Network Updates, 24 October 2017

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Go straight to the source.  Links below take you directly to the source for all stories, podcasts, blogs, and jobs. Fellows’ names continue to link to the Fellows Directory on the KF website.

Check out the 7 job opportunities below. If you have news stories or job postings that you would like to share, please email

Upcoming Events

Log into TENx for details & RSVP info for all 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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Notable Transactions

Congratulations to Nick Nash (Class 19) and his firm, Sea (formerly Garena), for their $884M US IPO on Friday—the first major US IPO from a Southeast Asian tech firm. Trading closed up just over 8% for the day. [TechCrunch article] [Tech in Asia article]

On the Move

Grace Yun Xia (Class 22) has joined Amit Anand (Class 18) at Singapore-based Jungle Ventures as a Principal, to “help its portfolio companies maximise cross-border opportunities with China.” [Deal Street Asia article]


Tammi Jantzen (Class 20) reports that her firm Astarte Medical Partners won first place at the Bugs, Drugs & Beyond: Translational Approaches to the Microbiome Quickfire Challenge for their work developing NICUtrition, a software platform to optimize feeding and nutrition, and quantify gut health for preterm infants. The firm will receive a $75,000 cash prize along with a customized package of support, including coaching. Ewa Grzechnik Treitz (Class 19), VC Journal, “VC Video Interview: Don’t Fear the ‘Robopocalypse’Jeff Harbach (President, Class 16), Entrepreneur video, “Steve Case Shares What Entrepreneurs Need to Create Successful Companies as the World Grapples With Major Technological AdvancementsGordon Ritter (Mentor Class 15) authored Recode‘s “AI Can Take Over Our Mundane Tasks. Here’s How Human Workers Can Learn New, More Stimulating Skills.Alex Lazarow (Class 19), Financial Times, “Bracken Bower Prize 2017: The Shortlist” (requires login) The Kauffman Foundation released its latest Index of Growth Entrepreneurship report, including data and trends from 1982 to 2016. Jeffrey Leavitt (Class 8), Biz Journals, “2017 Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Venture Capital ‘Mega-round’” (requires login)


Antonio Cianci (Class 16), “Pollution Kills Us: But a New Amazing Technology Can Help to Reduce ItWinslow Sargeant (Class 11), “People Over Profits: The Global Vision Required for the Future WorkforceGil Dibner (Class 13), “Why Do I Roll My Own Data?” and “Startups and the Art of the ‘One Thing’

Congratulations to Derek Bittar (Class 19), who was named as a “Top Writer” on Medium. He has two new posts this week:


Gareth Keane (Class 15) was on the AI/Robotics Panel at Silicon Dragon SF 2017, on October 2 in San Francisco. Watch him speak at 8:37 and 20:55 in a video recording of the panel (links go directly to those points).


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]