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Launch Pad: December 5, 2018

Hosts Karl Ulrich and Rob Coneybeer are joined by Michael Grillo (Co-Founder and President, Gravity Products), Claire Tomkins (Founder & CEO, Future Family), Jake Kalick (President/Co-Founder, Made In), Chip Malt (CEO/Co-Founder, Made In), and Julia Cheek (Founder and CEO, EverlyWell) on the Wednesday, December 5, 2018 edition of Launch Pad.

Air Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Michael Grillo

Air Time: 8:00 pm
Featuring: Michael Grillo

Julia Cheek

Air Time: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Julia Cheek

Claire Tomkins

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Claire Tomkins

Jake Kalick

Air Time: 8:30 am
Featuring: Jake Kalick

Chip Malt

Air Time: 8:30 pm
Featuring: Chip Malt

Featured Guests

Michael Grillo

Co-Founder and President, Gravity Products


Michael Grillo is the Co-Founder and President of Gravity Products, a premium sleep and relaxation company dedicated to improving physical and mental well-being using natural solutions backed by science. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of the business, with a focus on brand strategy, product roadmap, product development and corporate operations.

Gravity’s core product, the Gravity Blanket, launched on Kickstarter in April 2017, and raised more than $4. 7 MM in crowdfunding in the first 30 days. Since then, Gravity has sold over 100,000 blankets in 70 countries, and is the premier weighted blanket brand globally.

Prior to Gravity Products, Michael held a variety of senior positions in the advertising industry, most notably as an early employee of VaynerMedia, a digital first creative agency, where he managed accounts within the CPG, QSR and Luxury Goods spaces.
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Claire Tomkins

Founder & CEO, Future Family


Claire is Founder and CEO of Future Family, a startup helping women and couples start and expand their families using IVF and egg freezing. Future Family is the first company to offer monthly subscriptions for fertility services that combine financing and concierge care into one easy plan. Previously, Claire was Director of Product Marketing at SolarCity (now TSLA), one of the largest consumer finance businesses in the industry. Prior to her role at SolarCity, she was on the founding team of two global non-profits. She holds an M.S. and PhD from Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering and has been recognized as a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Kauffman Fellow. Claire is passionate about women’s health and fertility based on her personal journey. She has three children, all born via IVF, and lives in San Francisco.

About Future Family’s latest funding round and making the conversation around fertility more proactive: https://www.forbes.com/sites/macaelamackenzie/2018/10/18/female-founded-fertility-startup-future-family-raises-10-million-series-a/#20f8286dc180
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Jake Kalick

President/Co-Founder, Made In


Kalick grew up in the 88-year old family business of Harbour Food Service Equipment (a full-service hospitality design and supply company.) Here, Jake was armed with firsthand experience and knowledge that eventually inspired him to attend the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. After graduation, he went on to score a job at Avero, a restaurant analytics and consulting firm, where he harnessed dynamic relationships with restaurant and hotel group rock stars such as Stephen Starr (Philadelphia), Lettuce Entertain You Group (Chicago) and Kimpton Hotels. Since then Jake has been managing the family business into the next generation.


Life took an unexpected turn the day Jake received a call from his friend of over 20 years, Chip Malt, to be the business mastermind behind his new cookware endeavor, Made In. Jake accepted the challenge, ready to use his culinary engineering, design, and hospitality experience to  make Made In a true success.

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Chip Malt

CEO/Co-Founder, Made In


After starting his own web design company in college, Chip moved to New York City to work the trade floor for an investment bank. During this time, Chip discovered his love of cooking when he and childhood longtime friend (and future Made In co-founder) Jake Kalick began hosting family-style dinners for friends. Seemingly unconnected at the time, Chip realized that entrepreneurship was the only way to truly drive his own career and he left NYC for San Francisco for a degree from Berkley Haas School of Business. As Chip continued to cook and host family dinners he realized he was unable to find any quality cookware that fit his budget or lifestyle.


After a stint at Rhone, an athletic apparel collection, Chip decided to combine his talents and passions and reached out to his friend, Jake Kalick to help him create a cookware line that could change the industry- one that would be of great quality, affordable, and approachable to the home chef. Made In was born.
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Julia Cheek

Founder and CEO, EverlyWell


Julia Cheek is the CEO and Founder of EverlyWell, the next-generation lab testing platform that provides at-home lab testing kits with useful results & insights. With 6 million data points from consumers around the country and 30 test kits, EverlyWell is a market leader in the at-home lab testing space, and is one of the fastest growing consumer healthcare startups in recent history. In just over two years, Julia has built a $20M business. She is passionate about empowering all Americans to have access to easy, affordable and useful lab testing.


EverlyWell is based in Austin, Texas, and has 50 employees. Julia has garnered awards from TechCrunch, Rock Health, Inc., and Business Insider and has been featured in Forbes and Bloomberg. She also recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank where she landed one of the largest deals in show’s history and the largest deal for a female entrepreneur.


Prior to starting EverlyWell, Julia worked in corporate development, strategy, and management consulting. She attended Vanderbilt University, graduating summa cum laude, and earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar with high distinction. She also is a former multiple World Champion equestrian.

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