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Sheena Brady is the founder of, a wellness brand that creates all natural, tea and botanical based products that support you to live and lead consciously. As a B-Corp and through its’ Founder Fund, Tease also helps support under-represented women entrepreneurs with mentorship, strategic resources and funding.Sheena is a tea Sommelier with a wealth of knowledge. As an owner and co-founder of a tea company myself (, we geek out on the different ways teas can support you throughout your day. Sheena also blows my mind with some genius tea and booze infused cocktail ideas. She really knows her stuff.Having worked at Shopify for almost 8 years on the merchant success team, Sheena shares her insights into eCommerce, changes in omni-channel marketing and how to succeed as a D2C brand in the post-Facebook era. As two eCommerce vets, we also share our secrets on how to prepare for this holiday shopping season.Finally, Sheena tells her story of appearing on TV’s Dragons’ Den (Canada’s version of Shark Tank) and how she managed to out-smart one of the Dragon with the ultimate chess move which you will not want to miss.Discussion Topics:(1:30) Ice breaker … wine pairings.(5:07) Becoming a Sommelier and discussing tea culture.(12:55) Tease Wellness origin story.(24:03) Working at Shopify while running a side-hustle.(30:34) Influencers and TikTok marketing.(35:35) Q4 2022 Holiday Shopping predictions & secret sauce.(40:30) Was appearing on Dragons’ Den worth it?(48:36) Rapid fire questions.
Justin Sibley is the CEO of POWDR, an adventure lifestyle company that owns some of the best resorts on earth, including Copper Mountain, Killington, Silver Star and more. Justin is a fellow Fuqua MBA graduate who was the Vice President of Finance at before becoming CFO and then co-President of POWDR. POWDR also owns Woodward. If you know anything about board sports, you know that Woodward is the leading name in action sports progression and innovation with facilities across North America. Justin and I talk about how he has been able to help leverage the Woodward brand and assets across POWDR’s portfolio of resorts.As an international company with properties in different states and provinces, we talk about the challenges of running a hospitality business during the pandemic. Justin and the team at POWDR put on a master class on adjusting to adversity. He shares a lot of great insights and wisdom for managing a massive organization through COVID-19.This episode was a lot of fun for me. As a life-long shredder with a failed pro-snowboard career, I got to geek out on both business and the snowboard industry. If you love the outdoors, action sport or just want to learn more about scaling a large complex organization, this podcast is for you.Discussion Topics:(3:11) New offerings at POWDR.(4:54) The business strategy of expanding into more year-round offerings.(12:51) Woodward … perhaps one of the greatest strategic acquisitions ever?(21:53) Woodward Park City build and opening.(24:02) Managing through COVID-19 with 8,000 employees.(30:29) Playing forever and focusing on environmental protections.(34:25) Advice for people looking to build a career in outdoor adventure lifestyles.(37:47) Rapid fire.
Natalya Wallin is an endurance athlete with an amazing work career. Natalya just finished a 100-mile ultramarathon in Moab, Utah. We talk about setting hard goals, remaining tenacious when faced with adversity, the ups and downs of ultrarunning and the parallels between endurance races and pursuing an MBA.Natalya talks about her time at the White House, meeting the Obamas and working for the US Department of State and the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. She is currently consulting for the apparel action forum in London and serving as interim Chief Strategy Officer. The forum brings together industry leaders and CEOs at St. James's Palace to identify solutions to address supply chain risks, including forced labor and promote sustainable practices in the apparel industry.Natalya is a complete bada$$ with inspiring wisdom to share. This episode provides great motivation for anyone looking to tackle really hard challenges, and we open up about our difficulties raising kids while working full-time and pursuing and MBA. Discussion Topics:(1:19) Traveling to over 30 countries and favorite locations.(7:15) 100-mile ultramarathon in Moab, Utah.(11:14) The highs and lows of ultra-running.(17:30) The parallels between pursuing and MBA and ultra-running.(24:20) Interning at the White House.(28:44) Working for the US Department of State & preventing human trafficking.(44:11) Advice for working parents pursuing an MBA.(51:12) Rapid fire questions.
