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A few stories arrived recently demonstrating the continued strength of Los Angeles’ podcasting industry. Spotify, of course, unveiled its massive “Pod City” production hub in the Arts District in Downtown L.A. last December. HeadGum Studios expanded its operations back in 2020, and earlier this year, L.A.-based ad platform Gumball raised $10 million in Series A funding that it will put toward a new system making it easier for sponsors to place host-read ads on popular series. Then this week, L.A.-based PodcastOne beefed up its line-up of sports personalities, adding former baseball pro Nick Swisher, NBA vet Bobby Portis and former Jacksonville Jaguar Chris Howard to its team.

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On this episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, sit down with Daniel Leff, the founder and managing partner of Luminari Capital, as well as the co-founder and managing partner of his latest fund, Waverley Capital.

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Los Angeles-based Goodpods launched at the start of the pandemic in the hopes of answering the question "What podcast should I listen to?"

As the podcast market has become more saturated, more and more companies are trying to make discovery easier. Google's Podcast app relies on AI-powered suggestions to lure listeners. Other podcasting platforms like Breaker take an approach more like that of social media.

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