LA Venture Podcast


Michael Stoppelman — Angel, scout, friend

March 3, 2020


Michael is one of the most sought after and prolific angel investors in LA.  One year he invested in 50 companies... and that was before joining a prominent scout program.  We also talk about growing Yelp with his brother Jeremy Stoppelman.

Full transcript

All right. Hey, Michael. Hey, we're here with Michael Stoppelman, that is what he is known to me as.

Michael and I have known each other for like fifteen years, something like that.

And Michael is one of the most prolific and sought after angel investors with something like a hundred and forty angel investments, which is awesome.

Before that, Michael was at Yelp for like some like ten years starting as an engineer and working way up to a senior vice president of engineering.

And with me at Google many years before that, pre-IPO days. Thanks so much for being here. You're also Bhatta Surfer.

Thank you for inviting me to this podcast. It's a real honor to be talking to you.

That's silly. Welcome. Yeah. Welcome. So give us I give a little bit of who you are. What did I miss there?

So. So when I graduated from Purdue and computer science, I moved out to San Diego because I wanted to become a surfer. And I spent two months there, couldn't find a job, and ended up at this little startup called Google, getting an offer from Google. All the v.c is in San Diego, told me that I should take the offer and I'd be stupid not to. So it was a post-sale support job.

And at Google. So it wasn't an engineering prop..