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42 Jeff Canatalupo - The Co-Founder of Listen on Building Emotional Connections With Your Audience

Listen in to learn how to use a qualitative approach to your business, the most valuable asset for an early startup, and how to build emotional connections. “At the end of the day, we're in the business of understanding people. That's what innovation is about, it's about the opportunity to build new products and services for people.” - Jeff Canatalupo. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at


41 Jordana Kier - The Co-Founder of Lola on Disrupting the Feminine Care Industry

Listen in to learn how Jordana created her feminine care product subscription service, and how she is empowering women to live their healthiest lives. “A lifelong reproductive health brand for your body should exist. Why are we reinventing the wheel every single time?” - Jordana Kier. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at


40 Rosie O'Neill - The Co-Founder of Sugarfina on Making Your Product Sell Itself

Listen in to learn more about why Rosie chose to make a retail store so early in Sugarfina's career, and the difficulties inherent in scaling your business. “At the end of the day, your product should sell itself. It shouldn't need an ad to sell itself. Make sure you have something that people get excited about and that they want to share it and buy it.” - Rosie O'Neill. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at


39 Jessica Rolph - The CEO of Lovevery on Growing Alongside Your Startup

Listen in to learn more about Jessica Rolph's journey through motherhood, venture capital, fundraising, stating two businesses, and growing alongside her startups. “These businesses do become your babies, they're like another being in your life.” - Jessica Rolph. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at


38 Michael Broukhim - The Cofounder of FabFitFun on Why There's No Magic Formula in Business

Listen in for Michael's thoughts on working with a family member, how entrepreneurs can find balance in their personal lives, and why good content has been so instrumental to FabFitFun's success. "I think you have to look for ways to be different in some fundamental way so you can stand out. In the consumer world, you want to be able to not only stand out, but then make that into some sort of sustainable competitive differentiation over time." - Michael Broukhim. Learn more about this...


37 Sarah LaFleur - The Founder of MM.LaFleur on Why Overnight Startup Success is a Myth

Sarah LaFleur was working in private equity when she came to a realization that’ll ring familiar to most professional women. “I had a really hard time shopping for work...I’d spend [time] stressing out about what to wear in the morning,” she admitted. But that dilemma sparked inspiration: Sarah had witnessed companies like Bonobos, Warby Parker and Cuyana successfully launch direct-to-consumer concepts, and she decided to create something similar geared towards working women — and that’s...


36 Rick Desai - The Partner of Listen Ventures on Why Not Everyone Should Start a Business

On this episode, Rick shared his thoughts on why certain businesses succeed, why founders need to act as the biggest investors in their business, and more. “The only thing you can't replicate is the relationship with your end user.” - Rick Desai. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at


35 Renata Quintini - The Venture Capitalist of Lux Capital on What Will Make A Startup Succeed

In this episode, Renata reveals the top qualities she has seen in the most successful entrepreneurs, and also the red flags she’s seen in people along the way. “Think a lot about how you can make the most of what you got, and be deliberate about that.” - Renata Quintini. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at


Rerun: 01 Andy Dunn - The Founder of Bonobos on Building a Solid Team

While we are on summer break, enjoy this rerun of our first (and one of our favorite) episodes! For the first episode, I’m interviewing one of my favorite humans on earth: My brother Andy Dunn. The offspring of an immigrant mother who bucked tradition to marry our dad (he is not Indian, like our mother), we grew up feeling different from the other kids. This difference was our common bond and it made us that much closer. Andy founded Bonobos in 2007 with the goal of providing men with...


34 Rachel Drori - The Founder & CEO of Daily Harvest on Solving the Modern Eating Dilemma

Like many of us, Rachel Drori was trying to fit healthy, nutritious meals into her busy life...but was frustrated by the lack of options. In 2015, Rachel decided to take matters into her own hands: She founded Daily Harvest, a direct-to-consumer brand blending health and innovation to send delicious superfoods straight to your freezer so you can prepare and enjoy them at your convenience. The business is one of the fastest growing nutritional food brands in the U.S. With more than 100,000...


33 Denise Lee - The Founder & CEO of Alala on the Small Team Behind the Growing Brand

In 2012, Denise Lee was training for her first marathon and went out in search of activewear. She wanted to find modern and sleek styles that were similar to the contemporary designers she wore in her everyday wardrobe — but she quickly realized what she wanted wasn't available. Noticing this void in the marketplace led her to create her own brand, Alala, inspired by the Greek goddess of the same name. Alala is a luxury workout brand that is now carried in over 100 major retailers including...


