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Unfinished Biz with Robin and Wayne
47 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
G.O.A.T. Fuel Co-Founders Jaqui & Jerry Rice
G.O.A.T. Fuel Founder Jerry Rice and his Co-Founder (and daughter) Jaqui Rice have had quite the entrepreneurial journey. G.O.A.T. Fuel a lifestyle and health-focused energy brand that focuses on a variety of flavors and unique ingredients designed to separate it from its competitors. Jerry Rice also happens to be a National Football League Hall of Famer and 3-time Super Bowl champion who holds the record for most touchdowns in the NFL, so G.O.A.T. Fuel has big shoes to fill! Join Robin and Wayne as they uncover the full story.
46 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
[solidcore] Founder Anne Mahlum
Nobody knows fitness quite like [solidcore] Founder Anne Mahlum. [solidcore] describes itself as pilates redefined, with a full-body workout that utilizes slow and controlled movements, now one of the biggest boutique fitness brands in the US. Join Robin and Wayne as they learn how Anne grew to know and love the exercise, what challenges she faced while scaling her business, and where [solidcore] is expanding next.
41 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Weee! Founder & CEO Larry Liu
Founder & CEO of ethnic e-grocer Weee! Larry Liu believes in bringing fresh groceries to customers across the United States. Weee!’s products include meats, snacks, beverages, health and beauty tools, even household essentials. Join Robin and Wayne as they learn how Weee! was born from demand, how scaling as quickly as Weee! did created new business models, and what Larry hopes for the future of retail.
44 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Vintner's Daughter Founder & CEO April Gargiulo
Vintner's Daughter Founder and CEO April Gargiulo honed her entrepreneurial skills running her family's wine business, but it wasn't until she took a leap of faith creating her own skincare line that she truly understood the challenges ahead. April joins Robin and Wayne to share her motivation behind Vintner's Daughter, the parallels of growing grapes and developing face serums, and why her approach to growth at Vintner's Daughter is unlike that at other startups.
56 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Noom Co-Founder & CEO Saeju Jeong
Saeju Jeong, Noom Co-Founder and CEO, spent his early years immersed in the world of medicine, but his eventual path took a much less traditional turn. Join Robin and Wayne as they learn how Saeju found his calling, why Noom is more than a weight loss app, and where the future of heathcare is headed next.
41 minutes | May 5, 2021
Ellis Isle Founder & CEO Nailah Ellis
Nailah Ellis' entrepreneurial journey literally started from scratch - her family's Jamaican sweet tea recipe was passed down for generations before Nailah decided to share it with the world as Ellis Island Tea. But perfecting taste, securing distribution, and scaling for demand is more than just a labor of love, and Nailah was doing it all on her own. Today, the brand now known as Ellis Isle has fresh funding, celebrity partnerships, and is on store shelves everywhere. Join Robin and Wayne for a truly inspiring story from one founder who never stopped believing in her destiny.
48 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Good Eggs CEO Bentley Hall
When Bentley Hall joined the Good Eggs team five years ago, he had his work cut out for him. Good Eggs needed an overhaul of not only its grocery delivery business plan but its leadership and company goals, and that forced Bentley to make some tough decisions. Today, Good Eggs is a very different company that's managed to thrive during the pandemic - thanks to some big strategy shifts and a lot of teamwork. Join Robin and Wayne as they learn all about Bentley’s entrepreneurial journey.
52 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Muniq Founder & CEO Marc Washington
Muniq Founder and CEO Marc Washingon is the first to admit that despite his vast experience over the years working with entrepreneurs, becoming one himself hasn't always been easy. Join Robin and Wayne as they uncover how Marc recreated his business expertise into a direct-to-consumer brand that aims to be both delicious and healthy.
37 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Partake Foods Founder & CEO Denise Woodard
When Denise Woodard's daughter was diagnosed with a long list of food allergies, Denise had to start getting creative in the kitchen. But after realizing how much "safe" foods could still be fun and tasty to eat, Denise turned her family's lifestyle into a successful product line called Partake Foods. Join Robin and Wayne as they hear all about Denise's journey, and how much she had to risk early on to find eventual success.
45 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
King's Hawaiian CEO Mark Taira & President, Chief Strategy/Planning Officer & International Officer John Linehan
When Mark Taira's father began what's now known as the King's Hawaiian empire, it was a very different business...smaller, scrappier, and family run through and through. Today, King's Hawaiian is beloved all over the world and with $500M in annual revenue, the company has made incredible growth strides to keep up with demand. Robin and Wayne chat with CEO Mark Taira and President, Chief Strategy & Planning Officer and International Officer John Linehan for the decades-long story of success.
