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Moe and Jenna Abdou interview a highly influential roster of thought leaders, authors, founders, creatives, and senior executives to deconstruct the hidden insights that only those who are building breakthrough ventures can reveal.

Moe and Jenna Abdou interview a highly influential roster of thought leaders, authors, founders, creatives, and senior executives to deconstruct the hidden insights that only those who are building breakthrough ventures can reveal.
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Moe and Jenna Abdou interview a highly influential roster of thought leaders, authors, founders, creatives, and senior executives to deconstruct the hidden insights that only those who are building breakthrough ventures can reveal.








The Truth - Part II

Kapil Gupta, MD rejoins Moe Abdou to dig deeper into the essence of mind mastery & the pursuit of Truth - both in life and in business.


How to Constantly Reinvent Yourself As a Leader

Melody Koh and Jenna discuss her goal to create the most impactful product offering for startups in NYC at Next ViewVentures. We then walk through the lessons Melody learned at Blue Apron during the company's ascent from 20 to 500 people in four years, including: How to constantly reinvent yourself with a growth mindset, a weekly time management system that syncs your priorities with your energy management, and daily questions to ask yourself to escape inertia.


The Power of Living and Leading With Gratitude

Kevin Lavelle and Jenna walk through Mizzen+Main’s founding story, from storing inventory in their bedroom to partnering with Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt and being sold in over 450 retailers across the U.S.. Kevin shares how gratitude helped him survive early challenges, like days when no sales were made, and navigate growing pains when customer demand outpaced the team's ability to scale processes. He opens up about his personal evolution as a leader, how vulnerability directly...


Navigating Your Path to Product-Market Fit

Peter Reinhardt and Jenna discuss how Segment empowers companies to harness their data to create a ‘memory’ of every customer. We walk through the team’s journey to product-market fit, from deciding to drop out of MIT through the turning point when Y Combinator Founder Paul Graham asked them: 'So, you have spent $500,000 and you have nothing to show for it?' Peter then shares how increasing their customer pain meter to an 11 out of 10 helped them land on the right product. We close...


Daily Harvest Is Solving Our Modern Eating Dilemma

Rachel Drori and Jenna walk through Daily Harvest’s founding story, from making and delivering everything on her own to shipping over 4 million meals. Rachel takes us behind the scenes at Daily Harvest’s R&D lab, explains the evolution of the frozen food aisle, and why her team believes that frozen food is the perfect way to solve our modern eating dilemma. We also chat about key lessons from Rachel’s journey including: Having the self-restraint to pitch only a small part of your vision to...


11 Honoré is Changing Fashion For Good

Kathryn Retzer, Patrick Herning, and Jenna discuss 11 Honoré's multi-dimensional approach to advancing the size inclusive fashion movement, from assembling the world’s best luxury brands on a single discovery platform to equipping upcoming brands with the resources and support they need to add to their collections. We walk through how the team is fundamentally shifting the view of the size inclusive customer by demanding that she is seen and respected as a woman who deserves equal access...


Five Tactics This CEO Didn’t Scale To Grow Faster

Munjal Shah and Jenna discuss Health IQ’s pivot from being a daily health quiz into a life insurance company and how they’re helping the health conscious save up to 33% on their life insurance. For the core of our conversation, we walk through five counterintuitive strategies Munjal chose not to scale up to 140 people and how they helped Health IQ grow even faster: Meeting and interviewing nearly every candidate, the company wide daily stand-up they’ve maintained where every person...


How Christiane Lemieux Keeps Revitalizing Design

Christiane Lemieux and Jenna discuss how The Inside is evolving design so we can change our homes to reflect our lives. We chat about the future of customization, e-commerce, and why entertainment is crucial to retail 2.0. We then walk through Christiane's entrepreneurial journey from founding Dwell Studio to partnering with Wayfair, how those lessons influence her building The Inside, and tips to avoid shiny objects syndrome while still leaving room for serendipity. We also discuss her...


How MVMT Democratized Luxury Watches

Jake Kassan and Jenna chat about MVMT’s founding story, from maxing out their credit cards to launch their all or nothing Indiegogo campaign to becoming the leading millennial watch brand. Jake shares entrepreneurial stories, beginning from his first business selling lollipops in elementary school to running two e-commerce startups as a teen, and how they prepared him to help scale MVMT to $80 million in revenue in five years without any outside investment. Reflecting on those experiences,...


Shift Is Redefining Car Ownership - Here’s How

George Arison and Jenna discuss Shift’s founding story and the team’s plan to become a full service platform to purchase, finance, sell, and maintain our cars. We then walk through key lessons George has learned articulating and refining company values, finding the right CEO-COO relationship, and how to evaluate investors and board members and build a strong relationship with them.


