Authentic and unplugged, industry leaders share like never before
Rebecca Minkoff is the founder of the eponymous global fashion brand. In 2011, Rebecca was awarded the Breakthrough Designer Award from the Accessories Council. In September of 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women that invests in women’s financial power across the socio-economic spectrum by enabling and empowering female-owned businesses.
Jake Kassan dropped out of college to pursue his dream of shaking up the watch industry, which manifested into a global success — MVMT. Jake has scaled one of the fastest-growing watch and lifestyle brands in the world, catching the attention of the The New York Times, Entrepreneur and Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list.
Lauren Bosworth is the Founder and CEO of innovative women's personal care brand Love Wellness. Named a "Disrupt-HER" by NBC's The Today Show, Lauren is leading the charge in shaking up an archaic industry by creating positive change for women everywhere. She is a graduate of UCLA and lives in New York City.
Imran Khan is co-founder and CEO of Verishop, an e-commerce platform that aims to bring joy back to online shopping. Previously, he served as Snap’s Chief Strategy Officer, where he helped increase the annual revenue run rate to $1.2 billion from zero in less than four years. Prior to that, Imran was an MD and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse.
Maria Molland is the CEO of Thinx, the feminine hygiene company behind the eponymous leak-proof underwear brand. Maria was previously an advisor to eBay’s CEO, as well as Chief European Officer at Fab.com. Prior to Fab, Maria held global executive roles at corporations like Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Yahoo, and Disney. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Tom Montgomery is a co-founder at Chubbies, and leads their efforts in Marketing, eCommerce, Digital Products, and Data & Analytics. Prior to co-founding Chubbies, Tom was an associate at IDG Ventures US, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology investing. Tom graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a degree in engineering.
Selena Kalvaria is the VP of Brand Marketing at Away, a global lifestyle brand that’s working to transform the entire travel experience. Prior to Away, she worked at Diageo and later joined Anheuser-Busch. Selena received a B.A. in art and archaeology and a certification in finance from Princeton University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Amit Shah is the Chief Marketing Officer of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., where he leads a multi-channel marketing strategy for the brand across online, digital, and social channels. He also oversees the company’s Digital Leadership Program, an incubator for young talent. Amit previously held strategy & business development roles at FTD, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and McKinsey & Company.
Rachel Blank is the cofounder of Rory, the women's health service from digital health clinic Ro. Rory provides high-quality, personalized care to guide women through the biological changes of midlife and beyond. Prior to Rory, Rachel was an investor at General Catalyst. She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Jeff Silverman is the Global eCommerce President of Steve Madden. In addition to selling a business to Steve Madden and becoming its president, Jeff has worked on projects for Timberland, New Balance and Levi's. Jeff also founded a company at age 22, which grew to $20 million in sales and was acquired by Genesco, a large publicly traded company.
Rachel Cohen is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Snowe, the D2C homewares company that’s won accolades from Architectural Digest, Fast Company, Forbes, Vogue, and more. Rachel began Snowe in 2015 with Co-Founder Andres Modak, while the two were outfitting their first home. Snowe's luxury-quality pieces at non-luxury prices have won them many awards, loyal customers, and much industry recognition.
Ryan Babenzien is CEO and Co-founder of GREATS, the first digitally native luxury sneaker brand. Babenzien previously led marketing teams at K-Swiss and PUMA as the Global Director of Entertainment Marketing. After noticing a gap in the DTC footwear market, he set his sights on redefining the sneaker industry and went on to launch GREATS in 2013 with partner Jon Buscemi.
Loren Padelford is the General Manager of Shopify Plus and a Corporate Vice President at Shopify. Loren began work on Shopify Plus in 2014, after recognizing the need for a solution at the mid-market and enterprise level. In addition to leading Shopify Plus, Loren is responsible for Shopify's regulated products team, providing solutions for industries like cannabis, alcohol, and more.
Magdalena Kala is a vice president in the Consumer, Retail, & Dining vertical on the North American Private Equity team at Bain Capital Private Equity. Her portfolio involvement includes Sundial Brands (exited to Unilever), and Virgin Voyages (in collaboration with Richard Branson and the Virgin Group). She writes a weekly newsletter about consumer behavior & the future of commerce, Retales.
Dave Cho is the Co-Founder & CEO of leading K-beauty and skincare destination Soko Glam, where he manages the company’s fast-growing business and leads a global team of over 45 people. Since launching in 2012, Dave and his Co-founder and wife, Charlotte Cho, were the first to introduce K-Beauty to the U.S. Market. Dave has been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, CNN, and more.
