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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...

Sanjay Reddy — Unlock Venture Partners

Sanjay Reddy — Unlock Venture Partners

Sanjay tells us about Unlock Fund II, his Southern California focus, advice for startups on finding good bankers and much more.   Sanjay Reddy is a founding partner at Unlock Venture Partners. Unlock is targeting check sizes of about a million dollars...

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...

Phil Sanderson — Griffin Gaming Partners

Phil Sanderson — Griffin Gaming Partners

Griffin Gaming Partners is a $250m Fund I focused exclusively on gaming.     Phil Sanderson says that gaming investing is the new enterprise software--a predictable business model with strong CAC to LTV ratios and increasingly large exit opportunities.   We also talk...

Austin Clements — Slauson & Co

Austin Clements — Slauson & Co

Many VCs shy away from tech that serves SMBs.  Austin explains how this has left an enormous opportunity and his tips for entrepreneurs in the space.   We talk about his partnership with Ajay Relan at Slauson & Co and the work that PledgeLA and Grid110 have been...

Chang Xu — Basis Set Ventures

Chang Xu — Basis Set Ventures

Chang Xu is a partner at $140M fund Basis Set Ventures.  We discuss everything from why open source is a good business model, how next gen infrastructure might look, what she learned at Upfront, and even practical advice for forming a startup board. ...

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...