Aggregator CEOs Discussing the Future of the Space
23rd June 2022  |  12:00 EST / 16:00 GMT / 17:00 (BST)

10 Aggregator CEOs Discussing the Future of the Space

Over the course of two hours, hear from some of the leading minds and pioneers in the eCommerce aggregator space, as they share ideas and lessons learned on topics like:

  • Recent headwinds in the market
  • Raising equity and credit
  • Valuation decline
  • Stabilizing multiples
  • Are deals still getting done?
  • FBA vs. DTC
  • Emerging markets
  • Future of the brand aggregator

If you are an eCommerce entrepreneur looking to better understand the aggregator space and exit in the future, this will be one of the most important conversations you will hear. 


Aggregator CEOs Discussing the Future of the Space (23rd June, 2022)

  • Ruben Amar, Founder and C0-CEO, Forum Brands
  • Robin Bade, Co- founder and CEO, eBrands Global
  • Fan Bi, Co-founder and CEO, The Hedgehog Company
  • Sebastian Funke, Co-founder and CEO, The Stryze Group
  • Ryan Gnesin, CEO, Elevate Brands
  • Richard Jalichandra, Founder and CEO (of first ever aggregator), 101 Commerce
  • Rob May, Founder and CTO, Dianthus
  • Santiago Nestares, Co-founder, Benitago Group
  • Nick Tuzenko, Co-founder and MD, Accel Club
  • Caspar Waters, Managing Partner, eComplete Group

Hosted by Emmett Kilduff, Co-Founder & CEO, The Fortia Group.

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Emmett Kilduff

Co-founder and CEO, The Fortia Group

Emmett has had a strong interest in eCommerce since he completed a Masters in eCommerce in 1999. With over a decade in leading investment banks Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, Emmett has billions of dollars of corporate finance expertise across equity, credit, and M&A. Emmett overseas all the deals that The Fortia Group advises on.

Ruben Amar

Founder and Co-CEO, Forum Brands

Ruben is the co-founder and co-CEO of Forum Brands, leading its Mergers & Acquisitions team. Ruben began his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in London, and then joined TA Associates, a US-based growth private equity firm investing out of a $9bn fund globally, as an investor in Consumer and Tech. While at TA, Ruben was actively involved in driving buy-and-build strategies of some of TA’s portfolio companies which resulted in more than 20 executed acquisitions, expansion into more than 10 countries, and significant value creation for shareholders. Ruben was also on the board of 7 different companies interacting closely with founders and CEOs. Ruben holds a master’s in engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is on a mission to identify and build the next generation of world-class consumer brands through technology and strategic deal making.

Sebastian Funke

Co-founder and CEO, The Stryze Group

Sebastian is the Co-founder and CEO of The Stryze Group. A serial entrepreneur and investor, Sebastian has long been a leader in the eCommerce space.

Rob May

Co-founder and CTO, Dianthus

Rob is a Venture Partner at PJC and the Founder and CTO of Dianthus, a PJC portfolio company. Rob has expertise in the areas of AI, hardware, B2B, and SaaS. Prior to joining PJC, Rob was the co-founder and CEO at Talla, an AI and automation platform, transforming the way businesses deliver customer support. He was also the co-founder and CEO of Backupify, the world’s first cloud to cloud backup provider which was acquired for over $100m. As an angel investor, he made over 70 early-stage AI investments. Rob writes the world’s most popular newsletter on Artificial Intelligence – InsideAI. He has completed four marathons and is a hobby roboticist. Rob was named to Boston 40 under 40 in 2013.

Nick Tuzenko

Co-founder and MD, Accel Club

Nick Tuzenko is a co-founder at Accel Club. He was previously Managing Director at Busfor marketplace for intercity road trips (acquired by French unicorn BlaBlaCar for $100M), and has spent several years at The Boston Consulting Group. He is a multiple winner of international physics and mathematics competitions.

Ryan Gnesin

CEO, Elevate Brands

Ryan gained his Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and spent a decade in the commodities trading world working for Glencore, where he held two postings including Switzerland and Indonesia. In 2016 Ryan moved to New York City and began by trading in close footwear on, which eventually evolved into acquiring 3rd party marketplace brands. Today Elevate Brands is a leading Amazon aggregator and accelerator with a global team of 230. They have acquired 32 businesses and are backed by some of the world's most esteemed investment institutions.

Richard Jalichandra

Founder & CEO of first-ever Aggregator (Current Advisor to many)

Richard founded the first Amazon aggregator, 101 Commerce, which was acquired by an aggregator called Goja. He has been an advisor to aggregators and also advised several investors on due diligence of aggregators. During his career he worked on 25 M&A transactions worth nearly $1.5 billion of value and raised over $250 million of debt and equity financing.

Robin Bade

CEO & Co-founder at eBrands Global

Robin Bade is an entrepreneur and active investor with a growth mindset. He founded eBrands in 2020 buying D2C and Amazon FBA businesses worldwide and is a recognized expert in the field of Digital Marketing, E-commerce, and the Amazon marketplace. Robin’s experience in entrepreneurship, business internationalization, and digital marketing has opened opportunities for him to act as an active Venture Partner, Angel Investor, Advisor, and Board member in several high-growth businesses.

Caspar Waters

Managing Partner at eComplete Group

Caspar founded eComplete having spent his career advising technology and retail businesses through a range of transactions; seeing the need for smarter investment with genuine operational experience. In the past 2 years, the business has grown to over 130 people spanning 3 continents, supporting the global growth of exciting brands like CurrentBody, NeonBeach and Naturecan.

Fan Bi

Co-founder & CEO at The Hedgehog Company

Fan Bi is Co-Founder and CEO of Hedgehog, a direct-to-consumer aggregator, and Founder and Chairperson of Blank Label, a tailored menswear business. He's also an angel investor in ~15 consumer brands.

Santiago Nestares

Co-Founder at Benitago Group

Santiago Nestares is the co-founder of Benitago, but got his start by launching an orthopedics called Supportiback. Santi left Venezuela in 2015 to study Computer Science in Dartmouth College, where he met his co-founder Ben. Together they would eventually create Supportiback, the first Amazon-centric, online, back pain brand that serves thousands of customers a day. Santi has since launched many new products and Amazon-centric brands designed to help people in all areas of life including skin care, back pain and more.

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