Network Updates, 10 October 2017

KF Diamond

KF logo

Go direct to the source.  Links below now take you directly to the source for all stories, podcasts, blogs, and jobs to allow simple click-through. Fellows’ names continue to link to the Fellows Directory on the KF website.

Check out the 1 new and 9 continuing job postings below.

If you have news stories or job postings that you would like to share, please email

Upcoming Events

Log into TENx for complete details and RSVP information for all KF events, unless noted.


Now: Applications open for Class 23. See the KF website for details.

January 17, 8:30am PST: Impact SIG call

International Summit,
April 22-27, 2018:

Tel Aviv & Jerusalem

SF Bay Area

October 11: KF breakfast meetup at SOCAP conference, San Francisco

October 22-27: Modules 2 & 5, Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco (map)

November 1: KF Women’s Group breakfast at AngelList HQ; hosted by Jenny Rooke (Class 11) of 5Prime Ventures.

December 5: PreMoney SF Investor Conference (15% KF discount. Code: KAUFFMAN)


November 14, 5-8pm: Houston, TX Chapter meeting

January 8, 5:30-7pm: Austin, TX Chapter happy hour


November 10: Chicago Chapter breakfast

NY Area

November 2-3: Women’s Alternative Investment Summit, NYC, enhancing networking & deal-making opportunities for senior-level women.

November 3-4: Culture Shifting Weekend, NYC, gathering 125 Black VCs & LPs to build strong relationships with institutional investors.

December 8, 8-10am: NY Regional Chapter breakfast

January 21-26, 2018:
Modules 3 & 6
Convene, 101 Park Ave., NYC (map)


December 18: MENA Chapter breakfast, Dubai

Can’t log into TENx? Contact Remi Morita or John McIntyre for assistance or event details.

Fellows Investing in Fellows

Ali Erfan‘s (Class 10) Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition (DOTA) seeks Fellows with established tech companies in the US who are looking for a $50-100M equity cheque to fund growth. Ali co-founded DOTA as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) listed on Nasdaq. The firm targets established tech companies with predictable or repeat revenues. Candidate companies are VC-backed with a valuation of $200-600M. For more information, contact Ali at

Palleon Pharmaceuticals, co-founded by Jim Broderick (Class 4) has completed its Series A financing round, oversubscribed at $47.6M and including funds from SR One (Jens Eckstein, President, Class 10). Palleon is developing a new class of cancer-fighting medicines designed to inhibit glycoimmune checkpoints, a mechanism that enables cancer cells to masquerade as normal cells. Jens cites “having the KF past in common” as a key component in the deal coming together. [Press release]

Kredivo, founded by Akshay Garg (Class 18), just announced an undisclosed Series A funding round, co-led by Jungle Ventures (Amit Anand, co-founder and Managing Partner, Class 18). The Indonesia-based company enables online shoppers who lack credit cards to buy on credit and pay in installments. [Deal Street Asia article] [Inc42 article]



Lisa Feria (Class 22), AgFunder News, “Stray Dog Capital CEO on Alternative Meat Startups, Deal Flow, Entrepreneur Alarm Bells, & Hampton Creek

Liron Azrielant (Class 22), Forbes, “Introducing the New Generation of Israeli VC” (Liron is on page 2)

Alexandre Lazarow (Class 19) and Omidyar Network, Medium, “Trust and Privacy: Welcome to the First Issue of Constituent Voices

Jenny Rooke (Class 11), Silicon Republic, “15 Women All Biotech Fans Need to Follow Right Now

Adrian Li (Class 21), Daily Mail, “Global Firms Join Rush to Bet on Indonesia as Next Start-Up Frontier

Vinnie Lauria (Class 17), Forbes, “China & America Are Gearing Up for a Showdown of Tech Titans in Southeast Asia

Amir Farha (Class 22), Khaleej Times (UAE), “Easing the Pain Points of Employees

Joe Floyd (Class 18), Everything Lubbock (Texas), “Technology Tuesday October 3, 2017

Brad Feld (Mentor Class 21, KF BOD), Tech.Co, “Brad Feld Cofounder of Techstars Talks Depression and Obsession

Snehal Patel (Class 14), Connected to India, “Dr Snehal Patel: Providing Health Services at a Click of a Button!


Ewa Grzechnik Treitz (Class 19), “It’s Time to Get Out of the Playground.

Jake Saper (Class 20), “How to Price Your Software: 101

Suzanne Fletcher (Class 21), “StartX: Female Founders & Fundraising

Derek Bittar (Class 19)

Brad Feld (Mentor Class 21, KF BOD)

Speakers & Podcasts

Adriana Tortajada‘s (Class 16) Fondo de Fondos is co-sponsoring AMEXCAP’s 5th annual Mexico VC Day conference on October 19 in San Francisco, and invites Fellows to participate.

Lisa Skeete Tatum (Class 4), audio interview, Women to Watch Media

Wale Ayeni (Class 18), 3rd annual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum, October 13-14, Lagos, Nigeria [Journal du Cameroun article]

Ravi Belani (Class 11) will be a judge for the Pitching Contest and Startup Showcase at Igniter 2017, October 28, Mountain View, CA


from Lisa Feria (Class 22): Stray Dog Capital is looking for a Venture Analyst. Job details and how to apply. [Leawood, KS]
from Adele Oliva (Class 3): 1315 Capital is looking for a Healthcare Growth Equity Associate. Job details and how to apply. [Philadelphia, PA]
from Gareth Keane (Class 15): Qualcomm Ventures Group is looking for an investment director. Job details and how to apply. [San Diego, CA]
from Jocelyn Brown (Class 13): RPMI Railpen is looking for an Investment Analyst to join their Sustainable Ownership team. Job details and how to apply. [London, England]
from Mike Anstey (Class 22): Cambridge Innovation Capital is looking for an Investment Director, Technology. CIC invests in technology and life sciences companies that are located in the “Cambridge cluster” area. Job details and how to apply. [Cambridge, England]
from Josh Breinlinger (Class 21): The early-stage firm Jackson Square Ventures has an opening for a Principal. The company is focused on SaaS and marketplace startups. Details on LinkedIn; also see Josh’s post about the position. [San Francisco, CA]
Sofinnova Ventures seeks a Principal. The firm invests in life sciences companies with an emphasis on biotechnology and therapeutics. Full details and how to apply. [Menlo Park, CA]
from Victor Hwang (Class 12): The Kauffman Foundation seeks a Director of Entrepreneurial Learning who will further the organization’s mission to reduce barriers to entrepreneurship. Read the details and how to apply. [Kansas City, MO]
from Ravi Belani (Class 11), founder of Alchemist Accelerator: New jobs at the accelerator’s portfolio companies are posted regularly on the firm’s website. [Various]
Fertility-care pioneer Future Family, co-founded by Claire Tomkins (Class 15), seeks a Head of Growth. Details on AngelList. [San Francisco, CA]


Do you have a news story to share? Please email us:

Back to top