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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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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Yes, a typical Sunday series pitted against a vicious division rival, what more suspenseful, intense, nail-biting affair could you ask fo...oh...it's 18-4? Wait, what?! 18 to FOUURRRR???? Toronto teed off on Boston in a most glorious fashion. A fashion in which two fashionabl…
 
My guest today is Ben Zises, founder of SuperAngel.fund. SuperAngel Fund is an early stage rolling fund investing in Consumer, PropTech & Future of Work companies. Some of the companies he's invested in are quip, Caraway and Arber. Ben is usually the first check in on the investments that he makes and in our conversation we touch on what's it's lik…
 
Join The Atheltic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Drew welcomes 3Motion AI chief scientist, Dr. Mike Sonne, to Spin Rate! Dr. Sonne studies biomechanics and how bodies' motions can affect things like pitching...maybe even pitching that's assisted by certain substances. He and Drew unhinge the truth from fiction in the foreig…
 
My guest today is Justin Kolbeck, CEO and co-founder of Wild Type. Wild Type is on a mission to create the cleanest most sustainable seafood on the planet, starting with salmon. This is the first founder of a cell based food company I've had on the show and as someone who didn't know much about cell base food or commercial fishing, this was quite e…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Drew and Kaitlyn chat about Friday's Astro-nomical flop versus Houston as well as Toronto's pitching problems in the series. Which pitching performance is more redeemable, Ryu's or Matz's? What's the state of the AL East? Drew and Kaitlyn maneuver through the best and worst i…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Drew and Keegan Matheson, Blue Jays reporter for MLB.com, dip their oars into Blue Jays-waters and navigate the latest with the team. Keegan discusses Sahlen Field and its ambiance and whether Buffalo has been welcoming to the Jays. The guys react to Bo Bichette's late-game h…
 
Our guest today is Steven Sashen, one of the founders and CEO of Xero Shoes. Xero Shoes produces lightweight minimalist footwear designed for walking, running, and athletics. Here are some of the questions I ask Steven: How did you discover minimalism shoes and what led you to founding Zero Shoes? Bring us up to speed. What's wrong with cushioned s…
 
Our guest today is Ariel Kaye, founder of Parachute. Parachute is a home essentials brand that is designed in Los Angeles and manufactured by expert craftspeople across the globe including Portugal, Turkey and the U.S. In this episode you'll learn how Ariel saw the opportunity to create a brand in bedding, approached an omni-channel strategy, manag…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Tyler Chatwood and the Blue Jays failed to secure the game-two win over Cleveland in the teams' Sunday double-header, leading both Drew and Kailtny to dig into Toronto's miscues. Plus, Ross Stripling's mechanical overhaul is bearing fruit, Kaitlyn shares her take on Alek Mano…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Drew with the man who needs no introduction, Andrew Zuber, riding side cart, breakdown the long-awaited debut of Alek Manoah. Plus, how will Manoha's presence impact the rotation; Charlie Montoyo, Joe Girardi and withholding information, and Rowdy Tellez's intangibles. Enjoy.…
 
Our guest today is Lindsay Kaplan, Co-founder of Chief. Chief is a private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders. Previously, she was part of Casper’s founding team to lead communications and brand engagement. In thie episode you'll learn about the inner workings of professional networks, the opportunity she saw, why she decide…
 
Our guest today is Kate Shillo Beardsley, Partner at Hannah Grey. Hannah Grey is a first check venture fund investing in founders reimagining everyday experiences to improve work and life. In this chat we went down alot of fun rabbit holes like what we could all learn from Martha Stewart, what New York was like in the late 2000s/early 2010s as VC s…
 
Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Yikes...this slump stinks. With clothespin-pinched noses, Drew and Kaitlyn weave through Toronto's losing streak. With series losses to both Boston and Tampa, is there one underlying shortcoming that can be attributed to their lack of success? Was the sweep by Tampa all the more…
 
Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Drew and Alexis Brudnicki, contributing writer for Baseball America and former FanGraphs, Sportsnet, Canadian Baseball Network (checks lengthy resume)...uh... and scribe for many other distinguished outlets, dive into how navigating baseball has changed because of the pandemic. …
 
Thank you Mike Ghaffary for the introduction to our guest today, Mark Gainey, the founder of Strava. Strava is the #1 app for runners and bikers and is the destination to record any activity. In this conversation we talk about how Mark's passion for sports compelled him to Strava, what focus really means as a founder and Mark has some amazing examp…
 
