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

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

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.

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Ty Haney (Outdoor Voices, Joggy, TYB) - Why she left Outdoor Voices, how brands can leverage crypto, and creating a CBD line
Show Details38min 10s
Jesse Pujji (Gateway X) - How Brands Should Approach Performance Marketing Today, When To Raise Equity vs. Boostrapping & How He Incubates Companies
Show Details37min 30s
Marcos Gonzalez (VamosVentures) - Why he left PE to start a VC fund that invests in minority-led businesses
Show Details31min 33s
Steve Case (AOL, Revolution & Rise of the Rest) - Why He's Optimistic About Innovation in Secondary and Tertiary American Cities
Show Details46min 18s
Joe Welch (In Good Taste) – How you can make money in wine and why he left tech to found a beverage company
Show Details38min 59s
Wayne Hu and Josh Constine (SignalFire) - The Current State of NFTs & Which Web2 media Platform is Best Positioned for Web3?
Show Details43min 48s
Ben Jones (Haus Labs by Lady Gaga) - Inside Lady Gaga's Beauty Brand
Show Details39min 15s
Katlin Smith (Simple Mills) - How She's Building a Next Generation Food Company
Show Details33min 43s
Eze Vidra (Remagine Ventures) - Investing in Israel, Media, and the Metaverse
Show Details45min 6s
Abraham Shafi (IRL) - Building a community rather than an audience
Show Details40min 20s
Ashleigh Hinde (Waldo) - Building a brand with a product you can't see - contact lenses
Show Details31min 24s
Mike Hirshland (Resolute Ventures) - The state of pre-seed & seed investing
Show Details24min 36s
Mike Senackerib (Dewey's Bakery) - How a 90-year old bake shop turned into a CPG powerhouse
Show Details31min 15s
Mike Mayer (Windmill) - Building the smart AC Unit that's eye candy for your window
Show Details29min 47s
Matt Gibson (New Culture) - Creating Cheese Without the Cow
Show Details31min 58s
Noah Gray (Onda) - How he's Scaling Shay Mitchell's Tequila Seltzer Brand
Show Details37min 53s
Brent Vartan (Bullish) - How desires lead to opportunities & Bullish on Consumer Report
Show Details39min 30s
Cristina Nuñez (True Beauty Ventures) - How to invest in beauty and personal care brands
Show Details45min 40s
Alison Cayne (Haven's Kitchen) - From founding a cooking school to creating a sauce brand
Show Details35min 15s
Chuck Newhall (NEA) - How he founded one of the most successful venture capital firms in history
Show Details37min 19s
Nick Moran (New Stack Ventures) - Going from podcast to syndicate to fund, how he’s investing in founders outside major markets and the state of the current VC market
Show Details34min 33s
Sita Chantramonklasri (Siam Capital) - How to raise a VC fund as a first-time manager, what investing in sustainability really means and her due diligence process
Show Details32min 38s
Clément Pointillart (Verlinvest) - How do you examine brand equity, Why rummaging through the trash made him interested in consumer and Does product innovation matter in CPG
Show Details38min 32s
Jonathan Wolfson (Brainiac Foods) - What nutrients have been missing for kids and how he’s changing it
Show Details34min 27s
Susan Lin (Felix) - What consumer-driven means, what are real competitive advantages for companies, and why Felix raised $600 million
Show Details33min 44s
Ollie Forsyth (Antler) - The New Creator Economy, Web3 and what social platforms are most vulnerable right now
Show Details31min 2s
Mike Asem (M25) - Why the midwest the perfect place to launch and invest in consumer startups, diversity report insights and creating a VC board game
Show Details31min 17s
Jeff Nobbs (Zero Acre Farms) - How he's changing cooking oil for the better
Show Details35min 33s
Mark Achler (MATH Venture Partners) - How to Exit Right
Show Details44min 13s
Justine Palefsky (Kindred) - How she created a travel community that led to a house swapping platform, how to construct a marketplace where your supply equals your demand, and approach to monetization
Show Details33min 36s
Juan Pablo Cappello (Nue Life) - Ketamine and psychedelic therapy, what’s wrong with current healthcare incentives, and picking the right investment partners
Show Details52min 53s
Luke Vernon (Ridgeline Ventures) - Why family offices are great investment partners for brands, investment timelines and do brands need product innovation to succeed?
