Why This Booming Vegan Ice Cream Business Struggles To Find Investors

20 Mar 2021
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The founders of the vegan ice cream brand Kubé need investors in order to meet soaring demand. Like many other Black entrepreneurs, they face systemic racism and other hurdles when trying to scale.
Editor's note: This story was shot in August 2020.
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Why This Booming Vegan Ice Cream Business Struggles To Find Investors

  • You should go enter shark tank

    Yogesh SidharthYogesh Sidharth19 jam yang lalu
  • If it was actually booming it wouldn't struggle to find investors. Sorry blame it on your faults and not "racism"

    pretoraspretoras2 hari yang lalu
  • Bruh 5 bucks for that small thing u tripping

    ICJMK2ICJMK24 hari yang lalu
  • What kinda pisses me offf, is 1. The lack of efficency, 2. It feels a little half assed and like neither of them know how to manage their money, and 3. She pulls the race card as an excuse like she is some kind of victim and the investors are out to get her. I don't wanna get in a debate over racism, I know its a thing, it just feels like she defaulted to that because some investors are being (understandibly) really wary about investing in a company that (at least I think) is being poorly managed

    ernit dunniternit dunnit4 hari yang lalu
  • These comments would be very different if she was white & you know it...... mentioning her car is irrelevant

    amya williamsamya williams5 hari yang lalu
  • Yeah blame it on being black not having flippin vegan ice cream I mean cmon wtf dude who wants to eat that shit

    Preston SpearsPreston Spears6 hari yang lalu
  • Sounds to my they bought a Tesla instead I’ve investing. And can we all agree the race card is getting old come on!

    InsightInsight6 hari yang lalu
  • "people won't invest in my business because I'm a black woman." What a pathetic outsourcing of responsibility. People will invest in what they think will return them a profit. You can't afford to hire 1 more employee as you drive a Tesla. This clueless (and probably well intentioned) lady does not deserve a successful ice cream business.

    CA ACA A6 hari yang lalu
  • Systemic racism not a bad business model and inefficient business practices? Driving a Tesla without being able to hire another person doesn’t sound like racism, sounds like misplaced priorities.

    Revolucion19Revolucion197 hari yang lalu
  • all this lady needs is a McDonalds soft serve machine

    inoob26inoob269 hari yang lalu
  • *they won't invest in me cause I'm black* Yeah okay...

    Jon EmeryJon Emery9 hari yang lalu
  • Asia is heaven of coconut

    yuli azniyuli azni9 hari yang lalu
  • That’s not a lot of output. It would be hard to invest in a company that only makes 150 cartons a day. It’s great that they sell so much but the containers are incredibly small to begin with. The company output is 50,400 cartons with a profit around $252,000 a year . I’m curious what the cost of goods is with rent ... the actual profit this company is making. Is 80% of product being sold in 2.5 hours happen daily or just during summer months? So much of this isn’t discussed in this clip.

    JProductJProduct11 hari yang lalu
  • Everything now that doesn’t get every investor falling all over themselves automatically it’s racism ,🤨 what? Sounds like a hissy fit to me.

    Ann CarrollAnn Carroll11 hari yang lalu
  • nice tesla

    Alvin YuAlvin Yu12 hari yang lalu
  • she's gotta go to shark tank

    Henrique DiasHenrique Dias12 hari yang lalu
  • മലയാളികൾ ഉണ്ടോ ,ഇതേപോലത്തെ ഒരു സംഭവം നമ്മുടെ നാട്ടിലും ഇല്ലേ

    Oliver QueenOliver Queen12 hari yang lalu
  • After watching this whole video... your product and business standpoint isn’t an investable thing. Investors aren’t looking to have there money tied up in a place for 30+ years to get it back and on top of it... your ideals as a person seem so extreme to the point it’s a turn off. Im here to make money not try to function politics into my business.

