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ContenderCast with Justin Honaman

Welcome to the ContenderCast with Justin Honaman, a leadership and Consumer Products entrepreneurship conversation centered on shining a light on bright ideas. Justin is a digital commerce leader, leadership author, communicator, story-teller, and co-founder of Contender Brands based in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information and guest access, visit contenderbrands.com. Every winner started as a contender!
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Dec 30, 2020

Headquarters (HQ) is a newly formed strategic advisory studio which launched a revolutionary approach and suite of services to help cannabis entrepreneurs enter, build, scale, and unlock accelerated growth in California's multi billion-dollar market. Co-founder and CEO, Daniel Abrahami joins Justin to discuss the cannabis market and building the business.

Dec 28, 2020

Laumiere Gourmet Fruits, an innovative food brand, explores the connection between luxury and nature in an ongoing quest to combine gourmet excellence with a healthy lifestyle. Co-Founders Vivek Sharma and Varun Sharma join Justin to discuss these amazing treats and building the brand!

 

Dec 23, 2020

Forager is an early stage startup with a social mission of making locally sourced food more widely available to all. Forager has been recognized by Forbes as one of a handful of little known startups to transform a multi-billion industry and by Fast Company as one of the Top 50 most innovative enterprises affecting social good in America. Serial entrepreneur David Stone joins Justin to discuss Forager as well as his history of building successful businesses.

Dec 21, 2020

Salvador Santana, son of the legendary ten-time Grammy winning guitarist Carlos Santana, has been a creator and entrepreneur for his entire life. Coming from a long family line of musical innovators, the passion to do things outside of the norm runs in his veins, which has translated to unique successes. His most recent venture is focused on the cannabis industry. Salvador is the founder of VAYA, a socially-conscious lifestyle cannabis flower brand, which takes an all-natural, spiritual feminist tone driven from African (Yoruba) and Mexican indigenous roots. Salvador joins Justin to discuss music, Cannabis, and harnessing positive energy to make a difference.

Dec 17, 2020

Ganja Goddess describes themselves as the “best cannabis delivery service in California, delivering cannabis with personalized customer care since 2011.” The Cannabis product market is booming and Tara Wells joins Justin to discuss the market as well as launching and “growing” this new brand!

Dec 14, 2020

Routific is a leading route optimization platform that saves last-mile delivery businesses time and fuel. Routific's strength is in its proprietary algorithm and excellent user experience. Co-founder Suzanne Ma joins Justin to discuss launching and growing the business.

Dec 11, 2020

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 for part 2 of their discussion on the industry and Bio Bidet products!

Dec 10, 2020

Agricycle’s mission is to transform waste into opportunity. Agricycle works with a network of 35,000 smallholder farmers around the world to source upcycled products. Agricycle upcycles food that would otherwise go to waste to create ethically-sourced, upcycled brands. One brand, Jali Fruit Co, sources its naturally dried fruit from excess fruit farmers cannot sell at local markets. Claire Friona, co-founder and portfolio manager, joins Justin to discuss this global impact business.

Dec 7, 2020

Doesn’t everyone deserve to look good while wearing an affordable pair of glasses? Thus, Zenni was born in the San Francisco Bay Area - a natural fit in the home of forward-thinking, tech-savvy companies. The mission was clear: Give people glasses they can actually afford but still make them look like a million bucks. It started small, a little company with big ideas, but it quickly grew into a phenomenon! Chief Product Office Bai Gan joins Justin to discuss the brand and how it is growing with consumers!

Dec 3, 2020

HowGood is a mission-driven, independent research company with the largest database on food and personal care product sustainability in the industry. With 1,000,000+ products rated, HowGood helps leading retailers and brands improve their environmental and social impact. Typically, brands spend years in R&D figuring out the right mix of ingredients and now, they can get immediate access to a range of insights during product development. CEO and co-founder Alexander Gillett joins Justin to discuss building and growing the business.

Nov 30, 2020

Sküma is a UK-based consumer products company that plans on disrupting and transforming the bottled water industry. Their innovative new device promotes the use of tap water rather than buying bottled water by purifying it and adding a specific amount of trace minerals. Co-Founder Alex Mahe joins Justin to discuss launching this new brand in the water category.

 

Nov 27, 2020

Sprecher is a craft beverage manufacturer, focusing on handcrafting soft drinks with rich, creamy flavors since 1985. Sprecher manufactures a broad set of beverage brands from Root Beer to Cream Soda and Valencia Orange water. Come thirsty to this episode as Sprecher’s CEO Sharad Chadha joins Justin to discuss growing this beverage brand.

Nov 25, 2020

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.

Nov 23, 2020

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!

Nov 19, 2020

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.

Nov 16, 2020

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.

Nov 12, 2020

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.

Nov 9, 2020

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!

 

Nov 5, 2020

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!

Nov 2, 2020

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!

Oct 29, 2020

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!

 

Oct 26, 2020

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!

Oct 22, 2020

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.

Oct 19, 2020

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!

Oct 15, 2020

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!

 

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