Francis Pollara is the Strategy & Venture Manager of Launch, a uniquely positioned venture fund, backed by Luma, one of the world’s most successful independent creative studios. Our diverse team, along with hundreds of industry experts, foster a vibrant tech ecosystem as it intersects with media in Los Angeles. At our core we are entrepreneurs, creatives and operators with a passion for identifying and nurturing exceptional talent and ideas.
Francis, a serial entrepreneur, startup advisor and award winning independent producer, launched Luma’s fund in late 2015 and is tasked with identifying, vetting and pursing high impact ventures. He has a track record of recognizing unique opportunities and providing the expertise and intimate knowledge across various industries to facilitate growing startups. Francis brings unique foresight to lead investments in technology and ideas of the future.
Francis’ storied career includes having launched a series of successful businesses via crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, most recently a hall-million dollar documentary film. He led global marketing campaigns for Weedmaps, Sol Republic, Standard Hotels and consulted for such companies as Live Nation and Ticketmaster. His work as a Producer has received recognition from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Cannes Lions, South By Southwest, Clios and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. Francis is also the co-founder of The Future Party, a social incubator bringing together thousands of millennial leaders to catalyze entrepreneurship and global impact in entertainment, media, technology and philanthropy.