Rory Gillis is the President of Triangle Media Partners and Founder of Triangle Digital Partners. Triangle Media Partners is the largest lifestyle influencer in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. The company owns Chapel Hill Magazine, Durham Magazine, Chatham Magazine, Heart of NC Weddings, Sip + Savor and Triangle Weekender. Triangle Digital Partners is the digital wing of the business which focuses on display advertising, social media marketing and more.With CNBC recently naming North Carolina as America’s Top State for Business in 2022, Rory and I talk about why more businesses and professionals are moving to the area and what makes it ideal for professional recruitment. We also talk about small to medium sized business ad budgets, geofencing, digital marketing and how her company has managed to bridge the gap between traditional print media and cutting-edge online marketing techniques.As a warning, this episode focuses heavily on our hometown, but even if you are not from here, there is a great deal of wisdom on how best to grow and build a business in an ever-changing digital landscape.  If you are from North Carolina, you’ll want to stick around as we dish out dirt and have heated exchanges about our favorite local businesses and more. Discussion Topics:(1:25) Why North Carolina is the top state for business in 2022.(8:25) Triangle Digital Partner’s origin story.(16:27) Geofencing, location data and microproximity.(21:30) Scaling a business.(28:02) Mentorship and team building.(31:38) Hiring and motivating Millennials and iGen.(37:04) Intraprenurship vs. Entrepreneurship. (46:15) Controversial rapid fire.
Kasper Kubica and David Spratte are the co-founders of Carpe, makers of Dermatologist recommended sweat care products. Carpe is quickly becoming a major player in the world of antiperspirants, competing against giants like Unilever which owns Degree, Dove and AXE. From their humble beginnings, we then talk about how they have positioned Carpe to succeed in a hypercompetitive market and what makes their products unique.Both Kasper and David have become true sweat experts and have leveraged their knowledge to produce hilarious and informative content across channels like TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube. If you are interested in start-ups, co-founding a business with a close friend, launching a direct-to-consumer brand and the different ways you can die from sweating too much, then this podcast is for you.Discussion Topics:(1:46) How you can die from sweating too much.(7:11) Becoming sweat experts.(12:09) Early product development.(14:47) Carpe’s total addressable market.(19:16) Launching a D2C product in a highly competitive market.(25:02) Content strategies for TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.(32:16) Expanding into retail.(35)52) Rapid fire.
Andrew Gazdecki is the founder and CEO of MicroAcquire which is billed as the world’s #1 acquisition marketplace for Startups. Andrew is a successful founder with 3 exits to his name.  He has been named an Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, and had the Fastest Growing Company in San Francisco in 2014 according to Inc.Andrew and I talk about his entrepreneurial journey and spend a lot of time discussing what I call “digital ETA.”  Many people are familiar with Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) which traditionally focuses on Entrepreneurs acquiring brick and motor established family businesses. Digital ETA, however, specializes in the acquisition of eCommerce and SaaS businesses which include more digital than physical assets. The time to close can be much faster with such deals, and Andrew has built a platform to help search entrepreneurs get deals done in a more streamlined way.If you are interested in startups, eCommerce or are thinking about acquiring an online business, you will want to tune into this podcast. Andrew is passionate about helping founders and entrepreneurs succeed and has a great deal of wisdom on the topic.Discussion Topics:(1:25) MicroAcquire by-the-numbers. 2.5 years and $1.75 billion.(3:07) The catalyst for launching MicroAcquire.(9:17) Vetting deals to help increase the probability of a sale.(16:09) MicroAcquire’s total $11 million raise.(27:05) The demographics of a typical buyer on MicroAcquire.(30:06) The financing of a typical deal on MicroAcquire.(33:56) Valuation multiples for eCommerce businesses.(41:28) How Amazon brand aggregators are changing the market and valuations.(44:20) Andrew’s keys for success.(48:15) Rapid fire questions.