31 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
Bitsy's Co-Founders Alex Buckley, Maggie Patton, & Gabrielle Union
When Maggie Patton and Alex Buckley co-founded Bitsy's after many years in the child education and wellness non-profit sector, they knew their mission to offer nutritious kids' food to all families was solid. But when mother, actor, and activist Gabrielle Union joined the team as co-founder, Bitsy's entered a new era of brand visibility and core team strength. Find out how the three co-founders found each other, how they've developed their synergy, and how the Bitsy's brand differentiates itself in a sea of healthy snacks. Learn a little more about some of their lessons learned from other entrepreneurial endeavors as well!
40 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Alchemy 43 Founder & CEO Nicci Levy
As the Unfinished Biz team continues to shelter in place and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect companies of all sizes worldwide, we decided to highlight one of our favorite up-and-comers in the brick and mortar space. Nicci Levy, Alchemy 43 Founder and CEO, started her beauty career at a very young age and hasn't looked back. With years of cosmetics experience under her belt, Nicci sought out to revolutionize the dermatology and med-spa experience, one aesthetics bar at a time. Find out how Alchemy 43 is rebranding the microtreatment space and how Nicci's ambitious growth plans aim to change the face of beauty forever.
48 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
FRAME Co-Founder & Chairman Jens Grede
FRAME Co-Founder and Chairman Jens Grede was already an advertising rockstar alongside his business partner Erik Torstensson when he decided he needed a change. Pairing his deep connections within the fashion industry with his own branding savvy, Jens zeroed in on Los Angeles to launch a premium denim line like no other, and FRAME was born. Find out why Jens put lifestyle at the core of the FRAME brand, how the company set itself apart in a saturated market, and what Jens wants to conquer next.
32 minutes | Mar 14, 2020
Unfinished Biz Special: VMG’s COVID-19 Best Practices for Teams
In this special episode of Unfinished Biz, Robin and Wayne are joined by VMG partners Kara Roell and Mike Mauzé for a candid discussion about the potential effects of COVID-19 on business ecosystems worldwide. VMG’s partners have been working closely with their portfolio companies to ensure that team efficacy and morale stays solid in the face of instability. Supply chain and liquidity concerns must be dealt with proactively to weather a rapidly unfolding storm. And after many years of experience through past financial crises and uncertain times, the VMG team is sharing their advice with you.
41 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Necessaire Co-Founder & CEO Randi Christiansen
Randi Christiansen, Necessaire Co-Founder and CEO, knows what she is doing. After honing her skills at one of the most prestigious beauty and personal care companies in the world, Randi knew what was missing and what she wanted to build. Join Robin and Wayne as they uncover the story behind Necessaire and find out which products Randi believes have yet to disrupt the beauty industry.
42 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Daily Harvest Founder & CEO Rachel Drori
When Rachel Drori, Daily Harvest Founder and CEO, found herself in need of better nutrition while juggling work and family, she realized she could solve the problem for others as well..Find out how Rachel’s formative years paved the eventual way to her own nutritional food line, how making smoothies turned into a much bigger business, and why frozen food is better for you than you think.
58 minutes | Jan 7, 2020
Bombas Co-Founder & CEO Dave Heath
Dave Heath, Bombas Co-Founder and CEO, stumbled into his successful sock business unexpectedly when he realized how important they were for people experiencing homelessness. Join Robin and Wayne as they learn how Bombas used the 1-to-1 model to not only help people in need, but also to create a business ethos Bombas is proud of today.
41 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
Briogeo Founder & CEO Nancy Twine
Nancy Twine is a founder at heart, but she started down a dramatically different path before finding her passion. After a personal tragedy changed her family forever, Nancy hit the reset button and realized what she was meant to do, even though it was a huge departure from what she had already established as a lucrative finance career on Wall Street. Find out how Nancy is disrupting the haircare industry, how she grew the company to where it is now, and where Briogeo is headed next. #vmgfamily
49 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Spindrift Founder & CEO Bill Creelman
Bill Creelman has always loved food and beverages. That's why he founded Spindrift, a hugely successful sparkling water line you now see in most grocery stores, big and small. But getting to this point wasn't easy, and Bill had to tackle a variety of challenges to make his brand the behemoth it is today. Find out how Bill's passion drove him to build Spindrift, how his team has weathered the ebbs and flows of scaling the business, and where Spindrift is headed next. #vmgfamily
50 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Stasher Founder & CEO Kat Nouri
Stasher Founder and CEO, Kat Nouri, calls herself a rebel, and her unconventional founder journey backs up that claim. From a young age, Kat was taught to value health and wellness, but also to maintain a strong work ethic. When she found herself juggling the entrepreneurial life while also raising a family, she decided to bring her two worlds together... and Stasher was born. The smart alternative to plastic is eco-friendly, microwave and oven safe, versatile, and reusable, and Kat has big plans for Stasher's future.
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