Show Details37min 4s
Joe Spector (Dutch) - How he’s changing the pet industry and how his approach to fundraising has evolved
Show Details28min 14s
Brian O’Malley (Forerunner Ventures) - How he’s investing in the empowerment economy, the evolution of consumer venture capital and raising $1 billion fund
Show Details39min 29s
John Timar (Kill Cliff) - Why they doubled down on their core audience in times of doubt, How the Navy SEALs inspired the creation of the brand, and His approach to partnerships for growth
Show Details57min 2s
Patrick Chun (Juxtapose) - What is an inception stage investment firm, why it’s less risky than modern venture capital, how he recruits CEOs to lead each business he incubates
Show Details29min 16s
Patrick Schwarzenegger (MOSH) - Why he's creating the tools for a "mindstyle" lifestyle, why he co-founded a brain bar brand and how he got into angel investing in health and wellness brands
Show Details33min 2s
Ariana Thacker (Conscience VC) - What it means to invest in deep tech x consumer, How she raised her first VC fund, and Her definition of a moat
Show Details24min 39s
Paul Voge (Aura Bora) - Why he decided to found a sparkling water company with weird flavors, How he entered retail during COVID, and What perception he would change when founding a CPG business
Show Details35min 32s
Joe Marchese (Human Ventures) - What marketing channels brands overlook, how to partner with founders and build investment firms
Show Details27min 43s
Matt Nichols (Commerce Ventures) - How Brands Can Leverage Web.3 to Build Community, The Future of Retail From a Crypto Lens, and Use Cases Where Web.3 Might Not Be Impactful
Show Details32min 54s
Seth Goldman & Chef Spike Mendelsohn (Eat The Change & PLNT Burger) - Why they decided to found two companies together, and their approach to making the world a better place
Show Details37min 40s
Amy Lacey (Cali’flour Foods) - How she created a cauliflower pizza dough that exploded online and the changes she had to make for retail
Show Details46min 5s
Melissa Urban (Whole30) - How she founded Whole30 and created her own health & wellness content empire
Show Details42min 56s
Jordan Gaspar (AF Ventures) - How she transitioned from law to investor, when brands are going omnichannel, and her approach to portfolio construction
Show Details30min 34s
Marc Hostovsky (Minoan) - How he's creating 'native retail', connecting ecommerce and in real life experiences to try out products
Show Details38min 34s
Natalie Gordon (Babylist) - How she combined content and commerce to better serve expecting parents, her approach to raising capital and creative product partnerships
Show Details32min 23s
Nick Saltarelli (Mid-Day Squares) - How he built a passionate audience, why his family decided to found a chocolate company, and their approach to content
Show Details38min 10s
Michael Duda (Bullish) - How to invest in brands that can appeal to the early majority, the two ways to win as a brand, and why all consumers are liars
Show Details37min 52s
Sumi Das (CapitalG) - How to invest in consumer tech in both U.S. and emerging markets, when does the growth stage start, and the advantages of having a single LP structure
Show Details29min 53s
Nuno Gonçalves Pedro (Chamaeleon) - What consumer technology will make its way to the west, do companies create new markets, what’s after the iPhone?
Show Details42min 52s
Bilal Zuberi (Lux Capital) - Why investing in technological innovation is overlooked by most VCs, how to invest in at the intersection of deep tech x consumer
Show Details44min 4s
Jeff Cantalupo and Brentos Fernandez (Listen Ventures) - How to build compelling brands through the power of storytelling
Show Details31min 6s
Michele Romanow (Clearco) - The Three Critical Marketing Metrics for DTC Brands, When VC Money Makes Sense and When It doesn't and The Insight That Led to Founding Clearco
Show Details31min 7s
Mac the VC (Rarebreed Ventures) - How He Leveraged Twitter To Raise a Fund, Why He Decided To Start RareBreed, How He Evaluates Customer Acquisition Strategy, and The Current State of Venture Capital
Show Details34min 9s
Michael Ronen (Branded) - Why He's Building a Portfolio of Amazon Brands, The Aggregation Opportunity within eCommerce and Why He Left SoftBank Investment Partners
Show Details43min
Jason Karp (HumanCo) - How he started Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate, The Rebranding of Coconut Bliss to Cosmic Bliss, His Value System within Food and His Mission with HumanCo
Show Details1hr 3min
Jackie Fast (Sandbox Studios) - How to Build a Talent-Led Brand, The Intersection of Celebrity x Entrepreneurship and What Makes A Great Partnership
Show Details41min 51s
Greer Tessler and Cara Kaufman (Simple Food Ventures) - Why they only invest in CPG products that work on-shelf, the difference between better for the planet and better for you, and analyzing product differentiation
Show Details36min 19s
Ksenia Yudina (UNest) - How she's Helping Parents Invest in Their Kids
Show Details30min 39s
Eric Kinariwala (Capsule) - How one visit to pick up his prescription led him to create a new type of pharmacy
Show Details28min 16s
Mike Smerklo (Next Coast Ventures) - What it was like working for Ben Horowitz, How he set up a search fund and bought a company, Why he invests in consumer when he comes from enterprise
Show Details34min 55s
Walker Drewett (NuBrakes) - How He Started a Mobile Brake Repair Company with No Automative Experience
Show Details30min 59s
Joe Kudla (Vuori) - What Was Missing From Active Apparel, How He Scaled His Brand Profitably, and How He Pivoted To Find Customer-Fit
Show Details45min 37s
John Foraker (Once Upon a Farm) - How To Craft A Story For Retail, Why Jennifer Garner Came On Board as Chief of Brand, and Their Approach To Scale
Show Details36min 41s
Brandon Yahn (Convivialité Ventures) - Why the Second Largest Wine & Spirit Company is Investing in Consumer Tech
Show Details24min 39s
Avrum Elmakis (CLMBR) - How He's Bringing Vertical Climbing To Your Home, The Future of Fitness and How He Fundraised From Top Athletes
Show Details35min 3s
Abigail Cook Stone (Otherland) - How She Turned Her Love of Scents into a Leading Candle Brand
Show Details34min 30s
Nagraj Kashyap (SoftBank Vision Fund) - His Three Consumer Investment Themes, How Fund 2 is Different From Fund 1, and How He Invests in Tech and Non-Tech Businesses
Show Details48min 22s
Jessica Peltz-Zatulove (Hannah Grey) - How Brands Are Engaging with Web3, Why Identity Driven Brands Will Win and The Metaverse
Show Details38min 57s
Mike Ghaffary (Canvas) - What’s next after the iPhone, Unpacking Web3, Metaverse and Remote First Products, and Is this the time to be investing in B2C or B2B
Show Details42min
Tushar Garg (Flyhomes) - How He’s Helping Families Buy Their First Home, and Why Real Estate Still Hasn’t Seen Much Innovation
Show Details33min 25s
Stephen Hughes (Sunrise Strategic Partners) - What Makes a Great Market, When Should a DNVB Hit Retail and the History of the Natural Foods Movement
Show Details44min 15s
Nisha Dua (BBG Ventures) - Opportunities within health and wellness, Investing in climate friendly consumption and solving problems for the 99%
Show Details32min 38s
Ben Sun (Primary Venture Partners) - Lessons Learned from Building The First Social Networking Site, The Rise of New York's Tech Scene, and Are Early-Stage Companies Overvalued in Today's Market?
