Office Hours Podcast: Why L.A. Is Now a Tech Capital – A Conversation With Brian Lee

Los Angeles has come a long way in the 20 years that Brian Lee has built up startups. Brian co-founded LegalZoom in 2001, ShoeDazzle with Kim Kardashian in 2008, and The Honest Company with Jessica Alba in 2012. Now, Brian is co-founder and managing director of BAM Ventures, an early stage fund and startup studio, based in Los Angeles.

Hear Spencer and Brian, recorded at the Montgomery Summit earlier this year, discuss Los Angeles' evolution as a tech hub. They dig into the exciting state of the current Los Angeles start-up scene, what BAM looks for in founders, thoughts on building brands — and a company Lee regrets he passed on.



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