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LA Series A Investors

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...

Zach White — Sinai Ventures

Zach White — Sinai Ventures

Great talk with Zach White about managing Sinai Venture's $600M Fund II.   We talk about investing in Pinterest, buying secondary shares, and independent thinking in the venture business. I'm excited to be talking with Zach white today. Zach is a...

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. ...

Shahin Farshchi — Lux Capital

Shahin Farshchi — Lux Capital

Lux invests in emerging science and technology ventures at the outermost edges of what is possible. Lux will write $10- 15M checks and they are not afraid to invest pre-product and sometimes pre-company.   Shahin has fascinating insight on automation, autonomous cars,...

Scott Stanford — ACME

Scott Stanford — ACME

Scott has invested in Uber, Facebook, Slack, Square, Robinhood and others... there was probably more than 30 mins worth of stuff I could have learned. Before starting ACME, Scott was the co-founder of Sherpa Capital and before that he was head of Internet...

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...

Arjan Schutte — Core Innovation Capital

Arjan Schutte — Core Innovation Capital

Great discussion with Arjan Schutte about democratizing prosperity and running Core Innovation Capital, a finTech fund that measures its impact on society and has invested in Ripple, NerdWallet, Synapse, Fundera and more. Arjan Schutte is the founder and...