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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 ...
 
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Burn the sage, it's time to cleanse Toronto of these demons of playoffs (and Rays) past. Drew and Stoeten forecast the Jays' series against Tampa Bay (:30). What's there really to fear from the No. 1 overall seed in the American League? Is it realistic the Blue Birds actually win this series? The stunning, though, probably expected development of M…
 
Merry Clinch-mas! What a wonderous and fulfilling feeling! Who better to celebrate Toronto's postseason berth with than Drew, Ol' Reliable and Sportsnet contributor, Tao of Stieb?! The talking Toronto triumvirate react to the Blue Jays...umm...not so much valiantly battling their way into extra baseball so much as falling into the 8th seed (4:00). …
 
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 their investments include Fast, Shapeshift Gaming, and Neighborhood Goods. In this episode, we discuss cult brands and unique pro…
 
The Jays are a playoff team in the same way playoff teams are lifeless scarecrows constantly being pecked, soaked, beaten and being forced to watch actual good teams play baseball while trying to keep a smile. Drew, Stoeten and The Athletic's Blue Jays beat writer Kaitlyn McGrath pursue the truth...well...the relative truth; are the Blue Jays a pla…
 
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 Warrior, Quest Nutrition. Disclaimer: This is the opinion of Wayne Wu, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions and thoughts o…
 
Standing far too close for his liking to a lone burning trashcan with the word "Yankees" crudely scrawled on it is New York Daily News sports columnist and co-host of Baseball Prospectus' "Five and Dive" podcast, Bradford Davis, who joins Drew and Ol'Reliable on today's show (4:15). So...umm...Brad...what's up with the Pinstripe's meltdown? After B…
 
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 founders and companies in sub-saharan Africa. Some of her investments include Paystack, AWA Bike, and Vesicash. I highly recommend fo…
 
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 Group and Wise Apple. If you want to keep up to date on him, follow him on Twitter @Nrcoope. You can also follow your host, Mike, o…
 
Due to Labor Day, new episodes this week will be Wednesday and Friday rather then Tuesday and Thursday. Link to purchase tickets to The Consumer VC Summit. The Consumer VC Summit is a three day event on October 13-15th that will feature many of the top investors that focus on investing in CPG and physical goods categories. This will be a mix of tal…
 
There's few more qualified than the seasoned, grizzled Blue Jays podcast vets, Drew and Ol' Reliable, to fully convey the pang felt from watching the Jays' suspect base running (5:15). Chiefly, why is the team's base running so...so...bafflingly disappointing, and though fans take issue with the blunders, a fraction of a fraction are repulsed by pl…
 
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 Birds, Athena and Lovewellness. She's also a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine and previously served as a senior adviso…
 
Link to pre-register for The Consumer VC Summit Join The Consumer VC Summit in its inaugural online event connecting consumer packaged goods investors with emerging brands. Gain valuable insight into the CPG landscape from the venture capital perspective over two days. It will be a mix of panels, talks, and networking events. Advertising Inquiries:…
 
On a day consumed by trades, it's easy to lose focus on what truly matters (:30). Please make sure we keep the dialogue open and flowing. Drew and Ol' Reliable talk about what they always talk about, your Toronto Blue Ja...wait...what...oh, sorry, I meant the playoff contenting Toronto Blue Jays (5:15). Is it conceivable that this club, with their …
 
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 old industries. Sunny's investments include Manscaped, Boxed, and MomentFeed. Previously Sunny cofounded Barstool, one of the firs…
 
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 Water and was part of the founding team at Jet Black. You can Hilary on Instagram @hilarykquartner and Hilma @hilma_co. You can als…
 
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 Alix on Instagram and Bev @alixpeabody and @drinkbev. You can also follow your host, Mike, on Twitter @mikegelb. You can also fol…
 
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 investments in the founders defining the future of daily living. Some of their investments include Perch Interactive, The Inside, Classp…
 
