Consumer Brands Fundraising and M&A Landscape in 2021

 June 30, 2021


With the broader VC ecosystem white hot, we want to bridge the gap between valuations in VC markets and actual M&A landscape for consumer startups. Join Graphite and our panel of VC’s and bankers for a discussion on

  • Navigating your consumer brands growth trajectory, capital intake (and therefore preference!), and what buyers are looking for in the consumer landscape to ensure you end up with the best possible financial outcome.
  • What VC’s are looking for at early and later stages.
  • Desirability of profitability at exit vs deeper investments in growth.
  • Growth rounds, secondaries & exit opportunities available.

Panel Members

Alexa Binns

Alexa Binns


halogen Ventures

Alexa Binns is an investor with a talent for spotting the latest consumer trends and technology. She is on Jesse Draper’s team at Halogen Ventures where they invest in consumer technology startups with female founders. Previously Alexa was at Maven Ventures, another seed stage venture fund focused on consumer tech.

Alexa has an impressive track record as a startup consultant, consumer marketer, and angel investor with first hand experience bringing brands to market to achieve massive scale. She launched the Cheeky brand with Target, as well as two national public health campaigns with MTV, Walgreens, and the NBA. Alexa’s specialty is deploying the latest marketing techniques: she wrote her master’s thesis on how to build a brand on YouTube, was nominated for a Mashable Award for social media marketing with Foursquare, and helped sell the Twitch influencer marketing platform NoScope. Alexa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a degree in public health and has her MBA from UCLA Anderson. She’s an angel investor in Chubbies, Flex, Mented, Sana Benefits, Chipper Cash, among others.
Teddie Townsend

Teddie Townsend



Teddie’s career has been dedicated to the consumer industry. Since joining Sawaya Partners in 2012, she has been actively involved in advising public companies, private companies and financial sponsors on a variety of sell-side, buy-side and corporate divestiture transactions across the consumer industry.

Teddie leads Sawaya’s Emerging group and is actively involved in the Health & Wellness M&A practice. Over the course of her career, she has worked with brands such as babyganics, Method Home, J&J, Plan B, and Stonewall Kitchen. Teddie is passionate about consumer brands and helping to realize their fill potential. Teddie began her career at BCMS Capital Advisors. Teddie earned a B.A in Economics and English Literature from Kenyon College with a minor in Russian Language.
Paul Bianco

Paul Bianco


Graphite (Panel Moderator) Paul Bianco is the Founder & CEO of Graphite, a leading provider of finance & accounting services for early-stage companies.  Prior to founding Graphite in 2016, Paul was an Investor at ffVC, an early-stage VC fund based in NYC. While at ffVC, Paul helped dozens of his portfolio companies build easy to understand and intuitive financial models with a focus on efficient use of funds pre-product/market fit and deeply understanding unit economics post-product/market fit. As an investor, Paul worked closely with companies such as Plated, Owlet, Socure and Distil Networks.  Paul is Certified Public Accountant and has a background in venture capital, scaling startups, mergers & acquisitions and financial modeling.

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