A few weeks ago we met with Matt, co-founder and CEO of VINEBOX, in a coffee place in San Francisco.
I first discovered VINEBOX on a Facebook Ad (great targeting!) and contacted Matt immediately after because he was a great fit with our series on the startups in the wine industry.
VINEBOX is the first monthly wine by the glass club. Founded with a mission to bring exclusive wines from around the world to everyone, VINEBOX encourages discovery and the freedom for members to develop their palates without committing to an entire bottle. Although the initial memberships are sold out, when I met with Matt he mentioned additional spots may become available around Thanksgiving for the holidays! So stay tuned, I know I will!
In our series of interviews with the companies disrupting the wine industry, the next stop is at Winerist, a company that is trying to make food and wine travel enjoyable and easy to plan. As the brand name suggests, it’s the connection between Wine and Tourist.
I met Nelly, Jeff, Brian and Malbec (how else would you name your dog if you had a wine startup?) on a Thursday afternoon in their office in SOMA. It’s a very nice loft, where they run Underground Cellar. Ben, CTO and Co-Founder, was out of town. Read More…
After the interview with Hello Vino
, the second wine startup we interviewed is the NYC-based Minibar Delivery
. We reached out to one of the co-founders, Lara Crystal. She founded the company in 2013 with Lindsey Andrews, a classmate at Wharton Business School. Both new to wine, they had the idea behind Minibar Delivery
during one of their brainstorming sessions on new business models.
The complementary skills of the two founders helped the company get shaped: Lara has a background in luxury products and Lindsey in e-commerce.
In the next weeks, I will post some interviews with startups active in the wine industry. I will focus on wine apps as well as companies working on the delivery side.
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet Rick Breslin
, co-founder of Hello Vino
and Head of Product Design. You all know many wine apps: it’s a crowded space now, and it’s becoming more and more competitive. But Hello Vino was founded in 2009 – one of the earliest players in the space – and has been growing organically since then.