Unbound Merino was created by three lifelong friends who were drawn to the incredible natural benefits of Merino wool. The fabric was perfectly suited for travel, but it was typically designed as high performance outdoor activewear, with flashy logos and unnecessary embellishments. They wanted something that did that and also looked great at a restaurant, in a museum, at a rock concert and out on the town. And thus, Unbound Merino was born. Dan Demsky, co-founder, joins Justin to discuss launching the initial crowdfunding campaign and fueling the fast-growing business.
Begun as an on-line eBay store, the Posh Puppy Boutique went from just selling dog clothing to now carrying a broad range of products and earning the #1 dog boutique ranking on Google. Founder and CEO Jennifer Kirk joins Justin to discuss launching and growing this ecommerce star!
Intellibed is the biggest disruption to the mattress industry in over two decades. The Intellibed is the only mattress in the world that is both firm and soft at the same time. How is that even possible...through it’s patented Gel Matrix technology. CEO Colin House joins Justin to discuss the brand, company growth, and his path as a leader and entrepreneur.
Mike Berland is the founder & CEO of research, data, and analytics firm Decode M and is an expert on how people think and behave as consumers, voters, and decision-makers. His new book Maximum Momentum: How to Get It, How to Keep It looks at the drivers of momentum, how to master them, and how to gain and keep it in order to turn crisis into opportunity. Mike joins Justin to discuss how campaigns and companies can leverage data to drive momentum.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. The organization’s impact can be observed globally as they have funded 56k+ water projects for over 11 million people around the world. MZ Goodman joins Justin to discuss “The Spring” (which is the community of monthly donors bringing clean water to people in need) and their new Lifetime Impact product.
Bio Bidet manufactures modern solutions for “primitive” bathroom challenges and has become America’s most popular wholesaler and retailer of bidets. Founded on the principle that “water does it better,” Bio Bidet has achieved 400% year-over-year revenue growth from 2019 to 2020. CMO and bidet industry expert James Amburgey joins Justin to discuss the industry and Bio Bidet products!
Inspired by the culture and vibe of Miami, Fun Wine builds their brand influenced by art, fashion, and music. Because Fun Wine believes wine should be FUN and not complicated. With that in mind, and to break through the traditional wine mentality, Fun Wine decided to rethink wine by focusing on three main pillars: Flavor, Packaging & Price. CEO and Founder Joe Peleg joins Justin to discuss launching this seriously “fun” brand!
Synctuition is a top-three mindfulness app in the US and the home of its founders, Estonia. Following in the footsteps of a large roster of tech businesses to flourish globally from Estonia, the app is also the fastest-growing in the UK and is providing a more advanced alternative to market leaders Calm & Headspace. COO and Co-Founder Mike Burich joins Justin to discuss the app, growing the business, the importance of self-discovery and more!
Named by Fast Company as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies in 2019, Hunt A Killer is an immersive murder mystery game that challenges players to catch a killer through interactive monthly membership boxes and premium one-time experiences—allowing thrill-seeking minds to solve a series of ongoing fictional murder mysteries. Co-founder and CEO, Ryan Hogan joins Justin to discuss building a story-driven brand!
Pasta Life provides thirsty consumers around the world with an eco-friendly drinking straw solution they can love. Pasta Life straws last 40+ minutes in cold beverages and are available in 8 colors made from plants and veggies and 3 sizes to accommodate any drinking occasion. Co-founders Anthony Barresi and Dave Sedacca join Justin to discuss launching the business!
Graham Farrar is the president of Glass House Group, a vertically integrated supplier and branding company for cannabis products, based in California. Glass House Group owns and operates Glass House Farms 500,000 sq feet growing operations. Graham joins Justin to discuss the cannabis industry and growing a business in this space.
Chief Executive Boss Lady of Eat My Words, Alexandra Watkins is a leading and outspoken authority on brand names. Alexandra first got hooked on naming in 2003 when Gap hired her to create names for their first line of body care products. Soon after, with her fresh, unconventional naming style, Alexandra became a go-to resource for leading branding and naming firms around the country. Alexandra joins Justin to discuss the SMILE, the SCRATCH, and much more!