    Melvin BowdenMelvin Bowden13 hari yang lalu
  • Im black and a business owner who has only white investors and I can tell you none of them would invest in her. Investors will 1000% go to where money is, but the moment you turn them off like she did for me... you’ll never get it. She blames her failure as a businesswoman on systemic racism. What a load of BS... im black and I make 6+ figures off of white people lol

    Melvin BowdenMelvin Bowden13 hari yang lalu
  • I love how the entire comments is just how she's being inefficient and how an investor would quickly spot all the red flags with this business

    Scott HuffmanScott Huffman13 hari yang lalu
  • you're successful. People love what you do. You're getting over hurdles. You're moving forward. And it's S R that's holding you back which equals "It's not my fault that I can't get everything I want right now, it's theirs!" The same thing has happened to me several times and I'm White. It's sad that you think the way you are thinking, but I wish you all the best either way.

    asdf lkjhasdf lkjh14 hari yang lalu
  • Because vegan icecream isnt icecream

    NoVaKaneNoVaKane14 hari yang lalu
  • Where do I buy this? How do I invest?

    philip J Dryphilip J Dry14 hari yang lalu
  • I have very easy fix for them Since demand is very high then they can charge more and still find enought customers to sell 100 proc of their stock which would allow them to get things fixed, more money means they can get better kitchen and/or an employees, thatallows them to make more ice cream and at some point that will balance itself out where they could get the production going on higher scale, back up with price increase and srill being able to support themself. But I guess whining about other people not trowing money at them and blaming virtually inexistent racism for it is easier than putting actual thought into it and expanding the business.

    Hideki ShinichiHideki Shinichi14 hari yang lalu
  • ridiculous that she blames racism for not finding investors. Finding investors is really difficult, and ofc the investers will want equity/control. Peter tiel famously says that he doesnt invest in anything where he doesnt have control Also, she calls her business sustainable because they open the coconuts themselves and give the husks away, wtf? Meanwhile they are probably shipping coconuts from an unsustainable coconut farm in indonesia. Ice cream also requires energy to be stored. She has the balls to call this 'regenerative', which is clearly an attempt to attack 'regenerative agriculture' (closed loop, animal intergrated agriculture that regenerates the soil)

    Angus CameronAngus Cameron15 hari yang lalu
  • Huh, expensive ingredients in a speciality market during a pandemic where people are cutting out luxuries to pay basic living expenses. Nah, man, its systematic racism...

    J ArmstrongJ Armstrong17 hari yang lalu
  • Every Indonesian food use Coconut milk, we called "Santan"

    Faisal NorasFaisal Noras17 hari yang lalu
  • She drives a tesla she can get what ever she needs for her business how are they not able to find a better place unless she spends the money on other stuff thats not business

    ninjaboy5674ninjaboy567418 hari yang lalu
  • I would love to have vegan ice cream where I’m at 😔

    Music DiaryMusic Diary18 hari yang lalu
  • Am I missing something here ? Why not fill the cups from that machine directly? They can easily afford to buy thier own machine(s) and fill the cups at the shop fresh for their walk in customers.

    DizerDizer18 hari yang lalu
  • It's not systemic racism, no one is investing in restaurants or new food based products right now. The risk is far too high. Posing the economic impact of covid as endemic of systemic racism is racist on your part, not investors'.

    Trevor for PresidentTrevor for President20 hari yang lalu
  • This whole comment section though .__ .

    Dominic ValentinDominic Valentin21 hari yang lalu
  • Demi Lovato is triggered by this video

    Ivanneth SuyinIvanneth Suyin21 hari yang lalu
  • Blaming race on poor business practices...

    Ivan HIvan H21 hari yang lalu
  • If demand is exceeding capacity then how are you not able to buy better hardware and hire employees

    Casual spawnpeekingCasual spawnpeeking22 hari yang lalu
  • Kai: we don’t have enough money Also Kai: Has a Tesla that costs a bunch

    DuelDuel22 hari yang lalu
  • Repent , Jesus is coming back, Jesus loves you , he died so that we can live"❤.

    tinaj sewstinaj sews22 hari yang lalu
  • did she really just pull the race card?? race and gender!

