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January 17, 8:30am PST: Impact SIG call
International Summit, April 22-27, 2018: Tel Aviv & Jerusalem
SF Bay Area
October 22-27: Modules 2 & 5, Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco (map)
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
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
Fellows Investing with FellowsPule Taukobong‘s (Class 19) CRE Venture Capital led a $40M Series C investment in Andela, with Patrick Sagisi‘s (Class 17) DBL Partners also participating. Andela pairs high-potential developers with tech companies as distributed team members. [Forbes article] [Quartz Africa article]
Notable TransactionsCongratulations to Linda Li (Class 16) and her firm, Vickers Venture Partners. Their new $230M fund is bigger than their first 4 funds combined. Over 70% is already deployed. [Deal Street Asia article] [BW Disrupt article] Sight Sciences, co-founded by Paul Badawi (Class 9), announced an oversubscribed $10 million Series C round. The firm is developing technology-driven surgical and non-surgical devices for ophthalmic diseases. Kudos! [Markets Insider article]
On the MoveRob Kornblum (Class 4) reports, “In support of GE Ventures‘ efforts to corner the market on Kauffman Fellows, I have joined Karen Kerr‘s [Charter Class] team at GE as an EIR, where I am supporting portfolio companies and sourcing new deals in enterprise software and supply chain.” TJ Rylander (Class 12) has joined classmate Lak Ananth at next47, the venture arm of Siemens, as a Partner. Michael Diem (Class 12) has been appointed SVP of Business & Corporate Development at Amicus Therapeutics, which develops therapies for rare and orphan diseases. [Press release]
NewsBryan Roberts (Class 3), The New York Times, “Bryan Roberts of Venrock on Seeing Problems as Opportunities” Ken Elefant (Class 5) and TJ Rylander (Class 12) were the two guests on Game Changers, “Burned by the Breach”
Paul Hsiao (Class 8):
- San Jose’s Mercury News, “VCs Raise Less Cash to Fund Silicon Valley’s Next Big Thing”
- Pensions & Investments, “Venture Cap Micro Funds on Pace for Record Year”
The Pitchbook article “How 20 Big-Name VCs in the US Are Investing at Series A and B [datagraphic],” naming the most-active VC investors in the US YTD, includes numerous Fellows’ companies:
- Andreessen Horowitz: Chris Lyons (19)
- GV: Tyson Clark (21), Avid Larizadeh Duggan (11)
- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers: Mamoon Hamid (11)
- GE Ventures: Lisa Coca (21), Karen Kerr (Charter), Diana Maichin (19), Dave Rosenberg (22), Risa Stack (2), Jessica Straus (22), Ralph Taylor-Smith (9), Rob Kornblum (4)
- Social Capital: Andy Artz (20), Ashley Carroll (21), Jonathan Hsu (22), Brigette Lau (21), Ted Maidenberg (12)
BlogsVictoria Fram (Class 22) wrote about the recent Kauffman Fellows visit to Solano State Prison in “Defying the Odds: A Day in Prison with Defy Ventures” Gil Dibner (Class 13) has a 2-part posting: “European & Israeli Venture Data 3Q17” and “Why Do I Roll My Own Data?.” See his Medium feed for posts covering previous time periods. Hana Yang (Class 20), “Why Engaging with Next Generation of Rising Female Investors Is Top of Mind for Us” Josh Breinlinger (Class 21), “The Rebundling of Craigslist” Lak Ananth (Class 12), “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”
Samir Kaji (Class 20), “Raising a Venture Fund Versus Starting a Venture Franchise?” Samir was also the guest on The Twenty-Minute VC, “What Does it Take to Raise a Venture Fund Today,” October 11. [Also available on iTunes]Victor Hwang (Class 12), “How We Can Impact Entrepreneurs Through Research: Our Vision at Kauffman” Derek Bittar (Class 19), “The Mermaid’s Spell: Can a Corporate Venture Capital Boost Your Startup’s Success?” Brad Feld (Mentor Class 21, KF BOD), “Digital Security Is Not Working Very Well”