Nick Gray is a successful entrepreneur, author and talented public speaker who has given a very inspiring TEDx talk on how he built and sold his multimillion-dollar start-up Museum Hack. Nick also runs a popular newsletter for business owners and entrepreneurs with topics such as productivity hacks and how to use virtual assistants. Nick and I talk about our mutual love of tea, his new book, how he helped build his family’s business which ultimately sold to private equity and how his passion project side hustle became one of Inc 5000’s fastest-growing companies, featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and more. Finally, having reimagined how people attend Museums, Nick shares his wisdom on how Universities and business programs can make educational content more engaging.Nick has a BS in Business from Wake Forest University and current resides in Austin, Texas. If you are interested in entrepreneurship, how to throw the ultimate party or building and selling businesses, then you will want to tune in.Discussion Topics:(1:15) Tea and travel.(8:25) Icebreakers & how to throw amazing parties.(17:38) Launching Museum Hack.(27:48) Working in a family business.(32:09) Selling businesses.(38:31) The future of education.(44:16) Rapid fire questions.
Robert Graham is a successful search fund entrepreneur. As a Partner at Search Investment Group (SIG), Robert advises searchers on deal sourcing, due diligence, and capital raises. He is also an investor in multiple Private Equity and search deals in the lower-middle market and is the CEO of Pillar Health Group, a group of healthcare companies he acquired through a self-funded search.Robert and I discuss why he thinks the traditional search fund model is broken, and he provides his wisdom and expertise on how to improve it. Robert has an impressive track record for getting deals done and helping search fund entrepreneurs retain as much ownership as possible. If you are interested in acquiring a small business and want some pragmatic and honest advice, then you’ll want to listen to this podcast. Robert has an MBA from Harvard Business School and undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and worked in both private equity and operations before becoming a search fund entrepreneur.Discussion Topics:(1:11) Why the traditional search fund model is broken.(7:35) Why Robert took the self-funded search approach.(16:00) What makes SIG’s approach different.(22:28) The profile of a successful self-funded searcher.(26:47) How COVID has changed deal sourcing.(33:41) How to deal with broken deals.(44:37) How search funds will change over the next 5 years.(49:32) How to mitigate the impact of a personal guarantee.(53:43) Rapid fire questions.
Ishveen Jolly is the CEO + Founder at OpenSponsorship. OpenSponsorship is a marketplace that connects brands to professional and amateur athletes. The platform covers multiple sports in 120 different countries.Ishveen and I talk about how she built her business and the NCAA’s recent policy change that allows current and future athletes to generate revenue from their name, image or likeness. This is a massive change in the US sports marketing industry and a bit of a wild west landgrab as schools, athletic departments and brands look to find new and creative ways to help student athlete generate money. We talk about the opportunities and challenges this rule change offers students and how brands can capitalize on them.Ishveen received a BA and MA from Oxford in Economics and Management. She was recognized as an Inc Top 100 Female Founder and Forbes 30 Under 30. If you love sports or technology or just want to learn more about the future of collegiate sports marketing, then you will want to tune in.Discussion Topics:(1:17) Our favorite celebrity athletes.(2:28) OpenSponsorship elevator pitch & origin story.(11:51) Athletes using social media during the Olympics.(15:26) NCAA NIL (name, image and likeness) policy change.(23:59) Advice for brands looking to partner with student athletes.(39:00) Oxford University Angel Fund and raising capital.(42:50) Advice for how Universities can better prepare students for NIL opportunities.(46:17) Rapid fire questions.
