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

8/15/2018
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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 www.monicaandandy.blog/36

Duration:00:37:18

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

8/8/2018
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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 www.monicaandandy.blog/35

Duration:00:45:27

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

8/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:56:19

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

7/4/2018
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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...

Duration:00:32:27

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

6/27/2018
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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...

Duration:00:27:35

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

6/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:14

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

6/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:32:25

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

5/23/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:21

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

5/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:01

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

5/2/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:37

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

4/18/2018
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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...

Duration:00:33:52

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

4/11/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:59

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

4/4/2018
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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...

Duration:00:40:13

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

3/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:26:39

23 Bobby Yazdani - The Founder of Cota Capital on Investing in + Advising Entrepreneurs

3/7/2018
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As the founder and managing partner of venture capital firm Cota Capital and as founder of Signatures Capital, Bobby Yazdani has invested in more than 130 early stage tech start-ups in 15 years. Companies in his portfolio include everything from Birchbox and Bonobos to Google, Dropbox and Uber. In 2014, he was named by CB Insights as the #1 angel investor, out of a list of 2000, for most successful follow-on funding and is also currently an investor and board member for Monica + Andy. In...

Duration:00:45:38

22 Ariel Kaye - The Founder of Parachute Home on Launching a Home Goods Brand

2/28/2018
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One weekend while studying abroad in Italy, Ariel Kaye checked into a boutique hotel on the Amalfi Coast and got into bed after a long day of travel. She felt sheets that were softer and more luxurious than anything she had ever experienced. The experience stuck with her. Ariel went on to graduate from NYU before spending ten years at an agency in brand development and advertising. In 2012, she was shopping for bedding and was faced with overpriced monotonous products. So in 2014, with...

Duration:00:41:19

21 Morgan Hutchinson - The Founder of Buru on Networking and Differentiating an Ecommerce Brand

2/21/2018
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When Morgan Hutchinson had her first child, she realized no one in the online retail market was catering to that fashionable mom who wanted to wear her favorite brands through every stage of motherhood. She wanted on trend machine washable clothing with easy access for nursing and more forgiving silhouettes. When she couldn't find it herself, she decided to curate it on her own and become the go-to style resource for pregnant women and new moms. Buru, a multi-brand ecommerce site dedicated...

Duration:00:42:18

20 Chelsea Hirschhorn - The CEO of Fridababy on Their Unique Market and Marketing Tactics

2/14/2018
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If you're a mom or dad, you probably have one of today's guest's products in your home (and if you don't, you might wish you did)! Chelsea Hirschhorn is the president and CEO of Fridababy, a solutions based brand committed to making parents' lives easier by offering revolutionary products to safely and easily tackle common baby issues at home. Fridababy products are sold in 30,000 stores across the country and last year alone sold more than 2 million of their signature product The...

Duration:00:53:44

19 Jacq Tatelman - The Co-Creator of State Bags on Collaborating Successfully

1/31/2018
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Jacq Tatelman and her husband Scott are the Brooklyn-based duo behind State Bags, a one for one company that is making a difference in America. For every bag sold, they donate a backpack to a child in need. Their mission was inspired by an organization Jacq and her husband started in 2009 that sent underprivileged New York City kids to summer camp. They saw time and time again kids showing up with their belongings in plastic bags, and sought to start a company that could help change the...

Duration:00:38:01

18 Rebecca Minkoff - The Creator of Rebecca Minkoff on Staying Relevant + Creating a Unique Retail Experience

1/24/2018
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Since launching her line in 2011, Rebecca Minkoff has become a globally recognized brand with stores around the world and a cult-like following. She’s a pioneer in the fashion industry, merging tech with fashion and constantly evolving her product line. She offers products like “connected” smart bags that provide consumers access to exclusive content and was the first brand to feature interactive mirrors in the dressing rooms. Always thinking about her core customer, she decided to break...

Duration:00:35:30