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Mastering Innovation: August 29, 2019

Host Saikat Chaudhuri is joined by Sherif Hanna (VP of Ecosystem Development, Truepic Inc.), Brian Smith (Co-Founder and COO, Winc), and Geoff McFarlane (Co-Founder and CEO, Winc) on the Thursday, August 29, 2019 edition of Mastering Innovation.

Air Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Sherif Hanna

Air Time: 4:00 pm
Featuring: Sherif Hanna

Geoff McFarlane and Brian Smith

Air Time: 4:30 pm
Featuring: Brian Smith, Geoff McFarlane

Featured Guests

Sherif Hanna

VP of Ecosystem Development, Truepic Inc.

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Sherif leads Truepic’s efforts to proliferate verified photo and video technology to every image capturing device and app, to help restore trust in visual media. Prior to Truepic, he held various engineering, product management, and marketing leadership positions at Qualcomm, Atmel (now Microchip), and Cypress Semiconductor.

 

Twitter- @sherifhanna
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Brian Smith

Co-Founder and COO, Winc

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Brian is driven by a passion to share great wine with as many people as possible. The role of Winc co-founder and COO furthers his mission to create and connect great products with today’s consumer. As COO Brian combines his years of experience as a sommelier, winemaker and brand builder to oversee the world’s most innovative and culturally relevant wine program. A firm believer in creative collaboration, Brian led Winc to partner with Charity Water, Baja East and Jonathan Simkhai, among others. Brian and his team of winemakers carefully craft more than 100 wines a year from grape to glass. Prior to Winc, Brian founded successful finance and fashion startups. His previous wine experience includes creating the wine program for the tech-enabled Clo Wine in New York and founding the millennial cult brand Jolie Folle rosé.

 

Twitter- @winc

Sites- trywinc.com/invest | seedinvest.com/winc
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Geoff McFarlane

Co-Founder and CEO, Winc

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As an entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in hospitality, including building and financing high-end bars and restaurants, Geoff believes that the authentic connection between the customer, brand, and product is the key to success in a consumer-driven world. He co-founded Winc after seeing how disconnected consumers were from the winemaking and wine selling process. Under his leadership, Winc has established a data driven and customer-oriented approach that is unique within the wine industry. He’s also has successfully grown the company to over 80 employees, $169M in revenue, and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 92% since the company’s launch in 2011.

In 2019, Wine Enthusiast selected Geoff as part of its prestigious annual “40 Under 40” list, which honors the trailblazers and tastemakers currently shaping the future of wine and spirits.
Prior to Winc, Geoff ran a 300+ person multi-brand restaurant and hospitality group that he led for over 8 years, including the Jet Hotel, a boutique property in downtown Denver. Geoff studied finance at The University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business.

 

Twitter- @winc

Sites- trywinc.com/invest | seedinvest.com/winc
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