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Process is a weekly podcast for creators and makers who struggle to manage the ups and downs of a creative life, despite the impact they make on our world. Hosted by Marcella Chamorro (blogger and entrepreneur) the show reveals strategies and stories for managing the rollercoaster of creativity. Discover how you can maintain a peaceful mindset throughout your creative journey. While Marcella confesses she isn't a licensed coach or therapist, she shares the practical methods she's used to exp ...
 
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The tracking of product data is a key component of the DTC business but is often challenging for teams to stay on top of. This is why at Cogsy, we're always looking for ways to make work easier for brands, so they can focus on what matters—growing. In this episode of The Checkout, Marcella Chamorro, Head of Marketing, and Adii Pienaar, Cogsy's CEO …
 
This week on The Checkout, we chat with Mathias Schröder, a leading expert on all things conversion optimization. He’s also currently building a DTC empire along with his family. During our chat, Mathias shares his experiences in conversion optimization for his own DTC brands. We learn about his favorite data-driven experiments and his greatest lea…
 
In this episode of The Checkout, we chat with Arjun Rastogi of VaynerX. Arjun is a DTC marketer who focuses on using a holistic approach to drive business growth for startup brands and small to midsize companies. Currently, Arjun simultaneously serves as the Head of Marketing of 2 different DTC brands, including AsWeMove, a men’s underwear brand an…
 
Becoming a leading expert in the DTC space is a real challenge. But, this can come as second nature to people like Jason Wong, an ecommerce serial founder and investor with over eight years of experience developing brands, establishing marketing strategies, supply chain management, and global logistics. In this episode of The Checkout, we are happy…
 
In this episode of The Checkout, we chat with Archie Durfee, Associate Director of Supply Chain at Ro, a direct-to-patient digital healthcare platform providing high-quality, affordable healthcare without the need for insurance. Archie walks us through the downstream effects of operational issues, the importance of being proactive vs. reactive, and…
 
This is a special episode of The Checkout. A few weeks ago, we hosted a webinar about all things planning, and we decided to share this conversation with you. This time, our Head of Marketing, Marcella Chamorro, and our Head of Growth, Martina Vancena, lead a chat with Nik Sharma, CEO of Sharma Brands, and Lillie Sun, consultant for DTC brands and …
 
Meet Niels Tervoort, Director of Supply Chain at Organifi, a fast-growing plant-based superfoods company, and also co-founder of Dermazen, a skincare brand that has experienced skyrocketing revenue growth from the first day it launched. In this episode of The Checkout, Niels takes us through his journey of solving operational growing pains. He give…
 
Demand planning can feel like a moving target, especially in today’s disrupted supply chain. Add to that a fast-growing brand with big product launches, and it quickly becomes complicated. In this episode of The Checkout, you’ll hear all about Cogsy’s new features — Production Orders and New Product Planning. Adii Pienaar, Cogsy’s CEO and co-founde…
 
In this episode of The Checkout podcast, we chat with Aaron Alpeter, founder of Izba, a group that brings proven operator expertise to startups on a fractional basis so that founders can be more equity - and cash - efficient while focusing on other parts of their business. Aaron is also the founder of Capabl, a tool that helps brands get the most o…
 
Meet Cody Plofker, Director of Ecommerce for Jones Road Beauty, a brand founded by the renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown that focuses on clean, strategic, and high-trade formulations. In this episode of The Checkout, Cody takes us through his journey behind joining the team and his family at Jones Road. He gives us a backstage look at the biggest …
 
Is it possible to run a trend-setting engineering team that thrives working remotely while maintaining a calm and trusting culture? In this episode of The Checkout, Cogsy’s own CTO, Stefano Sala, sits down with Marcella to discuss what it’s like to lead an engineering team that delivers exceptional work and, at the same time, adheres to Cogsy’s cal…
 
In this episode of The Checkout, we sit with Nik Sharma, CEO of Sharma Brands, a strategic-initiatives firm working with a wide range of brands to help grow and scale revenue across digital platforms. Nik is one of AdWeek's Young & Influential, Forbes 30 under 30, Business Insider's up and coming Investors to Watch, and an investor and advisor to s…
 
As more brands (and consumers) seek ways to become more sustainable, recommerce is the new trend to follow. This concept isn’t new, but it’s gaining traction in recent years, allowing brands to become more sustainable while positively impacting their bottom line. In this episode of The Checkout, we chat with Jake Disraeli, co-founder and CEO of Tre…
 
Running a fast-growing DTC brand is a challenge. Especially because relying on past performance indicators can be a big risk. This episode of The Checkout is an internal conversation between Cogsy’s co-founder and CEO Adii Pienaar and Cogsy’s Head of Marketing, Marcella Chamorro. In this chat, Adii shares a behind-the-scenes look at building Cogsy …
 
Meet Pranay Srinivasan, a leading expert in helping brands design, manufacture, and finance inventory production worldwide. Pranay is the founder of Manufactured.com, a product sourcing platform that provides entrepreneurs with access to manufacturing companies across the world. They focus on helping brands operate and manage their supply chains fr…
 