When he's not padding his 5-to-1 kill-death ratio in Call of Duty, Zubes is busy building the Sportsfeld media empire...and joining Drew and Ol' Reliable to talk all things Blue Jays. Speaking of Blue Jays, why are they performing so woefully? (I mean, aside from the obvious. - 6:00) The trio target an overarching issue this season: the plodding pa…
 
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 brands. I chat with Jiake about how he went from founding a B2B business to B2C, his really unique showroom strategy. And there…
 
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 investments include Beyond Meat, Thrive Market, and Veggie Grill. Previously, Dan co-founded Health Warrior, which was acquired by …
 
As the title of this episode would suggest, Drew, Ol' Reliable and, possibly, someone even more reliable than Ol' Reliable, The Athletic's Blue Jays beat reporter, Kaitlyn McGrath, examine the good, the bad and the, at times, very ugly of the Blue Jays start in Buffalo. But! Before then, the trio wield their words adeptly and fasten details togethe…
 
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 Programming. Yellow is currently accepting applications through Sunday, August 23rd for its inaugural Collabs Program. If you're …
 
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 created by their Infant Nutritionist. Their goal is to help every parent feed their baby and toddler the healthiest food. Previously,…
 
Two things about Stoeten: 1) He's old and reliable and 2) if he offers you a hamburger, politely decline. You've been warned. Drew (And)rew welcome ProPlayAI chief scientist, Dr. Mike Sonne, to today's show (5:00). The scholarly Dr. Sonne details ProPlayAI's technology and how pitchers like Nate Pearson are using these programs to further their und…
 
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. One book that inspired Mitch personally is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho . One book that inspired him professionally is Damn G…
 
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 new investments in consumer. Previously, she was a Principal at Felix Capital and VP of Finance and Business Intelligence at VivaR…
 
They don't have a crystal ball, but they sure have the next best thing; Drew and Stoeten welcome The Athletic's Philadelphia Phillies scrivener, and possible seer, Matt Gelb to answer a very simple question: What the f--k is going on in Philadelphia (10:45)? Gelb eloquently lays out the timeline of events leading up to the Phillies canceling all ac…
 
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 Honey Mama's. Previously, Nick worked at Piper Sandler and a co-founder of Trail Post Ventures. Thank you Justin Gordon for the i…
 
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, Flyhomes, and Spothero. One book that inspired Ezra personally is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. One book that inspire…
 
Drew and Ol' Reliable react to the rare atmosphere, that will eventually become customary, in a fan-less Nationals Park on Opening Day (:30). The guys then welcome CBS Sports staff writer, R.J. Anderson, to the podcast to discuss Toronto's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays (12:15). Before diving headlong into Rays analysis, R.J. dishes out h…
 
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 successful farm to bag snack company. But in this episode we focus on Sunday and lawn care. We talk about pesticides, why lawn care …
 
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. He walks us through why S'More is different, how he thinks about bringing inclusivity to online dating and how he successfully …
 
Another week, another behind the scenes conversation about NBA Live 2006. I mean, how underrated was Jason Kapono (62 Overall with a an 80 3pt? C'mon, that's doing my man dirty.)? What wasn't underrated this week (great [bad] segue) was news of Vladimir Gurrero Jr. moving to first base (3:30). Why was this move made; will it bolster Toronto's defen…
 
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 in the founding team. Some of their investments include Hop Skip Drive, Clover Letter, and Binti. Previously, Jesse was an actr…
 
Heeeee'ssss bbaaccckkk. Andrew Zuber, aka Zubes, joins Drew and Ol' Reliable to applaud Toronto first-round pick Austin Martin on signing above slot (6:00). Will Martin fill a vacant spot in the Blue Jays' player pool (16:00). The full nest hesitate reacting to Toronto's schedule because of an important missing ingredient: there's no concrete locat…
 
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 investments include Beyond Meat, Carezone, Goodeggs and Medium. I highly recommend following Meera on twitter @itsmeeraclark. You can a…
 
I would like to thank Adelle Archer for introducing me to today's guest, Eric Paley, who is one of the Managing Partners at Founder Collective. Founder Collective's mission is to be the most aligned VC for founders at seed. Eric is a pretty legendary seed stage investor, some of his investments include Uber, CoverWallet, Seat Geek, Whoop, Thred Up …
 
