Incredible journeys that shape the present & future of food & beverage industry

Episode 101 – How to Survive (and Thrive) with Purpose – Seth of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. They were acquired in 2011 are now a $160 million division of Coca-Cola. Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic children/youth beverage. The brands are carried in […]

Episode 98 – Growth Stories from Blue Crabs to Boston – Sean of LeanBox

The original title was “Growth Stories from Blue Crabs to the Bronx to Brooklyn to Boston”.. full of alliteration but a bit too long. Sean Butler has been moving north during his life, adding skills and experiences along the way. The current stop of his journey is VP of Growth at one of the hottest startups […]

Episode 95 – NYC Startup Life and The Protein Hustle – Ryan of Protes

Ryan Wiltse was working as a CPA. Common to many guests on the show, along with his cofounder, he realized that they wanted more than the status quo; a higher calling than the “cubicle finance life”. So they founded a healthy snack food company based out of Brooklyn, NY. Their first product is named ProTings, a […]

Episode 86 – Natural Prophets, Whole Foods and Advice for Millennial Food Entrepreneurs

This is the history episode you have to listen to. Joe Dobrow wrote the textbook on the history of the natural foods industry: Natural Prophets. He masterly weaves U.S. history and the natural foods industry history side by side. Joe served as the head of marketing for Fresh Fields, Whole Foods Market, Balducci’s and Sprouts Farmers Market. […]

Episode 85 – How to Build a Brand Using Art, Values, and Experience Design – Jody Levy of WTRMLN WTR

Jody Levy knew she was going to be an artist in 3rd grade when she got into the flow state painting a Georgia O’Keefe piece. Fast forward to 2016, her watermelon water drink WTRMLN WTR (website) will be nationwide in 7500 stores this summer. Cold pressing 14 million pounds of watermelons in 2016! Last month, many of […]

Episode 84 – How to Create Impactful Editorial Content – Jeffrey of The New Food Economy

Jeffrey Kittay is a native New Yorker who spent time in the academic world as a journalism professor @ Columbia University. Later, he worked as a publisher. Four months ago, he decided to start his own e-magazine: The New Food Economy. I love the content. It is aimed to help entrepreneurs like us create change as […]

Episode 83 – Making Shrimp Great Again – New Wave Foods

I’m so proud to have Dominique Barnes and Michelle Wolf on the show. They are the founders of New Wave Foods. They create seafood in a lab not the ocean. Their first product is recreating shrimp using plant proteins and marine algae. This interview blew my mind. Fresh out of IndieBio, a biotech accelerator, and a $250,000 […]

Episode 82 – Jess Jackson, California Wine, and Laws of Power

One of the most formative biographies on food and business that I have read is A Man and His Mountain: The Everyman who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America’s Greatest Wine Entrepreneur.   Jess “Stonestreet” Jackson passed away in 2011. A self-made billionaire, he was vital to the transformation of California wine and was a champion in […]

Episode 81 – Elevating the DC Food Scene – Caesar Layton of Cultivate Ventures

Cultivate Ventures is changing the Washington DC food scene. They invest time, money, and expertise into promising startups in the DMV. A few years ago, Caesar Layton, the founder, was commuting to South East Asia as an agricultural economist. After poor customer service from an online grocery, he sent an email to them and was called […]

Episode 80 – The Hustler’s Mindset (How to Dominate) – Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez is the founder of Lineage Interactive, A mini ad agency meets a production company. They work with Anna Rawson, David Ortiz, Amare Stoudemire, GTA, Corey Brewer, Henrik Lundqvist, GTA, Nas, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, 8 pro sports teams, and many other athletes, musicians and actors. Lineage formally started 12 years ago with athletes who were […]

Episode 79 – How to (really) Utilize Your Network – Sophie of EatPops

She dreamed up EatPops in 2013 while studying for the Bar exam, becoming frustrated by the lack of healthy snack (and dessert) option. In 2014, it became a reality. EatPops is now in over 300 locations throughout the country, including stores like Fairway and Whole Foods . Sophie was recently named to Forbes 30U30 and […]

Episode 75 – The Unscalable Dirty Work for Success – Charlie Guo

Charlie Guo started his first company at Stanford, left it, and did the famed YCombinator in Silicon Valley. While the startup fizzled out, Charlie learned a lot of lessons along the way. He made some friends. Charlie interviewed startup founders from companies including DoorDash, ZeroCater, and Zenefits, and turned it into the book Unscalable. The founders share […]

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