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The New Wholesale Experience: Boxed’s, Chieh Huang

The New Wholesale Experience: Boxed’s, Chieh Huang

October 20, 2020

Chieh Huang is the CEO and Founder of Boxed, the online membership-free wholesale experience that offers direct delivery of bulk-sized packages with the goal of making shopping for bulk easy and convenient. Prior to Boxed, Chieh was the CEO of Astro Ape, one of the first mobile social gaming studios. After Zynga’s pre-IPO acquisition of Astro Ape, he became the Director of Zynga Mobile NY, leading the fastest and most efficient game team within Zynga. We talk about the genesis of Boxed, the lessons he has learned about how to cultivate phenomenal work culture, the effects of the pandemic on consumer purchasing behavior, his journey as an entrepreneur, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer.

Retail Revival in a Post Pandemic World: RPG’s, Bruce E. Teitelbaum

Retail Revival in a Post Pandemic World: RPG’s, Bruce E. Teitelbaum

October 6, 2020

Bruce E. Teitelbaum is the Founder and CEO of RPG, an award-winning design/build firm globally recognized for its ability to invigorate the brick-and-mortar experience, elevate and reinforce the power of brands, and compel consumers to shop and purchase. Through Bruce’s leadership, RPG has recently formed strategic alliances to deliver the highest of standards in turnkey solutions, including formulations, packaging, filling, trend forecasts, and brand strategy. We talk about: how to think about brands within physical environments, various types of customization, the future of retail, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer

The Future of Children’s Entertainment: Pocket.watch’s, Chris M. Williams

The Future of Children’s Entertainment: Pocket.watch’s, Chris M. Williams

September 29, 2020

Chris M. Williams is the Founder & CEO of Pocket.watch, the studio that specializes in entertaining and inspiring kids and families through digital-first content and sparking their imaginations with lifestyle products ranging from toys to toothbrushes. He's dedicated to bringing kids and families more of what they love by turning YouTube stars, characters and formats into global lifestyle franchises through the creation of books, television shows, games, movies, consumer products, live events and much more. We talk about: the future of children’s entertainment, how content translates to consumer products, the importance of being audience centric, what is next for Pocket.watch, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer.

The New Media Entrepreneur: Suzy’s, Matt Britton

The New Media Entrepreneur: Suzy’s, Matt Britton

September 22, 2020

Matt Britton is the Founder and CEO of Suzy, a real-time consumer intelligence platform connecting directly to brand audiences. Throughout his career, he has consulted for over half of the Fortune 500 and has had a unique ability to connect the dots between the new consumer culture of today and the business trends of tomorrow. We talk about: how Suzy shapes ideas to resonate with consumers, modernizing the market research industry, strategies to create meaningful insights for consumers, the industry shifts that have occurred, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer.

The Brand Builder: Red Antler’s, Emily Heyward

The Brand Builder: Red Antler’s, Emily Heyward

June 23, 2020

Emily Heyward is the Co-Founder and Chief Branding Officer of Red Antler, a leading branding and marketing firm focused on early-stage ventures. Throughout her career, she has helped create, launch, and build devoted fan followings for some of the most beloved consumer brands, such as Allbirds and Casper. In her book, Obsessed, Emily takes readers behind the scenes of the creation process and outlines her principles of what it takes to launch highly coveted brands. We talk about: why people should invest in brand, her team’s process to create a level of obsession for new startups, current trends she sees in the industry, her notes of optimism, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer. 

Visions Into the Future: CallisonRTKL’s, Paul Conder and Lily Olsson

Visions Into the Future: CallisonRTKL’s, Paul Conder and Lily Olsson

June 16, 2020

CallisonRTKL is a leading global architecture, planning and design firm focused on cross-pollinating ideas and delivering quality at all levels in all places. CallisonRTKL’s VP and Global Services Lead of Customer Experience, Paul Conder, and Associate Vice President of CX Innovation and Insight, Lily Olsson, join us to discuss our joint project “Visions Into the Future”. We talk about: pre and post pandemic attitudes across industries, how brands can bolster their services to increase the perception of safety, the new meaning of convenience, how consumer are not only makers and sellers but also collaborators, the live – work – play ethos, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer. 

The Big Bank: JP Morgan’s, Erik Oken

The Big Bank: JP Morgan’s, Erik Oken

June 13, 2020

Erik Oken is the global head of retail and consumer investment banking at J.P Morgan. Throughout his expansive career at the firm, he has been dedicated to growing companies in the consumer goods, food and beverage, and luxury sectors in ways that not only help them excel, but also adapt to and anticipate the ever changing retail landscape. We talk about: the need to transform the food system, the acceleration of the retail landscape, the enabling nature of technology, the importance to marry creativity with data, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer. 

The Artisan’s CEO: Pura Vida’s, Griffin Thall

The Artisan’s CEO: Pura Vida’s, Griffin Thall

June 2, 2020

Griffin Thall and his Co-Founder Paul Goodman founded Pura Vida after a trip to Costa Rica and an encounter with two artisan bracelet makers inspired them to create a charitable jewelry and accessories brand that showcases local craftsmen. Over the last few years, they have partnered with more than 175 charities around the world to donate nearly $2.4 million to causes their consumers care about. We talk about: the brand’s all-inclusive marketing strategy centered on creating meaningful connections, partnerships with synergistic brands, the process of creating products that resonate with customers, how the brand continues to evolve and set trends in the digital space, his advice for budding entrepreneurs, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer. 

The Massage On-Demand: Zeel’s, Samer Hamadeh

The Massage On-Demand: Zeel’s, Samer Hamadeh

May 26, 2020

Samer Hamadeh is the Founder and CEO of Zeel, the on-demand massage company that connects people with licensed massage therapists who provide massages at home, in hotels, or at the workplace. Since launching Zeel in 2012, Samer has channeled his impressive entrepreneurial background into building a wellness platform that not only addresses our aches and pains, but also explores the possibilities of how wellness can evolve in the digital age. We talk about: ways to build trust with both consumers and therapists, the pivot into self-care and virtual wellness, the evolution and new opportunities of how start-ups are funded, the changes in the health and wellness space post pandemic, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer. 

From Finance to Fashion: Scanlan Theodore’s, Sarah Blank

From Finance to Fashion: Scanlan Theodore’s, Sarah Blank

May 19, 2020

Sarah Blank is the Co-CEO of Scanlan Theodore in the United States, an Australian women’s fashion and accessories brand offering a range of ready-to-wear, handbags, and footwear focused on modern elegance, timeless, and versatile designs. Sarah and her Co-Founder, Melinda Robertson, began their journey with the brand as consumers who loved the products and saw an opportunity to grow the brand internationally. We talk about: pivoting from a career in finance to fashion, how retail stores could be structured post pandemic, her future hopes for Scanlan Theodore, and more.

 

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer. 

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