Have you ever wanted a glass of wine but didn’t want to open an entire bottle?! Or ever wish you had just had a glass instead of the entire bottle?! Just Enough Wines is solving this problem by creating premium, great-tasting wine in the convenience of a can. CEO and co-founder Jessica Hershfield joins Justin to discuss launching this new brand!
The hard seltzer beverage category is on fire! And Tolago Hard Seltzer is taking a unique approach to consumer engagement, brand-building, and beverage profile. CEO Nick Greeninger joins Justin to discuss launching the business and keys to growth!
Good brand is just good business. Brand is the intentional leader’s North Star. It helps us engage customers and employees, unleash our competitive advantage, and fuel enduring growth. And yet, despite this power, brand is grossly underused. Lindsay Pedersen joins Justin to break down the nine criteria for an ironclad brand strategy!
Good brand is just good business. Brand is the intentional leader’s North Star. It helps us engage customers and employees, unleash our competitive advantage, and fuel enduring growth. And yet, despite this power, brand is grossly underused. Lindsay Pedersen deconstructs what brand is and why it is indispensable for leaders in this episode of the ContenderCast.
CBD is a different experience for everyone. And ALTWELL is putting the consumer needs at the center of everything they do. ALTWELL is driven by helping consumers live each day with comfort and calm. It’s their purpose. Their expertise in crafting unique flavors has proven to be paramount in their mission to make CBD infused products taste great. CEO, Amy McDonald joins Justin for Part 2 to discuss the CBD market, ALTWELL’S background and history, and keys to growth!
CBD is a different experience for everyone. And ALTWELL is putting the consumer needs at the center of everything they do. ALTWELL is driven by helping consumers live each day with comfort and calm. It’s their purpose. Their expertise in crafting unique flavors has proven to be paramount in their mission to make CBD infused products taste great. CEO, Amy McDonald joins Justin to discuss the CBD market, ALTWELL’S background and history, and keys to growth!
Kelley Higney is the founder and CEO of Bug Bite Thing - a rising star in the consumer goods world with a product solving the insect bite issue! As Bug Bite Thing is on its way to becoming a global household name, including successfully navigating an appearance on Shark Tank, Higney hopes to inspire other mom-preneurs to pursue their dreams and to start their own business. Kelley joins Justin to share her story!
Milwaukee Boot Company is named for the figures and landmarks that have helped make Milwaukee what it is today. MBC’s boots are a hand-crafted nod to the city’s wealth of industry and work ethic. They’re made for those who crave real craftsmanship. Those who work with their hands and are fearless when it comes to failure. For those who hold on to true grit, determination, and will be damned if their boots don’t follow suit. Come ready to shop as Mark Kohlenberg, CEO, joins Justin to discuss this awesome new brand!
Peter Kozodoy is an Inc. 5000 serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and business coach who works with organizations and their leaders to help them overcome self-limiting bullsh*t and use brutal honesty to achieve massive success. He is the author of Honest to Greatness, and currently serves as CEO of his newest startup, Stradeso. Peter joins Justin to “honestly” discuss his entrepreneurial path and new book!
Nir Bashan is a world-renowned creativity expert. He has taught thousands of leaders and individuals around the globe how to harness the power of creativity to improve profitability, increase sales, improve customer service and ultimately create more meaning in their work. Nir has spent the last two decades working on a formula to codify creativity and joins Justin to discuss his new book.
If you love animals, are single, and want to meet your significant dog and/or cat-loving significant other, this episode is for you! Leigh Isaacson (co-founder of Dig-The Dog Person's Dating App and Tabby-The Cat Person's Dating App) joins Justin to discuss the company, growing the business, and adding the cat app!
Rick Cottrell is the CEO of BizResults.com, an award-winning business growth consultancy helping business owners reach scalable and predictable growth. Rick joins Justin to discuss getting the right talent in the right seats for growth, coming out of Covid with positive momentum, and more.
Somrus Chai! Somrus Mango! Come thirsty to this podcast episode. Justin is joined by Monica Badlani (COO at The House of Somrus) as she shares secrets behind the world's fastest growing line of India-inspired liqueurs!