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Out for the Greater Good: Thrive Market Connects on a Human Level

CEO Gunnar Lovelace Draws Upon His Childhood as the Inspiration to Make Healthy Food Affordable

Growing up in Los Angeles as a Latino immigrant and with a single mom, Lovelace struggled to understand why food with lots of chemicals and processing was cheaper than food without those extra steps. His modest upbringing was the inspiration behind his company, Thrive Market, which makes healthy food affordable and available to everyone. Success did not come easy. After getting turned down countless times in the VC world, Lovelace got creative and brought in hundreds of “mega” social media bloggers and influencers to launch his company. Always inventive, positive and passionate, Lovelace’s spirit is evident in everything he does.

About the Author

Natasha Barritt

Natasha serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Find Your Grind Foundation in Los Angeles. In this capacity, she has created several programs, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities to improve the lives of youth through the arts.

Growing up in coastal Maine, Natasha's childhood heroes were artists, writers, and directors. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to attend USC's Marshall School of Business, School of Cinematic Arts Program and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Before starting Find Your Grind, Natasha worked at various advertising agencies, specializing in TV media investment.