LA Venture Podcast


Scott Lenet — Touchdown Ventures

April 21, 2021

Series A

We talk with Scott Lenet of Touchdown Ventures about the pros and cons of corporate venture... and how Touchdown is trying to do it right.

Touchdown already has 45 people on the team, and they're actively hiring!

Full transcript

Hello and welcome to the LA Venture Podcast. This is Minnie Ingersoll host of the podcast and partner at TenOneTen. TenOneTen is a seed stage fund here in LA. All opinions expressed on this show by me and my guests are solely our own. 

Today's guest is Scott Lenet, a co-founder and president of Touchdown Ventures. Touchdown helps corporations run professional venture capital programs.

Scott has two decades of experience as a VC before Touchdown. Scott was a managing partner at DFJ Frontier. Scott, I have so much I want to talk about today. Thanks for coming on the pod.

Thanks for having me Minnie.

Well, first, just let's start with you telling me a little bit more about running professional venture capital on behalf of corporations.

Where to start. So to me, there's been a real evolution about how entrepreneurs and other venture capitalists think about corporate venture over the years. Do you have any conceptions off the top of your head when you think about corporate venture? Good, bad, neutral.

Yeah, so, kind of negative-vish.