Sunny Dhillon (Signia Partners) – Grocery Store Technology, Why Beauty Brands Are Great To Invest In, and Changes in Retail

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Our guest today is Sunny Dhillon, one of the Managing Director of Signia Ventures. Signia invests at the seed & series A stages in great entrepreneurs that are applying new technologies and innovative business models to old industries. Sunny’s investments include Manscaped, Boxed, and MomentFeed.

Previously Sunny cofounded Barstool, one of the first dating apps in the App store.

And there you have it. It was amazing having Sunny on the show, feel free to follow him on Twitter @sundhillon. You can also follow your host, Mike, on Twitter @mikegelb. You can also follow for episode announcements @consumervc.

What you’ll learn on this episode –

  1. What initially attracted Sunny to venture capital and entrepreneurship? Some of the changes he’s seeing and will continue to see in the grocery store model. How he’s thinking about the current landscape when it comes to beauty, especially as it relates to trying new products and the sales process since folks aren’t really going to stores/many stores aren’t open?
  2. Has it been harder to find conviction in founders when he’s meeting with them remotely? His due diligence process. The DTC channel during COVID. Other consumer trends that he’s focused on. One thing that he would change when it came to venture capital? One book that inspired him personally and one book that inspired him professionally? His most recent investment. What’s one company you had the opportunity to invest in, didn’t and in retrospect wish you did?

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