Show Details40min 55s
Brett Thomas (CAVU Venture Partners) - How He Adds Billboard Value, His Approach to Brand Building, and When Consumer Companies Should Raise Capital
Show Details49min 11s
Holiday Recap: Sarah LaFleur, Founder & CEO of M.M. LaFleur
Show Details28min 8s
Holiday Recap: Madeline Haydon, CEO of nut pods
Show Details34min 39s
Holiday Recap: Jeremy Cai, Founder & CEO of Italic
Show Details32min 16s
Holiday Recap: Denise Woodard, Founder & CEO of Partake Foods
Show Details23min 17s
Holiday Recap: Mark Gainey, Founder of Strava
Show Details36min 14s
Holiday Recap: Andy Dunn, Founder of Bonobos
Show Details26min 57s
Holiday Highlights: Alex Fine, CEO of Dame Products
Show Details22min 52s
Denise Woodard (Partake Foods) - How Her Daughter Inspired Denise to Leave Her Well Paying Job and Create A Cookie Everyone Can Eat, How She Started in Retail from Day One, and Impact of COVID
Show Details35min 52s
Lori Coulter (Summersalt) - How She Built an Inclusive Swimwear & Apparel Brand
Show Details37min 19s
Sarah LaFleur (M.M.LaFleur) - Changing workwear for women and adapting through COVID
Show Details41min 51s
Michael Markesbery (OROS) - How he is Sciencing the S*** Out of Everything and Bringing Space Tech to Outdoor Apparel
Show Details27min 57s
Jeremy Cai (Italic) - How he created THE C2M Online Marketplace for Luxury Goods, What he learned from Amazon and Costco, and The Evolution of eCommerce
Show Details41min 44s
Tali Vogelstein (Avid Ventures) - Are Valuations High, How to invest globally, and What Verticalized Fintech means
Show Details49min 40s
Jon Sebastiani (Sonoma Brands + Krave) - Growing up as a winemaker, How he started, scaled, sold Krave and why he decided to buy back the brand, & What's next in consumer
Show Details37min 51s
Stuart Landesberg (Grove Collaborative) - How he built a brand devoted to eco-friendly products and why inve
Show Details52min 47s
Carter Reum (M13) - Why LA is the Place to Build a Consumer Company, His Approach to Fund Differentiation, and Starting a Venture Capital Fund with you Brother
Show Details52min 27s
Will Schmitt (Miroma Ventures) - Investing with a value add, considerations before heading to retail and pulling the right levers for growth
Show Details47min 22s
Doug Hudson (Tend) - The First Dentist You Look Forward To Visiting
Show Details43min 53s
Claire Díaz-Ortiz - Why solo female founders are underserved, investing early in LATAM, and getting the Pope on Twitter
Show Details44min 41s
Andy Dunn (Bonobos) - How he created Bonobos, why they sold to Walmart, the current state of DNVBs, and a sneak peek of what he's doing next
Show Details50min 59s
Rui Ma (Tech Buzz China) - Chinese Crossover Brands, C2M Supply Chains and Future of Livestreaming
Show Details44min 43s
Andrea Hippeau (Lerer Hippeau) - Investing in Pet Care, When a Digitally Native Brand Should Head Into Retail and Raising from Family Offices vs. VCs
Show Details34min 43s
Kevin Campos (Fifth Wall) - Why Landlords Should Love Tech Enabled Tenants, Omnichannel Strategy For DNVBs and Growing Up in Retail
Show Details42min 26s
Gabby Etrog Cohen & Tehmina Haider (Harry's) - Building Harry's Portfolio of Brands
Show Details37min 7s
Neil Sequeira (Defy) - When to invest before the Series A, the verticalization of social and the future of celebrity co-founded business
Show Details47min 3s
Alexa von Tobel (Inspired Capital) - The evolution of New York's startup ecosystem, staying price discipline and what it means to be a generalist
Show Details42min 18s
Andrew Gluck (irrvrntVC) - How to evaluate DTC brands with a growth marketers lens, starting a rolling fund and what's next for commerce
Show Details31min 21s
Rex Woodbury (Index Ventures) - Web 3.0, Culture and Investing in the Metaverse
Show Details42min 32s
Allon Bloch (K Health) - Founding two public companies, the future of health and how to approach which markets are ripe for disruption
Show Details43min 21s
Ali Hamed (CoVenture) - The Amazon Opportunity, Future of Social, and Credit at the Early Stages
Show Details46min 56s
Paul Hsiao (Canvas Ventures) - How the Data Economy Is Impacting Consumer and the State of the Series A
Show Details40min 18s
Sam Corcos (Levels) - Solving the metabolic health crisis with real time glucose monitoring
Show Details56min 20s
Ben Savage (Clocktower Technology Ventures) - Why the future is Fintech, Fractional Ownership and Lessons Learned from Ray Dalio
Show Details53min 58s
Katie Shea (Divergent Capital) - Why Consumer Brands Have Higher Benchmarks Than Ever
Show Details43min 17s
Henri Pierre-Jacques (Harlem Capital) - His mission to invest in 1,000 diverse founders over 20 years
Show Details46min 42s
Harpreet Singh Rai (Oura) - How to improve your sleep and why we should track it
Show Details42min 52s
Bri Kimmel (Worklife Ventures) - Having Fun is Serious Business
Show Details38min 40s
Haley Rosen (Just Women's Sports) - Starting a sports media company through the pandemic, the relationship between athlete and journalist, and why women's sports are overlooked
Show Details33min 33s
Jordan Nathan (Caraway) - Scaling one of the fastest growing brands during COVID