    MrDo99erMrDo99er22 hari yang lalu
  • Of course it had to be a video about racism

    MinsterMinster22 hari yang lalu
  • Rofl. That took a turn. Folks need to stop mistaking correlation and causation.... You think it's cause you're a black woman? Or because its vegan product sold by a woman who sees any lack of interest as racism 🙄 My gut instinct (as a non whitey) is that most larger investors want a broad appeal product, not a niche one. That's a fairly common sentiment across the entire investing world... Maybe she would have already found a big investor interested in a high value niche if she didnt immediately call folks racist when they declined to invest 🤦🏾‍♀️

    Kendrah RookKendrah Rook22 hari yang lalu
  • It's profitable and still nobody investing.... I don't believe you

    Rushikesh WaghRushikesh Wagh23 hari yang lalu
  • Where do they get the coconuts from?

    Martin BrandtMartin Brandt23 hari yang lalu
  • Can’t get funding says she doesn’t want funding unless the investor understands racism hmmmm I wonder why nobody wants to invest 😂😂😂😂

    FPSGODSON 420FPSGODSON 42024 hari yang lalu
  • I believe your problem is that you see yourself as a black business woman and expecting a hand out, and not as a business woman. Making it work by stepping out of your comfort zone.

    Andrew DraperAndrew Draper24 hari yang lalu
  • Really 5$? Sell that for 2.5$ you serve ice cream slow enough that its melting, at least use your brain before making this stupid ass ice cream. If you are making slow paced ice cream you could've at least stayed making it at your own home.

    Ivelll BoiIvelll Boi24 hari yang lalu
  • Look on the bright side, at least now they know the reason why they can't raise investment is not because of their race and more about their operation and business model. Might be very hard to see since they are too busy building up their inventory...

    Nhi NguyenNhi Nguyen24 hari yang lalu
  • My granddad, born in 1929, only had a third-grade education and was able to build several successful businesses prior and during the height of the civil rights movement. And these businesses still remain today. He had no investors. While systematic racism does exist, the area of entrepreneurship is unique because you can succeed without the help of any “racist” institution or investor. I do not see racism at work here; I see poor planning.

    So She DidSo She Did24 hari yang lalu
  • I'm absolutely in love!

    J RobinJ Robin25 hari yang lalu
  • “I’m black” isn’t a good business model. “My business has returned 400% on every dollar invested so far and scaling is the only thing holding us back” is a good model.

    Aaron's Random LifeAaron's Random Life25 hari yang lalu
  • 3:00 minutes in and it’s already racist NOT that the girl has a $100,000 car and doesn’t appear to be a sound investment for the people with money.

    Aaron's Random LifeAaron's Random Life25 hari yang lalu
  • I love how entitled she is. “Investors NEED to invest in us NOW!” Well, it seems that the smart people with money to invest, disagree with you young lady!

    Aaron's Random LifeAaron's Random Life25 hari yang lalu
  • 80 degrees farenheit is a good day for anyone in a country near the equator

    agent orangeagent orange26 hari yang lalu
  • Make the bussines public

    Oh yeah yeah raiderOh yeah yeah raider26 hari yang lalu
  • where is it ? Is nice .

    Juba LubaJuba Luba26 hari yang lalu
  • Ma'am you have no investor not because of systematic racism but because of your poor business model 😬

    Carla CarreraCarla Carrera26 hari yang lalu
  • 4:40 nice tesla

    pauljerome01pauljerome0126 hari yang lalu
  • Well, they need a better business plan, that's their issues. And it got nothing to do with their races. Many minorities are successful with their business, when taking the right approach.

    Jess AJess A26 hari yang lalu
  • Oh my God this is a great idea I have PCOS and can't have dairy so this would be great for me

    Nicole HibbertNicole Hibbert27 hari yang lalu
  • Entrepreneur my ass.

