Network Updates, 17 October 2017

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Check out the 4 new and 4 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 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

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Fellows Investing with Fellows

Pule 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 Transactions

Congratulations 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 Move

Rob 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]  


Bryan Roberts (Class 3), The New York Times, “Bryan Roberts of Venrock on Seeing Problems as OpportunitiesKen Elefant (Class 5) and TJ Rylander (Class 12) were the two guests on Game Changers, “Burned by the Breach

Paul Hsiao (Class 8):

Marlon Nichols (Class 18), Xconomy, “Black Fellowship Students Headed from HBCUs to VC BoardroomsMiriam Rivera (Class 15) and Clint Korver (Class 14) co-authored VC Journal‘s “Why a Venture Capital Marriage Is Not a UnicornLisa Feria (Class 22), Mercy for Animals, “8 Business Leaders Who Are Investing to Close Slaughterhouses for GoodAmir Farha (Class 22), Forbes, “BECO Capital Is Offering Young Businesses More than Just MoneyKevin Spain (Class 11), Huffington Post interview, “5 Things I Need to See Before Making a VC InvestmentLexi Novitske (Class 22), Techpoint, “Doing Business in Nigerian Context Is Far Different from the US — Lexi Novitske, PIO Singularity InvestmentsBeto Pallares (Class 18), El Paso Inc. (Texas), “2 International Startups Launch El Paso Operations” In addition, Beto will be a special guest at the Aggie Shark Tank event, to be held October 26 at New Mexico State University. Zaid Ashai (Class 13), Globe Newswire, “Nexamp Expands Community Solar Offering into New York StateAndras Forgacs (Class 14), Fast Company, “How Modern Meadow Is Fabricating the Animal-Free Leather of the Future

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)


Victoria Fram (Class 22) wrote about the recent Kauffman Fellows visit to Solano State Prison in “Defying the Odds: A Day in Prison with Defy VenturesGil 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 UsJosh Breinlinger (Class 21), “The Rebundling of CraigslistLak 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 KauffmanDerek 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

Speakers & Podcasts

Jennifer Fonstad (Class 3) will be on the panel “The Future of the Tech Revolution” at Synergy Global Forum, October 27-28, New York Daniel Kraft (Class 13), Tech Nation Radio (Episode 17-40), discussing the path from recreational drugs to therapeutics


from Jake Saper (Class 20): Emergence Capital has an opening for a Senior Associate. Job details and how to apply. [San Francisco, CA]
from Collin West (Class 17): Kauffman Fellows is looking for a Venture Capital Data Scientist. Job details and how to apply. [Austin, TX]
from Benoit Wirz (Class 19): Brighteye Venture Advisors is looking for an Associate. Job details and how to apply. Questions? Email [Paris, France]
Kapor Capital seeks an Investment Partner. Job details and how to apply. [Oakland, 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]
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