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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...

Marlon Nichols — MaC Ventures

Marlon Nichols — MaC Ventures

Today Marlon talks about MAC Ventures and how he, Mike Palank, Adrian Fenty and Charles D. King tap into their deep networks to identify shifts in cultural trends and behaviors. I am excited to have Marlon Nichols with me today. Marlon is a founding managing...

TX Zhuo — Fika Ventures

TX Zhuo — Fika Ventures

TX Zhuo joins today to talk about starting Fika with Eva Ho with the goal of giving back to the community. TX has an amazing story of dropping out of school to start his first business and how his approach to investing is evolving as the venture market evolves....

Jeremy Milken — Watertower Ventures

Jeremy Milken — Watertower Ventures

Jeremy Milken is a partner at Watertower, a serial entrepreneur, and just a lot of fun to talk to.   We talk about his own journey, his views on deploying money into the venture asset class, his partner Derek and his wife, the flexible neurotic. ...

Nick Grouf — Alpha Edison

Nick Grouf — Alpha Edison

Nick believes VC has become a very reactive business. He explains how he and Nate Redmond set out to build Alpha Edison as a proactive, knowledge-driven fund.   Nick Grouf is a founder and managing partner at Alpha Edison. Alpha Edison is a knowledge...