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55 Brett Heyman - The Founder of Edie Parker on Creating What You Love

4/17/2019
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Listen in to learn how Brett went from PR of Gucci to becoming a mom and starting Edie Parker, and what lessons she has learned over the last seven years. "When you work for yourself, there's never a Sunday. There's never a day where I'm not thinking about the business. It's a totally different animal." - Brett Heyman. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/55

Duration:00:30:56

54 Lindsey Andrews - The Cofounder of Minibar on Working Within a Heavily Regulated Market

4/10/2019
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Listen in to learn more about Minibar's path to launch, how they pitched and raised funds for their idea, and the major hurdles that came up along the way. "Off-premise alcohol sales is 100 billion dollars [per year] in the US. It's a massive industry that just hadn't been brought online, unlike every other industry." - Lindsey Andrews. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/54

Duration:00:28:53

53 Shan-Lyn Ma - The CEO of Zola on Staying Paranoid

4/3/2019
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On today's episode, Shan-Lyn goes through how she started Zola, from the inspiration behind the idea to the implementation and fundraising for the business. "Now we're really focused not just continually improving and innovating in wedding registries, but also in how we can serve couples throughout their entire wedding planning journey." - Shan-Lyn Ma. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/53

Duration:00:36:56

52 Micky Onvural - The CEO of Bonobos on Maintaining a Strong Culture

3/27/2019
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Listen in to learn how Micky is guiding Bonobos into a new age of digital brands, and how she maintains a strong culture in all their retail environments. "The journey began from that very first interaction and interview [with Andy], and I moved my family from the other side of the country to come work for Andy and the opportunity to build this brand." - Micky Onvural. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/52

Duration:00:45:54

51 Mariah Chase - The CEO of Eloquii on Reviving A Beloved Brand

3/20/2019
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Listen in to learn how Mariah joined the team at Eloquii, what it was like joining an established company in the role of CEO, and her advice for all CEO's. "I just thought, 'Wow, I've been in fashion my whole career, and how on Earth have we not been talking about this customer?'." - Mariah Chase. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/51

Duration:00:46:57

50 Leah Busque - The Founder of TaskRabbit on Being Purpose Built for Your Idea

3/13/2019
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Listen in as Leah talks about her career moving from entrepreneur to becoming a general partner in venture capital, and her advice for young companies. "TaskRabbit was able to help shape the future of work at a time when people really needed it." - Leah Busque. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/50

Duration:00:34:13

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

1/9/2019
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While we are on our winter break, enjoy this rerun of one of our favorite episodes! 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

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

1/2/2019
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While we are on our winter break, enjoy this rerun of one of our favorite episodes! 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...

Duration:00:35:38

Rerun: 05 Payal Kadakia - The Founder + Executive Chairman of Classpass on Adapting to Evolving Roles for You and Your Team

12/26/2018
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While we are on our winter break, enjoy this rerun of one of our favorite episodes! When Payal Kadakia went online one day in 2011 to book a ballet workout class, she was “miserably frustrated” with how difficult it was to find and attend the right type of class. After realizing her friends had similar frustrations, she created ClassPass — a monthly membership fitness-class booking company — as a way for people to reconnect with their passions and fitness. Listen in to learn more about how...

Duration:00:34:11

Rerun: 12 Christine Hunsicker - The Founder of Gwynnie Bee on Finding Your Place in the Market

12/19/2018
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While we are on our winter break, enjoy this rerun of one of our favorite episodes! Christine Hunsicker, CEO and Founder of Gwynnie Bee — an online subscription rental clothing service for women sizes 10-32 — launched her business from her Manhattan apartment in 2013. Fast forward to today, the company has more than 400 employees across the world, offers over 3,000 styles from 120 brands and to date have shipped over 4 million boxes. In today’s episode, Monica and Christine discuss growth,...

Duration:00:35:09

49 Craig Elbert - The CEO of Care/Of on Researching Your Market

12/12/2018
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Listen in to learn how Craig raised his chance of success for his startup through clever market research and using what he learned from the Bonobos team. "[Care/Of] came out of an experience of shopping for vitamins and supplements and finding it to be overwhelming, confusing, and at times manipulative. I really just wanted to make it easier for customers to figure out what's right for them." - Craig Elbert. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at...

Duration:00:48:27

48 Eunice Byun - The Co-Founder of Material on Becoming an Efficient CEO

12/5/2018
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Listen in to learn what inspired Eunice Byun to start Material Kitchen, and how her journey shaped her into the CEO and leader that she is today. "[Material Kitchen] really stems from growing up in a family that loved to eat and celebrated life through food and how that brought all of us together." - Eunice Byun. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/48

Duration:00:34:10

47 Brendan Wallace - The Co-Founder of Fifth Wall on The Retail Experience

11/28/2018
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Listen in to today's episode to learn the benefits of running your own retail space, and the advantages a physical location has over online-only brands. "Whenever you read the same thing everywhere, it's almost always wrong. And when everybody is rushing for the exits, it's usually the best time to rush in." - Brendan Wallace. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/47

Duration:00:49:29

46 Lee Mayer - The Founder of Havenly on The Art of Team Building

11/14/2018
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In today's episode, Lee goes over what shaped her into who she is today, the difficulties of fundraising as a startup, and the art of team building. "It was one of those moments where I'm like, 'I'm willing to spend thousands of dollars right now if someone can tell me what to do'. Then I realized that enough people are similar to me, and that's how [Havenly] came to be." - Lee Mayer. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/46

Duration:00:44:38

45 Ariane Goldman - The Founder of HATCH on Growing a Company and a Family

11/7/2018
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Listen in to learn Ariane's strategy in building her team, how she stays motivated, and how balances her career as a founder alongside her role as a mom. "I'm starting to have a love affair with my mistakes, because I don't know where I would be without them." - Ariane Goldman. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/45

Duration:00:31:58

44 Jason Stoffer - The Founder of Maveron on What He Looks For in a Founder

10/31/2018
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Listen in to learn what brands need to do to cut through the noise of today’s marketplace, and how founders should approach the process of raising funds. “What you really need to think about is how do you stand out in the hearts and minds of end consumers? That's what we think about every day at Maveron.” - Jason Stoffer. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica Royer at www.monicaandandy.blog/44

Duration:00:40:27

43 Laurel Berman - The Founder of Black Halo on Creating a Celebrity Wardrobe Staple

10/17/2018
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Listen in as Laurel Berman talks about the story behind the iconic Jackie O dress, her creative process, and how she is empowering women through her brand. “I think that if you can figure out where your passion is at and you follow your heart, the success will follow. Now, that doesn't mean it's not going to be really difficult, but I feel like the only way you can overcome those challenges is wanting it more.” - Laurel Berman. Learn more about this episode of The Mentor Files with Monica...

Duration:00:32:25

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

10/10/2018
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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 www.monicaandandy.blog/42

Duration:00:36:09

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

9/26/2018
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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 www.monicaandandy.blog/41

Duration:00:31:58

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

9/19/2018
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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 www.monicaandandy.blog/40

Duration:00:37:44