Founders & Funders

A podcast about leveraging venture capital to build great companies, brought you by host Shelley Hunter (Gift Card Girlfriend) and producer Ryan Burleson (New York Times, Boston Globe)

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Most Recent Episodes

Jeannie & Scott Test 1
June 11, 2020

Sometimes, the biggest breakthroughs happen purely by accident. This was the case for Dr. Armon Sharei, who, while working on his PhD in chemical engineering at MIT, discovered a unique method that could change the field of cell-based therapeutics as we know it. It was 2008 and Sharei was part of a team that was […]

EP 63: Simplifying Primary Care for Doctors and Patients
March 4, 2020 Zachary Sweeney | Co-Founder and CEO of Lolly Medical

As Co-Founder and CEO of Lolly Medical, Zachary Sweeney and his team are building a healthtech platform that allows patients to schedule a doctor’s appointment with the push of a button. Zach is a grant recipient from the 10,000 Entrepreneurs program (or 10KE), an initiative of Alumni Ventures Group aimed at helping young adults explore entrepreneurial careers.

EP 62: Meet a UCLA Bruin Helping His Fellow Alums Invest in Venture Capital
February 20, 2020 Larry Jen | Managing Partner of Westwood Ventures

Larry Jen is Managing Partner of Westwood Ventures, a venture capital fund for UCLA alums under the umbrella of Alumni Ventures Group. The Anderson School MBA discusses his investment experience in Silicon Valley, his decision to join Westwood, what it means to be a UCLA Bruin, and why his fellow alums should add venture capital to their portfolio.

EP 61: Baking a Healthy, Entrepreneurial Snack
February 18, 2020 Brianna Makaric | Founder of BRITE Bites

Brianna Makaric struggled to find a healthy snack that fit her dietary needs. So she decided to create BRITE Bites, made with high-quality superfoods and probiotics to help support your immune and digestive systems. Brianna is a Grant Recipient from the 10,000 Entrepreneurs program (or 10KE), a nonprofit founded by Alumni Ventures Group to help young adults explore entrepreneurial careers.

EP 60: The Tax Benefits Most Venture Investors Aren’t Aware Of
February 4, 2020

Many people are unaware of the potential tax advantages available to accredited venture investors. Individuals invested in Qualified Small Business Stock can claim a federal tax exemption on up to $10M of capital gains. Peter Loukianoff of Strawberry Creek Ventures and Andrea Kushner of Alliance Bernstein discuss QSBS and other advantages of investing in venture capital.

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