CEO Brian Lee's Ideas Friday, December 2, 2016 Tweet Bam Venture Partners has started raising a second $30 million fund which it will use, in part, to invest in and incubate startup ideas thought of by Brian Lee, co-founder of the fund and chief executive of the Honest Co. of Playa Vista. What capital isnt used for the incubator will be invested in seed and early stage deals, similar to the sort of investments made by the first Bam Ventures fund, said Lee. The Playa Vista venture firms first fund was $6 million. We will be focused on what we know, said Lee. And, thats really commerce, social platforms, and software that enables commerce. The first fund made early stage investments in L.A.-area companies, such as salary comparison website Comparably, and discount discovery tool Honey.

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