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Last month I interviewed Jason Nazar (co-founder of Comparably), and learned about his Co-entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, Eva Ho. Once I learned more about Eva, I reached out and asked her to speak with me here on TotalPicture Radio, and was thrilled when she accepted!

Eva Ho has an amazing story. She was born in China, spent part of her youth in Mozambique, and moved with her family to a housing project in Boston when she was only seven. By eleven, she was keeping the books for her family's restaurant.

Today, she is Board Member California Community Foundation, Board Member Ocean Conservancy, Angel Investor, board member and mentor with many non-profit organizations.

Eva graduated from Harvard University, has an MBA from Cornell University, has worked as Senior Product Marketing Manager at Google, and VP Marketing & Operations at Factual.

Currently, Eva is working on launching a new $40M seed fund to be announced soon. Prior, she was a founding General Partner at Susa Ventures, an early stage technology fund investing in entrepreneurs building products, technologies and tools that create, capture, distribute and leverage proprietary and unique data.

Welcome to a Leadership Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio. I'm your host Peter Clayton. I'm joined by my special guest, Eva Ho.

TALKING POINTS

Eva, welcome to TotalPicture. I learned much about your background reading Natalie Kitroeff's excellent profile of you in the LA Times titled "How I Made it." (See link in sidbar).

Tell us your backstory which is amazing.

When you arrived in the US did you speak any English?

I would imagine your early childhood has much to do with the number of non-profit organizations and mentor programs you're involved with.

You were offered a full scholarship at Harvard?

MBA from Cornell?

As I mentioned in my intro, Jason Nazar and the Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, led me to you. Tell us about the program, and working with Mayor Garcetti?

You spent 5 years as Senior Product Marketing Manager at Google. What did you learn working at Google?

From Google you joined Factual - tell us about the company and your role.

Quoting from Natalie's article "It wasn't until my early thirties that I realized I could stop trying to survive, that I could actually live," Ho recalled. "I felt like I was able to gain a voice, and I got a little more confident speaking up, and confident building interesting products and working with interesting people." My gosh, Eva, you would think with all you had accomplished that you would have been super confident!

So you left Factual to start your own VC Fund, Susa -- and now starting your second fund. Tell us about that journey.

When you're being pitched, what do you look for?

Do you have a set routine in the morning? (Meditate, etc)

What are your personal goals for 2017?

Who do you think I should talk to? (Interview)

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.

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