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11 Nov 2022

Plant Provisions Deli-Meat Crafted with Real Vegetables First

Made with real vegetables, Planted Provision's products use whole food ingredients such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, bell peppers, beets and tomatoes, with no gluten or soy fillers. Each serving contains seven grams of plant protein and is available in five flavors. 

28 Oct 2022

Inc.'s Top 200 Female Founders: A Business-Minded Mom Makes Sweet Treats Safe for Everyone

In 2016, Denise Woodard founded Partake Foods, a New York City-based maker of cookies, brownies, and baking mixes that are free from the nine ingredients responsible for more than 90 percent of food allergies. Woodard is one of Inc. Magazine's Top 200 Female Founders of 2022.  

14 Oct 2022

Career Karma CEO on upskilling and lessons from Y Combinator

Career Karma raised $40 million in a series B round stacked with investors. Now, the company is partnering with businesses to connect employees and contractors with job training programs that can help them advance to the next stage of their careers.

 

19 Aug 2022

Mushroom Leather May Be Most Viable Vegan Alternative to Cowhide

Mycelium technology company Ecovative Design announced a deal with apparel firm Wolverine Worldwide Inc., whose portfolio includes shoe brands such as Merrell and Sperry, to use its Forager fungi material. It began a similar partnership in December with PVH Corp., which owns Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

22 Jul 2022

Simple pleasures and nature offer endless inspiration at Flamingo Estate

Flamingo Estate is the home of founder Richard Christiansen, and, in the spirit of its origins, a radical celebration of pleasure from the garden. Flamingo Estate works with over 75 farms who share a vision and values, and champion agricultural practices that enrich the soil, heal the Earth, and preserve endangered wisdom.

1 Jul 2022
Portfolio News

Texas Company Introduces Aircraft It Says Can Fly From LA to Tokyo in 1 Hour

Venus introduced their first conceptual vehicle design, the "Stargazer," at the Up.Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. A spokesperson for Venus Aerospace explained: "At Venus Aerospace we are building the world's first Spaceplane that can fly at hypersonic speeds at the edge of the atmosphere. A Spaceplane that can take off from LAX and land in Tokyo in an hour, and then make the return flight to get you home for dinner."

17 Jun 2022

How a 29 year old launched a company that might be the solution to the baby formula shortage

29-year-old Laura Katz has always been passionate about the food industry. As she learned about its broken parts, she decided to gravitate towards innovation and advancement. Aiming to revolutionize instant formula, she launched Helaina.

9 May 2022
Portfolio News

Panera Bread Is Testing Automated Coffee Brewing With Miso Robotics

Panera Bread is piloting Miso Robotics' new automated coffee brewing system as it doubles down on its drink subscription program. 

Miso's latest launch is the CookRight Coffee system, which uses artificial intelligence to monitor coffee volume and temperature. It also provides predictive analytics that can tell the restaurant more about what kind of coffee its customers enjoy and when. 

4 May 2022
Portfolio News

First Meyers Manx Under New Ownership Will Go All-Electric!

58 years after the birth of the original, Meyers Manx is coming and it will be all-electric. A partnership with battery coating innovator Coreshell Technologies promises 240 hp and big range.

The original Manxes were made by Bruce Meyers himself, in a Newport Beach garage in 1964. They went on to be wildly popular, both defining and exporting the whole Southern California surf culture to the world. 

5 Jul 2021
Thought Leadership

Phillip Sarofim of Trousdale Ventures: "GET TO KNOW THE TEAM

I am very focused on investments that offer positive societal and environmental outcomes in addition to generating substantial financial returns and I see these outcomes as interdependent. I do believe that by investing in companies solving challenges in health, wellness, productivity and sustainability, we are satisfying and helping to drive consumer demand. And that, I believe will lead to financial success. These companies are offering healthier alternatives for consumers.

24 Feb 2021
Press

The Investment Firm Behind California's Most Promising Better-For-You Brands

Founder of Trousdale Ventures, Phillip Sarofim, is on a mission to cultivate forward thinking brands and California growth companies that enrich the lives of their consumers.

10 Nov 2020
Portfolio News

Meyers Manx Company Sold, Designer Freeman Thomas Is New CEO

The iconic Southern California car that inspired the dune buggy craze will live
on in new designs.

3 Sep 2020
Portfolio News

The Best Hot Sauces You Haven't Tried Yet

The heat with Yellowbird; Texas natives treasure the hometown favorite sauce and the line of brightly-colored bottles, ranging from serrano to ghost pepper varieties. Give back to the community with Small Axe Peppers—they make their sauces from community garden harvests from urban farmers.

25 Sep 2020
Portfolio News

Jennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez Invest In Coffee Brand Super Coffee Cofounded By 30 Under 30 Honorees

Kitu Life Inc, the company behind the coffee brand Super Coffee cofounded by three brothers who made our 2019 30 Under 30 Food and Drink list, announced today that it has picked up a minority investment from superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

30 Jun 2020
Portfolio News

Startup Behind Super Coffee Gets Valuation Topping $200 Million

Kitu Life Inc., the startup behind fast-growing beverage brand Super Coffee, has raised $25 million in a fundraising round that values it at more than $200 million.

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