Network Updates, 24 October 2017
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Now: Applications open for Class 23. See the KF website for details.
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
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 Advancements”
Gordon 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.”
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)
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).