Our guest today is Matteo Franceschetti, founder and CEO of Eight Sleep, The #1 Smart Mattress, designed to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. In this episode, you'll learn about how Matteo thinks about sleep, why we should optimize it, habits that help us get to sleep and where eight sleep comes into play. We also talk about his vision a…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Another week of Blue Jays baseball, another bullpen arm inevitably injured. Drew and Kaitlyn ponders when (or if) the injury-prone bullpen heals up and reunites if they'll return to their early-season splendor. How detrimental is losing David Phelps to a lat injury? How will …
 
Part Three of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s expansion into the U.K., how the team got through the shutdown of sports and challenges that lay ahead. Writers, Marcus Thompson, Anthony Slater…
 
Part Two of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s first steps into the marketplace. The challenges they met selling this idea to investors, and journalists they were trying to recruit, specificall…
 
Part One of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode we hear from The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann about how they met, how an idea for better sports coverage materialized into a significant media player in the sports landscape and the spirit at the heart of The At…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Hit it DJ Khaled! "Another one." Yes, Toronto, yet again, swept the Atlanta Braves by orchestrating an impressive, epic come-from-behind-series-finale win. Drew and Kaitlyn muse what Thursday night's resilient win says about the Jays. The duo extrapolate Blue Jays April perfo…
 
Thank you Mereces Bent to the intro to our guest today, Amir Nathoo. Amir Nathoo, is the founder of Outschool. Outschool is an education marketplace/platform that offers a variety of engaging, small-group classes online that gives kids the unique opportunity to explore their interests in-depth. They were also one of the fastest growing tech compani…
 
Thank you Alison Ryu for the introduction to our guest today, Madeline Haydon. Madeline is Founder and CEO of nutpods. nut pods is a dairy-free half and half alternative made from almonds and MCT-rich coconuts in a convenient, easy to use coffee creamer. What I most appreciated from this conversation was how open Madeline was about the beginning da…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate If issuing walks and conceding home runs defined a good pitcher, Nate Pearson would be Hall of Fame-bound; however, this is not the case and, therefore, Pearson is pretty bad. So, Drew and change-up specialist Jonah Birenbaum confabulate about Pearson's...less than memorable …
 
My guest today is Elizabeth Galbut, one of the founding partners of SoGal Ventures. SoGal Ventures is the is the first female-led, next generation venture capital firm. In this episode we discuss how Elizabeth's interests led to thinking about consumer innovation, how she started a fund, the biggest arbitrage opportunity of her lifetime, and managi…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Craig Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of Baseball Prospectus, joins Drew as the duo dissect early-season Blue Jays narratives. Craig delineates baselines for performance sustainability. What can analysts and viewers, alike, buy stock in a month into the season? How does one separa…
 
My guest today is Ryan Gnesin, founder of Elevate Brands. Elevate Brands buys consumer-leading Amazon FBA brands and elevate them to their full potential. This is a little bit of a different episode as the focus is creating and scaling brands on Amazon and how you can leverage Amazon across other channels. And there you have it, it was awesome havi…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate George Springer's Spring return sprung Toronto ahead three games in the win column after sweeping Atlanta over the weekend. Drew and Kaitlyn react to the Jays' offseason big-price-tag acquisition's start to the 2021 campaign after being medically cleared to play. How will he …
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Count 'em: not one, not two, but THREE dingers from Vlad the Great (or Terrible depending on who you ask) in a single game! Drew shares his thoughts on a night he and Jays' loyalists will never forget. MLB.com analyst, ESPN voice, and co-host of the Ballkpark Dimensions podca…
 
My guest today is Dan Reich, who is a serial entrepreneur. Some of the companies he founded are Spinback, TULA and Troops.ai. TULA started as a digitally native health and beauty brand where Dan served as CEO from inception to over $1mm in sales in less than one year. Troops is a B2B technology company that is building a mobile-first, intelligent C…
 
My guest today is Robin Li, Principal at GGV Capital. GGV is a global venture capital fund that invests in seed to growth stage companies. Some of their companies include Airbnb, Poshmark, Alibaba, and Peloton. We discuss how GGV makes decisions on a global scale, what opportunities in consumer internet Robin is most focused on, and bringing small …
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Is it an illusion, smoke and mirrors, a miscalculation, or do the Blue Jays currently boast one, if not the, best bullpen in the majors? Drew and Kaitlyn pull back the curtain on Toronto's relief core and discuss the latest with Hyun-Jin Ryu. Is the pen's stellar performance …
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathetlic.com/spinrate Drew and baseball analytics writer for The Athletic, Eno Sarris, have a substantive conversation about...substances...on MLB's new baseballs (5:00). Eno discerns new and existing substances used on balls and how they may influence the league's regulations. New substances are,…
 
Thank you Rick Desai for introducing me to today's guests Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard, founders of Slumberkins. Slumberkins is a leading children’s educational brand on a mission to promote early emotional learning through a combination of creatures and story telling. We're going to learn what they believe was missing in a child's developme…
 
