LA Venture Podcast: March Capital Co-founder Shares Decades Of Lessons Learned

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LA Venture Podcast: March Capital Co-founder Shares Decades Of Lessons Learned

On this week's episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, meet Jamie Montgomery, co-founder and managing partner at March Capital. He shares how he's built such strong relationships, how he's delivered outsized returns for March Capital, his approach to philanthropy and his high school fire extinguisher business.

For more, tune in March 3rd and 4th to the 18th annual Montgomery Summit.


Key Takeaways:

  • After Montogmery finished his masters at Cambridge, he worked for the Pentagon during the Reagan administration.
  • He returned to L.A. and started up his own firm in 1986.
  • In the early 90s, the firm, which had been focused on defense, pivoted to communications and what would become the internet. As it scaled, the firm sold banking and kept the investment side, which ultimately turned into March Capital.
  • His firm, Montgomery & Co., was extremely profitable, but in 2008 got hammered by the financial crisis and lost about 85% of business. This experience led to the creation of March Capital.
  • March Capital invests about $20 to $25 million on average per company.
  • March Capital's philanthropy efforts focus on community-building, incluiding addressing homelessness, community health and youth programs.

Jamie Montgomery is the co-founder and managing partner at March Capital. Prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of Montgomery & Co., a well-known Los Angeles-based investment bank where he advised and financed hundreds of leading technology companies over a 25-year period. He is also the founder of the Montgomery Summit, an annual technology conference that attracts over 1,000 global entrepreneurs, investors and corporate executives to Santa Monica.


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