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.
Ellis Isle Founder & CEO Nailah Ellis
Nailah 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
When 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
Muniq 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
When 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
When 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
When 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!
My Favorite CPG Podcast
As I’ve continued to dig deeper into CPG-specific marketing career, I was looking for an education source that could enlighten me on parts of the business I was less familiar with, including financing and operations.
Wayne and Robin really excel in both asking poignant questions and seeking nuanced answers to situations and obstacles that go beyond anything you can find in a Google search.
Their conversations with Spindrift, Good Eggs, King’s Hawaiian and Clif Bar founders/executives have been my favorite so far.
Top notch sit downs with entrepreneurs
I stumbled on this podcast a few years ago and couldn’t stop listening! Wayne and Robin set a casual vibe for these sit downs allowing for candid open dialogue. Creating a space for entrepreneurs to open up and share on a personal level the ups and downs and self-reflection on being in the CPG business. Kudos!
Amazing podcast for CPG
By far the best podcast for people interested in CPG and overall brand builders! Thanks for producing it!