In this episode of The Checkout, we sit with Matt Mullenax, co-founder and CEO of Huron, a brand dedicated to helping men by offering high-quality personal care products at affordable prices. In 2019, Huron's co-founders, Matt Mullenax and Matt Teri teamed up to build a best-in-class product, knowing their complementary skills would help them reach…
 
Bundling can be a mystery to direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands. It can be difficult and perplexing. So, how do some brands make it seem so effortless? In this episode of The Checkout, we welcome back Mark Riskowitz, Head of Operations at Caraway, who previously joined us on our first episode. Caraway is one of the fastest-growing DTC brands these day…
 
Keeping a company’s founding values and culture can be challenging, especially when it grows rapidly. As Cogsy continues to grow, we’re being intentional about how we conserve our founding values and culture. It can be difficult in a remote work setting—but not impossible. In this episode of The Checkout, we hold an internal conversation about all …
 
Meet Kelly Vaughn and Rhian Beutler: the co-founders of Govalo, a brand working on reinventing the digital gifting experience. Their Shopify plugin empowers brands to offer customized gift cards and for customers to send them directly to their intended recipient. As veterans of the Shopify ecosystem, Kelly and Rhian carry over two decades of combin…
 
OLIPOP rightfully calls themselves "a new kind of soda." Each can packs 2-5g of sugar, 9g of fiber, probiotics and comes in one of seven classic flavors. And in less than three years, the product has found its way into 10k+ grocery stores across the US. This week, the brand announced their $30M series B round at a $200M valuation. And we got to sit…
 
Kristen LaFrance is earning the right to call herself the customer retention expert in the direct-to-consumer (DTC) space. Today, she's the Mayor of DTC Twitter and the Director of Community at Repeat. But her work has appeared on Privy, Honest eCommerce, Modern Retail, among many others. And in her years of experience, one DTC truth continues to r…
 
We had five team members at the start of November 2021. Just one month later, we had 15 team members logging in from every corner of the globe. 😱 And this episode of The Checkout was the internal conversation that set the tone for that incredible growth. Specifically, how we would conserve company culture. Tune in to hear Cogsy co-founder and CEO A…
 
If your brand faces an operational challenge, Alex McNealey has probably already solved it. Today, Alex is the Chief Operating Officer at Thuma, a DTC high-end bedroom furniture brand that has experienced explosive growth since its founding in 2018. But before Thuma, Alex managed JCrew's business strategy back when ecommerce was taking off in the l…
 
Greg Davidson, co-founder and CEO of Lalo, shares how his brand has fine-tuned its operations to scale its explosive growth. In this episode of The Checkout, we chat with our friend Greg Davidson, co-founder and CEO of Lalo, a modern baby and toddler brand. Lalo promises to underpin customers' belief that the job of parenting should be more importa…
 
we are incredibly excited to share that we've completed a $5M seed round led by Accel Partners. (Alongside our pre-seed round earlier this year, this brings our total funding to date to $6M.) We're also grateful for having a star-studded support cast in the form of Sugar Capital, Riverpark VC, Bain Capital Ventures, Automattic/WooCommerce, and Bria…
 
In this episode of The Checkout, we sit down with Samar Owais, email conversion strategist for SaaS and eCommerce brands. Samar has helped companies like Hubspot, Drip, Pinterest, and numerous eCommerce brands increase conversions, retain customers, and fix the money-leaking gaps in their emails. And she's the creator of the eCommerce Email Bootcam…
 
Alek Koenig is the founder and CEO of Settle. In 2019, he sought to ease modern businesses' cash flow and financial management. Today, Settle encapsulates payment, financing, and accounting integrations for brands and e-commerce organizations to scale faster. Before Settle, Alek was the Head of Credit at Affirm from 2015-2019. Before that, he worke…
 
Every few episodes of The Checkout, we plan to give you a behind-the-scenes look at building Cogsy. This is the first episode of that kind, and we start with the Cogsy origin story—straight from Cogsy co-founder and CEO Adii Pienaar. Adii goes into how we plan to empower retail brands. Plus, why we approach commerce with a strong focus on operation…
 
This week on The Checkout, we chat with Jose Alvarez, Abbott co-founder and CEO, a New York City-based sustainable fragrance brand, and the growing pains of scaling a fast-growing brand. And on this episode, he shares the research it takes to launch a new fragrance brand and the importance of flexibility when operating with an unreliable supply cha…
 
Today, we are thrilled to bring you the first-ever episode of The Checkout podcast. In it, Caraway Head of Ops Mark Riskowitz shares how he manages uncertainty and ensures brand growth by dialing in on unit economics. This first-ever episode of The Checkout is a special one. We talk to our friend, Mark Riskowitz, Head of Operations at Caraway, one …
 
The Checkout by Cogsy is a podcast for retail brands pursuing operational excellence. On it, we explore best practices and insights from top operations and retail experts. And we cover everything from inventory to purchase orders, from cash flow to fundraising, and more. Learn something new about retail operations in each episode. Each week, we hop…
 
