Into a Riot, with Will Coffield (Riot Ventures)

Episode Summary

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.

Episode Notes

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…

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• 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 • 

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