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  • 78 Miyoko Schinner - Founder of Miyoko's Kitchen

    78 Miyoko Schinner - Founder of Miyoko's Kitchen
    Today on The Mentor Files, we have vegan food innovator Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko's Kitchen. From their humble beginnings with 4 employees in Miyoko’s home kitchen, to a 30,000 sq ft. state-of-the-art facility in Sonoma, Miyoko's Kitchen is leading the way in transforming the future of creamery. In just a few short years, their products can be found in 1,000’s of stores across the country and their ‘cheese’ wheels are on the road to global distribution. Miyoko is changing perceptions of vegan food, to inspire people from all walks of...

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  • 77 Jens Grede - Co-Founder at FRAME on the Sixth Sense of Shoppers

    77 Jens Grede - Co-Founder at FRAME on the Sixth Sense of Shoppers
    In 2016, Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson launched FRAME, a premium denim company with the intent of creating a brand on the back of a single pair of jeans. Through their strategy and superior product, the Los Angeles based brand is now expected to top $400 million in sales this year. Prior to FRAME, Jens and Erik ran a creative agency called Saturday where the duo created and were the masterminds behind notable projects such as Mr. Porter, Justin Bieber x Calvin Klein and Beyonce x H&M. FRAME now operates...

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  • 76 David Heath - Founder at Bombas on Never Losing Your Humility

    76 David Heath - Founder at Bombas on Never Losing Your Humility
    Today on The Mentor Files, we have the founder of Bombas, David Heath. David and his co-founders set out to rethink a product that was an afterthought in the marketplace. Two years of research & development led to seven material improvements to the design, performance and comfort of the everyday sock. And they continue to innovate with each successive production run.But there's more to this story. When David first learned that socks were the most requested clothing item in homeless shelters, he knew he had to do something to help....

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  • Monica + Andy’s 2020 Nursery Checklist is Here!

    Monica + Andy’s 2020 Nursery Checklist is Here!
    Here’s what’s so exciting if you’re expecting right now: nursery gear has never been better. But the sheer number of products and promises can leave any future mama’s head spinning. So our HQ team—made of 80% moms—decided to dig in deep. Really deep. We tested, we sorted, we talked with experts, and we discovered.Monica + Andy’s 2020 Nursery Checklist is our complete list of can’t-live-without-it products for your new bundle. From a monitor that measures the exact number of minutes your little has been asleep, to baby-safe rugs you can...

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  • 75 Bianca Gates - Founder at Birdies on Having Radical Candor

    75 Bianca Gates - Founder at Birdies on Having Radical Candor
    In the four years since Birdies launched, they have become a staple in Meghan Markle’s wardrobe, have had waitlists 30 thousand people long and have raised around $10 million in funding. Today, Birdies is disrupting the footwear industry, merging the style customers want with the comfort that they need. Birdies Co-Founder and CEO, Bianca Gates is a first generation American and grew up in San Francisco. She first started her career as an account executive at Univision. In 2011, she happen to catch a commencement speech from Sheryl Sandberg which...

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  • 74 Sarah Flint - Founder at Sarah Flint on Transitioning to DTC

    74 Sarah Flint - Founder at Sarah Flint on Transitioning to DTC
    In 2013, at just 25 years-old, Sarah Flint launched her eponymous brand, Sarah Flint. The company was born out of Sarah's frustration that women had to choose between feeling good in their shoes and looking great in them. When she first launched the brand, her landmark luxury shoes could be found in boutiques and high end department stores around the world. However, as she grew, she saw an opportunity in the direct-to-consumer space and made the decision to adjust her distribution strategy. Fast forward to today, the brand has developed...

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  • 73 Vicki Fulop - Co-Founder at Brooklinen on Evolving as a Brand

    73 Vicki Fulop - Co-Founder at Brooklinen on Evolving as a Brand
    In 2012, Vicki Fulop and her husband Rich were vacationing in Las Vegas when they slept on bed sheets so comfortable that they asked the hotel where they could purchase them to bring home. When they discovered the sheets cost $800 they were appalled and dove deep into researching the bedding industry to see if they could find a way to make such a luxury product more affordable. They built Brooklinen with a direct to consumer business model and in 2014 launched a kickstarter a kickstarter campaign. Their goal was...

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  • 72 Katie Warner Johnson - CEO at Carbon38 on the Three Crucial Phases of Building Your Brand

    72 Katie Warner Johnson - CEO at Carbon38 on the Three Crucial Phases of Building Your Brand
    Katie Warner Johnson went from Ballerina to Broadway dancer, Wall Street analyst and fitness instructor before ultimately starting what is now Carbon 38. The company which started out as a content driven site showcasing the contents of influencer's gym bags is now a premier e-commerce destination for performance fashion. Through a curated selection and exclusive collaborations, they're blurring the boundaries between functional activewear and progressive street style. Katie's unique story brings a new light to the entrepreneurial journey—listen in to learn why she believes female CEOs are over mentored and...

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  • 71 Nicole Quinn - Partner at Lightspeed Ventures on Helping Companies Grow

    71 Nicole Quinn - Partner at Lightspeed Ventures on Helping Companies Grow
    Nicole Quinn is an investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners, focused on early stage Consumer internet and FinTech companies, having invested in companies such as Calm, Cameo, HAUS, Rothy’s, Zola, Daily Harvest, Illumix, Brandable, Girlboss and Goop. Nicole spent nearly a decade at Morgan Stanley covering the European and US e-commerce, retail and consumer companies, and also angel invested in healthcare and consumer companies over those years. Nicole then went to Nutmeg, a London based FinTech company before launching her own startup, which is where she met Lightspeed. At her core,...

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  • Should You Play Music for Your Baby in Utero?

    Should You Play Music for Your Baby in Utero?
    You're touching your belly around the clock, your partner is cooing in your baby's general direction, and family members (and, let's be honest, perfect strangers) are asking to feel your little one kick. But have you tried playing your babe music?Exposing an unborn baby to a variety of sounds isn't exactly a new idea (see: this product, which allows you to place headphones directly on your bump for Baby's listening pleasure) — but it there any benefit to it? We caught up with ob-gyn Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, director...

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