LESSONS FROM THE TRENCHES
Real stories from iconic startup founders.
CEO + Founder, Complex
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.
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…read more.
Lizzie Wedhelm | SVP Ad Innovation & B2B Marketing, Pandora
On this episode of the Superpowers podcast, Bill and Chris bring on Lizzie Widhelm, SVP Ad Innovation, and B2B Marketing at Pandora. Lizzie is a witty and influential executive in media technology whose experiences as a mother have helped guide her career and vice-versa...read more.
Howard Lindzon | Founder & Partner, 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 …read more.
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. …read more.
Matt Lombardi | Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Beam
Bill and Chris talk with Matt Lombardi, Co-Founder, and Co-CEO of Beam, a CBD wellness startup. Matt went from winning two NCAA Division I Hockey championships at Boston College …read more.
About the host
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.