Tommy Sowers is a true renaissance man with an incredible resume. He is an entrepreneur, academic, politician and a decorated Military officer with an 11-year career in the Army, having achieved the rank of Major. He has taught at West Point, the University of Missouri and Duke. He also served as the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.Tommy is currently the President of flyExclusive, which is the fastest growing private jet charter in the United States, located in Kinston, North Carolina. Tommy and I discuss the future of private aviation and how COVID-19 has impacted the demand for private jet ownership. Tommy also talks about cofounding GoldenKey, a venture backed firm which disrupted the buying and selling of homes. The company raised $3.7 million in funding and was sold in 2018.Tommy graduated first in his class at the Special Forces Qualification Course, and we talk about how his military training and time as a Green Beret prepared him for diverse leadership challenges. Tommy completed his undergraduate from Duke University and earned his MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics.This episode has a lot of great insights on leadership, dealing with adversity and adapting to different work environments and situations. Also … if you have dreams and aspirations about flying private or owning a jet, you’ll want to tune in.Discussion Topics:(1:47) Duke basketball & being a seven-foot Army Ranger.(4:45) Private jet travel and sales during the COVID era.(14:14) Investment trends in the private aviation industry.(20:56) Adding innovative technical jobs in North Carolina.(26:15) The economics of jet ownership. Does it make financial sense?(29:00) Becoming an entrepreneur, founding GoldenKey and raising venture capital.(35:54) University education and teaching styles.(41:40) Special Forces mindset to help with career and life transitions.(49:35) Veteran career transition advice.(53:33) Rapid fire questions.
For this podcast, I plan to tell the story of why I got into ultrarunning. I was never a runner, but I decided this year to completely immerse myself in it. This year, I have finished 5 ultras, the last of which was a 100 miler that I podium at, but after finishing the race I suffered kidney failure.  I spend 5 days in the hospital and almost had to be put on dialysis. I basically developed Rhabdomyolysis where the muscle breakdown from running 26 hours straight poisoned my kidneys. I think this story is valuable to the podcast because I have learned a lot throughout the entire process, from setting a stretch goal, to training, to developing a working excel model for my race, to over-coming setback and learning from mistakes.  At the beginning of 2021, I interviewed Dan King, the founder of ReadyTalk who is also the World’s Fittest CEO. That discussion really opened my eyes of how and why physical fitness can make you a better leader and sharpen your resolved to handle stress and challenges.If you are interested in ultrarunning, pushing yourself to physical limits, embracing challenges or just learning a little bit more about what makes me tick, I think you will like this episode. There is definitely some wisdom that you can apply to business and life. It is my most personal yet and I feel it has been helpful to showcase some of my vulnerabilities, which I hope is a leadership quality in and of itself.Discussion Topics:(2:20) Why I decided to get into ultrarunning.(4:20) Motivating factors for running long distances.(10:55) How to train for ultras.(19:24) Overview of the actual 100-mile race.(26:07) Suffering and overcoming post-race acute kidney failure.(28:43) Lessons learned from this entire process.
Chris Bingham is a successful entrepreneur, specializing in eCommerce operations, supply chain and logistics. In Q4 2020, the world experienced Shipageddon where the pandemic significantly increased demand for online goods while straining global supply chains. As we enter Q4 2021, we should expect to experience Shipageddon, the sequel, with even greater challenges, as brands experience inflated ocean freight container costs, container shortages, congestion within ports, lockdowns in factories, temp labor shortages and more.Chris and I talk in-depth about scaling eCommerce operations, surviving the holiday shopping season, growing and selling a business as well as the future of MBA programs. If you work in eCommerce or are thinking about a career in logistics and operations or are just fascinated with global supply chains and how messed-up they are right now, I think you will enjoy this episode.  Chris has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Campbell University and has been a start-up coach at UNC for over a decade.Discussion Topics:(1:33) Tobacco Road basketball rivalry.(6:00) Founding and ultimately selling Riley Life Logistics.(12:14) Sleeping in your warehouse and scaling a business.(17:41) Scaling a warehouse labor force during Q4.(25:12) The biggest change in eCommerce logistics over the last decade.(28:51) Running two companies at once.(33:12) Dimensional weight calculations and shipping automation.(36:58) How to renegotiate your shipping rates.(44:25) Launching Ship Simply to help eCommerce brands grow.(50:52) Shipageddon and its sequel.(1:01:58) Business school advice.(1:08:33) Rapid fire questions.
