How Oars + Alps Went From Launch To Exit In Less Than 36 Months

Typically, founders don’t talk about their brand being acquired before a deal is done, but are free to celebrate—and spill—after an acquisition. That’s not the case with Mia Saini Duchnowski and Laura Lisowski Cox. Apparently for legal reasons,...

“Quality Of Revenue Matters”: Tengram Capital Partners’ Richard Gersten On His Investment Strategies And The Mistakes Young Beauty Brands Make

In the beauty industry, investors don’t usually have the name recognition of successful entrepreneurs and long-tenured executives. Richard Gersten is an exception. Among the beauty business cognoscenti, the Tengram Capital Partners partner is a well-known entity—and, for...

Eight Key Insights From The Beauty Investors At BeautyX Capital Summit

If money were easy, the more than 120 attendees at the two-day entrepreneurial education conference BeautyX Capital Summit last week in New York would have walked away with big checks from the seed investors to strategic buyers...

What’s Next For Private Equity Firm NextWorld Evergreen And Its Retail Wunderkind Credo?

NextWorld Evergreen has quietly become a power player in the better-for-you consumer goods universe. The private equity firm backs clean beauty chain Credo and plant-based color cosmetics brand W3ll People. Like the beauty concepts it’s invested in,...

Sundial Brands CEO Richelieu Dennis On What Beauty Entrepreneurs Should And Shouldn’t Do When Seeking Capital

Richelieu Dennis hasn’t slowed down since selling Sundial Brands, the company he launched with his mother Mary and college roommate Nyema Tubman in 1991, to Unilever last year. In addition to staying atop Sundial Brands as CEO...

Women Of Color Offer Perspectives On Fundraising In The Beauty Industry At BeautyX Capital Summit

If you received an email likening a brand to Glossier for women of color, would you click on it? KJ Miller, co-founder of Mented, figured the eye-catching message would pique interest, and it was one of the...