Top 7 Highlights from Virtual Courageous Minds Only

Predicting the Future of your Business or Industry

On June 17, we hosted a Courageous Minds Only virtual chat with a deep dive on Predicting the Future of Your Business and Industry. Jason Hauer, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer at The Garage Group, interviewed three top leaders in the investing/ VC space and dug into how operating like VC can help corporate leaders see patterns of opportunity emerging for their businesses and brands: 

  • Gautam Gupta, former CEO/founder of NatureBox and Partner, M13 🚀Ventures
  • Luke Cherrington, investing and building at ZX Ventures, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Dave Knox, author of Predicting the Turn, and former managing director of WPP Ventures

Check out the top 7 Highlights & full recording below.

"It's actually the job of everyone in your business to think about where your job, your business, your industry might be headed and connecting the dots." - Dave Knox

Clip 1

"The thing that we figured out at NatureBox is to implement a test and learn approach as quickly and as soon as possible into the culture of the company. What we became very, very good at, at NatureBox was just testing new ideas, not just at a product level, but at a backend technology level, and we're willing to fail fast." - Gautam Gupta 

Clip 5

"How are you able to start to see the future and patterns as it relates to how you invest?"

Clip 6

"If you were in the shoes of a Brand Manager or Head of Insights, what are some specific, tangible things that you would be going to do to get insights, to get outside the walls of the corporation and help startups?

Clip 7


"What's the cost of being wrong about eCommerce?

20 years ago, nobody thought people would be buying CPG products on Amazon. But now Amazon is going to drive more than half the growth in the CPG world over the next five years and will only continue to accelerate because of Covid-19." - Gautam Gupta 

Clip 4

"How can we better include more folks who bring the diversity of thought and experiences we need for future innovation, particularly for those who historically haven't had much of a voice in the VC world?"

Clip 2

"If you're in brand management, insights, etc, and you have a corporate venture capital group, how do you tap into them to make sure that their insight is coming back to the base business?"

Clip 3

watch the Full conversation recording

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