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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...

Gil Elbaz — TenOneTen

Gil Elbaz — TenOneTen

My partner Gil Elbaz joins to talk about his passion for data, building AdSense, selling to Google and then building Factual.   He also explains why founders should mentally commit 10 years to their startup before beginning.  Hello and welcome...

Ryan Hoover — Weekend Fund

Ryan Hoover — Weekend Fund

I really enjoyed my conversation with Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover about product launches, building community and what he looks for when investing out of the Weekend Fund. Today, I am thrilled to be chatting with Ryan Hoover. Ryan is the founder of the...

Aaron Fyke — Thin Line Capital

Aaron Fyke — Thin Line Capital

What is the state of global warming today?  Renewables?  Should all VCs be investing in CleanTech?   Aaron Fyke from Thin Line Capital is one of the smartest CleanTech investors and joins us to talk about multiple years working with Idealab and building...

Taj Eldridge — Include Ventures

Taj Eldridge — Include Ventures

Taj Eldridge tells us about his brand new $250M fund, Include Ventures, that he just launched with Bahiyah Robinson and Keith Spears.     Taj is passionate about reducing the wealth gap through black and brown ownership and continuing the work he's been doing with...

Sean Harper — Westlake Village BioPartners

Sean Harper — Westlake Village BioPartners

With their recently raised $500M, Westlake Village BioPartners is catalyzing the LA biotech ecosystem. Sean Harper, former Head of R&D at Amgen, tells us about his focus on therapeutics to improve human lives and starting Westlake with Beth Seidenberg. ...

Marcos Gonzalez — Vamos Ventures

Marcos Gonzalez — Vamos Ventures

Marcos Gonzalez is the managing partner at Vamos Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund investing in Hispanic and diverse founders.     Over half of LA county is Hispanic. Seems like a great time to be investing in this community!  Marcos...

Arjan Schutte — Core Innovation Capital

Arjan Schutte — Core Innovation Capital

Great discussion with Arjan Schutte about democratizing prosperity and running Core Innovation Capital, a finTech fund that measures its impact on society and has invested in Ripple, NerdWallet, Synapse, Fundera and more. Arjan Schutte is the founder and...

Petra Griffith — Wedbush Ventures

Petra Griffith — Wedbush Ventures

One of my new favorite LA investors, Petra Griffith, joins to discuss Wedbush Ventures.  Petra talks about starting a new fund, how she's seen venture debt work well as non-dilutive funding, and lessons on the content business from Netflix and Yahoo. I am...