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Where We Grow from Here
42 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Episode 25: Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture, VC and Beyond
Ebony Webber is the COO of MANRRS, an organization empowering minorities in agriculture and related sciences. In this episode she talks with S2G’s Aaron Rudberg about what companies and individuals can do to increase diversity in agriculture and why she’s hopeful for the future.
38 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Episode 24: Battleships vs Skateboards: Toyota Ventures’ Systems Investing Approach
In this episode, S2G’s Sanjeev Krishnan sits down with Jim Adler, Founding Managing Director at Toyota Ventures to discuss their first investment as a fund in autonomous farming company Burro, as well as Toyota’s systems investing approach and why he’s not convinced by dystopian projections of a hostile robot takeover.
31 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Episode 23: A Better Story Starts Here
Katie Marston, CMO of Once Upon A Farm joins this episode to discusses the power of brands and as an extension of one's own identity and values, the financial case for building a meaningful brand rooted in purpose, and the evolution of brand identity including talking more about Once Upon a Farm’s recent brand refresh.
44 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Episode 22: Recycled Misconceptions with Footprint
Troy Swope, CEO of Footprint, and Darin Olien, co-host of Netflix’s Down to Earth with Zac Efron, Author of Superlife, and Host of The Darin Olien Show, join the S2G Ventures podcast. From plastics in our food, misconceptions on recycling, and end-of-life considerations for packaging, the problem of single-use plastic stretches across the globe. There is an enormous opportunity for innovation, plant-based solutions, and action. Beyond the mounting plastic problem and how Footprint brings much-needed innovation to packaging, guests focus on empowerment and how individuals can take small steps and find solutions in everyday life.
37 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Episode 21: The Power of Why: A Guide for Growth with Back to the Roots
From their UC-Berkeley college dorms to over 14,000 stores globally, Back to the Roots is on a mission to reconnect every family & kid back to where food comes from by helping them experience the magic of growing it themselves. Alexjandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, Co-founders and co-CEO, Back to the Roots join the S2G Ventures podcast to discuss entrepreneurship, starting and growing a business for a new generation of consumers, and how they have used the WHY of their business as the guide for growth.
30 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 20: How to Build Your Brand for Exit
Romitha Mally has over 25 years of Wall Street experience and has led high profile transactions in the food, beverage, and natural products industry. On this episode, we discuss Romitha’s background and notable lessons learned, industry trends and predictions for 2021 being more active than the last 10 years in public markets, the evolution of public markets and SPACs in addition to tips for entrepreneurs and companies considering an IPO.
55 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 19: Abundant Oceans: The Economic and Environmental Opportunity for Ocean Restoration with Oceans 2050
We are delighted to welcome Oceans 2050 leaders Alexandra Cousteau and Megan Reilly Cayten to this episode. Guests discuss the transition from an abundant ocean to the state of the oceans today. We dive into the private sector opportunity ahead and discuss the interconnection of the climate crisis and the oceans. Beyond the issues and opportunities ahead for markets and investors, we discuss actions we can all take today.
32 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Episode 18: How Shiru is Leveraging AI to Feed the World More Sustainably
We are excited to welcome scientist, engineer and entrepreneur Jasmin Hume to the podcast. We discuss Jasmin’s founder story and experience starting a company right before the pandemic hit, including how they continued to grow despite the unexpected challenges. The episode also highlights how Shiru helps food companies innovate away from animal-based solutions towards novel new plant proteins.
38 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Episode 17: Carbon 101 and The Future of Carbon Markets
Alex Rau, Founding Partner of Environmental Commodity Partners LP (ECP) and Climate Wedge, joins us on this podcast episode. We talk about Alex's background, cover carbon 101: what it really means, what it doesn't mean, and explore how this commodity that is increasingly getting structured and formalized is important to several industries, including the food system.
