Growing Happy

A food fight in America rages on. Sugar blames fat. Fat calls out gluten. The government and lobbyists enable it all. And the loser? The consumer – left confused by…

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The 4th Trimester: A Year in Review Part 2

As you probably gathered from Part 1 of this journey, during my 4th trimester I made it my mission to do whatever I could for my mental health and wellness.…

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Brand Re-Opening

As the world begins to open up post-pandemic, brands are facing existential questions. Is remote work the new norm? Are hybrid models worth the organizational hassle? Will real estate prove…

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The Other Side

As our lives were turned upside down over the last 15 months, we had many conversations at Listen about what cultural shifts and consumer behaviors would emerge on the other…

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The 4th Trimester: A Year in Review Part 1

Postpartum – the “P” word that is often not spoken about but every mother experiences it. Until very recently, some people will say it can be seen as the forgotten…

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Deeper than the media

Naomi Osaka turned heads last week after announcing she would not be speaking to the media during the French Open as a way to focus on her mental health.…

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This Picture is Worth +/-1,000 ETH

The innovation of the internet was to make information cheap, accessible and capable of being infinitely duplicated. This construct opened the world to abundant and inexpensive information. Humanity forever changed…

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Yes, And

When asked what’s required to be a great investor, I often suggest a willingness to learn improv. That’s not to suggest that you have to be funny or…

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Go Fight Win!

Factor CEO Mike Apostal signs off his weekly team emails with the phrase: Go Fight Win. It sets the tone and drives a results-oriented culture that he and founder…

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Voice of the consumer

Startup: “We’re maniacally focused on the consumer.” VC: “Great, how many consumers did you talk to before launching your brand?” Startup: “Oh, we don’t do research. I mean…

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