My guest today is Andrew Dudum, founder of hims & hers. Hims and hers is a telehealth company that sells personal care products, subscriptions and and over-the-counter drugs online. We discuss our current healthcare system, what customer transparency really means, his fundraising strategy and what led him to take his company public via SPAC. One bo…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Toronto's starting pitching was competent over the last week? Drew and Kaitlyn discuss if Steven Matz's and the Jays' respectable pitching performances can be sustained, or is this just an anomaly? Would there be a marked drop-off at third base if Vlad were to take over for C…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Sportsnet baseball editor and one half of 'At the Letters' podcast Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Drew to gauge if the early-season Jays are good, bad, or just meh (3:00). Drew and Ben look at the parallels and contrasts between the 2015 AL Division-winning Blue Jays and this 2021…
 
Thank you Arie Abecassis for the introduction to our guest today Eric Doty, founder of Loupe. Loupe is a free app built for the modern sports card collector. We talk about box breaks, how he thinks about the sports card collecting market, solving the classic chicken or the egg, supply/demand trap early on and his approach to leadership. A couple of…
 
Thank you Samara Hernandez for the intro to our guest today, Monique Woodard. Monique is the founding Partner of Cake Ventures. Cake invests in companies that address the needs of a world undergoing massive demographic changes. We break down the three layers of Cake or themes that Monique focuses on, how she thinks about geography and future of wor…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Rain, really? When was the last time a Jays' game was rained out? Drew and Kaitlyn stay sheltered from the drizzle and discuss Toronto's early-in-the-week offensive woes that parted to reveal a shining offensive spectacle (2:00). Kaitlyn goes down the laundry list of other we…
 
Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Guess who's back, back again? Zubes is back, tell a fellow subscriber or non-subscriber who should subscribe to The Athletic (subliminal messaging at its finest). Yes! Drew welcomes Sportsfeld and Wrestling Brain's Andrew Zuber to the podcast to chat, well, all things Blue Ja…
 
My guest today is Sara Deshpande, Partner at Maven Ventures. Maven Ventures is a consumer focused micro-fund that focuses on investing in seed stage companies. Some of their investments include Zoom, Wild Type, Angellist and Nuggs. What I most enjoyed about this conversation was looking at what types of businesses were being built on top of Zoom an…
 
My guest today is Morgan Hirsh, CEO and founder of Public Goods. Public Goods is your one stop shop for healthy, sustainable, everyday essentials you can trust. This episode helps to demystify or understand what sustainability means or could mean for consumer products. I also loved learning about his approach to building Public Goods in multiple ca…
 
Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Monday musings!? Spin Rate side sessions? We're still workshopping names for the first of our now twice-weekly podcasts. (Maybe drop us a line on what you think these episodes should be named.) Regardless, Drew and Kaitlyn recap Toronto's Opening Day as well as their first seaso…
 
Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/spinrate It's here! It's finally here! Opening Day! Drew and Kaitlyn lay out a full spread of Blue Jays info and insight ahead of their season opener. The two begin with big picture expectations (1:30), including who do we have questions about, who will exceed expectations, and what's th…
 
My guest today is Alex Fine, founder of Dame Products. Dame is the home of phenomenally fun toys for adults, that helps people to upgrade their self care with toys for sex. They were also named one of the most innovative wellness companies in 2020 by Fast Company. We touch on alot of areas in both sexual wellness and femtech that have been traditio…
 
My guests today are Aditi Dash and Joe Hovde from CircleUp. CircleUp Growth Partners is an early-stage consumer fund that takes a data-driven approach investing in compelling companies. Aditi is one of the investment partners and Joe is one of the data analysts. This is a fascinating conversation about building a data base for the private markets a…
 
Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate The Blue Jays are chirping the 'Bubblewrap Blues' as key figures to the club's 2021 aspirations are sidelined with injuries. Drew and Kaitlyn recap the spell of dings and bruises the Blue Birds experienced, including Kirby Yates season-ending elbow wound (2:30), and how his abse…
 
My guests today are Wendy Tsu who is a partner of new business ventures at AlleyCorp and Susannah Shipton, Head of Platform and investor at AlleyCorp. AlleyCorp was founded by Kevin Ryan and both founds and funds companies in New York. On this particular episode, we're going to focus more on the founding / incubation side of AlleyCorp, which I thou…
 
Thank you Elizabeth Edwards for introducing me to our guest today. Leigh Radford, the Senior Vice President, Founder & General Manager of P&G Ventures. We discuss what is corporate venture capital, how P&G partners with brands, and the advantages for aspiring brands. Without further ado, here's Leigh. Some of the questions I ask Leigh What was your…
 
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