Show Details28min 53s
Ben West (Spark Grills) - The flavor of charcoal and the ease of gas combine to make the modern precision grill
Show Details33min 7s
Max Niederhofer (Heartcore) - Investing in happiness and the differences scaling in Europe vs. U.S.
Show Details45min 57s
Tige Savage (Revolution) - Investing in regulated industries and outside of SIlicon Valley
Show Details37min 50s
Ernesto Schmitt (The Craftory) - Why digitally native brands should wait to head into retail, and investing globally at the Series A
Show Details44min 15s
John Sherwin (Hydrant) - Are we in a dehydration crisis?
Show Details43min 30s
Heather Hartnett (Human Ventures) - The Human Needs Economy
Show Details39min 49s
Megan Bent (Harbinger Ventures) - Why milk alternatives is in a better position than cell based meat to win, the benefits of a concentrated portfolio, and sharing carried interest
Show Details48min 24s
Tyler Mincey (Bolt VC) - New business models for SaaS + Box, design vs. sustainability and what's next in tech enabled products
Show Details33min 16s
Rachel ten Brink - Founding Scentbird, investing in personal care, and how to grow online
Show Details46min 16s
Brian Reilly (Will Ventures) - The opportunities investing in sports, media and telehealth
Show Details45min 38s
Sandy Gibson (Better Place Forests) - New natural traditions for your final resting place
Show Details42min 57s
John Gannon (GoingVC) - How to break into venture capital and the power of cohort based learning
Show Details38min 5s
Ben Zises (SuperAngel.Fund) - Starting a rolling fund, what first check-in means, and lessons learned from founding
Show Details53min 13s
Justin Kolbeck (Wild Type) - Creating the most sustainable seafood, the state of the ocean, and developing fast feedback loops
Show Details41min 19s
Steve Sashen (Xero Shoes) - Building the ultimate minimalist shoe
Show Details54min 43s
Ariel Kaye (Parachute) - Creating the leading brand in bedding and home decor
Show Details30min 21s
Lindsay Kaplan (Chief) - Building the network for women leaders
Show Details32min 17s
Kate Shillo Beardsley (Hannah Grey) - The early days of venture capital in New York, learning from Martha Stewart, and the creator economy
Show Details51min 46s
Mark Gainey (Strava) - Building the social network for athletes
Show Details43min 2s
Matteo Franceschetti (Eight Sleep) - Why we should optimize our sleep
Show Details26min 50s
Amir Nathoo (Outschool) - Building a direct to family marketplace to help kids learn what they want to learn
Show Details43min 25s
Madeline Haydon (nutpods) - Developing creamers from scratch with no food and bev experience, using Amazon as a testing ground, and fundraising without a network
Show Details47min 26s
Elizabeth Galbut (SoGal Ventures) - The biggest arbitrage opportunity of her lifetime, managing a global investment fund, and leveraging her community to make decisions
Show Details57min 1s
Ryan Gnesin (Elevate Brands) - Investing and Scaling Amazon Brands
Show Details33min 52s
Dan Reich ( + TULA) - From skincare to SaaS, building B2C and B2B businesses
Show Details41min 49s
Robin Li (GGV Capital) - What U.S. investors can learn from China's consumer internet, bringing small businesses online and opportunities in the creator economy
Show Details36min 22s
Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard (Slumberkins) - Creating stories to help teach children emotional learning, scaling organically and fundraising when you don't have a lead investor
Show Details44min 29s
Andrew Dudum (hims & hers) - The Future of Telehealth
Show Details38min 16s
Eric Doty (Loupe) - Building the world's largest community of sports card collectors
Show Details50min 27s
Monique Woodard (Cake Ventures) - The three layers of cake investment thesis, the future of work, and demographic changes that lead into opportunity
Show Details38min 34s
Sara Deshpande (Maven) - Investing in companies building on top of Zoom and opportunities in Telehealth
Show Details41min 18s
Morgan Hirsh (Public Goods) - Finding simplicity while focusing on selling sustainable essentials
Show Details26min 36s
Alexandra Fine (Dame Products) - Normalizing Sexual Wellness and Self Care Products
Show Details40min 47s
Aditi Dash and Joe Hovde (CircleUp) - Balancing data with founder-market fit when investing in consumer brands
Show Details33min 30s
Wendy Tsu & Susannah Shipton (AlleyCorp) - Going from idea to venture-scalable business
Show Details1hr 1min
Leigh Radford (P&G Ventures) - What is Corporate Venture Capital, and the Advantages For Aspiring Brands
Show Details24min 52s
Carey Smith (Unorthodox) - Scaling Big Ass Fans to $250 million and What It Means to be a Contrarian Investor
Show Details41min 39s
Helaine Knapp (CITYROW) - How Running Injuries Led Her To Start Boutique Rowing Fitness Gyms and Transforming The Studio Experience to At-Home
Show Details33min 57s
Brandon Schwartz and Lawrence Cisneros (DRNXMYTH) - Creating World Class Cocktails, Partnering with Bartenders, and Creating a Marketplace Out of a Bottle
Show Details29min 51s
