The Puck: Venture Capital & Beyond showcases the innovative forethought that defines the venture capital world. Listen as they have in-depth conversations, gaining insights and lessons from well-established VCs, entrepreneurs and other leading technology experts.
Eva Ho, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, shares her incredible story starting with growing up in Mozambique and coming to the US as a refugee at an early age. Co-founder and general partner at Fika Ventures, Eva walks us through her early years after college and how she eventually forged her path into the world of venture capital. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Eva is avid in her service to others. Working with multiple non-profits to create positive systemic change and address issues such as homelessness and educational access, Eva is doing her part step by step in making the world a better place.
Gil Elbaz is an investor and entrepreneur best known for co-founding Applied Semantics (acquired by Google in 2003) and founding Factual. A pioneer of natural language technology and vocal believer in the vast potential of data accessibility, Gil starts at the beginning describing his early fascination with data. He takes us through his different entrepreneurial pursuits and then gives us some practical applications of how information-sharing technologies are changing the world.
Rahul Sonnad, founder of Tesloop and serial entrepreneur, briefly discusses his early days as a software developer at Microsoft and Adobe, and his transition into his first companies. Rahul offers practical tips for aspiring entrepreneurs, sharing details about the future of autonomous driving and Tesloop’s galvanizing role in that arena. Our conversation leads to the blockchain and tokenization opportunities in Rahul’s business model, conveying the many valuable applications in this innovative space.
Matt Kozlov, managing director at Techstars, shares with us his journey from his early career at Yahoo and Sony Entertainment, later starting a mobile gaming company, and eventually making a shift into venture capital. Matt found his way to Techstars, a leading nationwide startup accelerator, and discusses the bold and transformative programs that the accelerator works on.
Michael Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Science, quickly walks us through his entrepreneurial beginnings starting and selling his own companies, later becoming the CEO of MySpace, and his experience founding the venture firm Science, Inc. Mike discusses in detail Science Blockchain, a Reg D private offering fund that provides a model for investment funds seeking to invest in and leverage the benefits of blockchain technology, explaining the ICO process, how their tokens work, and the fascinating opportunities that applications of the blockchain create.
Steven Dietz, veteran VC and current CEO of Level 4 Fleet Services, has been one of the leading investors in the automotive industry for well over a decade. Listen as Steven gives us a snapshot into the world of self-driving cars, sharing insights into the types of changes that could await our streets, communities, industries, and more.
Part II of William Quigley’s interview jumps into his explanation of decentralization through blockchain and the age of smart contracts, along with clarifying some of the metrics of valuation that have been used to measure these currencies.
William Quigley, a leader in the blockchain and cryptocurrency uprising, breaks down in clear terms the value, strengths and weaknesses of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies more broadly. William traces lessons learned and the path that led him into the world of crypto, sharing how the emergence of such currencies have seamlessly fit into his company, OPSkins, a marketplace for digital goods. William also gets into the role and benefits that cryptos could have with global e-commerce giant, Amazon.
Listen as Howard Ko, principal at Morpheus Ventures, enlightens us with his perspective of the LA ecosystem and discusses disruptive technologies such as the Hyperloop, autonomous vehicles, and more. Howard, a VC with a strong foundation in operations, shares his opinions of what he looks for when evaluating investments, and the kinds of teams he keeps an eye out for.
Learn from LA VC veteran, Rick Smith, as he reminisces about the trials and tribulations of starting a fund in the midst of the great recession, and the passion that kept him and his team going to build one of the leading funds in Los Angeles today