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Alex Andrianopoulos — Kairos Ventures

Alex Andrianopoulos — Kairos Ventures

Alex Andrianopoulos tells us how scientific breakthroughs are going to reshape medicine, climate and the world we live in. Kairos Ventures is a ~$300M fund investing in these breakthroughs... even when other VCs aren't yet interested. Today I have Alex...

Spencer Rascoff — 75 & Sunny

Spencer Rascoff — 75 & Sunny

Spencer shares all about 75 & Sunny--how he is trying to avoid putting dot.LA behind a paywall, how Pacaso is not at all like a timeshare, and how he's reinvesting back into startups in LA and beyond.   Spencer Rascoff is with me today. Spencer is the...

Pejman Nozad — Pear VC

Pejman Nozad — Pear VC

Pejman Nozad tells us about investing in Dropbox, DoorDash and how he picks winners.    He also talks about Pear's current initiatives: Pear Accelerator, Pear Fellows, Pear competition and Founder Circles.   A lot to learn in this episode! ...

Jessica Jackley — Untapped Capital

Jessica Jackley — Untapped Capital

Jessica Jackley is currently an investor at UntappedVC and the founder of Alltruists,  a startup disrupting the $300B volunteer economy.Jessica shares how her experience starting Kiva shaped her view of what is possible.     Jessica Jackley is the founder of...

Josh Jones — The Fund LA

Josh Jones — The Fund LA

Josh Jones is the richest, goofiest, most confident yet normal-seeming person who was a Bitcoin pioneer, recently bought an airline, and is a partner at The Fund LA. Josh Jones is with me today. Josh is a person who likes to start stuff. Josh started a...

Shane Kelly — MCT

Shane Kelly — MCT

Media tech expert Shane Kelly joins to discuss the business of financing feature films and tech startups.   Shane also shares his passion for Pharrell's Black Ambition Price and his thoughts on the state of capitalism.   Shane Kelly is with me today. Shane is...

Alejandro Guerrero — Act One Ventures

Alejandro Guerrero — Act One Ventures

Alejandro is a partner at Act One Ventures.  We discuss:     * Entering venture capital without a "traditional" background   * Why VCs need to start measuring success differently   * The Diversity Rider   Alejandro Guerrero is a...

Brianne Kimmel — WorkLife Ventures

Brianne Kimmel — WorkLife Ventures

Brianne Kimmel is the founder of WorkLife Ventures and an early investor in Hopin, Pipe, Webflow, Tandem and many others. We had a great discussion on how she gets into rounds, how she established herself as a top angel investor and then transitioned into a fund...

Raina Kumra — The Fund LA

Raina Kumra — The Fund LA

Raina is a partner at The Fund LA along with Anna Barber, Josh Jones, and Austin Murray.   We talk about The Fund, ethics in tech, the benefits of daily turmeric and more.  I am chatting with Raina Kumra today. Raina is a partner at The Fund...

Mike Jones — Science

Mike Jones — Science

I could have talked with Mike for many more hours.. about building Science, building consumer brands, NFTs, social networks, parenting and much more.  Worth a listen even if just for inspiration on building better social networks for our children. Mike Jones...

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...

Rob Dyrdek — Dyrdek Machine

Rob Dyrdek — Dyrdek Machine

So much fun talking with Rob Dyrdek about everything from his $450M in exits to his multiple world records to his thoughts on building self-belief!   Rob has built a system for it all at the Dyrdek Machine, his venture creation studio. I am thrilled...