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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...

Anna Barber — M13

Anna Barber — M13

Anna Barber is a partner at M13 where she is launching consumer startups.  She's also a partner at The Fund LA, an LA-focused pre-seed fund.     Anna tells us about the difference between launching companies (narrowing the focus) and accelerating companies (widening...

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...

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...

Vik Sasi — Dreamers VC

Vik Sasi — Dreamers VC

Vik is a partner at Dreamers VC, a $55m fund co-founded by Will Smith. Vik explains the world of influencers, talent fees, production fees, warrants, and much more.      Hello and welcome to the LA Venture Podcast. This is Minnie Ingersoll, host of the...

Scott Lenet — Touchdown Ventures

Scott Lenet — Touchdown Ventures

We talk with Scott Lenet of Touchdown Ventures about the pros and cons of corporate venture... and how Touchdown is trying to do it right.   Touchdown already has 45 people on the team, and they're actively hiring!   Hello and welcome...

Omar Hamoui — Mucker Capital

Omar Hamoui — Mucker Capital

Omar is a partner at Mucker and leads their $190M "early" fund. Previously a partner at Sequoia and founder of AdMob. So many great insights on building companies and why it's hard for startups to raise a Series A from Sand Hill. Hello and welcome to the LA...

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...

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. ...

Jamie Montgomery — March Capital

Jamie Montgomery — March Capital

Fantastic chance to get to know Jamie Montgomery.  Jamie shares how he's built such strong relationships, delivered outsized returns for March Capital, his approach to philanthropy and his high school fire extinguisher business. For more, tune in March 3rd and...

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...