*Please note Office Hour episodes are not edited and the sound quality will not be as good as other episodes as they are recorded on one track.* Office Hours are opportunities for listeners to ask past guests questions themselves. We will be releasing the recorded versions each Saturday. This Office Hour with Jason Shuman was recorded live on June …
 
Our guest today is Alex French, founder and CEO of Bizzy Coffee, the #1 seller of cold brew coffee on Amazon. We discuss Alex's initial approach to entrepreneurship, how they've been able to maintain #1 Best Seller on Amazon, how he approached fundraising and was able to raise, and COVID's effects on Bizzy. Without further ado, here's Alex A couple…
 
The fairest Fairservice and Stoeten welcome The Athletic's Blue Jays reporter Kaitlyn McGrath to today's program! How about that player pool (7:30)!? With the 58-player pool formed, what are some of the biggest questions still looming over this squad? In a sad and, seemingly, inevitable move, the Minor League Baseball season canceled. How will this…
 
Thank you Alex Pattis for the introduction to today's guest Pippa Lamb who is a partner at Sweet Capital. Sweet Capital in an early stage investment fund built by the founders of King.com (Candy Crush), following their sale to Activision Blizzard in 2015. Pippa focuses on early stage consumer technology investments ranging from software and next ge…
 
New episodes will be now released on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will also be releasing the recorded versions of the AMA / Office Hours with past guests on Saturdays. The next one is this Wednesday with Gautam Gupta, Partner at M13 and founding CEO of Naturebox. Here's the link to RSVP - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ9-rmz3OIBs7n03T--Sf…
 
Sports Illustrated staff writer, Emma Baccellieri, answers Drew and Stoeten's call (surprisingly) to (unsurprisingly) answer questions about health concerns in a shortened 2020 MLB season (12:30). Drawing from her myriad conversations with epidemiologists about the subject, Emma presents what issues Major League Baseball could face by having teams …
 
This is a compilation episode about fundraising from the founders perspective. Some of their tactics, strategies when evaluating investors and how they reached out to investors. The founders featured are Kate Boyle, who is the founder of Banjo Robinson, Nadine Habayeb from Bohana, Adelle Archer from Eterneva, George Milton from Yellowbird Sauce, an…
 
I'd like to thank Adelle Archer for introducing me to today's guest Dan Graham, one of the co-founders and General partners of Springdale Ventures. Some of their investments include Eterneva, Literati, and Beatbox beverages. Previously, Dan co-founded BuildASign.com in 2005 and grew it to an over $100 million dollar CPG, Ecommerce business that was…
 
On another glorious episode of Birds All Day, Drew and Stoeten welcome Toronto Blue Jays radio play-by-play announcer, Mike Wilner, to the program (6:30)! Mike fills us in on life without baseball and broaches a cornucopia of subjects, including: his level of optimism in a season (11:45); the advantages the Jays could present in a truncated year (1…
 
Hello and welcome to The Consumer VC. I am your host Mike Gelb and on this show we talk about the world of venture capital and consumer facing startups. Thank you very much Natalie Dillon for the intro to today's guests, Jessica Rolph and Rod Morris, the co-founders of Lovevery, Staged-based play essentials designed by experts, built for babies and…
 
I'd like to thank Fernando Gentil for introducing me to today's guest, George Milton, co-founder and CEO of Yellowbird Sauce, Spicy condiments crafted to take you on a fiery–fresh food adventure. This is a conversation all about things hot sauce, which I really enjoyed. George takes us through his journey from playing music gigs to becoming known a…
 
Sportsnet writer extraordinaire, Nick Ashbourne, accompanies Drew and Andrew on their trip through the Blue Jays MLB Draft (5:15). The triumvirate hone in on Toronto's top-selection, Austin Martin, and how he projects as a major leaguer, what skills he offers defensively and in future Jays' lineups and more. Hey, guess what? Toronto drafted more th…
 
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