EPISODE 18: LAUREN PRIMIANO, MANAGING MEMBER AT REEF.VC
Lauren discusses her startup and investing journey, being a competitive wrestler and Hawaii’s startup community
Lauren has had a diverse career to date, working with various companies and agencies. She’s been an early startup employee in several medical and early stage companies, helped on the investor and community side with roles at HSDC and now mbloom / Reef vc.
In the interview, we talk about how her wrestling focus has impacted her career (yes she wrestled in high school and yes she’s pretty competitive), We get into some of the exciting companies and projects she’s worked on, her tips on how to approach economic stimulus (so if you’re in a small tech community looking to replicate some of the models, she’s got your playbook) and we also get into the story of mbloom and where that story is at today from her perspective.
Lauren is the exact kind of talent and individual this community needs: smart and hungry. Someone who wants to get things done and make a difference. So get to know one of Hawaii’s bright lights in the startup ecosystem and enjoy our conversation with Lauren Primiano.
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Startups and Companies Mentioned
Notable People and Entrepreneurs Mentioned
1:50 – Working in the Chinatown ROC office
4:03 – Lauren’s background in wrestling
7:30 – Studying industrial engineering at Northwestern
11:34 – Lauren’s shift toward entrepreneurship
16:14 – Lauren’s key findings
19:07 – How Lauren ended up back in Hawaii
21:43 – The attractiveness of the startup industry
24:04 – Why Lauren left startups and joined HSDC
29:19 – Some of the early work that Lauren did at HSDC
33:41 – Why to invest in accelerator programs?
36:32 – The best ways to invest in the local community
39:30 – Some tips on how Lauren determines the needs of a community
43:22 – Luke briefly discusses his startup story
46:50 – What inspired Lauren to work at mbloom
49:47 – Interesting anecdotes from Maui Tech night
52:59 – Where Reef Capital Ventures is at today, transition from mbloom
59:25 – How Lauren stays focused everyday
1:02:24 – Lauren’s Modus Operandi
1:05:02 – What’s currently missing from Hawaii’s startup community
1:07:33 – Rapid Fire Q&A: What is your favorite thing about Hawaii, favorite beach, best podcasts you listen to, startup founder or investor you admire, what advice would you give year 20-year old self, final tips for entrepreneurs