Meet WestWave Ventures

 
 
 

Who Are We?

WestWave Ventures is a Pre-Seed to Series A Industry Agnostic Venture Capital firm, located in Southern California, that offers personalized hands-on attention to each portfolio client. We help aspiring entrepreneurs become established with brands and investors through our three arms: Coaching Services, Founder’s Shop/VC Scholar Education, and LA VentureConnect Events.


Our Coaching Services help companies with Executive Coaching, Business Development, Startup Growth/Strategy, Marketing, and Fundraising Prep. Founder’s Shop focuses on building education around the startup process, while through VC Scholar, students learn about early stage investing and source companies for a digital pitch competition called SQLABLE. LA VentureConnect is WestWave’s event arm that hosts a bi-monthly event series for a plethora of different events ranging from a startup job & internship fair, to VC Panels and Business Exchanges.

 
 

Brandon Maier - Founder

Brandon Maier is the founder of WestWave Ventures and has extensive experience building financial and marketing strategies for startup companies. Prior to launching WestWave, Brandon was a Founder and Managing Partner of Quake Capital, an industry-leading accelerator and investment firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. Under Brandon’s tenure and leadership at Quake, their portfolio companies raised over $100 million, including $25 million raised directly from Quake’s fund. Quake was named one of Forbes’ Top-Ten VCs and highlighted by CrunchBase for making the second-most investments in female-led startups (2018).

Brandon is also passionate about giving back to both the local and University entrepreneurship community, from University lectures on entrepreneurship and capital raising-related topics as well as providing office hours to student start-ups from his alma mater NYU, to Penn State, USC, Brown and Veteran Entrepreneurs through Bunker Labs & Veterati. He has also served as a judge for several pitch competitions including Princeton’s Tiger Launch, Global Entrepreneurship Week, and Next Gen, has mentored at Columbia’s AlmaWorks Accelerator, and is part of Invent Penn State’s Selection Committee. Brandon also serves as an advisor for several early stage startups in both NYC & LA.

In addition to his experience as an investor and mentor, Brandon has also been a part of two capital-backed startup teams, including the Winklevoss-backed pioneer in cryptocurrency, BitInstant - at its peak, it was the leader in all Bitcoin exchanges.

 

 

Joshua Cory Schlisserman - Principal