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LA Series A Investors

Maureen Klewicki — Cedars Sinai Health Ventures

Maureen Klewicki — Cedars Sinai Health Ventures

Maureen Klewicki leads venture investing for Cedars Sinai, a $4B/year LA-based hospital with 14,000 employees.

Maureen discusses opportunities she sees for startups to be created to address issues like price transparency in healthcare, the labor shortage crisis, and the move to value-based care.  She shares go to market strategies in healthcare and much more.

Kathryne Cooper — Jumpstart Nova

Kathryne Cooper — Jumpstart Nova

Kathryne Cooper tells us about Jumpstart Nova, a new $55M fund investing in incredible black healthcare founders at the seed and series A stage.

Jumpstart has LPs such as Meharry Medical, Eli Lilly, Cardinal Health
and is part of the trend of VCs that offer strategic help from their LPs as an important value-add.

Jonathan Hung — Trousdale Ventures

Jonathan Hung — Trousdale Ventures

Jonathan tells us about his two new funds:

Trousdale Ventures has deployed over $300M the last two years and is a partnership with Phillip Sarofim.

Playhouse Ventures is a web3/NFT fund with Steve Aoki.

He also shares his perspective on doing business with China and how to choose a manufacturing partner in today’s market.

Brett Brewer — Crosscut

Brett Brewer — Crosscut

If you care about how culture is born in a city or what makes LA tech special, then get some inspiration as Crosscut’s Brett Brewer talks about the early days of building Intermix and MySpace and how he sees the ecosystem evolving.

Yelena Shkolnik — Jump Capital

Yelena Shkolnik — Jump Capital

Another great Series A fund in LA!  

Yelena Shkolnik is a partner at Jump Capital.  Jump may be most recognized for their crypto work, but we have a broad conversation on content, commerce, fintech and how those are converging in today’s ownership economy.

Kobie Fuller — Upfront Ventures

Kobie Fuller — Upfront Ventures

Every pitch today involves community. Upfront partner and former CMO Kobie Fuller tells us how the best brands are giving users the tools to be brand advocates and how those same brands are tapping into the community to get insights.

We also talk about being black in venture and what inspired Kobie to build Valence, a network for black professionals.

Carter Reum — M13

Carter Reum — M13

We couldn’t be more excited for Carter Reum and M13’s newly announced $400M Fund III.  There are still only a few funds in LA that are true lead Series A investors.

Carter tells us how they have doubled in size from Fund I to Fund II and again from Fund II to Fund III (it helps to have 11(!) unicorns in Fund I) and how their thesis has continued to evolve as they’ve built the fund.

Cody Simms — MCJ Collective

Cody Simms — MCJ Collective

Earth’s population has doubled in Cody’s lifetime. 96% of mammals on earth are now humans and livestock. China emits more greenhouse gases than all other countries combined.

This and much more from Cody at MCJ Collective.

Zach Noorani — Foundation Capital

Zach Noorani — Foundation Capital

Zach Noorani is a partner at Foundation Capital where he leads FinTech investing.   Zach shares why he is excited for composability in finance, why he's still excited for neobanks and why traditional finance is not going to...

Richard Wolpert — Acrew Capital

Richard Wolpert — Acrew Capital

Great discussion with Richard Wolpert on the convergence of tech and media. Some punchlines: * Movie theaters will only be for tent-pole movies * Live concerts are not going away * The metaverse will happen * Social media is toxic and needs to be fixed...

Dom Perri — Vertex Ventures

Dom Perri — Vertex Ventures

Dom Perri is with Vertex US, an early-stage venture fund that’s part of the broader Vertex global network. With its $200M Fund III, Vertex will continue investing in early-stage B2B companies.

Dom tells us about Vertex US, his partners In Sik and Jonathan, his career in corp and business dev, and also some of his favorite maxims, including: “you don’t ask, you don’t get”.