Danny Taing founded Bokksu in 2015 to introduce foodies around the world to authentic Japanese snacks and teas only found in Japan. Offering both a subscription box service and e-commerce marketplace, Bokksu is the only company that partners directly with 100+ year old family snack makers throughout Japan to elevate their artisanal snacks to the world stage. Danny developed his passion for Japanese food and travel during his four years living in Tokyo before moving back to NYC in 2013.
Justin Hughes, Chief Product Officer at M.M.LaFleur, leads technology development, analytics, and performance marketing. He is passionate about creating thoughtful and engaging experiences for our customers across digital and in-store touch points. In his time with the company, Justin has helped to oversee the launch of M.M.’s Referral Program, as well as scale the company’s version of a subscription service.
Tomer Tagrin is the CEO and Co-founder of Yotpo. Thousands of leading brands including Steve Madden, Glossier, Quip, and UNTUCKit partner with Yotpo to accelerate business growth by enabling advocacy and maximizing customer lifetime value. Tagrin was a chip designer for Intel before co-founding Yotpo, and a software engineering major at Tel Aviv University before that.
Peter Boyce II is an investor at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments. Since joining in 2013, he's worked closely with portfolio companies including: Cadre, Mark43, Outdoor Voices, Ro, and Rebag. Peter also co-founded & oversees Rough Draft Ventures, through which General Catalyst invests in promising university entrepreneurs.
Andrea Hippeau is a Principal at Lerer Hippeau. She invests across categories with a focus on consumer, DTC, cannabis, and more. Prior to joining, she held management and business development roles at The Dodo and Bark & Co. Andrea has also worked in corporate development while at Advance Publications and managed client relationships for Thomson Reuters.
Jonah Fay-Hurvitz is the Head of Strategy at Red Antler, a Brooklyn-based agency that launches and grows brands that people love and are changing how the world works. Red Antler’s client roster counts Casper, Allbirds, Snowe, Keeps, Hinge, and Burrow, among a host of other startups and venture-backed businesses.
Scott Perry joined Bob’s discount furniture in 2017. He leads Bob’s website, app, Omnichannel and digital marketing strategy. Mr. Perry works out of the Manchester CT headquarters with a passionate and able team tasked to bring Bob’s to the future state of retail.
Galyn Bernard is the co-founder and co-CEO of Primary, a children's clothing brand on a mission to help every child dress with confidence. Galyn was previously VP of Retail at Quidsi (acquired by Amazon in 2010). Prior to Quidsi she held various strategy and marketing roles at Cole Haan, Kraft Foods, and The Walt Disney Company. Galyn is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Princeton University.
Rich Fulop is a first-generation American, avid skier, huge Arsenal fan, and just so happens to make the best sheets ever. After graduating from New York University in 2003, Rich spent four years working in finance until the Recession redirected his path, leading him to return to hone his entrepreneurial chops at the NYU Stern School of Business — on a full-ride scholarship, no less. At NYU, Rich and his wife and Brooklinen co-founder Vicki went on vacation and had a life-altering encounter with a set of delectable sheets. When trying to track down and purchase their own set, however, they were appalled by the $800 price tag and intrigued by the challenge it presented.
Vikram Bhaskaran leads global marketing and strategy teams across all key industries and markets. Vikram worked on the first version of Pinterest nine years ago, was a founding member of the partnerships team, and helped launch the New York office for Pinterest. Prior to Pinterest, Vikram worked in strategy and business development roles at American Express, L2, Walt Disney and the Corporate Executive Board.
Gigi Teutli-Vadheim is the Site Experience Manager of Rothy’s, the wildly popular San Francisco-based shoe company launched in 2016. After meeting co-founders Roth and Stephen in 2013, Gigi has helped grow Rothy’s from the brand’s earliest stages- launching the customer service team, email marketing campaigns, fulfillment operations, and website.
Julian Steinberg is the Co-founder of Alliance Consumer Growth, one of the leading consumer growth investment funds in the United States. Julian oversees current and prospective investments for ACG and currently sits on the boards of The Honest Kitchen, Tata Harper, NUDESTIX, Pacifica, Milk Makeup, and more. In 2015, Julian was featured in Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list.
Tom Seo focuses on special projects at Clearbanc, a fintech company providing non-dilutive growth capital to digital businesses. Prior to joining Clearbanc in 2019, Tom was a Vice President at Citi Ventures in NY, where he made early to growth stage investments in fintech, commerce, and enterprise software.
Leah Ard came to Magento with the talented team from RJMetrics, now known as Magento Business Intelligence. She enjoys understanding the challenges merchants face in running holistic business analysis, and helping Magento customers address those challenges. She recently transitioned to Magento’s Solutions Consulting team, where she helps current customers understand the value of new product releases.
