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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...

Gary Benitt — Social Leverage

Gary Benitt — Social Leverage

Gary Benitt is a managing partner at Social Leverage, a $99M seed fund with investments that include Robinhood, Rally Road, Kustomer and more.  Gary is a serial entrepreneur who likes to invest early and lean in.   Gary Benitt is a managing partner...

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...

Matt McCall — Pritzker Group

Matt McCall — Pritzker Group

Matt McCall catches us up on venture investing for the Pritzker group where he's doing a lot of seed deals and using those to fuel his Series A investing.   We also discuss wearing life like a loose sweater and other ways to thrive on the entrepreneurial journey....

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...

Rick Smith — Crosscut Ventures

Rick Smith — Crosscut Ventures

Rick Smith is a founding manager partner of @CrosscutVC and one of the pillars of the LA tech community.   Crosscut is now investing out of Crosscut Fund V, but started as a $5M Fund I in 2008.  We talk about growing a fund, a scout program, a tech...

Julie Wroblewski — Magnify Ventures

Julie Wroblewski — Magnify Ventures

Julie's new fund, Magnify, is writing $1.5M - $2.5M checks into companies that will transform life, work and care for modern families.   Julie talks about very relatable themes like the relentlessness of modern parenting and household optimization....

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...