LA Venture: The Fund LA's Raina Kumra Breaks Down What She Looks For In Entrepreneurs

Minnie Ingersoll
Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
LA Venture: The Fund LA's Raina Kumra Breaks Down What She Looks For In Entrepreneurs

On this week's episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, meet Raina Kumra. She recently joined The Fund L.A. as a partner, where she works alongside last week's guest, Anna Barber.

Kumra is also a serial entrepreneur, and has over 15 years of branding and scaling expertise. She is the co-founder of Mavin, a "mobile startup focused on affordable internet access" in India.

She's also the CEO of Santa Monica-based Juggernaut, a company focused on "digital design and disruption" that has worked with both The Walt Disney Company and the federal government.

Kumra has a history of working in civic tech. She worked with the Obama administration, and was the senior new media advisor in the State Department's Office of eDiplomacy. She also worked with the Biden-Harris transition team, advising on leadership within the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

Despite her various ventures, she remains focused on building up ethical tech, sustainability and prioritizing the L.A. startup community.

On the rest of this episode, Raina shares some projects she's currently working on, thoughts on the future of ethical tech, and some questions she likes to ask entrepreneurs.

Raina Kumra is the CEO of Juggernaut, a partner at The Fund L.A., serves as an advisor for the moonshot factory, and is on the board of Nix Hydra Games. Her work has also been published in several journals and is part of MoMA's permanent collection.

"I think it's the 'terms of service' that is one of the most depressing norms in the tech industry of everyone just copy-pasting some sort of generic terms of service instead of sitting down and really thinking about it as an opportunity for your brand, an opportunity for your product to make a deeper connection and be more honest and transparent." — Raina Kumra

dot.LA Engagement Intern Colleen Tufts contributed to this post.

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