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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...

David Waxman — TenOneTen

David Waxman — TenOneTen

The one, the only, David Waxman!!  David was the founder of three venture backed companies before he and Gil Elbaz started TenOneTen. David shares lessons learned from an IPO, a litigious board member and a couple decades in startups.  Today I'm...

Megan Guy — King River Capital

Megan Guy — King River Capital

Megan is one of the founders of King River Capital, an LA-based fund investing in Series A and later companies.     They are investing out of a $100M Fund II. Megan shares how they are able to leverage their LPs for significant co-investment. ...

Kerry Bennett — Upfront

Kerry Bennett — Upfront

Loved talking with Kerry about how startups should think about their marketing org and how that has changed. Also fun to hear about Upfront's brand and the brand of the partners at Upfront. Hello and welcome to the LA venture podcast. This is Minnie Ingersoll...

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. ...

Gil Demeter — Pontifax AgTech

Gil Demeter — Pontifax AgTech

Great discussion about next gen robotics and next gen bioscience with Gil Demeter from Pontifax AgTech.  With over $465M in AUM, Pontifax is one of the largest food and agtech funds in the world. I'm talking today with Gil Demeter from Pontifax. ...

Tracy Gray — The 22 Fund

Tracy Gray — The 22 Fund

Tracy shares insights on manufacturing, why exports matter, industry 4.0, and the state of diversity in venture today. Tracy Gray is the founder and managing partner at the Twenty Two Fund, EIR at LACI, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. And she first got...

Nicole Quinn — Lightspeed

Nicole Quinn — Lightspeed

Nicole Quinn says "you can't be called Lightspeed and move slowly" and explains how they can get a term sheet done in 2-3 days. Lots of insights on building an enduring brand that are applicable whether you are in the consumer space, or building an...

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...