Collin West's passion for supporting entrepreneurs is his "true north" for his work at Kauffman Fellows. Collin is a Founding Partner of the Kauffman Fellows VC Fund which has invested in Zoom Video, Carta, Groww, Icon, Tally, and many others. Collin also leads the Kauffman Fellows Research Center where he publishes data-driven research in the Kauffman Fellows Journal newsletter of over 15,000 subscribers.
Previously, Collin was on the founding fund team at Correlation Ventures, where he led investments in Casper, Dolls Kill, mParticle and others while bridging both the investment and analytics teams.
Before Correlation Ventures, he founded businesses in digital advertising and adventure travel, and was an IT strategy consultant at Accenture.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Collin holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, and where he was honored with the prestigious Four Pillars award, bestowed upon four members of each graduating class for embodying the values of the school. Collin earned his bachelor's degree at Southern Methodist University in finance, with Honors.
An avid competitor, he spends his free time taking on adventure races (former national champion), mountain bike trails, and climbing mountains. Additionally, Collin and his team of four broke a Guinness World Record completing the longest expedition across the Arctic Ocean by rowboat, covering over 1,000 miles non-stop and unsupported for 41 days. However, most days Collin and his wife Sunni also find themselves chasing their twin sons and daughter around their neighborhood.
A member of Class 17, Collin served his fellowship at Correlation Ventures under the mentorship of Trevor Kienzle.