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Our investment thesis is focused on community building around LA universities and their alumni, and in particular the broader UCLA community. These universities and their alumni are under-appreciated as investments opportunities.
We have a relentless commitment to diversity because it’s good business and good community; 70% of our portfolio companies are founded by women and minorities.
We invest at the seed stage and focus on software and biotech. We will follow great alumni to SF or NY but are predominantly focused on LA.
We leverage our network and pool our passions to support the growth of your exciting startup. With your success, we then donate a meaningful portion of our proceeds to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in our community. We operate completely independently of and are not associated with UCLA nor the other LA universities.
Birth of the microbial revolution
Microbiome-based therapeutics company, launching the most advanced therapies to treat and prevent skin disease including acne. Unlike the harsh chemicals used in today's treatment, Naked Biome relies on our bodies natural bacteria to restore a healthy balance. They are building the most advanced drug discovery genomics platform for the treatment and continual improvement of skin diseases and health. Product roadmap includes additional skin microbiome treatment indications including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis. CEO/Founder Dr. Emma Taylor studied medicine at USC, completed her residency and fellowship in dermatology and dermatopathology at UCLA, and stayed on as faculty in the Division of Dermatology and Department of Pathology at UCLA Geffen Medical School.
Start trends, create epidemics
Marketplace delivering custom content that is more authentic and more effective than agency content at a fraction of the time and cost via an automated, self-serve platform. Disrupting the creative agency and stock photography businesses. Social Native was founded by veterans of Google, Scopely, Applied Semantics whose past startups have created over $2B in equity value. CEO David Shapour has a BS from Yeshiva University and a Business Administration Certificate with Concentration in Marketing from UCLA. Co-Founder/CSO Eytan Elbaz has a BS in computer science and engineering from UCLA.
Chair Emeritus of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund.
Previously CEO/Founder of Rainmaker Systems, Inc. Took public on Nasdaq. Clients included Vanguard, Abbot and IBM. Grew to over 1,500 employees. Deloitte Fast 50 award winner.
Former CEO/Co-Founder of UniDirect Systems. Inc. 500 #22. Sold to Avent (Savoir)
Previously CEO/Founder of UniqApp
Co-Founder of Live Entertainment Network
Associate, UCLA VC Fund
Venture Partner, Life Sciences
Chief Development Officer, C3 Jian – biotech for oral health care
Previously CSO at Tarrot
18 years in research and drug development at Amgen
AB Biochemistry, UC Berkeley
Board of Advisors
Co-Founder, Bristol Capital Advisors
Pioneer on Wall Street, PIPE Strategy
Co-Founder, StartEngine, leading equity crowdfunding company based in LA
Founder, The Los Angeles Film School
He has invested, provided seed capital and/or founded numerous successful companies including Cheniere Energy, Inc., Lion Biotechnologies, Inc., The Los Angeles Film School, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cantango Oil and Gas Company, Research Solutions, Inc., Wizard World, Inc., Energous Corporation, and Tellurian Investments.
Advisors and mentors
Strong community of experienced and passionate advisors/mentors to help our portfolio companies succeed
VP Immunology & Scientific Innovation, Johnson and Johnson
Deep subject matter expertise in oncology, tumor immunology, inflammation & autoimmunity. Comprehensive discovery and preclinical development experience with monoclonal antibodies, biotherapeutics and small molecules
PhD Biology, UC San Diego
BA Biology, UC Santa Cruz
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA
Former Chair of Computer Science at UCLA
Developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet. The birth of the Internet occurred in his UCLA laboratory (3420 Boelter Hall) when his Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 and it was from there that he directed the transmission of the first message to pass over the Internet on October 29, 1969.
Founder of multiple companies including Linkabit and Nomadix
JEFF MILLER, PH.D.
Director, CNSI (California NanoSystems Institute) at UCLA
Member, National Academy of Sciences
UCLA Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Co-Founder, One Kings Lane
Board of Governors at Parsons The New School for Design
Dean, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
CEO, The Los Angeles Film School
Active in supporting Latina entrepreneurs
Diana is also a private sector leader in the UNESCO Teach-Her project, a global education initiative focused on bridging the gender gap in the STEAM fields.
Co-Founder & Special Counsel, Bristol Capital Advisors
Previously international business attorney, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and at Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Director, Startup UCLA
Co-Founder & President, ScaleFunder
Technology executive, entrepreneur, and investor focused on consumer-facing & B2B web companies, SAAS, big data plays, cloud-based platforms, storage, DSP, and embedded projects.
CEO, Hawkeye Therapeutics
Former CEO, Amira Pharma sold for $400M
Previously VP, Amgen
MS Genetics, Penn State
BS Microbiology, Penn State
Owner, Staglin Family Vineyards
Co-Chair, UCLA Centennial Campaign
Chair, UCLA Grand Challenge for Depression
Board Member, Silicon Valley Bank
VP, Trademark & Technology Licensing
Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Chair Emeritus, National Venture Capital Assocation
Chair Emeritus, UCLA VC Fund
EVP & GM, Over-The Top (OTT) Ventures at Lionsgate
Previously Head of Platform Business Development, Jaunt, a leader in the field of cinematic virtual reality
Founder/CEO, OUYA: Video game console and platform sold to Razer
100 Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company
Top 50 Women Digital 2015, Digital LA
BSBA, Washington University in St. Louis
Advanced Alternative Media, Inc.
AAM is the most identifiable global brand for Producer and Songwriter management, exclusively representing world-class talent and their businesses, among them songwriters, producers, artists, labels, publishing companies, production companies, mixers, executives, and engineers.
AAM’s clients speak to the breadth of its work, which has moved many millions of people and sold billions of albums and singles. Beaven’s company has collaborated with mega stars ranging from The Rolling Stones, U2, David Bowie, Madonna, Keith Urban, Kanye, Prince, Adele, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Nirvana, Usher, John Lennon, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, and Guns ‘N’ Roses.
Exec Director, QB3 incubator UCSF
General Partner, Mission Bay Capital
Previously Executive Vice-Chancellor, UCSF
Previously, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF
Ph.D. Biophysics, CalTech
Physics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Previously President, Disney Online
Venture Advisor, Accel Partners
Co-Founder, Amplify LA
CEO/Founder After Hours Software, sold to Adobe
BS Math & Computer Science, UCLA
Managing Director, Miramar Ventures
Previously UC Alumni Regent
Partner, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison
BA, UC Irvine