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Runa LLC

Runa is a Brooklyn-based social enterprise that makes beverages brewed with the guayusa (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”) “super leaf” and supports Amazonian farmers.

  • Stage $3M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded July 2009
  • Employees 22
  • Website

Company Summary

Runa is a Brooklyn-based social enterprise that makes beverages brewed with the guayusa (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”) “super leaf” and improves the livelihoods of Amazonian farming families through its supply chain. When brewed, guayusa has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, double the antioxidants of leading green tea products, and a smooth, clean taste.
Runa supports over 2,700 farmers in Ecuador and sells products in 6,000 stores in the US.


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    Dan MacCombie
    Co-Founder and Co-CEO

    Co-CEO & Co-Founder - Brown University Honors Graduate, 4 years conservation and enterprise finance analyst experience

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    VP of Operations

    15 years of experience managing operations and brands across the natural and specialty foods sector.

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    Co-Founder & Co-CEO

    Brown University Honors Graduate

    7 years experience in Latin American Business Development

    Fluent Spanish Speaker, Proficient Portuguese, Elementary Shipibo & Kichwa

    Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur" in January 2013

    Citizen Leader of the Year Award Winner in January 2014 by the Specialty Food Association.

  • 10 years of finance experience with a focus in the consumer sector

    Prior to Runa, advised and invested in high growth, early stage consumer companies as a private equity professional

    M.B.A from Columbia Business School and B.A. in Economics from UPenn

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    Eastern Region Sales Director

    Director of Northeast Sales - ZICO, 2009 to 2014
    Southern New England Manager - Glaceau / Vitamin Water - 2006 to 2009


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    Tim Sullivan
    Director of Global Transportation - PepsiCo
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    Bob Burke
    Former VP of Sales for Stonyfield Farms
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    Eric Schnell
    Founder of Steaz and CEO of Metabrands
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    Former Director of Innovation at Hershey & VP of Strategy for Cabury Schweppes

Previous Investors

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    David Hills, Veris Wealth Partners
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    Yolanda Kakabdase, President World Wlidlife Fund
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    Joel Solomon