Network Updates, 22 May 2018

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Upcoming Events

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May 6 – June 25: 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 24-29: June module, Palace Hotel, San Francisco


June 21: New York Chapter breakfast


June 21, 8am: Kansas City Chapter breakfast

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Notable Transactions

Emergence Capital (Jason Green, Charter, Mentor Class 20; Gordon Ritter, Mentor Class 15; Kevin Spain, Class 11, Mentor Class 18; Santiago Subotovsky, Class 15; Brian Jacobs, Mentor Class 11; Joseph Floyd, Class 18; Jake Saper, Class 20) has raised $435M for its fifth fund, a 30% increase over 2015’s fund. The firm will continue funding early-stage ventures that are focused on enterprise and SaaS applications, with particular interest in “coaching networks” (machine learning applied to the enterprise) and the deskless workforce. [EmCap post] [Joe Floyd blog post] [Press release] [TechCrunch article]

Creandum (Staffan Helgesson, Class 10, Mentor Class 12; Johan Brenner, Mentor Classes 16 & 21; Fredrik Cassel, Class 12; Daniel Blomquist, Class 16, Mentor Class 22; Carl Fritjofsson, Class 21) portfolio firm iZettle is being acquired by PayPal for $2.2B. Of his firm’s long-term support for the mobile payments company, Staffan says, “What a journey! Glad that Creandum were trusted to lead the A-round in iZettle back in 2011 together with our friends at Index Ventures.” [TechCrunch article]


Juliana Garaizar (Class 18) has been elected to the Angel Capital Association board of directors.

Fellows in the News

Brian Trelstad (Class 12, Mentor Class 14), Barron’s, “Accounting for Impact Alongside Market Returns

Eyal Shaked (Class 21), ABC7 News, “Supreme Court Gives States Go-Ahead to Allow Betting on Sports

Claire Tomkins (Class 15):

Winslow Sargeant (Class 11), USA Today, “Trump Claims Democrats ‘Obstruct’ His Nominees, But It’s Much More Nuanced than That

Zaid Ashai (Class 13), The Salem News, “Solar Workers, Advocates Lobby Beacon Hill

Catherine Townshend (Class 18), BusinessTech (South Africa), “Discovery Launches New Business Insurance—Which Includes Cover for Social Media

Sanuj Ravindran (Class 12), Press release, “PellePharm to Present Topical Patidegib and Skin Cancer Epidemiological Data at the 7th International Investigative Dermatology Meeting

Victor Hwang (Class 12), Business Record, “Hwang: Framing Economic Growth Through an Ecosystem” [Requires login]


Clint Korver (Class 14), “If You Don’t Want to Get Fired from Your Startup, Founders Should Remember These 3 Things

Ezra Galston (Class 18), “Game On! (Well, Sorta…Maybe?)

Josh Breinlinger (Class 21), “Leonardo da Vinci—Book Review

Gil Dibner (Class 13), “Angular Ventures: Europe/Israel Enterprise/Tech Weekly Issue #25

Brad Feld (KF BOD & Mentor Class 20):


(Cont’d) 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]

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