35 episodes

ATTENTION all beauty brand owners, employees, entrepreneurs, suppliers, influencers or anyone interested in understanding the true BUSINESS of beauty welcome to Driving the Business: Beauty Brands & Entrepreneurship podcast. We're providing the inside tips, secrets and advice needed to move your brand or idea forward in a complex but lucrative industry. We tackle marketing, sales, manufacturing along with the joys and perils of entrepreneurship.

Driving the Business: Beauty Brands & Entrepreneurship with Anthony Standifer Anthony Standifer

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ATTENTION all beauty brand owners, employees, entrepreneurs, suppliers, influencers or anyone interested in understanding the true BUSINESS of beauty welcome to Driving the Business: Beauty Brands & Entrepreneurship podcast. We're providing the inside tips, secrets and advice needed to move your brand or idea forward in a complex but lucrative industry. We tackle marketing, sales, manufacturing along with the joys and perils of entrepreneurship.

    Ep 035 - Interview with Jason Mercer: Key Insights from a Venture Capital (VC) Investor for Raising Money

    Ep 035 - Interview with Jason Mercer: Key Insights from a Venture Capital (VC) Investor for Raising Money

    As business founders raising money can sometimes feel like a complex mystery with lots of questions.
     
    What do investors want to see from a business owner?
     
    How do investors evaluate who to invest in?
     
    Should owners expect to give away equity when raising money? If yes, how much?
     
    Well I managed to book time with a venture capital (VC) investor who reviews and assesses deals for a living.
     
    Jason Mercer is a Principal at Cleveland Avenue, a Chicago based firm doing great work for local businesses.
     
    I sit with Jason who gives a graduate level walk through on the questions above and much more.
     
    If you want key insights that investors look at when investing in beauty and consumer good brands then this is the episode for you.
     
    Find Jason Mercer on Linkedin. 
     
    Find Clevelend Avenue website.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 034 - Interview with Winnie Awa: Why Brad Pitt Should Not Launch in Beauty & The Journey to Data Driven Haircare

    Ep 034 - Interview with Winnie Awa: Why Brad Pitt Should Not Launch in Beauty & The Journey to Data Driven Haircare

    I love bold people! Winnie Awa is a bold Black woman doing amazing work in the beauty space as the founder of an AI driven platform that is serving curly haired women in the UK.
     
    She is also someone who understands what it is like to pivot your professional career to pursue her passion.
     
    She also is confident enough to speak her mind when something does not line up and gave her opinion when Brad Pitt launched a skin care brand.
     
    I have a full candid conversation with this entrepreneur to talk all of the above as well as what the human journey towards today's greatness has been.
     
    You do not want to miss listening to this episode.
     
    Follow here beauty platform @HeyCarra and find Winnie Awa on LinkedIn.
     
    Find today's episode of Driving the Business on Apple Podcast, Spotify & iHeart Media. Search for Anthony Standifer.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 033 - Interview with Justin Dawkins: Silicon Valley Bank & Its Impact on Beauty

    Ep 033 - Interview with Justin Dawkins: Silicon Valley Bank & Its Impact on Beauty

    Does the Silicon Valley Bank or SVB discussion completely confuse you?
     
    This is the podcast episode for you.
     
    Do you see the direct impact of how the tech community's turmoil is going to impact beauty and consumer product good investments?
     
    This is the podcast episode for you.
     
    Would have a simple explanation of what's happening in the financial world help you?
     
    This is the podcast episode for you.
     
    I snagged time for the very knowledgeable Justin Dawkins who lives inside the investment community as managing partner of Collab Capital who raised an incredible $50M during the pandemic with the sole purpose of investing in Black founders.
     
    He and I break down the very nature of what a bank does and how the banking ecosystem is supported. We then go step by step through how Silicon Valley Bank ended up running out of money and why the government stepped in.
     
    There is also an impact on how the down turn in the tech community hits beauty industry investments this year and beyond.
     
    Follow Justin Dawkins on IG & Twitter @JDawkinsATL and his investment fund @Collab.Capital. You can also email Justin directly at Justin@Collab.Capital. Mention the Driving the Business podcast when emailing.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep 032 - 8 Incredible Lessons After 8 Years of Entrepreneurship

    Ep 032 - 8 Incredible Lessons After 8 Years of Entrepreneurship

    Things rarely turn out exactly like how I think they should when planning big things in life. For me starting a business meant the promise of ultimate freedom, success and tons of money. Managing a whole damn beauty manufacturing company has given me insight and taught me lessons that have been eye opening and incredibly helpful.
     
    I'm sharing 8 key insights as a reflect back on the last 96 months.
     
    If you're someone thinking of starting a business lean in closely as these are tips that I wish someone had shared with me before starting my own journey. If you're someone who has already started your own business lean in even closer as these are likely reflections that may explain some of what you're experiencing. Lastly, even if you're someone with no desire for entrepreneurship yourself, I share the value I found in working for other for over a decade.
     
    This is a catch up episode and one to enjoy.

    • 42 min
    Ep 031 - Diversity & Racial Inclusion in the Beauty Media Landscape with Claire McCormack

    Ep 031 - Diversity & Racial Inclusion in the Beauty Media Landscape with Claire McCormack

    Since 2020 I have leaned hard into having conversations about the impact of race in my personal life and business with my non-Black friends and associates. These conversations have been nuanced and complex yet extremely enlightening. I've recognized that my white friends/associates don't get many opportunities to discuss what its like to live as a minority in the US.
     
    On this latest episode of the podcast I have an intimate conversation with beauty editor, Claire McCormack, about how race has played out in the beauty industry for me personally and how her organization - Beauty Independent - responded courageously in the midst of a social uprising.
     
    Get ready for the realness. This was a beautiful conversation that has value for all.
     
    You can find Claire McComarck on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @ClaireMcMack. Email is claire@beautyindependent.com.
     
    Check out www.beautyindependent.com.
     
    Find me on Instagram and Twitter @mSEEDAnthony, LinkedIn & at Facebook Anthony Standifer. Reach out via email at info@anthonystandifer.com.
     

    • 47 min
    Ep 030 - Why Taking a Non-Traditional Path to Skin Care is Both Insane & Necessary with Jayme & Nick Valo

    Ep 030 - Why Taking a Non-Traditional Path to Skin Care is Both Insane & Necessary with Jayme & Nick Valo

    I love talking with indie beauty brand start up founders and on this episode I sit and chat with a married couple who are taking a deliberate, disruptive approach to skin care with their line of omni sex products.
     
    Jayme and Nick Valo of Valoie Skin Care give an intriguing discussion about the origins of starting a beauty line targeted at the recently coined phrase omnisex. We talk about the meaning of the phrase and how it differs from unisex.
     
    Jayme is a serial entrepreneur who has had more than a few failures in launching businesses but she explains why she continues to launch new businesses in very diverse fields.
     
    I dig deep into the details of how the couple balances being business partners in life and business. They share the power of wine and whiskey in their working relationship!
     
    We talk in detail about the risks associated with not being a traditional male or female beauty brand and why it's both insane and necessary as a point of differentiation in a competitive market.
     
    Find our more about the brand at www.valoie.com or on Instagram @valoieskincare
     
    You can follow me on social media Instagram & Facebook @mSEEDAnthony on LinkedIn at Anthony Standifer. My email is info@anthonystandifer.com.

    • 53 min

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