. For example, a bonus episode on brand strategy or how to construct a board of directors. All bonus episodes will be clearly labeled. For all episodes, please visit www.theconsumervc.com. For updates, you can follow @mikegelb on Twitter.