First, research director Marli Guzzetta delves into the mentor-mentee relationship between a former Inc. 500 honoree--Sarah LaFleur of M.M.LaFleur--and Revelry founder Michelle DeLoach, whose wedding-wear startup ranked No. 326 on this year's Inc. 500. The mentorship, facilitated by Inc.'s year-long Founders Project, is already paying dividends: DeLoach recently hired a director of operations and marketing, thanks to LaFleur's help.
Next, I break down the crazy logistical madness that drives The Peach Truck. Georgia's highest-quality peaches start to rot just days after they're picked, and the fruits in grocery stores are usually bred for longevity, not taste. The company's mission: Drive "real" peaches to deprived souls across the rest of the country, including states as far-flung as Michigan and Pennsylvania. The result: Five million Georgia peaches sold this summer, which the company projects as the most of any seller in America, and an expected 2019 revenue of roughly $10 million.
Finally, staff writer Emily Canal introduces the new guest judges on the upcoming season of Shark Tank: Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake, KIND Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky, tennis star and Sugarpova founder Maria Sharapova, and 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki. Lubetzky in particular has a history of investments: He's helped fund multiple food companies including seaweed snack startup GimMe Health Foods, popcoorn maker 479 Degrees, healthy jerky startup Krave, and nut-butter maker Justin's.
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