Dave Hunt is the inventor, Founder and CEO of Crossrope, weighted jump ropes with a mobile app that lets you work out anywhere. Dave and I talk about bootstrapping his business and recently making Inc. 5,000 fastest growing companies. We also discuss the explosive growth of connected wellness devices and the at-home fitness market and how Crossrope differentiates itself from companies like NordicTrack, FightCamp, Peloton, Tonal, Mirror and Whoop. Dave and I also discuss the benefits of influencer marketing, brand building, customer acquisition strategies, building company culture, recovering from injuries and more. Prior to starting Crossrope, Dave was an Aviator in the Navy for almost a decade. He is a graduate of Babson College’s Entrepreneurship program and is currently completing a Masters program in Entrepreneurial studies at M.I.T. Connected at-home fitness is a high-growth and well-funded market with fierce competition. Dave’s insight and perspective provides valuable wisdom for anyone in the industry or direct to consumer product marketing in general. His story of founding and growing Crossrope is also very inspirational for any startup entrepreneur. Discussion Topics:(1:42) Recovering from serious injuries.(5:01) Physical fitness as a requirement for CEOs and stressful jobs.(10:56) Jump ropes as a highly efficient workout.(13:44) The importance of making workouts fun.(17:15) Business growth during the pandemic.(19:29) Crossrope’s competition and the home fitness landscape.(23:40) Managing logistics issues during explosive growth.(26:34) Building a brand and community engagement.(30:11) Customer acquisition and working with social media influencers.(37:40) Bootstrap or raise money?(45:30) Strategies for competing in the connected fitness device market.(56:43) Education advice for entrepreneurs.(1:00:14) Rapid fire questions.
Mike Lingle is a software developer and entrepreneur who currently mentors founders and has build tools to help build better financial projections for startups. Mike co-founded SlideRocket, which at the time of launch was a revolutionary cloud-based presentation software. SlideRocket was acquired by VMWare within 30 months of the company’s initial VC funding.Mike studied at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson College, where he teaches classes on startup financials. Mike has mentored over 1,000 startup founders and shares his wisdom for increasing a founder’s chances of success. We discuss SlideRocket’s launch and eventual exit, how engineers can become successful entrepreneurs, how to build and create better financial models and the future of business education.  Discussion Topics:(2:00) Pausing to pursue a dream passion project post-exit.(6:30) Start-up to exit with SlideRocket.(24:12) Advice for engineer entrepreneurs.(27:40) Recruiting technical founders.(29:56) Guidance for building better financial models.(45:08) The future of business school education.(50:50) Common mistakes made by young founders.(53:21) Rapid fire questions.
Trevor Ewen is the Chief Executive Officer at Southport Ventures, an acquisition fund which focuses on buying profitable mission critical, B2B SaaS businesses. In addition, Trevor runs Southport Technology Group which builds custom product & software tailored to the needs of small to medium enterprises. As an experienced software engineer, Trevor has overseen full-stack teams in clean energy, insurance, finance, and media. Trevor has implemented a unique hybrid model for his search fund which has allowed him generate revenue to subsidize his search and help generate deal flow.  We talk about the pros and cons of running a self-funded search, launching a search fund with a partner, developing proprietary deal flow technology, and more.  If you are interested in entrepreneurship through acquisition and buying a business, you will want to tune into this episode.Trevor has a BS from Northwestern and an MBA from London Business School and Columbia Business School via the joint, global program.Discussion Topics:(1:45) What is a search fund and what skills do you need to be successful?(7:10) Columbia Business School experience for searchers.(9:28) Advantages of international search funds.(12:56) Pros and cons of a focused investment thesis.(19:42) Acquiring B2B SaaS businesses.(27:03) Valuing a business early in the process.(36:06) Launching a search fund with a business partner.(42:44) Using proprietary software and interns to help with deal flow.(49:30) School and launching a search during a pandemic.(1:01:38) Hybrid search fund hedge model.(1:14:02) Rapid fire questions.
