Unfinished Biz with Robin and Wayne highlights founder stories from some of the most exciting, emerging brands on the planet. Often the more interesting stories happen before companies have “made it." Unfinished Biz focuses on honest conversations around tough topics, liberating milestones and incredible stories.
Noom Co-Founder & CEO Saeju Jeong
55:37Saeju Jeong, Noom Co-Founder and CEO, spent his early years immersed in the world of medicine, but his eventual path took a much less traditional turn. Join Robin and Wayne as they learn how Saeju found his calling, why Noom is more than a weight loss app, and where the future of heathcare is headed next.
Ellis Isle Founder & CEO Nailah Ellis
40:56Nailah Ellis' entrepreneurial journey literally started from scratch - her family's Jamaican sweet tea recipe was passed down for generations before Nailah decided to share it with the world as Ellis Island Tea. But perfecting taste, securing distribution, and scaling for demand is more than just a labor of love, and Nailah was doing it all on her own. Today, the brand now known as Ellis Isle has fresh funding, celebrity partnerships, and is on store shelves everywhere. Join Robin and Wayne for a truly inspiring story from one founder who never stopped believing in her destiny.
Good Eggs CEO Bentley Hall
47:40When Bentley Hall joined the Good Eggs team five years ago, he had his work cut out for him. Good Eggs needed an overhaul of not only its grocery delivery business plan but its leadership and company goals, and that forced Bentley to make some tough decisions. Today, Good Eggs is a very different company that's managed to thrive during the pandemic - thanks to some big strategy shifts and a lot of teamwork. Join Robin and Wayne as they learn all about Bentley’s entrepreneurial journey.
Muniq Founder & CEO Marc Washington
52:18Muniq Founder and CEO Marc Washingon is the first to admit that despite his vast experience over the years working with entrepreneurs, becoming one himself hasn't always been easy. Join Robin and Wayne as they uncover how Marc recreated his business expertise into a direct-to-consumer brand that aims to be both delicious and healthy.
Partake Foods Founder & CEO Denise Woodard
37:26When Denise Woodard's daughter was diagnosed with a long list of food allergies, Denise had to start getting creative in the kitchen. But after realizing how much "safe" foods could still be fun and tasty to eat, Denise turned her family's lifestyle into a successful product line called Partake Foods. Join Robin and Wayne as they hear all about Denise's journey, and how much she had to risk early on to find eventual success.
King's Hawaiian CEO Mark Taira & President, Chief Strategy/Planning Officer & International Officer John Linehan
44:50When Mark Taira's father began what's now known as the King's Hawaiian empire, it was a very different business...smaller, scrappier, and family run through and through. Today, King's Hawaiian is beloved all over the world and with $500M in annual revenue, the company has made incredible growth strides to keep up with demand. Robin and Wayne chat with CEO Mark Taira and President, Chief Strategy & Planning Officer and International Officer John Linehan for the decades-long story of success.
Bitsy's Co-Founders Alex Buckley, Maggie Patton, & Gabrielle Union
31:27When Maggie Patton and Alex Buckley co-founded Bitsy's after many years in the child education and wellness non-profit sector, they knew their mission to offer nutritious kids' food to all families was solid. But when mother, actor, and activist Gabrielle Union joined the team as co-founder, Bitsy's entered a new era of brand visibility and core team strength. Find out how the three co-founders found each other, how they've developed their synergy, and how the Bitsy's brand differentiates itself in a sea of healthy snacks. Learn a little more about some of their lessons learned from other entrepreneurial endeavors as well!
Alchemy 43 Founder & CEO Nicci Levy
39:49As the Unfinished Biz team continues to shelter in place and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect companies of all sizes worldwide, we decided to highlight one of our favorite up-and-comers in the brick and mortar space. Nicci Levy, Alchemy 43 Founder and CEO, started her beauty career at a very young age and hasn't looked back. With years of cosmetics experience under her belt, Nicci sought out to revolutionize the dermatology and med-spa experience, one aesthetics bar at a time. Find out how Alchemy 43 is rebranding the microtreatment space and how Nicci's ambitious growth plans aim to change the face of beauty forever.
FRAME Co-Founder & Chairman Jens Grede
47:34FRAME Co-Founder and Chairman Jens Grede was already an advertising rockstar alongside his business partner Erik Torstensson when he decided he needed a change. Pairing his deep connections within the fashion industry with his own branding savvy, Jens zeroed in on Los Angeles to launch a premium denim line like no other, and FRAME was born. Find out why Jens put lifestyle at the core of the FRAME brand, how the company set itself apart in a saturated market, and what Jens wants to conquer next.
Unfinished Biz Special: VMG’s COVID-19 Best Practices for Teams
31:52In this special episode of Unfinished Biz, Robin and Wayne are joined by VMG partners Kara Roell and Mike Mauzé for a candid discussion about the potential effects of COVID-19 on business ecosystems worldwide. VMG’s partners have been working closely with their portfolio companies to ensure that team efficacy and morale stays solid in the face of instability. Supply chain and liquidity concerns must be dealt with proactively to weather a rapidly unfolding storm. And after many years of experience through past financial crises and uncertain times, the VMG team is sharing their advice with you.