On this week's episode of L.A. Venture, hear lots of insights on equity crowdfunding from Buck Jordan. He's raising $50-$100K a day, mostly on SeedInvest, for the robotics and food companies coming out of WaveMaker Labs.

Jordan also addresses the dramatic changes coming to the food industry, and why WaveMaker is so focused on the application of robotics to this industry in particular.

"The best investments I think come from the really hard problems," he says. "There's not a bigger problem right now or an industry that's more under siege than the food industry is."

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Tensions between the U.S. and China — the world's two largest economies — and the pandemic are making U.S. investors rethink supply chains once largely dependent on Asia.

That's one of the takeaways from a virtual panel hosted Thursday by the Asia Society Southern California and dot.LA on venture capital in Southern California and Asia.

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Over the last decade, Los Angeles has developed one of the leading startup ecosystems in the world. Venture capital investment in the city's startups has grown dramatically, and an increasing share is coming from Asia.

Major Chinese companies including Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba and Wanda Group have invested in local startups, many of which want to gain a toehold in key Asian markets. Wavemaker Partners, which is co-headquartered in Santa Monica and Singapore, recently announced the close of its third and largest fund focused on Southeast Asia.

Will this trend continue in spite of rising political tensions and economic uncertainty fueled by the ongoing COVID-19 fallout? What does the future hold for VC-funded start-ups on both sides of the Pacific?

Join us for an wide-ranging discussion with venture capitalists Seamon Chan, co-founder and managing partner at Palm Drive Capital and an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California; Eric Manlunas, founder and managing partner of Wavemaker Partners and Yida Gao, general partner at Struck Capital, as they explore cross-border VC investments and opportunities between Southern California and Asia. Ben Bergman, senior reporter at dot.LA, will moderate.

Register here - space is limited!

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