Released May 13th, 2021
Founder's Field Guide
Jeremy Cai - Manufacturer to Customer
Jeremy Cai is the founder and CEO of Italic, a subscription marketplace for consumer goods that works directly with manufacturers. We cover Italic's business model, the evolving role of manufacturers in supply chains, and the concept of building the next “everything store.”
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