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Anna Barber — M13

Anna Barber — M13

Anna Barber is a partner at M13 where she is launching consumer startups.  She's also a partner at The Fund LA, an LA-focused pre-seed fund.     Anna tells us about the difference between launching companies (narrowing the focus) and accelerating companies (widening...

Hamet Watt — Share Ventures

Hamet Watt — Share Ventures

We had a chance to hear about Hamet's newly launched venture foundry, Share Ventures, focused on human performance.  We talk about brain health, Hamet's role at Upfront, and insights on early stage innovation. Hamet Watt is an all around L.A....

Matt Kozlov — Techstars Space

Matt Kozlov — Techstars Space

Our guest Matt Kozlov is the managing director of Techstars Space and ran Techstars Health for 3 years before that.   We chat about launching toaster sized objects into space for a couple million bucks, getting non-dilutive grant money, and of course Techstars ($120k...

Brian MacMahon — Expert Dojo

Brian MacMahon — Expert Dojo

We talk about how Brian has evolved Expert Dojo into a really interesting international accelerator ($100k checks), how lean startup can be misapplied, and how women are better than men 🙂  Totally worth checking out--both the Dojo and this episode!

Miki Reynolds — Grid110

Miki Reynolds — Grid110

Grid110 is a fantastic free accelerator program in DTLA (no cost, no equity).  Miki started Grid110 in 2014 with a focus on fashion tech, but now Grid110 is open to early stage entrepreneurs in all sectors.  Miki's awesome and what's not to love.   OK...

Laurent Grill — Luma Launch

Laurent Grill — Luma Launch

Laurent Grill is lead investor at Luma Launch, an LA pre-seed fund that does both B2B and B2C, with a particular interest in storytelling. In addition to funding (average check size $250k), Luma provides great mentors and services for it's teams.  Laurent explains why...

Peter Pham — Science

Peter Pham — Science

Peter Pham is the co-founder of Science.  Science is a startup studio here in Santa Monica that partners with founders at the earliest stage of company-creation.  Peter educates me and David on D2C margins and radiation-preventing underwear over tallboys of...

Anna Barber — Techstars LA

Anna Barber — Techstars LA

Techstars is a 90-day mentorship-driven accelerator program with three programs in LA: Techstars Music, Techstars Space and Techstars LA.  Today we talk to Anna Barber, Managing Director for Techstars LA, about the mentorship, investment ($120k) and network that...

Will Hsu — Mucker Capital

Will Hsu — Mucker Capital

Will talks to us about Mucker Capital, the early stage venture fund that he and Erik co-founded as well as Mucker Labs, his very well-respected LA accelerator.