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Jamie McGurk | BAM Elevate

Chris and Matt invited Jamie McGurk, General Partner at BAM Elevate, to share his expertise on the state of today’s market. Jamie currently oversees the private investment division of Balyasny Asset Management L.P. “We focus on private markets, starting beyond the venture stage… think of us as early growth investors.” Jamie discusses his broad view of the market today and where he has seen the biggest changes.

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Jake DeCiccio | Super Coffee

Jake DeCicco and his two brothers have a fascinating story about becoming top entrepreneurs in one of the most saturated consumer goods categories – Coffee. Super Coffee’s most recent valuation is $500 million, and its goal is to expand into the international market in the next few years. Super Coffee’s core premise was to make a drink that was a third of the calories and zero sugar but tasted like a Starbucks Frappuccino. Read more.

Kara Goldin | Founder & CEO of Hint Water

PREVIOUS INTERVIEW – Hint Water was born out of Kara’s curiosity to find answers. Answers about her health issues and why “diet” drinks were deceiving consumers into believing they were healthy when they were, in fact, detrimental. 

“I mean, it was crazy because again, I think the challenge that people have is there are healthy perceptions versus healthy reality. And here I am, a smart person, a successful person, and I was fooled, right. It is really, really tricky.” Read more.

In The Trenches: When Old-School Retail and New Tech Intersect

In The Trenches, this week, we have Ben Cantey, Founder and CEO of Rumby.co, and Nick McHenry, Co-Founder and CEO of OneShop.

They are taking the old-school, out-of-date economies and turning them on their heads with new retail tech. “Mobile app engagement is a huge thing. Just as important as local brick-and-mortar store engagement is. So getting people in the store and then giving them this mobile app experience that they come back to is so important.”

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In The Trenches: What's Happening in Insurance Tech With Koffie Labs and Driver Technologies

Today, in the trenches, we invited Ian White, Co-Founder of Koffie Labs, and Rashid Galadanci, Founder of Driver Technologies, to talk about what they are seeing in the insurance tech sector. “Somebody first identified trucking insurance to me as Satan’s pit of insurance, but I love it.” Ian jokes about his love of commercial trucking insurance and knows that the industry has lost money for the last ten years. “Bringing in new tech folks and underwriters who are experienced but not jaded is a really exciting way to turn it around.”

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Mick Batyske - Flywheel Connections

I met Mick Batyske years ago in Barcelona, and I was blown away by his incredible musical talent and entrepreneurial spirit. This guy has DJ’d for some of the biggest names: Cartier, Complex, GQ, Instagram, Jay-Z, LeBron James, Michelle Obama, Miguel, Prince, Spotify, Vanity Fair, and Will Smith. Not only is he one of the most requested DJs, but he is also an investor, speaker, podcaster, and devoted father.

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In The Trenches: Retail Tech Innovation with Matt Olivo and Chris Cunningham

Welcome to the second installment of In The Trenches. In line with our core strategy of traditional old economy sectors looking for productivity solutions, we have started to see a marked increase in the number of solutions aimed at the traditional brick-and-mortar retail space. And in some cases, maybe even the e-commerce space or something in between. In this episode, Matt shares data to support what we’ve seen regarding the limitations of e-commerce and the misunderstood features of traditional brick-and-mortar retail. He talks about what innovations we are seeing with AI, security, and much more.

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Phil Bronner | General Partner & Co-Founder of Ardent Venture Partners

Phil Bronner and I have known each other for the last X years. Phil started as a self-described snotty-nosed kid running around Baltimore trying to play ball and became one of the most successful venture capitalists in the D.C. area.

“I was leaving for school, and my dad said congratulations. You’re going off to college. I really hope it goes well. But if it doesn’t, you’re never coming back here. You’re going to the military. And that stuck with me.”

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In The Trenches: 2022 Tech Industry Predictions

I want you to meet my partner, Matt Olivo. This year, I am getting him more involved in the Superpowers Podcast because he is a wealth of knowledge for new founders and anyone interested in Venture. Matt and I are starting a series called, In The Trenches, where we talk about things that we find interesting, companies we see killing it in tech, founders we admire, advice for new startups, and so much more. Episode Page.

Heidi Browning Pearson | Senior EVP & CMO at the NHL

I have known Heidi for over 15 years, since her MySpace and Pandora days, where I got to see first-hand how incredible she was at listening to her customers and using that knowledge to make better business decisions for the companies. This led her to an opportunity at the NHL when they were building out their social marketing and marketing practice. Read More.

Nathalie Walton | Co-Founder & CEO at Expectful

“I’ve been very safe, my whole career, and I was at a place where I could afford to take a risk. And so I thought, yeah, I can take this risk,” said Nathalie Walton. Her resume is what most people dream of – JP Morgan, eBay, Google, and Airbnb. She had relentlessly pursued every career move with the constant push to keep trying. Read more.

