Fireside Chat with Gwyneth Paltrow
Oscar®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, whose 1998 turn in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE garnered her Best Actress honors at the Golden Globes®, Screen Actors Guild Awards®, and Academy Awards®, is also a decorated author, singer and entrepreneur. In 2011, she won an Emmy® for Guest Actress in a Comedy series for playing substitute teacher Holly Holiday on Glee, and her song, “Coming Home,” from the soundtrack for COUNTRY STRONG, was nominated for an Oscar® (the album went gold). In addition, Paltrow has authored three New York Times Best Selling cookbooks, My Father’s Daughter (2011), It’s All Good (2013), and It’s All Easy (2016)—the latter two hit #1.
In 2008, Paltrow founded goop, a lifestyle brand devoted to making every choice count, where food, shopping, and mindfulness collide: In particular, goop has gained acclaim for its focus on health, wellness, and clean eating, as well as its city guides, an insider’s perspective on the very best places to eat, shop, and stay in the world’s most compelling destinations. In fall 2018, on its 10 year anniversary, goop expanded internationally to the EU. Goop’s ventures include goop Magazine; goop book imprint; goop Lab, permanent stores located in Los Angeles, CA and NY and the In goop Health summit. In addition, goop has a tightly edited digital shop, a book imprint and its own product lines, including skincare, fragrances, apparel, bath soaks, and supplements.
Goop also strives to fulfill a mission of helping women reach their full potential and gaining autonomy over their own health. After serving as goop’s Chief Creative Officer since its inception, Paltrow assumed the CEO mantle in 2016, leading the company’s primarily female team of more than 150 to exponential growth. Paltrow also helped facilitate the #metoo movement, as she has always been comfortable pushing important conversations into the mainstream.
Other notable film credits include PROOF (for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination), Wes Anderson’s THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, Anthony Mighella’s THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, David Fincher’s SEVEN, the Farrelly brothers’ SHALLOW HAL, Alfonso Cuarón’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Douglas McGrath’s EMMA, SLIDING DOORS and Marvel’s IRON MAN franchise.
Frederic Court is the founder of Felix Capital, a London-based Venture firm with c. $300m under management. He was previously General Partner with Advent Venture Partners, and has been working in the tech industry as an entrepreneur and investor for 20 years. At Felix, Frederic focuses on investment in digital lifestyle opportunities, including brands, platforms and enabling technologies. He sits on the board of Farfetch (NYSE:FTCH), which went public in 2018 with a $7bn market cap, where he was the first investor in 2010 (Series A). Other illustrative investments include Zong (sold to ebay), Vitrue (sold to Oracle), Dailymotion (sold to Orange), Goop, The business of fashion, Highsnobiety, Mirakl, Deliveroo, Peloton. Frederic has been shortlisted in the Midas List Europe in 2017 and 2018, and was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by its peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event.