Space-Focused Pasadena Venture Capital Company Takes Center Stage at Innovate Pasadena’s Friday Coffee Meet Up on June 3

Published on May 25, 2022

Alex Maleki

Friday Coffee Meetup, a monthly discussion group hosted by Innovate Pasadena, will feature Alex Maleki, Managing Director of Pasadena-based Mandala Space Ventures, on Friday, June 3.

Maleki is set to discuss the current state of the explosively evolving space industry, what investors are looking for in space-related startups, and how founders can prepare a pitch that is both grounded and out of this world by design.

Innovate Pasadena officials said they’re working on possibly returning to meeting in person at a new Pasadena location. In the meantime, the announcement said this meet on June 3 will be virtual, co-presented by Echo-Factory.

Mandala Space Ventures is the first venture studio focused exclusively on the space economy. Before joining Mandala, Maleki was a Managing Director for Idealab where he helped lead efforts on fundraising and recruiting, provided strategic guidance to entrepreneurs, and tested new ideas that could be turned into successful companies. He also held senior roles for two venture-backed startups – Net Effect and Mobile Automation – focused on enterprise software and services, both of which were successfully acquired.

Maleki holds a BA from UCSB, a JD from Southwestern University, and currently serves on the boards of Xosphere, OEwaves, Innovate Pasadena and STEAM:CODERS.

Christy Conner, author of “The Confident Connector” and co-organizer of Friday Coffee Meetup, will be moderating the discussion.

Friday Coffee Meetup is the largest active entrepreneurial and tech innovation group in Los Angeles, with more than 6,000 members.

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The June 3 meet-up begins at 8:30 a.m.

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