Stix Nilsen has built an incredible career in lifestyle brand marketing. Starting in 2004, Stix was the Sport Marketing Manager for Red Bull North America, working with the biggest names in action sports. He then went on to work as the Lifestyle Marketing Manager for Pabst Blue Ribbon. The marketing campaigns done during that time helped revitalize the brand which has been around since the mid-1800s. During his tenure, the Pabst Brewing Company portfolio grew to almost $1 Billion in revenue. Stix has worked as a consultant for White Claw and is now the Vice President of Lifestyle Marketing for Liquid Death Mountain Water, a company that recently secured a Series C round of funding putting its total backing to date at $50 million. Liquid Death’s cap table has names on it like Tony Hawk, Wiz Khalifa, Steve Aoki and more. Stix and the team at Liquid Death continue to do extremely creative marketing and the company is quickly changing how water is marketed, sold and consumed.Stix has a unique perspective on team building, grassroots marketing, branding and authenticity. He is a high energy and fast-moving marketing guru who cares about giving back to others. Stix has a BA in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Hamline University and is a mentor at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.This is a fun episode with some incredible insights for anyone interested in brand marketing, action sports or innovative start-ups looking to disrupt commodity markets with punk rock sensibilities. Discussion Topics:(1:53) The return of summer music festivals.(6:37) Red Bull’s entry into the North American market.(13:52) Red Bull marketing the heads of its athletes.(18:18) Red Bull’s attention to detail and cutting-edge events.(27:37) Pabst Blue Ribbon 100x increase in sales through grassroots marketing.(35:27) The ROI of long-term marketing efforts at Pabst.(42:00) PBR’s outlook in a post-Pandemic world.(50:00) Liquid Death’s approach to comedy and viral ads.(58:56) Becoming a great brand while doing good.(1:04:03) Raising $50M with celebrity investors.(1:10:01) Building the coolest marketing team ever.(1:15:54) Stix advice for others looking to get into action sports and marketing.
Des Martin is the Vice President of Marketing at Brave Software, responsible for leading marketing and growth for the Brave browser. Brave is a free, privacy-focused browser that blocks third-party ads and trackers. Users retain guardianship of their data and have a faster and safer browsing experience. Integrated into the browser is a token called the Basic Attention Token ("BAT") which anyone can buy and sell on most cryptocurrency exchanges. Users also earn BAT while browsing and can pay BAT to publishers to access and support digital content and services online. I believe that BAT and Brave represent one of the most interesting projects in the crypto spaces which aims to disrupt the $330 billion digital advertising industry. Des is part of a world-class team at Brave, which includes Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript, Mozilla, Firefox.Des is a crypto evangelist and highly experienced digital marketer. He and I discuss the recent volatility in the entire crypto space, Elon Musk’s crypto endgame, bitcoin as an inflation hedge, monetizing attention, Brave and Basic Attention Tokens, the Internet of Value, Web 3.0, and the future of digital marketing. Des also shares his wisdom and guidance for anyone looking to make a career in crypto and where you should focus your attention to do so.Discussion Topics:(1:50) Bitcoin’s recent dip in price.(5:45) Elon Musk’s crypto endgame.(12:08) Bitcoin as a hedge against inflation.(15:19) Brave mission to put privacy first.(19:16) Governance and controls related to user privacy.(23:46) Brave’s user adoption & growth.(28:00) Basic Attention Tokens.(30:08) The Internet of Value.(35:25) Digital Marketing’s crisis of consciousness. (43:10) Advice for anyone looking to make a career in crypto.(50:26) Rapid fire questions.
