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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...

Mark Suster — Upfront Ventures

Mark Suster — Upfront Ventures

Mark Suster from Upfront explains why the best time to talk to founders about fundraising is 3-4 months after their last fundraise.     He was kind enough to share that framework and others this week on LAV.   #longla Today...

Z Holly — Good Growth Capital

Z Holly — Good Growth Capital

Super interesting guest (and person), Z Holly talks about university innovation, LA manufacturing, gracious professionalism and the LA River (see Rio Reveals).   Z Holly is an investor at Good Growth Capital, but her LinkedIn would tell you that she's an...

Mark Terbeek — Greycroft

Mark Terbeek — Greycroft

Mark is a leading B2B investor and on the board of Scopely, Icertis and more.  He shares his current investment theses and explains how Greycroft operates as a seed to growth stage venture fund. Mark Terbeek is a partner at Greycroft and one of the...

Alex Gurevich — Javelin Venture Partners

Alex Gurevich — Javelin Venture Partners

Javelin's Alex Gurevich talks with us about investing in Masterclass, Thumbtack, Mythical Games and more.  Alex also tells us why VCs should be getting performance reviews from their founders. Alex Gurevich is the LA based partner at Javelin Ventures...

Virginia Schmitt — B Capital

Virginia Schmitt — B Capital

Virginia Schmitt is a partner and CFO at B Capital.  B Capital is a leading growth-venture firm and one of the largest with an LA office, investing $10-60M in series B-D companies. Virginia shares insights from being a CFO investing out of over $1B AUM. ...