This Is How Today's Leading Brands Are Doing PR

Jennifer Bett Communications' Founder Jennifer Bett Meyer, Managing Director Melissa Duren Conner, and Jenna discuss how today’s leading consumer startups like Lunya, M.Gemi, and Parachute are navigating the new world of PR. Jennifer and Melissa break down the elements of quality PR that drive ROI, emphasize the importance of startups deploying a diverse press strategy, covering multiple story angles and publications, and explain how to assess media outlets based on how they can help you...


Strengthen Your Decision Making With These Tips

Semil Shah and Jenna chat about his first investments at Haystack in companies like Hired and Instacart and reflect on a few big bets taken by portfolio companies like Wag and Managed by Q. We discuss the realities of being a VC such as creating space to let your mind rest so your subconscious can kick in evaluating investments, the challenge of saying ‘No’ to founders you admire, as well as developing a willingness to concentrate risk to have outsized returns. We also walk through key...


How Tia is Becoming Women’s Healthcare Wing Woman

Carolyn Witte, Felicity Yost, and Jenna discuss how Tia aims to be women’s translator to understand their healthcare and their latest feature The Vagina Benefits, specifically designed to decode women’s unique health insurance needs and rights. Carolyn and Felicity share Tia’s efforts changing the conversation around women’s health and how they’re finding the right voice, balancing the education of your OBGYN with the comfort and trust of chatting with your best friend. We also walk...


How RXBAR Changed The Protein Bar Industry

Peter Rahal and Jenna discuss how the nature of RXBAR's product influences their culture — the constraints are a mindset — and why every team member makes bars. We chat about your values as your constitution and how to turn them from principles into practice. Peter walks us through the company’s founding days from making bars in his parents’ kitchen to running the business from his cell phone for 18 months and feeling miserably uncomfortable clawing for growth as a CPG brand. We also dive...


Margaux's Mission To Become Your Go-To Shoe Brand

Alexa Buckley, Sarah Pierson, and Jenna discuss how Margaux is creating staple shoes for every part of a woman’s life. The founders share their decision to take the leap after hearing Sheryl Sandberg ask: What would you do if you weren’t afraid? and the challenges of founding the company right after college, especially partnering with a manufacturer; Their best tips are not to acknowledge perceived differences, keep persisting, and have a credible advocate - whether it’s an advisor,...


To Eradicate Poverty, Give Work - Here's How

Leila Janah and Jenna discuss the Give Work philosophy of shifting the view of people in poverty as those who need aid to equal producers and participants in the global economy. Leila shares how the future of work will require everyone to be an entrepreneur and how Samasource is training people to be competitive in the digital world. We discuss launching and building her skincare company LXMI with a Give Work mentality, incorporating as a B Corporation, the power of supply chain, and why...


Discovering Your Startup’s Path To Scale

Kevin Thau and Jenna discuss how he tries to manufacture serendipity as a VC at Spark Capital. Kevin shares key lessons on how to explain your product with teaching moments when you’re pioneering a new market, the importance and challenge of being disciplined with your product roadmap, and why “more”- money, products, or people - doesn’t solve problems. We also chat about how to resist the reflex to react to a current situation like a past one, why there is no one-size-fits-all model to...


La Ligne Is Out to Stripe The World — Here's How

Valerie Macaulay, Meredith Melling, Molly Howard and Jenna discuss La Ligne’s mission to empower women to look, feel, and be confident in themselves. The founders chat about building a next generation fashion brand, emphasize the importance of rooting La Ligne in community and inclusivity, and touch on their collaborations with brands like Cuyana, Rockets of Awesome, and Jennifer Fisher Jewelry. We dive into lessons learned from their interview series La Bande including, coming to work...


The Inside Story of aden+anais' Ascent To $100M

Raegan Moya-Jones and Jenna discuss aden+anais' founding story and how Raegan got the business to $1 million in revenue while working full time at The Economist and building the business after putting her daughters to bed between 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.. We chat about the realities of launching a business, including surviving the exhaustion, how startups influence personal relationships and the way Raegan accepted and approached this. Raegan opens up about co-founder partnerships, shares an...


How Love Became Poshmark's Enduring Advantage

Manish Chandra and Jenna discuss Poshmark’s newest product Poshmark Stylist Match: the first ever voice-enabled social styling engine. We chat about the journey from personally recruiting their first 800 customers to working closely with a community of 3 million seller stylists who spend an average of 25 minutes a day on Poshmark. Manish walks us through the state of social commerce and how the team views Poshmark “as a new kind of social mall that brings communities of people across the...


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