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Matilda Sung– Ludis Capital

Matilda Sung– Ludis Capital

Ludis Capital founder Matilda Sung is investing $500k - 1M at the intersection of sports media and technology.     She explains how the NFL compares its social media efforts to those of other leagues, how sports betting is different in the US than in other countries...

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.

Brett Brewer — Crosscut

Brett Brewer — Crosscut

If you care about how culture is born in a city or what makes LA tech special, then get some inspiration as Crosscut’s Brett Brewer talks about the early days of building Intermix and MySpace and how he sees the ecosystem evolving.

Amanda Schutzbank — Willow Growth Partners

Amanda Schutzbank — Willow Growth Partners

Venture investment in consumer brands goes in and out of vogue.  Amanda Schutzbank explains how Willow Growth takes a unique approach to consumer investing that combines the best of venture and private equity investing. Amanda Schutzbank is a co-founder of Willow...

Ed Wilson — Impulsum Ventures

Ed Wilson — Impulsum Ventures

One of everyone’s favorites, Ed Wilson, joins to talk to about Impulsum Ventures, how they’ve built a venture firm alongside a 30-person dev shop and his sunny approach to life.

Yelena Shkolnik — Jump Capital

Yelena Shkolnik — Jump Capital

Another great Series A fund in LA!  

Yelena Shkolnik is a partner at Jump Capital.  Jump may be most recognized for their crypto work, but we have a broad conversation on content, commerce, fintech and how those are converging in today’s ownership economy.

Kobie Fuller — Upfront Ventures

Kobie Fuller — Upfront Ventures

Every pitch today involves community. Upfront partner and former CMO Kobie Fuller tells us how the best brands are giving users the tools to be brand advocates and how those same brands are tapping into the community to get insights.

We also talk about being black in venture and what inspired Kobie to build Valence, a network for black professionals.

Joanne Wilson — Gotham Gal

Joanne Wilson — Gotham Gal

The Gotham Gal herself, Joanne Wilson, tells us that department stores are dead, but gives us a glimpse into the future and her own upcoming cannabis store that will pair your cannabis with your needs, mood and even the food you’re serving that night.

We also cover the state of VC today and much more.

Carter Reum — M13

Carter Reum — M13

We couldn’t be more excited for Carter Reum and M13’s newly announced $400M Fund III.  There are still only a few funds in LA that are true lead Series A investors.

Carter tells us how they have doubled in size from Fund I to Fund II and again from Fund II to Fund III (it helps to have 11(!) unicorns in Fund I) and how their thesis has continued to evolve as they’ve built the fund.

Cody Simms — MCJ Collective

Cody Simms — MCJ Collective

Earth’s population has doubled in Cody’s lifetime. 96% of mammals on earth are now humans and livestock. China emits more greenhouse gases than all other countries combined.

This and much more from Cody at MCJ Collective.

Steve Ahern — KB Partners

Steve Ahern — KB Partners

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How are sports evolving to match the changing tastes of fans? What can traditional sports learn from esports? How is sports betting rolling out across the country?

This and much more with Steve Ahern, partner at KB Partners.