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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 […]

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 […]

Grovara’s Technology Creates Largest B2B E-Commerce Marketplace for American Plant-Based Products

(Dec. 30 Press Release) Grovara’s proprietary technology platform, which eliminates the headaches of exporting and intelligently connects America’s most promising wellness brands with aligned global retailers, is poised to help usher in the largest food industry disruption of our lifetimes. As consumer demand for healthier products surges and purchasing power increases across the planet, plant-based […]

Waiakea Hot Streak Continues as Sustainable Hawaiian Volcanic Water-Maker Lands on Inc. 5000 List

With a progressive, triple-bottom-line business model rooted in healthy, eco-friendly and ethical initiatives, combined with an award-winning taste and alkaline mineral profile, Waiakea is already a dynamic player among American beverage manufacturers with its Hawaiian Volcanic Water. For the third year in a row, Waiakea is also one of the fastest-growing as it earned the […]

Why B2B E-Commerce Marketplaces Are Revolutionizing Global Trade

In October, the United States government issued an RFP for e-marketplace platforms in an effort to become leaner with the $260 million it spent online last year on products and services. The U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees federal procurement, wants to move fast and start implementing proof-of-concept early next year with a handful of federal […]