Kelsey Moreira (Doughp) - Leaving Tech to Start a Cookie Dough Company, Growth of Ecommerce During COVID, and Her Appearance on Shark Tank
Show Details33min 2s
Mercedes Bent (Lightspeed) - The State of Series A, Future of EdTech, and Evolution of Investment Products
Show Details40min 14s
Hugh Thomas (Ugly) - The Opportunity He Saw With Sparkling Water, Why He Started OmniChannel, and Approach to Overseas Expansion
Show Details41min 7s
Tyler Morgan (BFG Partners): How His Passion for Health & Wellness Led Him Into CPG, Changes During COVID, and The Evolution of BFG
Show Details31min 47s
Deborah Benton (Willow Growth Partners) - The Need to Focus on Profitability from Day One, Why Raising Lots of Money Doesn't Mean Success, and Her Investment Philosophy at Willow Growth
Show Details41min 58s
Brendan Rogers (Wag! and 2 a.m.) - Founding Wag!, Scaling by Doing Unscalable Things, and Investment Opportunities in India
Show Details35min 47s
Amanda Groves (PLUS Capital) - The Power of Celebrity, The Most Unlikely Partnership, and Managing an Advisory Practice with a VC Fund
Show Details34min 12s
Beatriz Acevedo (SUMA) - Why Personal Finance, How Content Can Build Community and Educate, and Creating Products Serving the Latinx Community
Show Details57min 39s
Rick Desai (Listen) - What Makes a Compelling Brand, Why He Loves Patagonia, and His Approach to Investing in Consumer Products
Show Details44min 5s
Steven Wolfe Pereira (Encantos) - Teaching Kids 21st Century Skills, Building a Direct to Learner EdTech Company, and Overlooked Opportunities That Make Real Impact
Show Details36min 13s
Jeff Housenbold (Softbank) - Approach to Risk with $100B AUM, Identifying Markets That Are Ripe for Disruption, and Assessing Value Chains
Show Details54min 57s
Michael Nogen (Overton VC) - Founding Theality Maternity Wear, Learnings Working at Gap and How He Thinks about Innovation
Show Details28min 17s
Andrew Goletka & Franklin Isacson (Coefficient Capital) - Behaviors that changed forever in 2020, Investing in CPG at the Series A, and when to go into retail
Show Details35min 42s
Lucy Deland (Inspired Capital) - Founding Paperless Post, How Design Became Critical To Software, and Why She's A Generalist Investor
Show Details36min 31s
Brian Requarth (Latitud + Viva Real) - Building an Online Real Estate Marketplace in Latin America, Raising Money Without a Network, and Solving Supply vs. Demand
Show Details42min 8s
Sapna Shah (Red Giraffe) - Future of Retail, Drop Shipping, and Small World, Long Life
Show Details44min 21s
Holiday Highlights: Ezra Galston, Founding Partner of Starting Line
Show Details20min 31s
Holiday Highlights: Natalie Dillon, Principal at Maveron
Show Details19min 54s
Holiday Highlights: Anna Whiteman, Vice President at Coefficient Capital
Show Details26min 51s
Holiday Highlights: Charles Hudson, Founding Partner Precursor Ventures
Show Details22min 10s
Holiday Highlights: Sarah Kunst, Managing Director of Cleo Capital
Show Details22min 12s
Holiday Highlights: Sasha Astafyeva, Partner at Atomico
Show Details18min 53s
Holiday Highlights: Michael Duda, Founding Partner of Bullish
Show Details27min 52s
Holiday Highlights: Kanyi Maqubela, Managing Partner Kindred Ventures
Show Details30min 49s
Holiday Highlights: Samara Hernandez, Founding Partner Chingona Ventures
Show Details24min 22s
Holiday Highlights: Eric Paley, Founding Partner at Founder Collective
Show Details25min 8s
Holiday Highlights: Soraya Darabi, Founding Partner TMV
Show Details22min 40s
Holiday Highlights: Rishi Garg, Partner at Mayfield Fund
Show Details23min 42s
Holiday Recap: Jiake Liu, CEO of Outer
Show Details15min 46s
Holiday Recap: Jessica Rolph & Rod Morris, Co-CEOs of Lovevery
Show Details19min 43s
Holiday Recap: Michael Barlow, CEO of Fernish
Show Details14min 17s
Holiday Recap: Betsy Fore & Sofia Laurell, Co-CEOs of Tiny Organics
Show Details10min 28s
Holiday Recap: George Milton, CEO of Yellowbird Sauce
Show Details18min 19s
Holiday Recap: Coulter Lewis, CEO of Sunday
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Holiday Recap: Adelle Archer, CEO of Eterneva
Show Details10min 25s
Holiday Recap: Kate Boyle, CEO of Banjo Robinson
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Annoucement: Consumer VC Holiday Schedule
Show Details1min 19s
Matthias Metternich (Art of Sport) - Building the Nike of Body Care, The Power of the Athlete, and How to Build a Compelling Story for Retail
Show Details49min 14s
Aaron Fu (Catalyst Fund) - The Biggest Misconception When Investing In Emerging Markets, Difference Between Selling to SMBs and Consumers, and the Effects of Mobile First
Show Details32min 22s
Vincent Diallo & Joseph Sartre (Interlace Ventures) - Why ecommerce is boring, Why is China at the Forefront of Retail Tech, and Headless Commerce Explained
Show Details38min 21s
Michael Barlow (Fernish) - The Advantage of Not Knowing, His Approach to Building a Rental Furniture Supply Chain, and The Biggest Hurdle When Fundraising
Show Details36min 49s
Samara Hernandez (Chingona Ventures) - Why Chicago, How Diverse VC Teams Lead To Investing In Markets That Are Overlooked, and Some of the Differences When Investing In Consumer vs. Enterprise
