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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...

Drew Taylor — Digitalis Ventures

Drew Taylor — Digitalis Ventures

Drew Taylor is a partner at Digitalis Ventures.  Digitalis has a $100M human health fund, a $100M pet health fund and $30M for venture creation. We also discuss being part of a family business and why founders in pet health are great people to work with. ...

Daniel Leff — Waverley Capital

Daniel Leff — Waverley Capital

From sitting on the Roku board from 2011 - 2018, Daniel Leff saw disruption in the media industry first hand. He says that, unlike in tech, disruption in media comes from working with the incumbents rather than working against them. Today I am with Daniel...

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...

Sam Wick — UTA Ventures

Sam Wick — UTA Ventures

Sam Wick joins to talk about UTA Ventures. Sam clarifies how and when startups can best approach UTA's clients and the role of the Ventures team. I am excited to get to chat with Sam Wick, Sam leads UTA’s Venture Group. He has deep experience in the media and...

Will Schmitt — Miroma Ventures

Will Schmitt — Miroma Ventures

Will Schmitt is Head of Venture Strategy at Miroma Ventures.  Miroma recently announced a $100M commitment to fund the next generation of consumer brands and media platforms.     Miroma has worked with companies from McDonald's to Netflix to...