LA Venture Podcast: King River Capital Co-Founder on the Future of Clean Tech Investment

On this week's episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, meet Megan Guy, co-founder and partner at King River Capital, an L.A.-based fund investing in Series A, B and C Series companies. They're investing out of a $100M Fund II. Guy shares how they leverage their LPs for significant co-investment.

Key Takeaways:

  • King River has investments in AI, fintech, healthcare and digital health.
  • Guy said she's excited by the readiness of the energy and clean tech hardware that's been built over many years to now allow for the application and consumer layer.
  • While climate mitigation innovation is important to Guy, she sees lots of possibilities in the technology and product development around climate adaptation — that is, technology that help people adapt to climate change.
  • Her experience raising funds for King River right as COVID hit has given Guy much more empathy for entrepreneurs.
  • Coming from banking, Guy had learn how to feel comfortable promoting her fund, her companies and herself. The banking environment lent itself to lots of confidentiality and discretion.
  • King River Capital has a co-invest program and can move pretty quickly because they're working with individuals who rely heavily on their diligence.
"It's awesome to see these really great minds applying a lot of what we've seen work in the software space now to some of these big global problems." — Megan Guy

Megan Guy's career has spanned both the public and private sectors. She previously held various leadership roles in conservation investing and corporate engagement at The Nature Conservancy (the world's largest environmental nonprofit) and at Angeleno Group, where she led venture and growth equity investments across sectors including energy finance, storage, distributed generation and telematics. She began her career at Goldman Sachs, where she worked as an investment banker in New York and Sydney and subsequently co-founded and launched the firm's global environmental markets and strategy group.

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There will be about 100 hours of content available exclusive to those who have paid and registered, but, for the first time, 12 hours of plenary sessions will be free for anyone to stream on YouTube, opening panels to a much bigger audience around the world.

See the full agenda here. We'll be watching, and will keep you up to date with takeaways from the conference. Follow updates from the event below and check our Twitter account for more.

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What a difference a year makes.

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