    SchmeatSchmeat27 hari yang lalu
  • Please come to India we make better ... buisness

    iphone memeiphone meme27 hari yang lalu
  • Tf what does her being black have to do with no invesment

    Ur BoiUr Boi27 hari yang lalu
  • Systemic Racism? Do people think it’s a cake walk for white business owners? They struggle and fail every single day. Running a business is hard work. Stop blaming hardships on skin color.

    023377550233775527 hari yang lalu
  • Nasty

    batmanbatman28 hari yang lalu
  • I'm sorry but everyone struggles with getting the word out and making connections. The race card shouldn't have any place in that, you aren't experiencing racism you're experiencing the difficult journey of growth. Ok and why the heck don't they have AC??? Fix your darn AC when your whole business is ICECREAM!

    Delin 20Delin 2028 hari yang lalu
  • She drives a tesla, sells a tiny cup of ice cream for 5 dollars, claims hundreds of thousands in sales, and blames racism for not being able to expand her business.

    HaydenHayden28 hari yang lalu
  • Vegan icecream 😂

    Olaf D.Olaf D.28 hari yang lalu
  • This ice-cream looks divine. Get Kobe scalled up Up UP so I can get some in the UK ☺

    CaraCara28 hari yang lalu
    • add coffee flavor extract

      GarytheOtakuGarytheOtaku10 hari yang lalu
    • she pretty much showed it's recipe sugar of some kind coconut water and coconut milk

      GarytheOtakuGarytheOtaku10 hari yang lalu
  • This is a good product and all but I d finish that thing in one bite.....

    MR.PIG.MR.PIG.29 hari yang lalu
  • Is a ice cream truck a cheaper option? Plus they can get their product to more people

    Taso BouzinelosTaso Bouzinelos29 hari yang lalu

    River KellyRiver Kelly29 hari yang lalu
  • This ice cream is very common in latin america, investors might not be interested cuz its not like she invented the wheel. Theres similar stuff all over Cali and Miami.

    Talktak LifeTalktak Life29 hari yang lalu
  • Typical meghan markle, using race as an excuse for everything

    Talktak LifeTalktak Life29 hari yang lalu
  • 3:17 Duh, there is more white percentage because the majority of America is white. Why is that bad?

    Owen GlaszekOwen Glaszek29 hari yang lalu
  • Future karen.......

    Fatema Tuj Juhra SiddikaFatema Tuj Juhra Siddika29 hari yang lalu
  • I feel like booming and struggling dont fit together.

    Thor MuxThor Mux29 hari yang lalu
  • 1:37 Here's some FREE advice for you guys because you're obviously not trying: - place a largeish container underneath the machine to catch excess ice cream - with MORE HANDS, place empty ice cream tubs underneath the machine and fill the tubs to about 80-90% capacity - top off container manually from excess ice cream that lands in reservoir container - scoop using larger spoons There you go. Now I've helped made you thousands, perhaps millions more by scaling up the operation. Stop crying about race if you're not being resourceful or efficient enough. Honestly sounds like an intentional grift actually with the race baiting and race hustling, and the packing with TINY spoons. Everyone, beware.

    Un1234lUn1234l29 hari yang lalu
  • She played the racism card... no honey it’s just business.

    Shelby LeAnnShelby LeAnn29 hari yang lalu
  • Blame your race on the fact your business is actually failing. Nice.

    The Emperor of MankindThe Emperor of MankindBulan Yang lalu
  • I would love to invest in this but I can’t even afford to have my car serviced

    The Emperor of MankindThe Emperor of MankindBulan Yang lalu
  • Why they struggle? As the saying goes: GO WOKE or GO BROKE

    jefferson cristobaljefferson cristobalBulan Yang lalu
  • So people that are considered ''white'' are about 77 of the US population, so white people are obviously fairly represented in this industry. However, including multiracial Asians, Asians only make up 6.5% of the US population.... they are the only ''folks'' that seem to be over represented here. But why do I feel like these people are trying to blame white people for this? Also, 3 million?! And she can't afford air-conditioning with her booming business?? This is a joke right?

