Episode 115

Build a Healthier Generation with Angela Sutherland | Win the Day® podcast
November 29, 2022
In this interview, Yumi founder Angela Sutherland reveals how she turned it into one of the world's fastest-growing kids nutrition companies.
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In this episode of Win the Day:

If you’re a parent, you’ll know how difficult it can be to get healthy food for your children, especially with so much deception in the food industry.

But what you may not know is that scientists consider nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life to be the most important environmental factor in human development.

Pregnant with her second child — and unhappy with the food options available for her first baby — Angela and her co-founder, Evelyn Rusli, set out to do something about it. In 2015, they launched Yumi with a mission to build a healthier generation.

Today, Yumi has become one of the fastest-growing kids nutrition companies with more than 10 million meals delivered.

They’ve raised more than $70 million in funding and their investors include the founders of Uber, Harry’s, and Warby Parker, as well as such celebrities as Snoop Dogg and Gabrielle Union. Focused on empowering women, Yumi’s Series B funding round also brought in 70 new women investors and women-led firms. Public fans of Yumi include Jessica Alba, Gigi Hadid, and Molly Sims.

Prior to her entrepreneurial journey, Angela was a director at a private equity firm and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Her mother was a refugee of the Vietnam War, moving to America in 1975. 

In this episode:

  • Balancing kids with career
  • Toughest moments along the way
  • The best lessons from Angela’s entrepreneurial journey, and
  • How she built Yumi into the powerhouse it is today.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Angela Sutherland!


0:16 Who is Angela Sutherland

2:01 Interview starts

4:09 Who are the best mentors

5:50 How Angela raises her kids

7:15 When you know the time is right to start your own business

9:29 The problem with children’s nutrition (and why Yumi was founded)

12:45 Why the first 1,000 days of a child’s nutrition are the most important

14:51 How to do research for your own business idea

17:28 Starting a business as a new mother

20:50 Exclusive distribution deal with Target

22:19 Celebrity investors in Yumi

24:19 How Angela approaches adversity

27:01 Best business lessons

31:01 Balancing success as an individual, in the business, and in the home

32:37 Angela’s affirmation

34:49 Rocket Round


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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • "Great mentorship can come simply from seeing struggle and success." - Angela Sutherland
  • "Find someone who believes in you and allows you to believe in yourself." - Angela Sutherland
  • "I teach my kids that there's no such thing as a real problem. It's just a way to find a solution. Nothing should stop you here." - Angela Sutherland
  • "Yumi was created because a problem presented itself that I was really passionate about." - Angela Sutherland
  • "The number one thing you can do is believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Be optimistic, believe in it. When you do, you'll find a solution." - Angela Sutherland
  • "It’s a mistake to think you should do it alone because it's very hard to self-motivate every day." - Angela Sutherland
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