Daniel Shim is a Director in the Industries team at Salesforce where he responsible for defining Salesforce's go-to-market strategy for target industry verticals. His career spans experience in enterprise technology, retail management, and investment banking. He began his career within the merchandising group at the Gap’s Banana Republic division, and later advised companies in M&A transactions within the IT security and cloud services sectors. He has a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from MIT.
Torey Clements has over 10 years of experience in the eCommerce industry. Torey considers her greatest accomplishment to be leading the Madewell re-platform to Salesforce Commerce Cloud from customized legacy eCommerce systems. In this role, Torey worked with an executive team to identify and catalogue system components across all brands, and lead the Madewell team through launch. Torey has a passion for translating business goals into tactical delivery plans designed to create viable products.
Web Smith serves as the founder of 2PM, the premium B2B commerce source for industry executives. He was the cofounding CMO of Mizzen+Main, the performance menswear brand. He’s also managed commerce on the digital publishing side as the Director of eCommerce at Gear Patrol. He is currently an angel investor through 2PM and venture scout for GGV Capital.
Lauren Thomas is a reporter for CNBC covering retail and retail real estate. That includes covering everything from the ongoing wars between Walmart, Target, and Amazon, to how shopping malls are changing, to the strategies of Lululemon and Nike, to the growth of digitally native brands like Outdoor Voices and Warby Parker. Thomas was named the No. 1 retail contributor on LinkedIn in 2018.
Paul Munford is the founder of Lean Luxe, a three-year-old platform and newsletter charting the modern brand economy and the new HENRY (“High Earner, Not Rich Yet”) consumer. He's also an advisor and investor in several new DNVBs, including Great Jones, Parade, and Italic.
Hilary Milnes is the retail editor at Digiday. She joined as its first retail reporter in March of 2015, covering in-store retail, Amazon, and the rise of D2C brands. In 2016, Hilary helped launch Glossy, Digiday Media’s first sister publication covering the intersection of fashion, beauty and technology, and served as its managing editor. She currently hosts the Glossy Podcast.
Matt Townsend has been a professional journalist for 15 years, spanning local news, sports, financial markets, retail and public policy. He's been at Bloomberg for the past decade, writing for Bloomberg.com, BusinessWeek and contributing to podcasts, television and radio.
Greg Sterling is an industry analyst and editor at Search Engine Land. He is a frequent conference speaker and writes about a wide range of digital marketing topics. Previously Sterling was VP of Strategy & Insights for LSA. Before that held various roles at Opus Research, The Kelsey Group, Allbusiness.com and TechTV.
Anna Hensel is a reporter for Digiday's newly-launched Modern Retail publication, where she covers the digital strategies of big-box retailers and DTC startups. She's previously covered startups for Inc. and VentureBeat.
Marty Swant is a reporter at Forbes where he writes about marketing, advertising and technology. Previously, he was a staff writer at Adweek reporting on the intersection of tech and marketing including uses of AI and blockchain along with data privacy and regulation.
Lindsay Silberman is a magazine editor-turned-influencer who shares unfiltered advice about travel, beauty, and style on her website and on Instagram. Her loyal following consists of educated, well-traveled, and sophisticated 25-44 year olds with a taste for the finer things in life. Lindsay's authentic "no BS" perspective on being a full-time influencer has earned her press coverage in major media outlets including USA Today, The Atlantic, and The Evening Standard. She's spent the past decade working as a writer and editor for various magazines including Town & Country, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal.
Raj Nijjer oversees brand marketing for Yotpo, an eCommerce marketing platform in New York. Prior to joining Yotpo, Raj spent four years at Yext in multiple executive roles through its IPO in 2017. Raj also spent nine years at Godaddy in leadership roles launching innovative product lines with ten patents issued, eventually leading to a PE buyout in 2011, inclusive of an IPO in 2014.
Ariane Goldman founded HATCH in 2011 to fill a void in the market through offering chic maternity clothing and “mama safe” clean beauty products that directly address the issues women face during pregnancy and postpartum. This year alone, HATCH has become a cult-favorite among celebrities such as Meghan Markle, Khloe Kardashian, and Kate Hudson, and has even earned a loyal following among women that aren’t pregnant - a demographic that makes up 20% of the brand’s customer-base to date.
Polly Rodriguez is Unbound’s co-founder and CEO. Since its start, Unbound has gone from being a labor of love (translation: we started it in our tiny NYC apartments) to a leader in changing how feminists explore and enjoy their sex lives. With a background in strategy consulting, Polly started her career at Deloitte, where she was ranked the top analyst and consultant for two consecutive years, specializing in brand turnarounds during the recession.
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin is an award-winning journalist who has covered culture, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship for the past fifteen years. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other publications. Lagorio-Chafkin is senior writer at Inc. magazine and author of We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory. She was raised on a sheep farm in rural Wisconsin and now lives in New York City with her husband, cats, and toddlers.