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Introducing: Class 27 Kauffman Fellows
Meet the investors joining Class 27 of the Kauffman Fellows Program!
Today we are honored to introduce the 59 newest members of the Kauffman Fellows global network of innovation investors. Class...
Un-learnings from a VC-Turned-LP: Risk and Reward Paradigm Shift, Part 1
Ben Choi has a unique perspective on investment intuition. He started out as a venture capitalist investing in early-stage startups and then became a Limited Partner, which gives him a comprehensive view of both sides of the VC/LP equation, and he...
6 Common Pitfalls VCs Make With LPs: Part 3 of VC/LP Relations
Check out part 1 for insight into how LPs think about investing and part 2 of this series for tactical advice on how VCs can execute on making it clearer for them.
In this last part of Intimacy and transparency: VC/LP relations with Chris Douvos, we dive deep into common pitfalls that VCs and...
Communication Strategies with Existing LPs: Part 2 of VC/LP Relations
Check out part 1 of this series for advice on how to help an LP gain a clearer understanding of your decision-making process.
In this second part of Intimacy and transparency: VC/LP relations with Chris Douvos, we dive deep into the actual output...
Patient Capital in an Impatient World
Brian Trelstad, Class 12
"Water, water, everywhere,
nor any drop to drink."
–Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
More than 1.1 billion of the world's people lack access to reliable sources of drinking water. The poor quality of...
The VC Framework For Optimizing Success: The Kauffman Fellows Four Pillars
The venture capital industry is as asymmetrical an industry as any; the top 1% to 4% of venture investments usually get the outsized (10x+) returns.
This game of home runs leads fund operators to consistently bet on some of the world’s most...
The Case for Camels: Part 2
Why backing innovators that seek balanced growth, not just growth-at-all cost, is good business and good investing:
The Silicon Valley model for venture capital is built around finding and funding the next unicorn – Silicon Valley’s term for...
Pitfalls LPs Need to Avoid When Co-Investing Directly in Startups
At Village Global, an early stage venture firm where I am a partner, we have the privilege of working with several of the largest family offices in the world, along with university endowments and other institutions. As LPs, they expect to generate a...
Family Office Venture Capital Outlook 2020
At the start of 2020, Kauffman Fellows and First Republic Bank surveyed family offices (“FO”) to better understand their current investment theses and outlooks. We ran the survey again to explore how COVID-19 has changed family office outlook.
How LPs Can Generate Alpha in 2020
Unique events are transforming venture capital today. As an LP, you can either go on the defense or offense.
Raising a venture capital fund in any climate can be difficult — particularly for new partners. And 2020 seems to be an even bigger...