Show Details45min 58s
Elizabeth Edwards (H Ventures) - Why Some DNVBs Don't Work On Shelf, Different Customer Insights You Receive in Retail vs. DTC and Demystifying Corporate Venture Capital
Show Details49min 21s
Taylor Nieman (Toucan) - Browser Extension Businesses, The Power of Partnerships, and Her Unique Approach to Fundraising
Show Details32min 17s
Nikhil Basu Trivedi (Next Big Thing) - Why Investing in Consumer Subscription Businesses Has Become The Next Big Thing, and The Reasons Physical Goods and Software Businesses Aren't That Different
Show Details29min 13s
Carlton Fowler (Goat Rodeo Capital) - The Changing Landscape In Beverage, Why Beverage is Poised For Ecommerce, and His Thoughts Around Portfolio Construction
Show Details34min 49s
Han Shen (iFly.VC) - How He Thinks About Overlooked Opportunities, Focusing on a Sector Rather Than Becoming Opportunistic, and How One of His Portfolio Companies Was Able to Pivot Successfully
Show Details52min 36s
Elaine Russell (Greycroft) - The Future of Retail, How to Choose a Co-Founder, and Running a Single LP Fund
Show Details38min 31s
Yury Lifshits (Openland) - How to Build a Community, The Hard Pivot, and Minimizing Friction
Show Details39min 42s
Bonus: Jordan Odinsky (Ground Up) - Cult Brands, Launch Strategies and the Importance of Celebrating The Failures
Show Details33min 31s
Wayne Wu (VMG) – His Ecosystem Approach, How He Builds Community In CPG, and Advice for Founders Located in Secondary Markets
Show Details32min 46s
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
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Nate Cooper (Barrel Ventures): Lessons Learned from Founding Two Companies, The Beauty of Chicago and Investing in Markets that are Overlooked
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Sarah Kunst (Cleo Capital) - The Future of Work, Complicated Consumer and How to Have a Diverse Portfolio
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Sunny Dhillon (Signia Partners) - Grocery Store Technology, Why Beauty Brands Are Great To Invest In, and Changes in Retail
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Hilary Quartner (Hilma) - Creating The "Clinical Herbal" Category, Her Fundraising Strategy, and The Decision Making Process with Two CEOs
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Alix Peabody (Bev) - From Producing Events to Founding a Wine Company, The Challenges When Raising Capital, and How She Thinks About Opportunities
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Office Hour 2. David Goldberg (Corigin Ventures)
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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"
Show Details53min 5s
Dan Gluck (Powerplant) - The Opportunity He Saw After Reading "Born To Run" and His Inspiration Behind Investing in Plant Based Products
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Alex Levitt (Yellow) - Inside Snap Inc.'s Launchpad for Startups, Building Products On Top of Social Platforms, and Her Diligence Process
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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
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Mitch Hayes (Los Sundays) - Building a Tequila Brand for the Millennial, Focusing on Generating Demand, and a Taste of the Beverage Industry
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Sasha Astafyeva (Atomico) - Growing a Real Estate Tech Company in Brazil, Series A Consumer Landscape in Europe, and How She Thinks About International Expansion
Show Details40min 40s
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
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Ezra Galston (Starting Line) - Benefits of Chicago, Managed vs. Lightly Managed Marketplaces, and Consumer for the 99%
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Coulter Lewis (Sunday) - Introducing D2C & Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care, and Lessons From a Serial Entrepreneur
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Adam Cohen-Aslatei (S'more) - Bringing Inclusivity and Honesty to Online Dating, and How He Successfully Fundraised
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Jesse Draper (Halogen) - Why Investing In Female Led Businesses is Such a Massive Opportunity, Los Angeles Consumer Tech Scene, and Consuming Meaningful Content
Show Details39min 37s
Soraya Darabi (TMV) - The Care Economy, Where Change Needs to Start In VC, and How to Approach Market Sizing
Show Details45min 44s
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
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Eric Paley (Founder Collective) - Why Most Successful Companies Struggle To Convince VCs of Their Market Size, The Biggest Risk After Finding Product-Market Fit, and Why Pro-Rata Only Benefits Investors, Not Founders
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Office Hour 1. Jason Shuman (Primary Ventures) - Recorded Live June 9th
