TX Zhuo & Gabriella Brignardello, Fika Ventures - Supporting founders with elevated visions

Wharton FinTech Podcast

24-01-2023 • 37 mins

Tarang Gupta hosts TX Zhuo, General Partner, and Gabriella Brignardello, Vice President at Fika Ventures, a seed-fund investing in fintech, enterprise software, and marketplaces. In this episode you will hear about: - Fika Ventures' manifesto of "whole stories, not headlines" - How to be an effective investor - Interesting startups that Fika has invested in - Segments that TX and Gabriella believe will drive the growth of fintech And much more! About Gabriella Brignardello Gabriella began her career at EY-Parthenon. After three years in consulting, she transitioned to a venture role at WndrCo, a consumer technology holding company, before joining Fika Ventures in 2021. She is also involved in fundraising and operational initiatives for Mi Casa de Angeles, a nonprofit she founded in 2009. Gabriella holds a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. About TX Zhuo TX has been involved with startups since his college days where he started and sold an online college textbook marketplace. After a stint at McKinsey, he came back to his roots and served as the CFO for an electric vehicle startup. In 2012, he co-founded Karlin Ventures, based in Los Angeles, where he served as the managing partner for 4 years before co-founding Fika Ventures. TX holds an MBA from Stanford GSB. About Fika Ventures Fika Ventures is an LA-based seed fund that invests in founders solving meaningful, systemic problems through the use of data, related AI-enabled technologies, and automation, especially in the fintech, enterprise software, marketplaces, and digital health sectors. For more FinTech insights, follow us on WFT Medium: medium.com/wharton-fintech WFT Twitter: twitter.com/whartonfintech WFT Instagram: instagram.com/whartonfintech Tarang’s Twitter: twitter.com/tg_tarang Tarang’s LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/taranggupta100