September 8, 2021
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Kauffman Fellows Podcast Returns for Second Season

This season our all-star cast of guest hosts will explore the a-ha moments and inflection points of some of the world’s top leaders in capital formation.

Today we’re thrilled to share that the second season of the Kauffman Fellows Podcast launches next Wednesday, September 15th — offering a rare glimpse into the personal narratives of some of the world’s most esteemed innovation leaders.

Produced in partnership with Mighty Capital, we catch up with guests including a16z’s Julie Yoo and Chris Lyons, Bessemer’s Adam Fisher, GGV’s Jenny Lee, Floodgates’ Mike Maples, Hustle Fund’s Elizabeth Yin, The Engine’s Katie Rae, and Homebrew’s Satya Patel, among others.

Season two calls on select Kauffman Fellows as guest hosts who will deliver ten dynamic mini-series covering various themes of VC investing — ranging from “Women in Deep Tech” to “Veterans Turned VCs.” We’ll dissect growing venture ecosystems in places like the Midwest to Emerging Markets and discuss verticals ranging from Climate Tech to the Age of Product.

One common denominator throughout: an intentional focus on vulnerability, intellectual curiosity, and self-awareness. Each Kauffman host challenges their guests to hang up the superhero cape for a moment and get real about the sacrifices, failures, and inflection points that each individual goes through to become the best version of themselves, in order to best serve the entrepreneurs they invest in.

From first-time fund managers to series A founders, and LPs from the far corners of the world, the podcast brings a wide array of voices and experiences to the forefront of venture capital, all from a place of authenticity and vulnerability. Together, we’ll unravel what truly makes a great VC investor.

“Often when we think of achievements or success in venture capital, we focus on the next big funding round, or the AUM or returns of the firm — but focusing only on this narrative would be like focusing only on a life’s journey told in highlight reels,” says Jeff Harbach, President and CEO of Kauffman Fellows. “Both the highs and the lows make up a person’s journey. What we want to do with this podcast is help listeners understand success within the context of an individual’s formative experiences.”

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Featured Fellows & Partnership with Mighty Capital

Shoutout to our co-conspirators this season, which includes an all-star cast of Kauffman Fellows as co-hosts (all of whom hail from KF Class 25):

Code Cubitt (Mistral Venture Partners), Maddie Callander (Boost VC), Maggie Kenefake (Royal Street Ventures), Mo Almeshekah (Outliers VC), Pinn Lawjindakul (Lightspeed Ventures), Renana Ashkenazi (Grove Ventures), Rokas Peciulaitis (Contrarian Ventures), SC Moatti (Mighty Capital), and Wayne Moore (Basecamp Fund).

We can’t wait for you to see what they have in store! We also collaborated with Mighty Capital Managing Partner SC Moatti who not only hosted one of the mini-series but also served as a production partner, which she undertook as her Kauffman Thought Leadership Project (TLP). “As a Kauffman Fellow, I am honored to co-produce this season of the Kauffman Fellows Podcast as part of my TLP,” says Moatti. She adds:

“Mighty Capital invests in the best products, and I believe this show is one of them,” says Managing Partner SC Moatti.

Kauffman Fellows CEO Kicks Off Series Premiere

Catch Jeff Harbach next Wednesday, September 15 kick off the season premiere with his series which draws upon the themes presented in the Kauffman Fellows Four Pillars — a distillation of the traits, characteristics, and behaviors that we’ve learned over the years from the best investors.

In each episode of this mini-series, Jeff speaks with Kauffman Fellows who personally exemplify these pillars on a daily basis and have successfully leveraged this framework for success in venture capital.

Excited yet!? New episodes will drop every Wednesday on a weekly basis and will be accessible on streaming platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google, and

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Originally published at on September 9, 2021.