Our episode today features Will Coffield, cofounder and General Partner of Riot Ventures, an LA-based venture capital firm focused on the intersection of where software meets hardware.
Today’s Pathfinder episode features Will Coffield, cofounder and General Partner of Riot Ventures. Riot has a proclivity for investing in early-stage companies with transformative tech ideologies dedicated to revolutionizing traditional industries. Today’s conversation also features the space and space-adjacent companies that Riot has invested in including True Anomaly, Integrate, and Azimuth.
In addition to Riot’s origin story, Mo and Will discuss:
And much more…
This episode is brought to you by SpiderOak, a US-based software company that builds space cybersecurity products and solutions for civilian, military, and commercial space operations. Learn more at https://spideroak.com/
• Chapters •
00:00 - Intro & SpiderOak Ad
02:31 - Will’s background
13:20 - Riot's investment strategy
17:06 - Seed investments
19:54 - Mapping real customer demand
22:07 - Liquidity in deep tech industries
25:52 - SpiderOak Ad
26:40 - How do you categorizing space investments?
34:21 - Is dual-use technology a cover up for defense investing?
38:09 - Integrate and Azimuth
42:58 - Crowding in the market
47:02 - Starship’s impact on the ecosystem
48:48 - Technologies Riot is excited about
49:54 - Outside of LA, where's the biggest space ecosystem?
• Show notes •
Riot's website — https://www.riot.vc/
Will's socials — https://twitter.com/WillC_5
Mo's socials — https://twitter.com/itsmoislam
Payload’s socials — https://twitter.com/payloadspace / https://www.linkedin.com/company/payloadspace
Pathfinder archive — Watch: https://www.youtube.com/@payloadspace Pathfinder archive — Listen: https://pod.payloadspace.com/episodes
• About us •
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