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Network Updates, 3 October 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 2 new and 7 continuing 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)
  • October 5, 10am-7pm: Defy Ventures visit to California State Prison – Solano
  • October 11: KF breakfast meetup at SOCAP conference, San Francisco
  • 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 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.
  • November 14, 5-8pm: Houston, TX Chapter meeting
  • December 5: PreMoney SF Investor Conference (15% KF discount. Code: KAUFFMAN)
  • December 8, 8-10am: NY Regional Chapter breakfast
  • December 18: MENA Chapter breakfast, Dubai
  • January 8, 5:30-7pm: Austin, TX Chapter happy hour
  • January 17, 8:30am Pacific: Impact SIG call
  • 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.

Notable Transactions

Congratulations to Clint Korver (Class 14) and Miriam Rivera (Class 15) on their recent exit: Blue River Technology was sold to John Deere for $305M. Clint and Miriam invested as part of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs and with their own firm, Ulu Ventures, in a $245K venture round in 2012. [Fortune article] [TechCrunch article] [Wired article]

Defy Partners, co-founded by Trae Vassallo (Class 10), closed its first fund at $151M. (Note: Trae’s firm, Defy Partners, is a separate entity from Defy Ventures.) [News release]

On the Move

Garrett Vygantas (Class 13) has joined OSF Ventures (part of OSF Innovation) as a Managing Director. [Press release]


Jen Fonstad (Class 3), Bloomberg, “Bloomberg Technology,” September 27, in the segment “Tax Reform Impact on Tech” (starts at 31:33)

Kauffman Fellows Report, Volume 6Thomaz Srougi (Class 17), Forbes, “How a Small Clinic Is Having a Big Impact on Healthcare in Brazil.” Read Thomaz’s feature article in Volume 6 of the Kauffman Fellows Report: “Rebooting Basic Healthcare in Brazil: Thinking Outside the System” for his first-person account of conceiving and launching Dr. Consulta.

Arun Jayadev (Class 16) and his company Airlite, RealBusiness, “Why WeWork Is Giving Away $20M Worth of Business Grants

Ariel Arrieta (Class 18), was named #2 on Techfoliance‘s “Mapping of the 20 Must-Know FinTech Influencers in Argentina

Congratulations to the Fellows whose firms are part of the “Top Ten Seed Accelerators” in the USA & Canada Accelerator Report 2016

Marlon Nichols (Class 18)

Victor Gutwein (Class 22)

Claire England (Class 21)

Andras Forgacs (Class 14), Techfoliance‘s “Modern Meadow Reveals Its Pioneering 3D Bio-Printed Leather, Zoa

Speakers & Podcasts

Andris K. Berzins (Class 22) is moderating a panel at the October 27 TechChill event Baltic Tech Comes to San Francisco

Brad Feld (Mentor Class 21, KF BOD) was interviewed on the Growth Everywhere podcast episode “Brad Feld Shares the Struggles of Building a Startup Without Compromising Your Personal Well-Being

Upcoming PitchPerfect events: spread the word to people you know.


Guy Turner (Class 17), “The PMF Sales Equation

Derek Bittar (Class 19)

Santi Subotovsky (Class 15), video & podcast interview with Eric Yuan, Founder and CEO of Zoom

Joe Floyd (Class 18)


from Adele Oliva (Class 3): 1315 Capital is looking for 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]
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, England]
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. Job details and how to apply. [Cambridge, 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 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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