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LA Pre-Seed Investors

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...

Buck Jordan — WaveMaker Labs

Buck Jordan — WaveMaker Labs

Lots of insights on equity crowdfunding today from Buck Jordan.  He's raising $50-100k/day (mostly on SeedInvest) for the cool robotics and food companies coming out of WaveMaker Labs. He also has great insights on corporate innovation and how seed stage...

Andrew Glazier — Defy Ventures

Andrew Glazier — Defy Ventures

Pre-election must listen.  Andrew Glazier is the CEO of Defy Ventures and runs an incredible entrepreneurship program for incarcerated entrepreneurs. We talk about developing an entrepreneurial mindset and the need for criminal justice reform. Andrew Glazier...

Mark Terbeek — Greycroft

Mark Terbeek — Greycroft

Mark is a leading B2B investor and on the board of Scopely, Icertis and more.  He shares his current investment theses and explains how Greycroft operates as a seed to growth stage venture fund. Mark Terbeek is a partner at Greycroft and one of the...

David Fleck — FreeFlow

David Fleck — FreeFlow

I deeply appreciate David's approach to life and work. He founded FreeFlow to invest in startups coming out of Caltech that have the potential to improve our world. David Fleck is the founder of FreeFlow, a new seed stage venture firm that exclusively backs...

Brian Schwartz — Canaan scout

Brian Schwartz — Canaan scout

Brian Schwartz is a hub of LA startup deals, a scout for Canaan Partners, the founder of SIZE advisors, SIZE capital, and an advisor to unicorn startup goPuff. Brian wears many different hats and is a hub of the L.A. venture community. Brian is a...

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....

Eric Manlunas — Wavemaker Partners

Eric Manlunas — Wavemaker Partners

Eric Manlunas joins us to explain all the different things that Wavemaker is doing--starting with $250-500k seed checks, anchoring other funds like Wavemaker 360 and Thin Line and even building companies at Wavemaker Labs with Buck Jordan.   Eric Manlunas is...

Tom McInerney — TGM Ventures

Tom McInerney — TGM Ventures

Tom McInerney is a full-time angel investor with 120 angel investments.  He shares how he gets into rounds like Clubhouse, Tala, Segment, his view of investing during Covid, and why he spends time hanging out in Clubhouse.   Tom McInerney is one of the most...