 

Taras Kravtchouk | Founder, CEO, and Designer at Tarform

“I grew up in a Russian household, but in Sweden, which are two very different cultures. My dad was a Russian diplomat, and we stayed in Sweden after the fall of the Soviet Union.” Taras shares how his childhood has shaped his journey as an entrepreneur. “My dad left governmental politics and started his company. So I grew up with my dad starting a company, failing, and starting, then failing, which lay the foundation of oh, wait, you can go out and do whatever you want to do?” Read More.

 

Brian Morrissey | Founder of The Rebooting

“There is this [media] shift from institutions to individuals. People have more connections with other people rather than abstract concepts. And I think that’s the promise of the “Creator Economy.”  Read More.

Adam Singolda |Founder & CEO Taboola

Adam Singolda, Founder and CEO of Taboola, has always been obsessed with learning. “I was constantly pitching my parents and my parents’ friends for ideas that I had. I always wanted to do things.” Read More.

Katie Schuele | Co-Founder of Boostr

“I need to feel like I get to the end and did the most that I could do, or I’m not going to be satisfied. So I need to be great, whatever that’s going to be.” Katie Schuele, Co-Founder of Boostr, joins the Superpowers podcast to talk about her journey into entrepreneurship. Read More.

Andy Dunn | Co-Founder of Bonobos, Monica + Andy, Red Swan, Whipped Cream

My friendship with Andy Dunn started 10 years at a conference in Hawaii. Even though we have been in each other’s lives for a long time, I had no idea he is a life-long sufferer of depression. When we think about incredible entrepreneurs, like Andy, it is hard to believe that they can be so successful while battling such dark times. Today, on the show, we hear about the human behind the entrepreneur. Andy shares his tumultuous journey and how his mental illness has shaped the way he creates his future businesses. Read more.

Alex Cruz | International DJ and Music Producer

Alex Cruz, International DJ, has produced music for almost 30 years. At the age of 18, Alex left his hometown of Amsterdam for life at the beach. He realized he had a passion for music and started making his own. He partnered with a childhood friend who bought a mixing console, and they started djing for friends. He was 22 when he released his first track on LP vinyl. After 7 years, the childhood friend’s paths separated, and Alex found himself on his own, free to find his signature sound. Read more

Kara Goldin | Founder & CEO of Hint Water

Hint Water was born out of Kara’s curiosity to find answers. Answers about her health issues and why “diet” drinks were deceiving consumers into believing they were healthy when they were, in fact, detrimental. 

“I mean, it was crazy because again, I think the challenge that people have is there are healthy perceptions versus healthy reality. And here I am, a smart person, a successful person, and I was fooled, right. It is really, really tricky.” Read more.

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Deborah Wahl | Global CMO, General Motors

On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris talk with Deborah Wahl, Global CMO at General Motors. Growing up, Deborah earned the nickname “Big D” from her siblings for her go-getter att…Full Episode.

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Lizzie Widhelm | SVP Ad Innovation & B2B Marketing, Pandora

Lizzie Widhelm, SVP Ad Innovation, and B2B Marketing at Pandora is a witty and influential executive in media technology whose experiences as a mother have helped guide her career and vice-versa...Full Episode.

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Howard Lindzon | Founder, Social Leverage

On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris talk with Howard Lindzon, Founder and Partner at Social Leverage. Howard is a kind-hearted Canadian entrepreneur, author, and investor whose Full Episode.

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Ian Rapoport | Author, "The RapSheet" & National Insider, NFL

In this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris bring on Ian Rapoport, author of the Boston Herald blog, “The RapSheet” and National Insider at the NFL Network. Full Episode.

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About the host

Chris Cunningham

Chris Cunningham is a 20-year media and tech veteran who is a serial entrepreneur turned early-stage venture capitalist. As an angel investor Chris invested in 18 tech start-ups, four have sold for cash, and others like Petal, Narrative, Advisr, Embrace and Bloom Credit continue to increase in value. Chris recently launched a $10M early-stage venture fund to scale the C2V brand and invest in more companies.  C2V’s current portfolio includes Beam, Paladin, Kambr, Tarform, Somatic, Driver Technologies, Blutag, and Boostr. Chris is also an LP in both Bowery Capital and Tech Stars.

He also held executive and leadership roles at both Unacast and Ironsource, a now $2B privately held mobile technology company that recently sold a $500MM cash stake to private equity.

Chris was the CEO and Co-founder of Appssavvy a start-up he started from his Soho apartment back in 2006. Appssavvy was the industry’s first platform that monetized Facebook apps and games through native advertising with fortune 500 brand advertisers. Appssavvy drove over $80MM in revenue to the app ecosystem both on Facebook and on mobile devices.

Prior to Appssavvy, he was the SVP for Webs.com, which was acquired by VistaPrint for $117MM and is now a $1.5B company.

Over the span of his career, Chris and his team have been responsible for generating more than $250M in net new ad revenue through innovative new products, and he has succeeded in raising more than $100 million in venture capital while recruiting and growing numerous companies.

Chris has been named one of the “Most Important People in Mobile Advertising” by Business Insider, as well as being named an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist” two years in a row.

Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1997 with an Economics degree. He has two sons, runs marathons and triathlons, and he’d rather be scuba diving.

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