The Room Podcast

Welcome to the Room. A series interviewing your favorite tech founders and funders. Our guests were in the room where it happened and they’re sharing their stories. 

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November 11, 2021 00:33:33
Season 3 & 4 Recap: Madison & Claudia

Season 3 & 4 Recap: Madison & Claudia

As we recently wrapped on Season 4 of The Room Podcast, Madison and Claudia take a trip down memory lane to look back on our past two seasons. Over the past year, we’ve had the most amazing guests come to join us in The Room to share their inspiring stories. Take a look back on some of our key themes and insights from the past two seasons. Thank you so much for joining us for four seasons now! We have so much more in store, but for now, let’s take a look back and open the door. ...

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October 05, 2021 00:44:05
S4E8: Andy Ruben of Trove on empowering and rethinking sustainable consumption

S4E8: Andy Ruben of Trove on empowering and rethinking sustainable consumption

In the Season 4 finale of The Room Podcast, Madison and Claudia sit down with Andy Ruben, Founder and CEO of Trove, an end-to-end technology and supply chain platform, unlocking second-hand shopping for your favorite brands. Before founding Trove, Andy served on the senior leadership team at Walmart, including the role of Chief Sustainability Officer. A big congratulations to Trove who recently announced their $77.5M Series D funding. With the resale and e-commerce space expected to hit $64B in annual sales by 2028, Trove is at the forefront of enabling top-tier brands like Patagonia, REI, and Lululemon to capture this rapidly growing market.    This week’s episode covers key themes such as how we empower sustainable consumption, the art of the reframe, and building a business in a supply-constrained market. Let’s open the door.   Season 4 is sponsored by our friends at Silicon Valley Bank and Cooley.  … ...

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September 28, 2021 00:42:04
S4E7: Katie Warner Johnson of Carbon38 on the artistry of entrepreneurship and disrupting the activewear industry

S4E7: Katie Warner Johnson of Carbon38 on the artistry of entrepreneurship and disrupting the activewear industry

In The Room with Katie Warner Johnson   This week on The Room Podcast, we are excited to share our conversation with Katie Warner Johnson, Founder and CEO of Carbon38. Carbon38 is one of the leading activewear e-commerce platforms, carrying brands like Beyond Yoga, Isabel Marant, Adidas by Stella McCartney and their own line. Katie's journey to disrupting the activewear industry started early on as a professional dancer from childhood and later, a Physique 57 fitness instructor. After years of being immersed in the health and fitness world, Katie realized that the sports bras and leggings that were being sold were just not meeting the needs of women. She decided to move to Los Angeles and build a business that provided fashion-forward activewear designed by women, for women.   In this episode, Katie talks about the relationship between being a performer and an entrepreneur, serving the needs of her customer, The Boss, empowering women with women-led brands, and the future of activewear.   Season 4 is sponsored by our friends at Silicon Valley Bank and Cooley. ...

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September 21, 2021 00:40:13
S4E6: Sashee Chandran of Tea Drops on disrupting CPG, the power of grit, and sustainability

S4E6: Sashee Chandran of Tea Drops on disrupting CPG, the power of grit, and sustainability

In The Room with Sashee Chandran   In this week’s episode of The Room Podcast with co-hosts Madison and Claudia, they are joined by Sashee Chandran, CEO, and Founder of Tea Drops. Founded in 2015, Tea Drops are organic, ground leaf teas pressed into fun shapes that dissolve in water. Think of a bath bomb, but tea! Using 15% less waste than traditional tea bags, Tea Drops provides an environmentally friendly, convenient, and high-quality tea experience. Tea Drops are now sold in nearly 2000 store retailers around the United States.   This week’s key themes include what it's like to start and fund a venture-backed business in the CPG space, the importance of passion and grit, and the future for D2C. Let’s open the door.    Season 4 of The Room Podcast is sponsored by our friends at Silicon Valley Bank and Cooley.   ...

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September 14, 2021 00:28:30
S4E5: Startup Banking 101 with Vera Shokina of SVB

S4E5: Startup Banking 101 with Vera Shokina of SVB

In The Room with Vera Shokina   In this week’s episode of The Room Podcast, Madison and Claudia take a break from chatting with their typical founder or funder to cover a core need of every startup and fund: their bank. They are joined by Vera Shokina, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank where she covers U.S. banking and early stage international banking, helping VC funds and startups with all of their banking needs. From the founding moment of SVB, the bank has been focused on early stage technology companies and venture capital funds.   Vera walks us through the top tips for founders looking to establish a banking relationship, the process of getting a debt line, and how a bank like SVB helps out with remote work. Let’s open the door.   Season 4 is sponsored by our friends at SVB and Cooley. The episode is now live on all podcast streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  ...

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September 07, 2021 00:30:53
S4E4: Danielle Cohen-Shohet on the future of beauty and disrupting tech for hyper-local businesses

S4E4: Danielle Cohen-Shohet on the future of beauty and disrupting tech for hyper-local businesses

Welcome to another episode of The Room Podcast! In this week’s episode, co-hosts Madison and Claudia chat with Danielle Cohen-Shohet, Co-Founder and CEO of GlossGenius. Danielle, a freelance hobbyist makeup artist, started GlossGenius when she knew that there had to be a better way to manage a business and engage with clients. From scheduling to booking and payments, GlossGenius meaningfully helps freelancers and small businesses in US salon and studio spaces.    In this episode, Danielle talks about building for a specific need and passion, developing a tech platform for hyper-local businesses, and where the beauty industry is going next. Let's open the door.    Season 4 of The Room Podcast is sponsored by our friends at SVB and Cooley. This episode is now live on all podcast streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  ...

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