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The findings offer an insider’s view of the LA startup scene in 2022, which, while rapidly growing, remains an island world led by a handful of key dealmakers, like the venture capital industry in its together. This year, Minnie Ingersoll, partner of TenOneTen, and Mark Mullen, managing director of Bonfire Ventures, are tied for first place, with five votes each; they were followed by Dustin Rosen, managing partner of Wonder Ventures, who received four votes. Behind them, five VCs are tied for third place with three votes each, while six other investors complete the list with two votes each.
Like last year’s list (which also featured Bonfire’s Mullen in first place), the results below are sorted by the number of votes received by each VC; where there were links, we list the investors alphabetically by last name. As always, we asked survey participants not to vote for any of their colleagues and checked the list to make sure they followed this rule.
Without further ado, here are LA’s best VCs of 2022, as judged by their peers.
Minnie Ingersoll, TenOneTen Ventures
Minnie Ingersoll, TenOneTen Ventures (5 votes)
Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at venture capital firm TenOneTen, whose recent investments include crypto travel rewards startup FlyCoin. Prior to TenOneTen, she co-founded Shift Technologies, an online marketplace for buying and selling used cars. Ingersoll also spent more than a decade at Google, where she focused on the tech giant’s fiber optics, advertising and charitable efforts. (She also hosts dot.LA’s LA Venture podcast.)
Mark Mullen, Bonfire Ventures
Mark Mullen, Bonfire Ventures (5 votes)
Mark Mullen is the co-founder and managing director of Bonfire Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that backs business-to-business (B2B) software startups. (Recent investments include cloud communications start-up Telgorithm.) Mullen previously managed venture capital funds Double M Partners and Mull Capital. In January, an SEC filing revealed that Bonfire was aiming to raise $165 million for its third fund. (Disclosure: Mullen is an investor in dot.LA.)
Dustin Rosen, Wonder Ventures
Dustin Rosen, Wonder Ventures (4 voices)
Dustin Rosen is the founder and managing partner of Wonder Ventures, an early investor in companies like Los Angeles-based unicorns Whatnot and Bird. Earlier in her career, Rosen founded the fashion app Pose and was a senior partner at the Mail Room Fund. Last month, Wonder launched a $31 million fund focused exclusively on early-stage Los Angeles startups.
Jim Andelman, Bonfire Ventures
Jim Andelman, Bonfire Ventures (3 votes)
Alongside Mark Mullen, Jim Andelman is co-founder and managing director of Bonfire Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B software startups. Previously, he oversaw software deals for Bay Area investment firm Broadview Capital Partners.
Anna Barbier, M13
Anna Barber, M13 (3 Voices)
Anna Barber is a partner at M13, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage consumer technology companies. (Recent investments include startup NFT Unblocked.) Barber is also an advisor to the USC Marshall Venture Fund. She previously ran Techstars LA as CEO and co-founded Scribble Press, a New York-based book publishing startup. (Disclosure: M13 is an investor in dot.LA.)
Eva Ho, Fika Ventures
Eva Ho, Fika Ventures (3 votes)
Eva Ho is a general partner at Fika Ventures, an early-stage company that focuses on sectors such as AI, automation and big data. Ho previously worked at Google and served as an entrepreneur-in-residence for the City of Los Angeles.
Jeff Morris, Chapter One
Jeff Morris, Chapter One (3 Voices)
Jeff Morris is the founder and managing partner of Chapter One, a venture capital firm targeting early-stage Web3 startups. The former Tinder executive’s previous investments include Dapper Labs, Lyft, Cameo and PearPop.
Dana Settle, Greycroft
Dana Settle, Greycroft (3 Voices)
Dana Settle is co-founder and managing partner of Greycroft, which has backed consumer-focused startups including Acorns, Goop and Bumble. The Lehman Brothers alum helped Greycroft shut down two funds with a combined value of nearly $700 million at the end of 2020. (Disclosure: Greycroft is an investor in dot.LA.)
Josh Diamond, Walkabout Ventures
Josh Diamond, Walkabout Ventures (2 voices)
Josh Diamond is a general partner at Walkabout Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that primarily targets fintech startups. Diamond was previously the lead investor in Clocktower Technology Ventures.
Buck Jordan, Wavemaker Laboratories
Buck Jordan, Wavemaker Labs (2 votes)
Buck Jordan is the founder and CEO of Wavemaker Labs, which funds and incubates startups in partnership with large corporations. Wavemaker has specifically targeted the food industry supply chain space, supporting automated technologies at the farming and food preparation stages that deploy AI and robotics.
Kara Nortman, Initial Enterprises
Spencer Rascoff, 75 years old and sunny
Spencer Rascoff, 75 & Sunny (2 Voices)
Spencer Rascoff is co-founder and general partner of 75 & Sunny, a venture capital firm and startup incubator. Focused on industries such as proptech and e-commerce, Rascoff previously co-founded Zillow, Hotwire.com and real estate platform Pacaso (Disclosure: Rascoff is the co-founder and executive chairman of dot.LA.)
Adriana Saman, Clocktower Technology Ventures
Adriana Saman, Clocktower Technology Ventures (2 votes)
Adriana Saman is a director at Clocktower Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage fintech startups in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Saman was previously an analyst at JPMorgan Chase.
Sara Zayani, Global Founders Capital
Sara Zayani, Global Founders Capital (2 votes)
Sarra Zayani is a partner at Global Founders Capital. The Greycroft alum has led Global Founders’ investments in local startups including Cann, Universal Hydrogen and Pacaso.
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