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Chirag Chotalia — Threshold Ventures

Chirag Chotalia — Threshold Ventures

Chirag tells us about his journey from Pritzker Group to DFJ and the evolution from DFJ to Threshold.  He's one of only a few LA-based Series A investors. Great to hear his perspective on today's venture market! Chirag Chotalia is with me today....

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....

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...

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...