Episode 15: Dana Settle -- Greycroft

Dana is a Founding Partner at Greycroft and heads the west coast office. She invests in seed, series A and out of the Greycroft growth fund. We talk to her about tracker funds, acquirers, her relationship to email and other interesting things.

Episode 14: John Waller -- Okapi Ventures

John is a gem. He is also a partner at Okapi Ventures. Before Okapi he was a founder (twice), he worked at Idealab and in corporate M&A. As he says, he has sat on all 10 sides of the table.

Episode 13: Brian Garrett -- Crosscut Ventures

Brian is one of the founders of Crosscut. Crosscut has been doing seed investing in LA since 2007. Brian explains their portfolio construction ($1.5-3M is 'typical' but they stretch in both directions), the personalities of the Crosscut team and how they think about their reputation and the ecosystem they have been a part of growing for the past decade.

From the episode: Nick Kim's post on Platform as a Product.

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Episode 12: Peter Pham -- Science

Peter Pham is the co-founder of Science. Science is a startup studio here in Santa Monica that partners with founders at the earliest stage of company-creation. Peter educates me and David on D2C margins and radiation-preventing underwear over tallboys of Liquid Death.

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Episode 11: Paul Bricault -- Amplify LA

Paul is founder and managing partner at Amplify. Amplify started as an accelerator, they still have the great office space, but now Paul describes Amplify as pre-seed with benefits. They have a heavy LA focus to their investments ($250-500k) but not funding LA companies exclusively. Paul is also a venture partner at Greycroft and a nice person.

Episode 10: Adam Struck -- Struck Capital

Adam Struck is an LA seed investor from Struck Capital (checks $1-1.5M) who challenges any other VC to put in more sweat equity per dollar than he does. He also thinks VCs should be weirder. I already feel like I'm busting my butt so I will accept the weird challenge.

Episode 9: Kara Nortman -- Upfront Ventures

Kara is a partner at Upfront, a founder, and one of the most prominent investors in LA. Kara shares about the Upfront partnership (8 different UIs with the same backend), advice for founders, and her own areas of interest.

Episode 8: Stender Sweeney -- Pasadena Angels

With over 100 members, Pasadena Angels is one of the largest angel investor networks in LA. Stender Sweeney is chair of the Pasadena Angels and explains how their process works, what size check to expect ($250-750k) and what it means to be 'more than the money'.

Episode 7: Anna Barber -- Techstars LA

Techstars is a 90-day mentorship-driven accelerator program with three programs in LA: Techstars Music, Techstars Space and Techstars LA. Today we talk to Anna Barber, Managing Director for Techstars LA, about the mentorship, investment ($120k) and network that Techstars LA provides.

Episode 6: Eva Ho -- Fika Ventures

Fika invests in enterprise, B2B SAAS and data-oriented solutions. Fika is usually writing checks in the $750k to $1.2M range and Eva tells us how check size and round size have changed over time. Eva is an extremely thoughtful investor about everything from data ethics to building stronger communities. We're glad Eva is part of the LA community!

Episode 5: Mark Mullen -- Bonfire Ventures

Mark talks with us about what sort of traction he looks for when doing B2B seed investing, what sort of questions he asks founders, and his direct personal style.

Episode 4: Will Hsu -- Mucker Capital

Will talks to us about Mucker Capital, the early stage venture fund that he and Erik co-founded as well as Mucker Labs, his very well-respected LA accelerator.

Episode 3: Dustin Rosen -- Wonder Ventures

Dustin Rosen is the founder and managing partner at Wonder Ventures, a pre-seed fund here in LA.

Episode 2: Britt Danneman -- Alpha Edison

Britt talks about venture debt, Alpha Edison's investment thesis and how trust is created.

Episode 1: Eytan Elbaz -- Angel investor, man of mystery

Eytan is a multiple time co-founder (Social Native, Render Media, Scopely), venture partner at TenOneTen, and full of insights on angel investing.