S2E2 (episode 12): Jake Kloberdanz on cause-centric commerce
In episode 2 of season 2, Jake and Jeffrey discuss cause-centric commerce, democratizing the wine industry, giving hope, and much more….
Jake Kloberdanz founded ONEHOPE in 2007 where he has served as CEO for 13 years. ONEHOPE empowers people to share wine and give hope by powering over 3,000 in-home and virtual wine tasting experiences monthly.
Since launching ONEHOPE in 2007, Jake has successfully raised more than $100 million to help grow the brand from zero to over 1.5 million bottles a year, and build a flagship vineyard, home and winery from the ground up in the heart of Napa. Their wines have received numerous 95+ point ratings and 100+ medals in wine competitions. Under Jake’s leadership, ONEHOPE has grown to one of the 250 largest wineries of 10,000+ in the US and has received recognition in Inc. magazine’s “500|5000” the last six years for being amongst the fastest-growing private companies nationwide thanks to their innovative DTC model powered by thousands of independent consultants (Cause Entrepreneurs) who have put on 30,000+ wine tasting events in the last year, all raising money for over 10,000 non-profits. Sales of their wine and gifts have empowered the ONEHOPE Foundation to donate over $6M to many deserving nonprofit partners.
Other professional accomplishments and commitments include:
– Founding Fumé, a vertically integrated cannabis company with ultra-premium and luxury brands.
– Serving as an advisor to 8VC, one of the most successful Technology VC’s in the world with over $3 billion under management.
– Serving on the board of Rebuild North Bay, a foundation that’s already helped raise over 1 Billion Dollars for the long-term rebuilding of the North Bay following the recent wildfires
Jake has been recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek’s, “Top 25 under 25”, Wine Enthusiast’s, “Top 40 Under 40”, and by Ernst & Young as a nominee for “Entrepreneur of the Year” on multiple occasions. He’s spoken at events and universities including TEDx, The UN Global Summit, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, UCLA and MIT, and his work has been profiled in magazines including Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc.; and on shows such as CNBC, FOX and ABC sharing his expertise in building consumer brands, communities and his new model, known as Cause-Centric Commerce, the integration of social impact into everyday commerce and culture.
A graduate of Haas School of Business, Jake was a four-year Scholar-Athlete at Berkeley playing football and rugby, where he won numerous national championships.