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Launch Pad: October 16, 2019

Host Karl Ulrich is joined by Amit Goswamy (Founder and CEO, Livionex), Eliza Blank (Founder & CEO, The Sill), Jackie Courtney (Founder & CEO, Nearly Newlywed), and Aurora Wold (Founder & Owner, Aurora Grace) on the Wednesday, October 16, 2019 edition of Launch Pad.

Air Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Amit Goswamy

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Amit Goswamy

Aurora Wold

Air Time: 8:00 pm
Featuring: Aurora Wold

Eliza Blank

Air Time: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Eliza Blank

Jackie Courtney

Air Time: 8:30 pm
Featuring: Jackie Courtney

Featured Guests

Amit Goswamy

Founder and CEO, Livionex

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Mr. Goswamy founded Livionex in 2009 and currently serves as CEO. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School and undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Prior to co-founding Livionex, Goswamy was the founding CEO of Chakshu Research and SpotLife, Inc. Previously, he also led Mayasoft Corporation as its President and CEO. Under his direction, both of these private companies were successfully acquired by public companies. Goswamy has also spent time with Eastman Kodak as the General Manager for the Professional Electronic Products division. He has formulated numerous product concepts and business models at large and small companies. He has extensive experience in growing and managing high performance teams, commercializing and launching products including manufacturing, market launch and setting up sales and distribution channels. Amit has also dealt with federal agencies including the FDA and DOD. As a serial entrepreneur, he has experience in building business value in diverse areas including technology, Internet software, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare.
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Eliza Blank

Founder & CEO, The Sill

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Eliza Blank is the Founder & CEO at The Sill, a digitally native direct-to-consumer houseplant brand on a mission to modernize the garden center experience. Eliza has raised over $13 million from Brand Foundry Ventures, The Chernin Group, and The Raine Group, among others. Prior to launching The Sill, Eliza served as a Brand Strategist at Wolff Olins, one of the leading brand agencies in the world, and as a Brand Manager at Living Proof, a Polaris Partners backed beauty company that exited to Unilever. She has been featured in The New York Times, Domino Magazine, Refinery29, NPR, and Forbes. Eliza holds a BS in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU. Her favorite plant is the Philodendron Cordatum because it grows quickly and is incredibly resilient.

 

Twitter- @thesill
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Jackie Courtney

Founder & CEO, Nearly Newlywed

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Jackie Courtney is the founder of Nearly Newlywed, the online destination dubbed the ‘Amazon of Weddings’ by Fashionista in 2019,  where millions of women worldwide discover, shop and sell new and preowned wedding dresses, engagement rings, jewelry & accessories. She is also  a writer, startup advisor & consultant for emerging designers, bridal & fashion companies.  She was formerly a fashion publicist and digital strategist for Karla Otto and other luxury fashion companies working with brands including Marni, Emilio Pucci, Viktor & Rolf, Solange Azagury-Partridge, The NYT, The Standard, Yoox, Celine, Bergdorf Goodman and more.

She has been featured in The New York Times, NBC’s Shark Tank, MSNBC, Vox, Business of Fashion, Brides Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, PureWow, Allure, ManRepeller, Fashionista & more. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Patrick and their three old son Ryan. She loves dresses, sequins, jewelry, sneakers, a good belly laugh and esp nice people, always nice people.
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Aurora Wold

Founder & Owner, Aurora Grace

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Aurora Wold is the head chocolatier, founder, and heart behind one of Philadelphia’s finest confectionaries, Aurora Grace Chocolates. After working in a multitude of different restaurants in New York, Aurora found her true passion for chocolate in the kitchens of Jean Georges and Eleven Madison Park. Initially learning tricks of the trade working at The Musket Room, Aurora never went to culinary school. Having been fortunate enough to have several generous Chefs along the way teach her, Aurora rose through the ranks of the New York restaurant industry.

After several years of working in Michelin Starred kitchens, Pastry Chef Aurora Wold made the move to Philadelphia to open her own business. She worked her way up through the ranks; starting as a dish washer in Ithaca, New York, spending time in savory at L’amante in Burlington, Vermont, to working at The Musket Room (One Michelin Star), and Jean Georges (Three Michelin Stars), before landing at San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant: Eleven Madison Park (Three Michelin Stars).

In June of 2017, Aurora opened Aurora Grace, a confectionery specializing in hand-made, luxurious treats, including uniquely flavored hand-shelled bonbons, slow-cooked caramels, crisp toffees, nougats, pate de fruit, marshmallows, and nostalgic candy bars. Her attention to details and dedication to excellence is what makes Aurora’s chocolates so incredibly delicious! No matter what you choose from Aurora Grace, Aurora has ensured it’s going to be one of the best sweets you’ve ever had!
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