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LA Series B Investors

Mike Fernandez — B Capital

Mike Fernandez — B Capital

Why is a Series B pitch so much different than pitching a Series A company? How do growth stage investors think about multiples today?

Mike Fernandez talks about what he is seeing in growth rounds today and the sort of support that is needed for later stage companies.

Charlie Hanna — Marcy Venture Partners

Charlie Hanna — Marcy Venture Partners

Marcy Venture Partners has grown from $30M to $900M AUM, now leading Series A and Series B rounds.  

Charlie Hanna tells us how he, Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Larry Marcus work together at Marcy to evaluate and champion the brands of the future.  He points out that celebrities like Jay-Z and Rihanna didn’t make their billions from their music, but from their ability to build brands.

Megan Holston-Alexander — A16Z

Megan Holston-Alexander — A16Z

Megan Holston-Alexander leads A16Z’s Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF).  CLF connects the world’s greatest cultural leaders with the best new technology companies.

Megan tells us about getting black people onto cap tables, into tech and building generational wealth.

She tells us how A16Z has grown this network and her own journey into this role.

Raj Ganguly — B Capital

Raj Ganguly — B Capital

B Capital has rapidly grown to over $6B AUM and has just announced its first early-stage fund, the $250M Ascent Fund run by a superstar team that includes Eduardo Saverin, Gabe Greenbaum, Karen Page, Karan Mohla, and Howard Morgan.

Raj says B Capital was not an overnight success but was built steadily on the conviction that there needed to be a firm that could be best in class on value-add and also global from the outset.

Faraz Fatemi — Lightspeed

Faraz Fatemi — Lightspeed

What does it mean to be more authentic online and will it lead to a nicer Internet? 

How will future social networks make it easier to establish an online identity, find community and enable community ownership?

Faraz Fatemi, partner at Lightspeed, brings his perspective on consumer psychology to today’s episode of LA Venture. 

Shomik Dutta — Overture VC

Shomik Dutta — Overture VC

Shomik Dutta says that climate, and specifically the need to decarbonize every major industry will “eat the world” in the same way that Marc Andreesen famously said that software would eat the world in 2011.

Shomik argues that the TAM in climate is multiples of the TAM in software today.  The immensity of the need is one of the motivations of the work that he is doing now at Overture.

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...