Episodes
A Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert, CALA offers its patrons seasonally-inspired dishes with a carefully curated selection of wines and cocktails to accompany them. This business recently opened but has already made an impact with its quality cuisine, customer communication and exceptional service. Hear from general manager, Robert Meir, and learn about how he is building the team he credits with being ambassadors for the restaurant’s values.
Published 05/26/22
Warren Bobrow is a mixologist, chef, and writer known as the Cocktail Whisperer. He has written 6 books, including Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations. His latest venture is Klaus, which he calls “the finest terpene forward Craft cannabis cocktail in the world.” Bold words for sure, but Warren knows his cocktails and he uses only the finest ingredients. Here’s his take on the future of infused cannabis beverages.
Published 05/26/22
Published 05/26/22
Steve Fredette is president and co-founder of Toast, Inc (NYSE: TOST.) ​​​​ Toast, Inc. is a cloud-based restaurant software company, providing restaurant management and a point of sale system. Steve spearheads the company’s product and innovation initiatives. Prior to founding Toast, Steve started and co-led the mobile commerce business at Endeca (now known as Oracle), where he built out the product team.
Published 05/25/22
Andre Vener helped create a household name in Dog Haus (@doghausdogs) with a dynamic approach to classic food choices. Listen to this interview to learn about launching successful restaurant brands, franchising, and scaling with ghost kitchens.  LET US KNOW WHAT YOU LEARNED on Restaurant Influencers, presented by Toast? Try POPMENU Answering: Make your restaurant better with TOAST tech:
Published 05/24/22
How this 16-year-old creator built a 6 million+ channel.
Published 05/24/22
The four-day workweek was once just an experiment. Now it’s regular life for many people. So what’s that like? In this episode, we look at the good, the bad, the reason our workweek evolved the way it did, and what it’ll take to get everyone else another day off. (This is an episode of Jason Feifer's other podcast, Build For Tomorrow.)
Published 05/23/22
Despite stigmas, Asian American and Pacific Islanders are making a big difference in the cannabis industry. On this episode, we’re joined by Eunice Kim, founder and CEO of HiVi, a digital cannabis product that matches people to the right cannabis products, and Judy Yee co-founder and CEO of K-Zen, a cannabis beverage company. They talk about why they got into cannabis and the challenges they’ve had to overcome.
Published 05/19/22
For many entrepreneurs and business owners, it might seem impossible to balance the demands of the business with your own mental health needs and personal wellbeing. In fact, it’s often positioned as admirable and selfless to put your own needs aside in exchange for starting or running a business. It’s time to move away from that narrative. Tune in for advice on prioritizing your wellness and directly impacting your bottom line and online reputation.
Published 05/19/22
Jodi Guber Brufsky is the Founder of Beyond Yoga, a luxury athleisure brand that empowers women of all shapes and sizes, setting a tone of body positivity and inclusivity. Beyond Yoga was most recently sold to Levi’s. Prior to Beyond Yoga, Jodi co-founded Beyond PR, a full-service event and public relations company. Today, Jodi continues to spread the mission and vision for Beyond Yoga through podcasts, articles, and social media.
Published 05/18/22
Before he was a James Beard nominated chef, Matt Horn (@MattHornX) started out humbly cooking over a fire in his grandmother's backyard. Listen to this interview with the Horn Hospitality Group CEO about growing a global brand with social media and why he decided to “burn the boats.” LET US KNOW WHAT YOU LEARNED on Restaurant Influencers, presented by Toast? Try POPMENU Today: Make your restaurant better with TOAST:
Published 05/17/22
The super producer discusses the juggling act of art and finance required to bring movies to life.
Published 05/17/22
ByFusion fuses plastic waste into construction blocks, which is pretty amazing — but the pathway forward for this company involves an abandoned patent, a lot of investor skepticism, and a very ambitious business model. Here's how sustainable innovation happens. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
Published 05/16/22
Many executives in the cannabis industry will be heading to New York City this month for the MJ Unpacked conference from May 20 to 22—and not just to see Ghost Face Killah in concert. The event, only in its second year, offers a chance for cannabis CPG brands, retailers, and investors to make deals, network, and get excited about the NYC market. Guests George and Kim Jage are the founders of MJ Unpacked. They talk about why they started the event, what to expect, and their predictions for the...
Published 05/12/22
Becoming a go-to spot isn’t luck—it takes consistency and a memorable experience. From the owners’ daily incense-burning to custom orders and spot on delivery service, Juicy Leaf does just that. In this episode, hear Felix and Felipe’s divide and conquer strategy that has made their boutique plant company a leader in the LA scene, and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. Reviewer Emily shares what sets The Juicy Leaf apart and why she’ll never shop anywhere else for client gifts.
Published 05/12/22
Chip Wilson is the founder of lululemon. (NASDAQ:LULU) is a healthy lifestyle inspired athletic apparel company for yoga, running, training, and most other sweaty pursuits. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. Chip’s mantra is to create possibilities for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives in his pursuit to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness.
Published 05/11/22
Eitan Bernath (@eitan) built an empire before turning 20. Listen to this interview with the personality and creator about starting a career early, working with Drew Barrymore, and writing a cookbook. WHAT DID YOU LEARN on this episode of Restaurant Influencers, presented by Toast? Leave a review to let us know! Reclaim the power of your phone with POPMENU ANSWERING: Make your restaurant better with TOAST:
Published 05/10/22
Adam Sansiveri discusses his role as Managing Director and Co-Head of Sports & Entertainment at AllianceBernstein and why he chooses to back companies and entrepreneurs who have sustainability as a chief part of their mission. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
Published 05/10/22
What's the secret to making something great? It's a combination of predictability and surprise — and a healthy Rule of Rules. To find out what all this means, listen to this, our special 250th episode of Problem Solvers!
Published 05/09/22
Getting your customers or clients to write reviews is no easy task. And on Yelp specifically, it’s against terms of service and content guidelines to solicit or ask for a review. So how can you naturally encourage them to share their experiences? Marketing expert Elizabeth Sexton shares how Aligned Modern Health, the multi-location holistic wellness business, manages their online presence while subtly showing their customers the power of online reviews.
Published 05/05/22
Guest Ben Larson is CEO of Vertosa, a cannabis company that creates active ingredients for infused products including its patented and patent-pending emulsion systems. Ben is also an outspoken critic of delta 8 and says he would never work with a delta 8 client.
Published 05/05/22
Marc Gorlin is the founder and CEO of crowdsourced delivery platform Roadie, which he launched in 2014. Roadie puts unused capacity in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people with items to send with drivers heading in the right direction. The company works with consumers and businesses across almost every industry to enable a faster, cheaper and more scalable solution for same-day and urgent delivery. Roadie became a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS in 2021.
Published 05/04/22
Nina Manchev left her comfort zone to connect with new audiences using video. Listen to this interview with Forte Tapas owner and entrepreneur Nina Manchev (@fortetapas) about connecting with video, learning to be confident on camera, and appearing on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. WHAT DID YOU LEARN on this episode of Restaurant Influencers, sponsored by Toast? Leave a review to let us know! Make your restaurant better with Toast:
Published 05/03/22
The writer discusses writing for Batman, Captain America, and creating the Radiant Black universe.
Published 05/03/22
In 2006, a debate raged inside of Nintendo: Do they bundle their new Wii console with the game Wii Sports, or sell the game separately? Reggie Fils- Aimé was president of North America at the time, and he argued yes — because even though it meant giving up revenue upfront, it would lead to more Wii sales later. Here, he explains the battle and how he won it.
Published 05/02/22