32 Brad Kopitz - The CEO of Artifact Uprising on Building a Brand People Come Back to Again and Again

Brad Kopitz knows the power of a photo album. As the CEO of Artifact Uprising, a digitally native company that provides printed photo goods, he understands the value of high quality, good design, and thoughtfully sourced materials. And, it has paid off. When the company launched in 2012 more than 7,000 people visited their site in the first day. Within the first 18 months, Artifact Uprising was a multi-million dollar company. Brad first joined the brand as an early investor, but shortly...


31 Katya Libin - The CEO & Co-Founder of Heymama on Building a Community Around the World

Today's guest is Katya Libin, one of the powerhouse women behind Heymama, a membership only network to support modern working and entrepreneurial mothers. The group boasts more than 700 CEOs, founders, creatives, and leaders in countless industries. After spending years in sales in the tech industry, Katya wanted to find a better way to support women and help moms connect - that's how Heymama was born. What exactly is Heymama? It's an amazing source of community inspiration, and career...


30 Sonia Nagar - Vice President of Pritzker Group Venture Capital on Making Connections Between Founders and Investors

Early in her career, Sonia Nagar founded a mobile shopping app called Pickie. After much success, the app was acquired by Retail Me Not, where she became the vice president of product and head of mobile apps for the coupon shopping site — and earned a Webby Award for Best Shopping App! Upon relocating to Chicago with her husband, Sonia was preemptively meeting with VCs about future potential investments when one thing led to another and she was offered a position that was too good to...


29 Azeeza Khan - The Founder of Azeeza on Pursuing her Dream Fashion Business

Azeeza Khan left her corporate job for the chance to pursue her dream of launching a women's wear brand, which she did with just a $3,000 budget. Since launching, her store has been listed by Forbes as a top shopping destination in Chicago and Azeeza herself was named by Women’s Wear Daily as the city’s “it designer”. Azeeza's brand is a perfect combination of accessibility and luxury, so it's no surprise that it’s a favorite among celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, stylists, and...


28 Jen Rubio - Co-Founder of Away on Launching a Brand People Want to Talk About

In 2015, Jen Rubio was traveling back from a trip to Switzerland when her luggage broke in the middle of a crowded airport, sending her clothes and belongings everywhere. As she looked for a replacement she couldn't find the kind of iconic, high-quality, affordable luggage she was looking for. Jen called up her friend Steph Korey - the two met in 2011 at Warby Parker back when they had only twenty employees - and they got to work. Just a few years later, they launched their...


27 Lindsey Boyd - The Co-Founder of The Laundress on Making Laundry Enjoyable for All

Today's episode might just make you want to go home and do laundry. After graduating from Cornell University’s Fiber Science and Apparel Design Program, Lindsey Boyd and Co-founder Gwen Whiting found themselves in New York City, working at some of the largest fashion houses in the world (hello, Chanel and Ralph Lauren!) where an unspoken dress code led them to build their wardrobes with “investment” pieces with “dry clean only” tags. Tired of the pricey bills and damaged, chemical-ridden...


26 Lindsay Pinchuk - The Founder of The Bump Club and Beyond on Creating a Community for Parents-To-Be

Lindsay Pinchuk did something most expectant mothers would never do. At eight weeks pregnant, she started a business. After realizing that moms and moms-to-be needed a place to meet and connect with one another, she decided to create the community herself. Eight years later, The Bump Club and Beyond has sold out more than 700 events in over thirty cities and has a community of more than 300,000 parents and parents-to-be across the country. Today, Lindsay and Monica discuss how to best...


25 Karla Gallardo - Co-Founder of Cuyana on Creating a Company for Fewer Better Things

With a tagline of “Fewer, Better Things,” Cuyana might be one of the only fashion brands that encourages their customers to actually purchase less. The cutting edge brand offers high quality leather products at an accessible price point by sourcing different materials from around the world. Along with her co-founder Shilpa Shah, Karla Gallardo spent two years building their companies supply chain before launching Cuyana in 2013. At the time, consumers had not yet grasped the idea of...


24 Tamara Lohan - Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith on Turning a Personal Need into an International Business

Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-founders, Tamara and James Lohan first came up with the idea for a carefully curated collection of hotels after their first international trip as a couple turned out to be quite disastrous. The experience led them to write down every single thing they would want from a hotel. Those notes quickly became their business plan. What originally started as a guide book has now become Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a carefully curated collection of 1,000+ boutique and luxury hotels across the...