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

Episode 8 October 05, 2021 00:44:05
S4E8: Andy Ruben of Trove on empowering and rethinking sustainable consumption
The Room Podcast
S4E8: Andy Ruben of Trove on empowering and rethinking sustainable consumption

Oct 05 2021 | 00:44:05


Show Notes

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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