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Alex French (Bizzy Coffee) - The Cold Brew Competitive Landscape, Becoming #1 on Amazon, and Some of The Differences Raising from VCs and Family Offices
Show Details1hr 38min
Pippa Lamb (Sweet Capital) - Why Consumer Habits Developed During COVID Are Here To Stay, 99% Execution & 1% Vision, and Defining A Founder's Unfair Advantage
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Compilation: Fundraising from the Founder Perspective
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Dan Graham (Springdale Ventures) - How He Scaled to over $100 million, The Opportunity He Saw Investing in CPG in Austin, and the Differences Analyzing DTC and Retail Brands
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Jessica Rolph and Roderick Morris (Lovevery) - Building Toys For Different Stages of a Child's Development, Advice When Co-Founding A Company, and Their Approach to Fundraising
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George Milton (Yellowbird Sauce) - Becoming The Hot Sauce Guy While Playing Gigs in Austin, Early Distribution Growing Pains, Getting into National Retail
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Tyler Handley (Inkbox) -Tattoos, Defining and New Market, and Why Stickiness Lies Within The Technology
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Kanyi Maqubela (Kindred Ventures) - Why There's Been an Explosion in Seed and Late Stage Funds, Diversity Amongst Investors & Market Risk, and Why he's interested in Learning Why Something Is Not Fundable
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Catharine Dockery (Vice Ventures) - Cannabis, Alcohol, Nicotine, Gambling and Everything Vice
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Compilation: One Piece of Advice Investors Have for B2C Founders
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Nadine Habayeb (Bohana) - The Future of Superfood Healthy Snacks, How Eastern Traditions Have Migrated West, and Finding Product-Market Fit
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Daniel Gulati (Comcast Ventures) - Execution vs. Network Type Business, How To Think About Winning a Category, and Evaluating Blue Ocean Opportunities
Show Details1hr 34min
Byron Ling (Canaan) - Analyzing Teams, Why It Might Be Harder to Raise a Series A vs. Seed during COVID, and Why Distribution is as Important as Product
Show Details35min 12s
Claire Fauquier (Highland Capital Partners) - Purchase Behaviors of SMBs, Stretching Consumer and Sourcing at the Series A
Show Details35min 33s
Anna Whiteman (Coefficient Capital) - Bold Marketing Using Non-Standardizing Channels, When a DNVB Should Think About Omnichannel, and Milestones for CPG Companies at Series A
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Adelle Archer (Eterneva) - From Ashes To Diamonds, A New Way To Honor Loved Ones and Experience Innovation
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Bonus: Sasha Strauss (Innovation Protocol) - Brand Strategy, Not Making Brand Too Personal, and Importance of Positioning
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Michael Duda (Bullish) - Why TAM Is Overrated, Empathize But Don't Listen, and DTC 3.0
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Joe Tonnos (Ketch Ventures & Mistral Equity Partners) - Cricket Protein, Tequila and Investing in Sustainability
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Bonus: Arie Abecassis (ICONYC Labs) - The Board of Directors
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Kate McAndrew (Bolt) - Distributed Teams, Fundraising Outside the Major Hubs, and Impact of COVID
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Bonus: Brian Wang (Dashing Leadership) - Why A Founder Might Need A Coach and a Conversation About Curiosity, Judgement and Culture
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Bonus - Zac Dearing: Paycheck Protection Program
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Rishi Garg (Mayfield) - Consumer Distrust, Curated Experiences, and What’s Next For Social Media
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David Goldberg (Corigin Ventures) - The Sharing Economy, Consumerization of Enterprise Software, and Distribution
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Natalie Dillon (Maveron) - Subcultures, Sustainability, and The Differences Between Gen Z & and Millennials
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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
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Madeline Keulen (Victress Capital) - Knowing Your Why, Analyzing Contrasting Trends, and Building Brands
Show Details30min 41s
Logan Langberg (Imaginary Ventures) - DTC 2.0, Multiple Channels of Distribution, and Paid vs. Organic Growth
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Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures) - The State of Seed Investing, The Early Stage Ecosystem, and Why Consumer Has Been Out Of Favor with VCs
Show Details40min 34s
Bonus - Coronavirus: Feat. Robert Gelb (HeySummit) - How early stage investors are thinking about the current landscape?
