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Network Updates, 19 September 2017

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Quicker access to original sources.  We’re now including direct links to all stories, podcasts, blogs, and jobs in our weekly email below to allow immediate access and simple click-through. Fellows’ names continue to link to the Fellows Directory on the KF website.

Check out the 6 new job postings below.

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

Upcoming Events

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

  • Now: Applications open for Class 23 (see KF website for details)
  • September 22: NY Regional Chapter breakfast
  • September 24 – November 13: Venture Deals online course (free)
  • October 5, 10am-7pm: Defy Ventures visit to California State Prison – Solano
  • October 22-27: Modules 2 & 5
    Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco
  • November 1: KF Women’s Group breakfast at AngelList HQ; hosted by Jenny Rooke (Class 11) of 5Prime Ventures.
  • November 14, 5-8pm: Houston, TX Chapter meeting
  • December 8, 8-10am: NY Regional Chapter breakfast
  • January 8, 5:30-7pm: Austin, TX Chapter happy hour
  • January 21-26, 2018: Modules 3 & 6
    Convene, 101 Park Ave., NYC
  • International Summit, April 22-27, 2018: Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, ISRAEL

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


Yinglan Tan (Class 15) raised $25M for his Insignia Venture Partners’ first fund. [TechCrunch article] [Deal Street Asia article] [Tech in Asia article]

Julia Moore (Class 17), co-founder of Breakout Ventures, just closed her first fund at $60M. [TechCrunch article]


Tammi Jantzen (Class 20), Entrepreneur, authored
For Women Entrepreneurs or VCs, Doors Will Only Open If We Pound on Them, Loudly and Persistently

Jen Fonstad (Class 3), Recode, “Closing the Gender Gap in Venture Capital Deserves Our Immediate and Sustained Attention

Clint Korver (Class 14), VCJ, “Picking Winners Is a Myth, But the Power Law Is Not

Victoria Fram (Class 22), was named to the Rise.globalWomen in Finance – Power 100” list

Rob Rueckert (Class 12), CNBC, “Amazon Wants to Invest in Start-Ups, But Some Are Nervous About Taking the Money

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni (Class 22), Bloomberg, “The Sudden Rise of Arab Startups

Wale Ayeni (Class 18), TechCrunch, “Jumia and Safaricom CEOs, Showmax and EchoVC Heads Top Battlefield Africa Lineup

Trae Vassallo‘s (Class 10) “Elephant in the Valley” study was cited in Wamda’s “Can the UAE Lead the Way in Reforming Policy Frameworks on Gender Discrimination?

Beto Pallares (Class 18), El Paso Post-Herald, “The Entrepreneurship Club Powered by MIT Launch Comes to El Paso Saturday

Andras Forgacs (Class 14), Big Think, “Zero-Cruelty, Lab-Grown Leather Is Almost Here


Amy Belt Raimundo (Class 12), “MedtechWomen – Top 10 Lessons

Mark Suster (Mentor Class 21), “Want to Really Understand What All the Hype of Cryptocurrency Is About?

Josh Breinlinger (Class 21), “Productivity – The North Star

Joe Floyd (Class 18), “You’ve Got Investor Mail: The 5 Key Items in the Best Investor Updates

Stephen Straus (Class 2), “The Startup Scandal: How Startups and Investors Can Outperform Their Peers

Derek Bittar (Class 19):

Speaking Engagements, Podcasts, Videos


Today SLUSH Singapore will feature KF speakers:

  • Geoffrey See (Class 21) is co-leading “Launching Startups, Not Rockets, in North Korea – Choson Exchange & Frontier Entrepreneurs”
  • Snehal Patel (Class 14) is co-leading “The Era of Personalization – HealthTech”

Racquel Bracken (Class 13) was a guest on The Information: Modest Conversations podcast “The Golden Age of Oncology – Racquel Bracken of Venrock

Grace Sai (Class 21) was interviewed in the CNBC segment “Singapore Is a Global Startup Hub — But It Lacks One Important Ingredient

Daniel Kraft‘s (Class 13) interview at the Future of Medicine conference is now available on YouTube.

September – October

Dimple Sahni (Class 10) will be speaking and presenting on family offices and impact investing:

Trish Costello (KF Founding CEO)

Victoria Cheng (Class 19) will be on the PitchPerfect panel, “What Do Investors Really Want?” October 10 in San Francisco, CA

Ken Elefant (Class 5) and Miriam Rivera (Class 15) will be speaking at PitchPerfect’s “Steps to Venture Capital” October 26 in Mountain View, CA


Consuelo Valverde (Class 19) will be one of two guests at PitchPerfect’s “Timing for Venture Capital,” December 14 in Mountain View, CA


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 Medium.com 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 Mike Anstey (Class 22): Cambridge Innovation Capital is looking for an Investment Director, Healthcare. CIC invests in technology and life sciences companies that are located in the “Cambridge cluster” area. Job details and how to apply. [England]
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 full 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: news@kfp.org.

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