Network Updates, 15 May 2018

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Upcoming Events

Log into TENx for details & RSVP info for all events, unless noted.

May 5: 7-week Venture Deals online course with Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson (free)

June 21, 11am PDT: First-Time Fund (FTF) SIG call/webinar

SF Bay Area

June 14, 8-10am: KF Women’s Group breakfast at futurefamily in San Francisco (map); hosted by Claire Tomkins (Class 15)


June 21: New York Chapter breakfast


May 17, 8am: Kansas City Chapter breakfast

June 21, 8am: Kansas City Chapter breakfast

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KF News

This is the last week we are taking feedback on the Kauffman Fellows summit in Israel. If you were there with us, please take a few minutes to give us your feedback.

If you did not attend the Summit, we wish you had been there to share all the experiences with us. We have three questions about why you did not attend and your thoughts on future summits. Your input is valuable as we seek to design events that are compelling for all Kauffman Fellows.

Notable Transactions

Ashish Gupta‘s (Class 7, Mentor Class 18) successful record as an angel investor continues, with his 2009 $1M investment in Flipkart netting $18-20M when Walmart completes its acquisition of the Indian e-commerce firm. [LiveMint article]

Gil Dibner (Class 13) has founded a new VC firm in London: Angular Ventures. Targeting a debut fund of $25M, Angular describes itself as “venture capital for early-stage enterprise technology companies with ambition to achieve global leadership.” Portfolio companies will be from Europe and Israel, and will be required to focus on the U.S. market. Phil Wickham (Charter, Mentor Classes 15 & 22) serves as an advisor to the fund. [Axios article]

On the Move

Chrys Chrysanthou (Class 21) has accepted a position as GP at Kindred, where he will start in September. [Blog post] [PitchBook article]

Fellows in the News

Meridith Unger (Class 15), Forbes, “8 Steps to Making the Most of Startup Pitch Competitions

Justin Hall (Class 20), Singapore Business Review, “ICO Boom Threatens Singapore’s VC Scene

Wale Ayeni (Class 18), TechCrunch, “Africa Roundup: Safaricom Unveils Bonga, Africa’s Talking Gets $8.6M, TechCrunch Visits Nigeria, Ghana


Clint Korver (Class 14), “A Rubric for Evaluating Seed-Stage Enterprise Startups

Hana Yang (Class 20), “America’s Innovation Powerhouses: Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Investors, and the Unshackled Venture Team

Samir Kaji (Class 20), “Some Quick Thoughts from the 3rd Annual RAISE Conference

Ewa Grzechnik Treitz (Class 19) was profiled in “Ewa Treitz in European Innovation Council

Stephen Straus (Class 2), “AI for Good #HelpingForward

Brad Feld (KF BOD & Mentor Class 20), “Boulder Startup Week 2018 Non-Profit Pitch Contest

Speakers, Podcasts & Videos

Rob Coneybeer‘s (Class 2, Mentor Class 22) panel at TC Sessions: Robotics 2018 is available as a video from TechCrunch.

Daniel Kraft (Class 13) gave a keynote address at the 2018 Virtual Medicine Conference, March 29, Los Angeles, CA. [Video]

Grace Sai (Class 21) participated in a panel at the launch of Malaysia Tatler‘s Generation T 2018 List, April 27, Singapore. [Singapore Tatler article]

Ashley Carroll (Class 21) will speak at Techsylvania, June 6-9, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. [ article]

Barry Zhang (Class 13) spoke at the Energy Capital Conference, May 7, Dallas, TX. [E&P article]

Marlon Nichols (Class 18, Mentor Class 22) is serving as a judge for the 2018 BORN Awards in America, with winners to be announced on October 4 in London. [Press release]


(New) From Victor Hwang (Class 12): Kauffman Foundation is hiring a Program Officer – Data Initiatives. [Kansas City, MO]
(Cont’d) From Dimple Sahni (Class 10, Mentor Class 22): Anthos Fund & Asset Management seeks a Senior Portfolio Manager for Impact Investing. Interested candidates should contact Dimple at [Amsterdam, The Netherlands]
(Cont’d) CrossCut Ventures seeks an Associate. [Culver City, CA]

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