Network Updates, 17 October 2017
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January 17, 8:30am PST: Impact SIG call
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 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]
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.”
Bryan Roberts (Class 3), The New York Times, “Bryan Roberts of Venrock on Seeing Problems as Opportunities”
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”
Marlon Nichols (Class 18), Xconomy, “Black Fellowship Students Headed from HBCUs to VC Boardrooms”
Lisa Feria (Class 22), Mercy for Animals, “8 Business Leaders Who Are Investing to Close Slaughterhouses for Good”
Amir Farha (Class 22), Forbes, “BECO Capital Is Offering Young Businesses More than Just Money”
Kevin Spain (Class 11), Huffington Post interview, “5 Things I Need to See Before Making a VC Investment”
Beto 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 State”
Andras 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 Ventures”
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]
Brad Feld (Mentor Class 21, KF BOD), “Digital Security Is Not Working Very Well”
Speakers & Podcasts
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