Rahul Pagidipati is the CEO of ZebPay, India’s oldest and most widely used Bitcoin and crypto asset exchange, with over 3 million users and $3 billion worth of transactions. Prior to ZebPay, Rahul was a co-founded of Freedom Health which became the largest Private Health Insurance company in America with over $1.8 Billion in annual revenue. The company was acquired by Anthem in 2018. Along with his family office, Rahul has led investments in multiple "Unicorn" Healthcare companies.Rahul has a JD/MBA from the Northwestern School of Law and Kellogg School of Management, and he has been investing in Blockchain and digital currencies since 2011.Rahul and I talk about his early investments in Ethereum, what he thinks about Dogecoin, the future of digital assets, basic attention tokens, Ethereum 2.0 and more. If you are a crypto expert or beginner, there are plenty of great insights in this episode. We also talk about Rahul risking much of his personal wealth to acquire ZebPay despite the Reserve Bank of India’s ban on crypto-related payments – a move many felt was crazy but turned out to be an incredible investment once the Supreme Count of India reversed the ban. Finally, Rahul shares his wisdom on the future of business school education and he shares his advice for anyone seeking a career in crypto.Discussion Topics:(1:45) All things Ethereum.(15:52) Acquiring ZebPay during the Reserve Bank of India’s ban on crypto-related payments.(19:10) ZebPay acquisition investment thesis and risk-taking.(21:50) Social impact, corporate social responsibility & Bitcoin as social enterprise.(28:52) Mining Dogecoin back in 2014.(31:28) Interesting NFT applications that is not art or collectables. (38:55) How co-founding Freedom Health helped prepare Rahul for success with ZebPay.(44:00) MBA & business school advice.(48:19) Basic Attention Tokens (BAT).(49:27) The Metaverse pioneers and prisoners.(58:22) Rapid fire questions.
Nate Bosshard is an entrepreneur, investor and brand builder of iconic, category-defining, multi-billion-dollar consumer brands. He has managed and re-positioned heritage brands through changing market dynamics, been on IPO rocketships, experienced being inside of company acquisitions and integrations. Nate has had an incredible and diverse career working as brand manager for Burton Snowboards, The North Face and GoPro. He was the co-founder of Tonal, the world’s most intelligent fitness system. Currently, he is the Founder and Managing Partner of Offline Ventures which has invested in companies like Clubhouse, Notion, and Hims & Hers which in 2019 was the second-fastest startup to become a unicorn after Bird. The company went from founding to an IPO in 4 years at a $1.6Bn valuation. Nate and I talk about anticipating cultural trends before they happen, the recent explosion of digital art and NFTs, The North Face/SUPREME collaborations that he helped build, his philosophy and methods for marketing major brands, venture capital and stealth projects that will help define new categories. Nate is very bright and has a gift for seeing opportunities and growth before others. He holds an MBA from Babson College and shares his thoughts and advice for students contemplating an MBA.Nate has some really cutting-edge insights that you are not going to want to miss.Discussion Topics:(1:55) The future of digital art and NFTs.(9:42) The North Face/SUPREME collaboration.(12:40) Staying true to oneself while transitioning to different industries and roles.(15:37) The intense curiosity needed to identify culture trends and VC opportunities.(17:58) Hims and Hers explosive growth through data analytics, regulatory change and market tests.(24:00) Qualities of that make a good founder from an investor standpoint.(27:03) Managing the GoPro, The North Face and Burton Snowboard’s brands.(30:15) Launching Tonal and the future of gym equipment post-COVID.(35:37) What the next big thing will be.(39:28) Why pursue an MBA?(44:21) Rapid fire questions mostly focused on snowboarding.
Shannon McIntyre Hooper is a fellow classmate from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Executive MBA program. Shannon talks about what it took for her to be awarded the coveted distinction of Fuqua Scholar, graduating in the 10% of our class. We also talk about what it was like to go back to campus for two weeks during COVID and how the experience changed our perspectives on business school education and networking.Shannon is a healthcare innovation and business strategy enthusiast with experience and leadership in both start-up and corporate environments. Currently, she is the Chief Growth Officer of ReviveHealth, which recently won healthcare agency of the year for 2020; their clients include the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems, as well as health technology and services innovators. Shannon has been on the frontlines of helping hospitals navigate PR, marketing and communications during COVID-19, and she shares her insights into what that process has been like and her predictions for changes to healthcare technology moving forward.Finally, Shannon has a deep understanding of stoic philosophy and she shares her wisdom for how stoicism can help make one a better CEO, executive and business leader.Discussion Topics:(2:10) Strategy for becoming Fuqua Scholar.(5:40) Business School Bubble. Going back to campus for school during COVID-19.(9:43) Stoicism in business and how stoic philosophy can make one a better business leader.(27:04) Marketing, communications and strategy for hospitals dealing with COVID-19.(30:44) Expected innovations for healthcare technology.(35:28) Rapid fire questions.
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