CategoryGrovara

Three Plant-Based Truths That Can Satisfy Any Investor

It might have seemed like Oatly was an overnight sensation. Its splashy IPO last month surpassed its hopes of a $10 billion valuation and garnered a chorus of praises for plant-based potential just as a pandemic-weary society was emerging into the light of increasing vaccination rates and waning mask mandates.  Yes, we are more aware of climate change than […]

Q&A: New Executive Chairman David Pottruck Back In the Game With Grovara

A few months ago, David Pottruck decided he had enough. At 70 years old, the former CEO of Charles Schwab and New York Times best-selling author was listening to the universe, and the time felt right to spend time on other things. He stopped his investment activity, shut down his San Francisco office, let his […]

Grovara Raises $5.5 Million Seed Round to Transform Global Commerce with First B2B Global Marketplace for U.S. Healthy Brands

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grovara, the largest B2B global marketplace for U.S. natural and organic brands, announced today the closing of a $5.5 million seed round financing to transform global commerce. David Pottruck led the round and was named Executive Chairman, and he was joined by SPINS, Bluestein Ventures, Spiral Sun Ventures, Siddhi Capital, CEAS Investments, and E […]

Grovara’s B2B E-Commerce Marketplace Comes Alive, Processing Orders

(10/01/20 Press Release) Its launch delayed because of Expo West trade show cancelation, Philadelphia exporter’s proprietary and data-driven technology B2B Global Marketplace now empowers brands to export with little barrier to entry PHILADELPHIA  – Grovara began processing transactions on its global B2B e-commerce marketplace for American wellness products this week, reducing exporting ramp-up time from […]

Coronavirus Update: We Work, We Plan, We Pray

It’s 11 p.m. on Monday and I am in the office cranking out emails – trying to stay ahead of the Coronavirus.  Across the street, a truck pulls up … Surprise!  It’s UNFI unloading their overpriced products to help the Mom’s Organic grocer across the street replenish their stock (another record sales day for the […]

A Palate for Passion: Q&A with Food & Tech Entrepreneur/Investor Steven Finn

The first company entrepreneur/investor Steven Finn started at age 20 as a Wharton School undergrad was certainly ahead of its time in 2007. Finn’s rental marketplace startup promised easy, convenient and low-cost access to needed but expensive items like your neighbor’s lawnmower. “On the surface, it was a great idea, and at the time that […]

Coronavirus Impact on Global Shipping Too Big to Ignore

While concern around the globe has vacillated between nuisance and panic, the effects of the recent coronavirus outbreak are becoming much clearer — and more serious —  for the global economy. Guidance from supply chain experts indicates Chinese factories won’t resume production for 3-4 weeks, which would have a significant impact on international shipping. Dreary […]

Grovara Pledges to Only Use Carriers Supporting $5 Billion, Industry-Led Effort to Eliminate CO2 Emissions From Global Shipping

It has been two years since the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to a 50% minimum reduction of total greenhouse gases from international shipping, which is responsible for 2% of the planet’s anthropogenic CO2 emissions, a figure expected to rise to 17% by 2050 if unregulated.  It is only recently, however, that concrete measures […]