    Plz leave mealonePlz leave mealoneBulan Yang lalu
  • Her: *Has a tesla* Also her: *Can't afford to hire employees and other needs for the business.*

    breadiebreadieBulan Yang lalu
  • I don't have much but I'd love to invest. Don't settle for that racist money. Let me and all the other littles invest.

    Bella PoofBella PoofBulan Yang lalu
  • Can't believe Business Insider would post such SHIT .......

    Corne VenterCorne VenterBulan Yang lalu
  • Very very Racist women.. she sees that she is not doing good at all and pulls out the Racist Card of course like normal. Nothing new.....

    Corne VenterCorne VenterBulan Yang lalu
  • So full of excuses if u want something get it done stop making excuses

    Love Kimberley DayLove Kimberley DayBulan Yang lalu
  • yeah if i was an investor and see u making ice cream in an 80degree warehouse and scoops it 1 by 1. thats gona be a naw for me dawg

    JmikerzJmikerzBulan Yang lalu
  • Wtf so it all boils down to racism again? People in America really love to use racism as an excuses when things doesn't go in their way huh? 😂

    Rai AnsusRai AnsusBulan Yang lalu
  • You better find a lot customer,

    wida rachmadanywida rachmadanyBulan Yang lalu
  • welcome to SHARK!

    Like JesusLike JesusBulan Yang lalu
  • Honestly, vegan ice cream (coconut, cashew, and honestly a lot others) have been around for a while and there's plenty of brands out there that are doing really well with crowds. I think they need to efficientize their production. Even with 2 people, you shouldn't be only producing 150 of those tiny cups in a day.. If you're not getting investors, you gotta learn how to control your cash flow and profits, and invest in yourself. If you have tons of paying customers but you're not making enough profits to grow a small business like this, you're doing it wrong lol. Investors care about your business knowledge and how much you're willing to learn lol, and from this 5 minute video I can say every investor will walk away as fast as possible JUST on the fact that something is TERRIBLY wrong with your business model or pricing or setup :/ I like the sustainability part but man it HURRrrrT to watch yall use the tiny ass spoons.. T_T

    samytysamytyBulan Yang lalu
  • I would love to work for her. I wish they were located where I live.

    Bradley BruvvaBradley BruvvaBulan Yang lalu
  • So, she has a Tesla and is selling 80% of their stock in the first 2 hours. Let's do some math. Let's say they're only offering 200 little cartons of ice cream at 5 bucks a pop. That means they're selling 160 of those cartons in the first 2 hours, making $800 (scale it up to 500, its 400 in 2 hours at $1000). You do this every day for a month, you make about 3240-7000 a month? Seems like more than enough to hire at least one or two more employees. Especially if you add the 60k+ you drop on a Tesla. You'd even have enough to rent out your own kitchen/dining space. Like cmon

    el froggoel froggoBulan Yang lalu
  • Her product is sustainable and on top of that she supports regenerative agriculture i have to say this is actually pretty smart to invest in!

    SistaGaiaSistaGaiaBulan Yang lalu
  • Oh god. Here we go lol

    joeyp978joeyp978Bulan Yang lalu
  • Hilarious! 1) you have a hundred thousand dollars. Hire a team of people. 2) who would invest in a place that doesn't take a stand and hire a person and cried out racism at everything? 3) it's just stupid to hear this human speak. And these jargons. Lol

    Kaarthic SenthilKaarthic SenthilBulan Yang lalu
  • Why not hire more people?

    HardCore GamingHardCore GamingBulan Yang lalu
  • In Indonesia, we have basically the same ice cream made from coconut milk/cream since half a century ago. We call it Ek Krim Medan, and there are different flavors. But I don't really know why she's calling it vegan??? Marketing ploy? I mean coconut milk is probably less healthier than dairy products.

    cleve21fulcleve21fulBulan Yang lalu
  • What’s their credit score

    Poo_69 69Poo_69 69Bulan Yang lalu
  • Aye, just hire more people lmao, 80% inventory for 2 hours, this is obvious tbh

    Ryan OrquizaRyan OrquizaBulan Yang lalu