51 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode 16: Leaders in Agriculture: Celebrating Three Exceptional Women
Tina May, Chief of Staff and VP of Rural Services for Land O’Lakes, Alexis Taylor, Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Amanda De Jong, South West Business Unit Lead for Landus Cooperative, join us on this podcast episode. All three are remarkable leaders in agriculture who join us to celebrate Women's Day, highlight their accomplishments, learnings, and advice for future leaders in ag.
32 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Episode 15: On The Frontlines of Innovation with Ripple Foods
Laura Flanagan, CEO of Ripple Foods and Adam Lowry, co-founder of Ripple Foods discuss building brands with purpose in a changing market and the value of impact and measurement for purpose driven companies including becoming a B-Corp and the Ripple Effect. Both Laura and Adam dish on tactical tips for women in leadership and entrepreneurs.
37 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Episode 14: Returns, Risk and Carbon Footprint with CDPQ
CDPQ's Frédéric Godbout and Mario Therrien discuss the value of partnerships and break down CDPQs strategy for return, risk, and carbon footprints including how CDPQ supports innovation and growth across their direct investment platform. Guests also provide insights to entrepreneurs and companies on what they are looking for today with a direct investment and partner.
29 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Episode 13: The Role of Technology and New Tools to Tackle Food Waste and Hunger
Emily Ma and Joe Intrakamhang discuss the issue of food waste and food insecurity how technology can help us to better combat these issues in the food system. They share more their work at Google to create new tools to combat food waste and hunger across America.
44 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Episode 12: A Grocers Perspective: The Role of Food and Capital Markets
Walter Robb and Sanjeev Krishnan discuss the state of play of the food industry, capital markets, opportunities and areas prime for disruption, and how indoor agriculture fits into a food system designed to meet consumer needs.
29 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Episode 11: How to Use Data to Navigate a Changing Marketplace with SPINS
Anu Goel, President of Client Growth Solutions at SPINS, joins us to discuss the role of data and data-driven insights and trends across the food supply chain. He also dives into tips for brands to be successful in an evolving marketplace.
41 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Episode 10: How John Foraker and Jennifer Garner Are Bringing Nutritious Convenient Food to All Kids
Once Upon a Farm co-founders John Foraker and Jennifer Garner join us to discuss their company's commitment to bringing nutritious and convenient food to all kids, share more about their journey in building an impact-driven brand from the ground up, and dish on insights and lessons learned in building this mission-driven company.
27 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Episode 09: Combating Food Waste Across the Supply Chain
In this episode of Where We Grow From Here, we are joined by Aidan Mouat, co-founder and CEO at Hazel Technologies and Matthew Walker, Managing Director at S2G. Today we explore the issue of food waste across the supply chain, talk about how we can combat it and make the food system more efficient, and discuss some of the adjacent benefits that efficiency will provide for the environment and the economy.
19 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Episode 08: The Future of Food: Why Now is a Critical Moment for Retail and the Food Marketplace
Walter Robb, former co-CEO at Whole Foods and Audre Kapacinskas of S2G Ventures share highlights from the recently co-authored Future of Food Report and discuss what is happening in the retail and food marketplace, address trends and the rapid digitalization of the sector, and share predictions for the future.
41 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode 07: Brewing Peace Through Prosperity with Tru Colors
Walter Robb and Tru Colors team members George Taylor, KO Olokunola and Press Bethea dive into business, entrepreneurship and social justice through the lens of Tru Colors, a brewery promoting peace and prosperity. Hear how Tru Colors is taking a fresh approach to leadership, skill development, the power of business, culture and working to unite communities across America.
52 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Episode 06: What's Next for Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing
In this episode of Where We Grow From Here, we are joined by John Goldstein, Head of the Sustainable Finance Group at Goldman Sachs and Sanjeev Krishnan, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director at S2G. Today we dive into the state of the market, and future of ESG and Sustainable finance, why resilience matters, the role of innovation, corporate social responsibility, and moving markets and capital at scale.
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