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Laurent Grill — JLL Spark

Laurent Grill — JLL Spark

Corporate venture capital is becoming a first choice option for founders seeking the value-add that corporates can bring in an industry.

This is the thesis of Laurent Grill as he seeks to build the #1 choice PropTech fund at JLL Spark.

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.

Amanda Groves — PLUS Capital

Amanda Groves — PLUS Capital

Amanda Groves shares how startups can best navigate working with elite athletes and celebrities.

How should a startup structure an equity arrangement?  Has cancel culture gone too far?  And how does a firm like Plus Capital help to measure and quantify an engagement’s impact.

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.

Shawn Colo — 3L Capital

Shawn Colo — 3L Capital

Shawn Colo is a founder and managing partner at 3L Capital, a growth equity firm based in LA and NY writing $10-30M checks. We discuss 3L portfolio companies goPuff, Relativity Space, AvantStay and Shawn's founding of Demand Media.  Shawn Colo is a...

Martha Notaras — Brewer Lane

Martha Notaras — Brewer Lane

Martha Notaras is the smartest and most fun Insurtech investor that I know.  She tells us about Brewer Lane's $175M Fund I and investing into Series A and B Insurtech and Fintech companies.  I am excited for my conversation with Martha Notaras...

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. ...

Justin Fishner-Wolfson — 137 Ventures

Justin Fishner-Wolfson — 137 Ventures

Justin Fishner-Wolfson is the cofounder and managing partner at 137 Ventures. 137 has more than $1.5B assets under management and is known for investing in growth-stage companies by providing custom liquidity solutions to founders. I am joined today by Justin...

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...

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...

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...

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...