LA Venture Podcast


Matt Kozlov — Techstars Space

April 9, 2020


Our guest Matt Kozlov is the managing director of Techstars Space and ran Techstars Health for 3 years before that.  

We chat about launching toaster sized objects into space for a couple million bucks, getting non-dilutive grant money, and of course Techstars ($120k and a great program)!

Full transcript

Matt is the managing director for TechStars Space. And before that, he was three time managing director for TechStars Health. Also here in L.A., he had a few jobs before jumping over to TechStars. Yahoo! Mobile gaming, enterprise security. Looks like a lot of expertise in corp dev. But we've got to start by just acknowledging what's going on today, which is we're in the middle of Covid-19. We're all sheltering in place at home. Matt and I both, I think, have kids who might bust in on us at any time.

So it's kind of an anything goes podcast day. Matt, thanks for joining. Thanks. I'm hiding in my bedroom where hopefully my two small children will not interrupt and this is the closest thing I have to quiet space, but we don't have a desk in this room, so I am in fact lying in bed doing this podcast. I must be your first podcast guest doing this from from their bed. Is that true?

That's entirely true. I wasn't. I was not sure whether to call it out. 

We are in the middle of a world health crisis. So I think it's a little bit looser standards here.

So, you know, you were the managing director for for a health tech accelerator for the past three years.

Do you have thoughts on what's going on right now in the world? What I'm seeing on the health care front with a lot of my startups and I I'm hesitant to call this a, you know, an opportunity, because I think that could potentially sound callous. But it is highlighting the need for certain technologies in health care and things like telehealth and things like digital tools to improve doctor efficiency and tools to speed clinical trials, tools to find drugs to more easily and to enforce adherence and to make to make the health system work more efficiently.

Health systems that have made the investment to integrate technologies and focus on innovation to make their operating environments more efficient, everything from patient communications to patient intake to billing to, you know, nurse staffing and to to care pathway optimizations, it's all paying off for them.

I don't think anybody was prepared for this, but I think the hospitals and health systems that did start integrating technologies sooner are probably better equipped for this. And startups who are offering tools for hope for those types of applications are in wild demand right now. I'm seeing startups, you know, onboarding thousands of doctors a day and be rolled out statewide across the entire health system.