Tina Sharkey - Wild Business Growth Podcast #290: Social Media Pioneer, Brandless and iVillage

Tina Sharkey – Wild Business Growth Podcast #290: Social Media Pioneer, Brandless and iVillage

Be at the vanguard. That’s the story of this week’s Wild Business Growth podcast guest, Tina Sharkey. Tina is the Advisor, Professor, and Co-Founder of Brandless and iVillage. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and your other favorite podcast platforms.

Episode 290: Tina Sharkey – Social Media Pioneer, Brandless and iVillage

Tina Sharkey, the Advisor, Professor, and Co-Founder of Brandless and iVillage, joins the show to share her journey from working at Sesame Street to disrupting the categories that demand our attention today. Hear how she got the job with Sesame Workshop, how to manage your time as an advisor, when you are most productive, how she coined the term social media, and the Sesame Street character who made her most starstruck. This episode covers everything from QVC to USC. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What did Tina learn from working at Sesame Street
  • Where did the idea for Brandless come from
  • TYSM
  • How do you get better at time management
  • What should you do right after a meeting
  • How did Tina coin the term “social media”
  • What has surprised her about teaching college students
  • A letter from Big Bird

Connect with Tina at TinaSharkey.com.

Enjoy the shoooooow! Check out the show notes below for much more detail. You can also find the full transcript here.

Show Notes

Tina Sharkey
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  • The Brandless Story, Advising, and Time Management
    • [10:10] Where did the idea for Brandless come from
    • [10:28] Millennials
    • [10:56] BFY (Better For You), Whole Foods
    • [11:48] Margin, CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods)
    • [12:19] SKUs (Stock-Keeping Units)
    • [13:16] How did they pick the products for Brandless in the early days
    • [13:32] Rachael Vegas, Jessica Glendenning
    • [13:42] Target, Target Private Label (up & up)
    • [13:52] HHPR (Household Penetration Rate)
    • [14:01] CT (Consumption Turns)
    • [16:03] TYSM
    • [16:28] How does your day-to-day change when you become an advisor
    • [17:32] P&L (Profit & Loss Statement)
    • [17:44] How do you get better at time management
    • [18:21] What should you do right after a meeting
    • [18:32] AI (Artificial Intelligence)
    • [19:28] When are you most productive
    • [20:18] The Wild Business Growth podcast is on YouTube! Subscribe @MaxBranstetter to watch full video interviews with Wild entrepreneurs like Tina
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Tina Sharkey - Wild Business Growth Podcast #290: Social Media Pioneer, Brandless and iVillage
Tina Sharkey - Wild Business Growth Podcast #290: Social Media Pioneer, Brandless and iVillage

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