Talking Fundraising: Insider Info with Los Angeles VCs

For startup founders, pitching your idea for investment can be the most daunting and frustrating part of the process of building a new business. Knowing what investors are looking for can seem like a secret that only a lucky few have unraveled.

Get an inside look into how venture capital investors approach Seed funding, Series A investing, and more! You’ll pick up unique perspectives and inside advice offered by each of our panelists.

Join us for this special opportunity to hear from some of LA’s investors!

Featured Panelists

Minnie Ingersoll, Investor and host of LA Venture podcast

Minnie is a Partner at TenOneTen actively investing in great teams. TenOneTen are operators who invest early (pre-seed, seed, seed+) and love working with technical founders who are passionate about what they’re building.

Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was founder and COO at Shift, an online marketplace disrupting the $1.2T car industry by providing a better experience for buying and selling used cars. She helped grow Shift to a $100M+ business and a recent Series D.

Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. In her spare time she volunteers for city government, surfs baby waves, and raises baby people.

She also currently hosts the LA Venture podcast.

Miki Reynolds, Executive Director of Grid110

Miki Reynolds is the Executive Director of Grid110, an early stage startup accelerator and community development non-profit she co-founded in 2014. She has 15 years of experience working in tech, ranging from digital marketing and creative services to software development and e-commerce. After managing digital projects at global entertainment corporations like MGM Studios and 20th Century Fox, and heading up operations/product for a software development startup, she launched the Downtown LA location for tech education company General Assembly. Miki’s current role at Grid110 focuses on activating the startup ecosystem in Downtown Los Angeles, fostering community, and connecting the dots for entrepreneurs through access to mentoring and critical resources.

Miki has accepted commendations from Mayor Eric Garcetti on behalf of General Assembly and Grid110, has been recognized by LA Biz Journal as a 2017 Woman of Influence, was named to Techweek’s 2017 #Techweek100 and sits on the advisory councils for the Mayor’s PledgeLA and WiSTEM LA initiatives.

Brentt Baltimore, Investor at Greycroft

Based in the Los Angeles office, Brentt’s responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and executing venture stage investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Greycroft, Brentt led business development at Operator Inc., a venture stage company in the conversational commerce space and worked on technology commercialization at Numenta Inc., an artificial intelligence research company. Brentt also worked at Detroit Venture Partners, where he led investment diligence and supported portfolio companies. Brentt started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, focusing on leveraged buyouts and debt financing transactions.

Brentt received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.

Chris Hill, Investor at Comcast Ventures

Chris holds a diverse range of investment and consulting experience in areas including SaaS, consumer marketplace, entertainment, and real estate technologies. His limitless view of the connected world comes from curiosity and deep-rooted industry connections in the Los Angeles startup ecosystem.

Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Chris served as Principal at Siemer & Associates where he focused on digital media and software startup transactions. He spent his early career as SVP at IMT Capital where he identified growth opportunities and implemented the M&A due diligence process for the firm. In 2013, he was appointed by California’s governor to join the State of California Workforce Investment Board. He received his B.A. in History from Yale.

John Keatley, CEO, Co-Founder at Scratch Financial and Investor with Pasadena Angels

John Keatley is the Co-Founder and CEO of Scratchpay, a point-of-sale financing company that offers payment plans to pet owners at the veterinarian’s office. Scratchpay is just 3 years old but already has over 3,500 participating veterinary clinics in the U.S. and Canada and has helped 50,000 furry critters receive urgent medical attention. He was formerly CFO for two different “unicorn” fintech companies, Pasadena-based Green Dot Corporation and Klarna, a European e-commerce payment company based in Stockholm, Sweden. John led Green Dot’s 2010 IPO which resulted in the company receiving a $1.6B valuation on the NYSE, and he was named “CFO of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. At Klarna, John helped the Swedish fintech company expand internationally and secure a $2.5B private market valuation. John received an MBA from Harvard and an AB in Physics from Princeton University.

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