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Launch Pad: December 12, 2018

Hosts Karl Ulrich and Rob Coneybeer are joined by Eric Strasser (Co-Founder, COO, Motiv Inc.), Marisa Sharkey (President and Co-Founder, Birdies Slippers), Davis Smith (Founder, CEO, Cotopaxi), Karla Gallardo (Co-Founder, Cuyana), and Shilpa Shah (Co-Founder, Cuyana) on the Wednesday, December 12, 2018 edition of Launch Pad.

Air Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Marisa Sharkey

Air Time: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Marisa Sharkey

Eric Strasser

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Eric Strasser

Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Karla Gallardo, Shilpa Shah

Davis Smith

Air Time: 5:00 pm
Featuring: Davis Smith

Featured Guests

Eric Strasser

Co-Founder, COO, Motiv Inc.

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Eric is a co-founder of Motiv, a San Francisco-based company that’s reinventing the wearable with its first product – the Motiv Ring. From fundraising to establishing the brand, Eric helped bring an early prototype to reality despite what many thought was technically impossible. Eric has always had an entrepreneurial passion, previously starting a mobile phone and camera accessory company and co-founding a social gaming company. During his early career at Intel, Eric worked in marketing where he was involved in several of the company’s most successful product launches. He now oversees operations at Motiv and is helping set the course to continue to be on the cutting edge of how technology will fit seamlessly into our daily lives.

Eric has a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Finance and Marketing from University of Oregon.
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Marisa Sharkey

President and Co-Founder, Birdies Slippers

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Marisa Sharkey is the President & Co-Founder of Birdies. Marisa is a corporate strategy leader with a 20 year track record of leadership across retail and merchandising organizations as the Group Vice President of Strategy at Ross Stores and as a Senior Manager at Bain & Company. Marisa received her MBA from The Wharton School and her BS from Cornell University. Marisa lives in Sacramento with her husband and two daughters.

Twitter – @birdiesslippers
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Davis Smith

Founder, CEO, Cotopaxi

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Davis is the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a humanitarian mission. He is also a member of the eight-person United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Davis is a serial entrepreneur who previously started Baby.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012. Davis holds an MBA from the Wharton School, and MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from BYU. Davis is an adventurer who has visited 70 countries. He has floated down the Amazon on a self-made raft, camped in the Sahara Desert, kayaked from Cuba to Florida, and explored North Korea.
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Karla Gallardo

Co-Founder, Cuyana

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Cuyana is a fashion brand that designs women’s premium essentials with a philosophy of “fewer, better things.” Co-Founders Karla & Shilpa launched the brand in June 2013 and since then have grown Cuyana into the modern woman’s destination for impeccably crafted, premium quality accessories and apparel. Because of their direct-to-consumer business model, Cuyana is able to provide an unparalleled level of quality and design at accessible price points. The brand is headquartered in San Francisco with stores in San Francisco and Los Angeles currently.
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Shilpa Shah

Co-Founder, Cuyana

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Cuyana is a fashion brand that designs women’s premium essentials with a philosophy of “fewer, better things.” Co-Founders Karla & Shilpa launched the brand in June 2013 and since then have grown Cuyana into the modern woman’s destination for impeccably crafted, premium quality accessories and apparel. Because of their direct-to-consumer business model, Cuyana is able to provide an unparalleled level of quality and design at accessible price points. The brand is headquartered in San Francisco with stores in San Francisco and Los Angeles currently.
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