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Laura Chau (Canaan) - The Five Pillars of Social Media, Moving Towards Status and the Power of Grit
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Ethan Austin (Techstars) - Punched in the Face with a Problem, Analyzing Teams and EQ
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Lee Hower (NextView Ventures) - Making Good Decisions Fast, Going With Your Gut and Why Trust at the Early Stages Is Vital
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Bonus - Matt Hirst (West): Brand and Marketing - What is Brand?, How to Hire at the Early Stages, and Trusting Your Gut vs. Data Driven
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Elizabeth Yin (Hustle Fund) - Investing When There’s No Traction and How To Mitigate Risk When Founding
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Jason Shuman (Primary Ventures) - Payback Period, Market Timing, and The Importance of Distribution
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Kate Boyle (Banjo Robinson) - Expanding Into Different Countries, Her Unfair Advantage, and Storytelling
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Gautam Gupta (M13) - The Thin Line Between Success and Failure, Board Construction, and Why He Offers Learnings, Not Advice
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Tim Katt (TACK Ventures) - How Tech is Disrupting Sports, Media and Advice for Founders in Secondary Markets
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Sophie Bakalar (fable & Collaborative Fund) - What is Market Expertise?, Conscious Consumerism, and How She Sensed An Opportunity
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Sumeet Shah (Swiftarc Ventures) - 4th Generation of Retail, Periscope Founders and What is Wrong in VC
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Jason Stoffer (Maveron) - Mediocre Markets, Early Traction, and Knowing Your Weaknesses
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Jordan Nof (Tusk VP) - Regulated Industries, The Importance of Timing, and Good Growth vs. Bad Growth
Show Details26min 54s
Eamonn Carey (Techstars) - Consumer Trends in Europe, Expanding to New Markets, and The Three Most Important Words in the English Language
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Greg Bettinelli (Upfront Ventures) - #longla, Why Los Angeles Has Become a Hub of Consumer Innovation, and finding Product-Market Fit & Founder-Market Fit
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Paul Martino (Bullpen Capital) - What it Means to be a Contrarian Investor, The Arbitrage Opportunity at Post Seed, and Founders That Have Chips On Their Shoulders
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Anna Barber (Techstars) - What makes the Los Angeles Tech Ecosystem So Special, Breakdown of Techstars Accelerator Program, Tips on How to Reach Out to Investors
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Mike Ghaffary (Canvas Ventures) - How to Evaluate Online Marketplaces, Why This is a Contrarian time to Invest in Consumer
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Leah Solivan (Fuel Capital) - The Importance of Passion, When a Company Should Have Product-Market Fit, and What Founders Should Pay Attention To In Their Pitch Decks
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Will McClelland (Elizabeth Street) - The Changing of Retail on High Streets, How to Analyze Competitive Advantages, ROI on Consumer Companies
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Mike Duboe (Greylock) - Learnings as Head of Growth at Stitch Fix & Tilt, The Importance of Saying No, and Analyzing Health of Acquisition
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David Wu (Maveron) - The Reinvention of Entertainment, The Founder Scorecard, and the Lessons Learned From Building a Houseboat and Cruising Down the Mississippi
Show Details42min 55s
Rick Heitzmann (FirstMark Capital) - The Future of Marketplaces, Why investing in B2C companies is different to B2B companies, Investing in Secondary and Tertiary Markets
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Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures) - Why Investing in Women Founders is Still an Untapped Market
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Caitlin Strandberg (Lerer Hippeau) - How To Identify Consumer Pain Points, The D2C Investment Landscape, and The New York Ecosystem
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Ajay Kamat (Pear VC) - Clarity of Thought, Future of Audio, and Today's Investing Landscape
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Amit Mukherjee (NEA) - The Gen Z Consumer, How to Evaluate Two Different Competing Companies
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Nicole Quinn (Lightspeed Venture Partners) - Future of Media, Investing in Women, and Thinking Big
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Hayden Williams (BrandProject) - Empathy, Investing in Smoothies, and the Fickle Consumer
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Jay Kapoor (Launch Capital) - Persistence, Building Trust & Finding Founder-Market Fit
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0. Why The Consumer VC
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