Today, I'm giving you a book review / summary of What Happened to You?, a book by Dr. Bruce Perry & Oprah Winfrey. that blew my mind and helped me understand the neuroscience of trauma and suffering. Sounds dark, I know! But understanding these topics are my route to find healing, for myself and the people I love. LINKS mentioned during this episod…
 
Welcome to episode 40 of the Kin podcast. On this episode, I discuss why I stopped drinking in September 2020. Truth be told, this is an episode about intentions and motivations disguised as an episode about alcohol. LINKS to support in case you are struggling with alcohol or substance abuse: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism SAMHS…
 
Welcome to episode 39 of the Kin podcast, all on capital s Suffering. QUOTES mentioned during this episode: “To draw an analogy: a man's suffering is similar to the behavior of a gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely…
 
Welcome to episode 38 of the Kin podcast, all on self-worth. Thanks for tuning in to my rambles on life. I hope you perceive this episode as an invitation, not a criticism. As always, all my love to you. LINKS mentioned during this episode: Previous episode on self-worth SUPPORT the show? I'd so appreciate it if you'd show your support for the show…
 
Welcome to episode 37 of the Kin podcast. Thank you for listening in. :-) LINKS mentioned during this episode: Previous episode on post-weaning depression Previous episode on hyperemisis gravidarum SUPPORT the show? I'd so appreciate it if you'd show your support for the show by sharing this link with someone who might enjoy it on your favorite soc…
 
WELCOME to episode 36 of the Kin podcast. LINKS mentioned during this episode: Book: Happy Are You Poor on Amazon Previous episode on Centering Prayer Previous episode on hyperemisis gravidarum My Goodreads profile SUPPORT the show? I'd so appreciate it if you'd show your support for the show by sharing this link with someone who might enjoy it on …
 
This is a podcast episode about Glennon Doyle's book Untamed. Read Untamed Learn more about author Glennon Doyle A huge thank you to Antonella Saravia for being on the show! Want to hear more from Antonella? You can find her at the following links: @tsaravia on Instagram Personal blog QUOTES mentioned during this episode: “How monotonously alike al…
 
A huge thank you to Ashlee Gadd for being on the show! Want to hear more from Ashley? You can find her at the following links: @ashleegadd on Instagram Coffee + Crumbs Personal blog C+C Book: The Magic of Motherhood LINKS mentioned during this episode: Harry Styles album Fine Line Taylor Swift album Lover Newsfeed Eradicator for Chrome and Firefox …
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode 33! Over six months since my last episode, I'm going to catch you up on what's been going on in my corner ... but more importantly, I'll tell you how I'm "turning on the light" during this COVID-19 darkness we have all been plunged into. LINKS mentioned during this episode: Episode about gratitude Episode about post-…
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode 32! You might be thinking, "A Thanksgiving episode the week after the Thanksgiving holiday?" That's right, and there's good reason for it, too. Episode 32 is all about gratefulness: allowing it to spill over into the other 364 days of the year and also opening ourselves up to being thankful for the "bad" stuff in our…
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode 31! I'm a bit behind on episodes because of a pesky cold, but I'll be up-to-date in a few days. For now, here's today's episode... Links mentioned during this episode: Photo of Juan José with the blue sunglasses Everyday Salt project I created with two of my best friends Article on NYTimes: At Goldman, He’s David Sol…
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode 30! My first real episode "back" from my HG break. It feels amazing to be behind the microphone again talking about my favorite topic: the intricacies of the human heart. Links mentioned during this episode: The Daily Meditations newsletter I read without fail, by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM My Instagram account: @kinthest…
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode 29! It's been almost three months since my last episode, and today I'll explain why why I've been gone this long. Resources on hyperemesis gravidarum: HER Foundation American Pregnancy Association Wikipedia (surprisingly good) Babycenter Prayer mentioned on the show: Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory,…
 
Thanks for tuning in to episode 28! This is a few days late because I was terribly sick last week with a nasty virus ... but I'm back! Alive and kicking! So, thanks for your patience. :-) Links mentioned throughout the show: Documentary: Minimalism (by the Minimalists) Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Resources on minimali…
 
A huge thank you to Ashley Abramson for being on the show! Want to hear more from Ashley? You can find her at the following links: @ashleyabrmsn on Instagram Contently Website Blog If you enjoyed this episode, hop on over to iTunes to give me a ★★★★★ review, which will help others like you find and enjoy the show, as well. Special thanks to Mario C…
 
A huge thank you to Josh Green and Liz Carver of JustMyEnneatype for being on the show! Check out their massively creative and popular Instagram account @justmyenneatype. Links mentioned throughout the show: Enneagram Institute (where you can take the test) Description of the Enneagram on Wikipedia The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Fr. Rich…
 
Things mentioned throughout this episode: The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, S.J. "Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver If you enjoyed this episode, hop on over to iTunes to give me a ★★★★★ review, which will help others like you find and enjoy the show, as well. Special t…
 
A huge thank you to Shannon Evans for being on the show! Want to hear more from Shannon? You can find her at the following links: @shannonkevans on Instagram Embracing Weakness book on Amazon Website Blog Links mentioned throughout the show: My Life with the Saints by James Martin, S.J. One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler Shannon's book Embrac…
 
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