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Network Updates, 26 September 2017

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Quicker access to original sources.  Links below now take you directly to the source for all stories, podcasts, blogs, and jobs to allow immediate access and simple click-through. Fellows’ names continue to link to the Fellows Directory on the KF website.

Check out the new and continuing job postings below.

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

Puerto Rico update: The KF network has numerous Fellows who hail from Puerto Rico. Most have reported in that they and their families are OK. However, the devastation is extensive, particularly in rural areas. For those wishing to make donations in the relief and rebuilding effort, Ramphis Castro (Class 19) recommends Los Ambulantes for a list of trusted organizations that is updated frequently to reflect the current needs on the island; Marcos Polanco (Class 19) recommends the organization United for Puerto Rico, organized by the island’s First Lady in collaboration with the private sector; Miriam Rivera (Class 15) recommends UNICEFSave the Children, and One America Appeal, an initiative launched by all five living former American Presidents.

In addition, TENx now has a disaster relief page with information about the events in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Mexico, and ways to help.

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
    >> Enrollment remains open through Sunday for this free course.
  • 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: Modules 3 & 6
    Convene, 101 Park Ave., NYC
  • International Summit, April 22-27: Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, ISRAEL

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

Venture Fundraising

Kresimir Letinic (Class 15), founder of Circuit Health, a global-minded health tech venture fund bridging the US and SEA, has formed a small fund and is in the process of forming a “venture lab” that would conceive, create, and grow new innovative digital health platforms for SEA. Congratulations, Kresimir!

At Disrupt San Francisco, Jacob Mullins (Class 22), announced Shasta Ventures’ new fund to accelerate AR and VR app development. [TechCrunch article]

On the Move

Jocelyn Brown (Class 13) has joined RPMI Railpen as a Senior Investment Manager. [Announcement]

Peter Weber (Class 2) has joined Curvature as the new CEO. [CRN article]


Julia Moore (Class 17), Fortune, “These VCs Are Bringing ‘Hard Science’ to Fortune 500 Companies

Ashley Carroll (Class 21), Entrepreneur video, “When Pitching Investors, Remember It’s All about the Product

Helen Wong (Class 8), Reuters, “Venture Fundraising in Yuan Soars as Investors Target Chinese Tech Firms

Kapor Capital (Freada Kapor Klein, Mitch Kapor, Mentor Class 21) is launching its “2017 People Ops Tech [POT] Competition” furthering its efforts to remove bias—conscious or not—from hiring decisions. [Competition details] [Medium post]

Andras Forgacs (Class 14), The Atlantic, “Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows

Claire Tomkins (Class 15), Tech Crunch, “Future Family Wants to Make Male Fertility Testing More Accessible

Arvind Gupta (Class 22), SOSV, “42 Questions with IndieBio – Can Your Company Affect a Billion People?

Congratulations to Snehal Patel (Class 14), whose firm, MyDoc, just raised $5.2 in Series A funding. He was also featured in a Vulcan Post article, “If You’re Too Sick for Work, This Startup Lets You Get Your MC Online.”

Amir Farha (Class 22), Zawya, “Market Makers: Has Souq.com Sale Piqued Interest in Venture Capital?

Ernestine Fu (Class 17), TechStory, “Ernestine Fu: Silicon Valley’s Youngest VC to Break Stereotypes

Geoffrey See (Class 21), CNBC, “Training North Koreans in Business and Entrepreneurship — But No Mention of Capitalism

Daniel Kraft (Class 13), MobiHealthNews, “Kraft: Healthcare Data-Flow of the Future Will Be Fluid, Proactive, and Personalized


Jorge Torres (Class 16) has published the 4th issue of Venture Stack: Insights for Fund Entrepreneurs

Lak Ananth (Class 12), “Why Winning Startups Build a Smart Syndicate

Samir Kaji (Class 20), “Things to Think about Before Launching a Venture Fund

Andy Artz (Class 20), “The Hive Is the New Network

Stephen Straus (Class 2), “The Startup Diversity and Inclusion Pledge for Investors,” a companion to his previous posts on diversity, modified for investors

Derek Bittar (Class 19), “The Improbable Climb of Stelvio

Brad Feld (KF BOD, Mentor Class 21), “Emotional Lessons From the Collapse of the Internet Bubble

Speaking Engagements, Podcasts, Videos

Jack Crawford (Class 16) was interviewed on the The HaneyBiz Project

Karen Kerr (Charter) was interviewed by the WSJ on September 20 in Las Vegas at NEXT 2017

Daniel Kraft (Class 13) participated in a panel interview in the Washington Post Live episode “Medical Experts on the Future of Health and Technology”; his interview is at 14:28 in the video

Khaldoon Tabaza (Class 15) was a guest at Sharjah FDI Forum 2017 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Brad Feld (KF BOD, Mentor Class 21) was interviewed on:

Upcoming: October

Suzi Ryoo (Class 22) will be an event judge for Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech LA, September 29 – October 1

Daniel Kraft (Class 13), will present the keynote address on October 3 at the 11th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference in Las Vegas

Victor Gutwein (Class 22) will appear in “Fireside Chat with Chicago Venture Capitalist, M25 Group,” October 3 in Bloomington, IN

Wale Ayeni (Class 18) and Lexi Novitske (Class 22) will serve as judges for Startup Battlefield Africa on October 11 in Nairobi

William Quigley (Class 3) will speak at the 4th annual CoinAgenda Global, October 24-26 in Las Vegas

Upcoming: November

Karen Kerr (Charter) will give the opening keynote and participate in the expert panel “Advanced Manufacturing for the Next Industrial Evolution” at FABTECH, November 6-9 in Chicago. [TSNN article]

Elana Lian (Class 22) will be one of two guests at PitchPerfect’s “Overcoming Obstacles to Funding,” November 14 in Mountain View, CA


( NEW )
from Jocelyn Brown (Class 13): RPMI Railpen is looking for an Investment Analyst to join their Sustainable Ownership team. Job details and how to apply. [London]

from Mike Anstey (Class 22): Cambridge Innovation Capital is looking for an Investment Director, Technology. CIC invests in technology and life sciences companies that are located in the “Cambridge cluster” area.

Note: last week’s listing of this job incorrectly reported the job title as “Investment Director, Healthcare”; the firm is seeking an Investment Director, Technology. Job details and how to apply. [England]

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 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]


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