Invasion of the Product People (Product)
General Partner, Equal Ventures
EP08: Rise Of The Product People
Don't even trip dawg, this one's a bit meta, but we got you on this one, broh. The Growth Stage Podcast explores the nature of problems being solved with products, and in this episode, we look at the problem of Product itself. Product is a proper noun here. We’re joined by Co-Founder of unicorn Pendo, Eric Boduch, and Rick Zullo, of Equal Ventures, to discuss Product's ecosystem and roots in every success story.
Managing Director, Colliers
EP07: WeDontMakePuns, WeMake $
The moronic circus of rearview mirror watching WeWork haters (who also seem to have a knack for lumpish puns) are to be moving on to the next town (Gloatsburg?). But they've left behind all the good stuff - the multi-billion dollar industry of Co-working. We've taken that opportunity to examine the cultural and generational phenomenon made famous and infamous by one company's spectacular public meltdown...but pursued and driven forward by many others, who have done a better job of managing the potential.
CEO, Leaf Logistics
Co-Founder, Drive Capital
EP06: The Long Haul
Trucking has an almost mythological American cultural status. And there's a reason. It's got it all - the "American Dream", "Rags to Riches", "David vs. Goliath"...and more recently, with the help of our guests..."Nerd Gets Girl". In this episode we’re joined by Anshu Prasad, CEO of Leaf Logistics, and Will Szczerbiak, Greycroft Partners, to discuss trucking's profound reach, impact and technological awakening in one of our favorite episodes yet. No trucker speed required, Joseph Campbell eat your heart out, this is the hero's story of trucking.
EP05: Process Miner's Daughter
Companies are hoarding data now. And good for them, because, well…it’s f*cking everywhere. And hidden amongst and in between the zettabytes of data sitting in cold storage (and probably some old newspapers and a few dead cats) there’s an incredible amount of insight into our world. In this episode we’re joined by Alex Rinke, CEO of Celonis, and Chris Olsen, Drive Capital, to discuss keeping ourselves delightfully entertained with all this…data.
Partner, General Catalyst
EP04: Whatever Helps You Sleep At Night
Disruptive Business Models
What do starting a disruptive game-changing business and writing a hit screenplay have in common? Lots of assholes think they can do it. While the word "disruption" may rank among the most annoying and overused phrases in the modern business lexicon - there's definitely something to it. Philip Krim, CEO of Casper, and Spencer Lazar, General Catalyst, help us wrap our minds around this idea. Is it crazy to bet the farm on a "portfolio of one" or crazier to start one of Caspers 200+ copycats? Is betting it all the only way to change it all? Our fourth episode explores the questions about true 'disruption' that have been keeping you up at night.
EP03: The Robots Are Our Friends
As it turns out AI is hardly artificial anymore (slaps knee). The hardest part is making an intelligent decision about what to do with it (slaps knee again, we could do this all day). We’ve employed our own personal Skynet, Sophie Vandebroek and Rudina Seseri, to help us understand and break down this both very new and very old cutting edge idea, and where it may take us. Impending robot apocalypse? Yes, well I understand your view on this now, Hal.
COO, IBM Research
Founder & Partner, Glasswing VC
Partner, Bain Capital Ventures
[Luxxotica, Victoria's Secret...]
Retail & Consumer
Has the tidal wave of born-digital upstart brands killed traditional retail? Are these “game-changing” newbies everything they seem, or is something else going on? Scott Friend and Mark Weikel, two serious OGs, still on the front line of retail’s undulating landscape, give us a peek behind the curtain to help us figure out “…the f#*k is going on here?!?"
GP, Founder Collective
EP01: The World Will Be A Parking Lot
Most people you know are barely fully autonomous, what makes you think cars are anywhere close? This industry is so new, so dynamic and so clever, even our heavy hitter guests can’t agree on how things will develop. The Jetson’s car? That's like, uh, so unrealistic. The premier episode of Growth Stage brings Noam Barden and Eric Paley into the octagon to help enlighten us on just how much is a play with the next generation of transportation. First episode jitters? With an opener like this… psssshh.
What are we doing here, people?
Growth Stage discusses the potential successes and failures of growth-stage industries and companies through the eyes of their biggest stakeholders. Each episode combines one investor, one operator, and lots of expertise to dissect hot-topic companies via their opportunities, challenges, and potential fates. From the outside looking in: Which will survive? Which will thrive? Which are they betting on? Listen now to join the conversation.