Aug. 23, 2020

Episode 31: Manny Lubin - Leading the chocolate milk revolution

Episode 31: Manny Lubin - Leading the chocolate milk revolution

Today’s guest is Manny Lubin. Manny is the co-founder of Slate Milk, a lower sugar, higher protein, lactose free chocolate milk company. After years of waiting for a healthier, but still great tasting chocolate milk to hit the market,


Today’s guest is Manny Lubin. Manny is the co-founder of Slate Milk, a lower sugar, higher protein, lactose free chocolate milk company. After years of waiting for a healthier, but still great tasting chocolate milk to hit the market, Slate founders Manny Lubin and Josh Belinsky decided to take action on the idea to revolutionize chocolate milk. Since launching the Kickstarter campaign for the company last year (in which they more than 5x’d their goal and raised over $50k), Slate Milk is now sold in over 400 locations with 3 flavors to choose from: dark chocolate, classic, and espresso. What’s also cool is that there is no refrigeration required for their products. And, if you’re a fan of the show Shark Tank, you may have seen them on the show earlier this year. Slate isn’t Manny’s first entrepreneurial venture, however. In 2016, he co-founded Reppr, a technology platform that connects brands with college student ambassadors throughout the country. In this interview, we discuss the Shark Tank experience, challenges facing the company during the covid-19 environment, Manny’s background pre-Slate, and all things Slate and chocolate milk.

Timestamps

00:03:35 Challenges running the business during the covid-19 pandemic

00:07:12 Shark Tank experience

00:16:20 His background

00:24:15 Slate inspiration and overview

00:27:25 Kickstarter campaign

00:30:38 What's wrong with traditional chocolate milk?

00:34:57 Who are they targeting the brand for?

00:36:06 Biggest challenges facing the company

00:41:53 Ultimate vision for Slate

00:44:21 His daily routine

00:45:57 His driving force

00:47:50 Advice for the budding entrepreneur listening