Network Updates, 31 October 2017

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If you haven’t yet decided to attend the International Summit in Israel next spring, Israeli Fellows have put together a video list of 10 reasons not to miss it. Hear in their own words why this Summit will be so special!

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

November 1: KF Women’s Group breakfast at AngelList HQ; hosted by Jenny Rooke (Class 11) of 5Prime Ventures.

December 2: Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship 1-on-1s

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

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

Notable Transactions & Special Mention

Congratulations to George Babu (Class 18) and his firm Kindred Systems, which secured $28M in Series B funding led by Tencent Holdings. The capital enables continued research, development, and deployment of Kindred’s robots-as-a-service offerings. [Press release] [The Verge article] Salvo Mizzi‘s (Class 16) firm Invitalia Ventures landed the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) first investment (€21.65M) in an Italian VC fund. This addition brings their Italia Venture I Fund to €87M. [FinSMEs article]

The Department of Commerce honored Erin Andrew (Class 20), as a winner of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Access to Capital Award. The award “recognizes minority business enterprises (MBEs), businesses leaders, and advocates for their leadership, commitment, and excellence in advancing the interests and the economic achievements of the minority business community.” [Markets Insider article] [Press release]

On the Move

Evan Loomis (Class 21) has departed Tradecraft to co-found Saturn Five with $2.5M private equity. Says Evan, “We launch 2-3 new ventures a year by pairing great ideas with great founders and investing seed capital.”


Brian Cayce (Class 13), Hypepotamus, “Profile of a Social Investor: Brian Cayce of Gray Ghost Ventures Helps Entrepreneurs Deploy Tech for GoodEzra Galston (Class 18) authored TechCrunch‘s “Unboxing Stitch Fix’s S-1

Ashley Carroll (Class 21):

Lisa Skeete Tatum (Class 4), Fast Company, “These 4 Personal Branding Tactics Will Transform Your Career

Yinglan Tan (Class 15):

Marlon Nichols (Class 18), Black Enterprise, “Cross Culture Ventures Invests in Technology to Assist with Modern Day Parenting

Andrew Goldner (Class 21) did a video interview for TN Entertainment‘s Twitter feed (@tnentertains):

@agoldner of @growthvc​ got out of the valley and brought his venture capital firm to Nashville. Here’s why.
Pule Taukobong (Class 19), Disrupt Africa, “Meet the Investor: Pule Taukobong, CRE Venture Capital


Guy Turner (Class 17), “Healing Healthcare with StartupsGraham Gardner (Class 12), “How Medical Training and ‘Moneyball’ Inspired My Entrepreneurial MissionDerek Bittar (Class 19), “The Credit Card Roulette: Do You Know Who Pays for Your Startup’s Bills?Joe Floyd (Class 18), “Dream Big: How Revenue Leaders Maximize ROI at Dreamforce

Speakers & Presentations

Raffaele Mauro (Class 22) posted “Quantum Computing: Technology, Market and Ecosystem Overview” on SlideShare. Vikas Goyal (Class 17) participated in a panel discussion, Building an Amazing Organization with the Strength of the Right Financial Partners, on October 10 in North Cambridge, MA.


from Brad Feld (Mentor Class 21, KF BOD): Foundry Group has an opening for a General Counsel. Applicants should email a cover page and resume to Jason Mendelson at and to [Boulder, CO]
from Victoria Fram (Class 22): Village Capital has an open Investment Analyst position. Job details and how to apply. [San Francisco]
from Salvo Mizzi (Class 16): Invitalia Ventures seeks two Investment Managers. Job details and how to apply (in Italian). [Rome, Italy]
from Zaid Ashai (Class 13): Nexamp is seeking a Community Solar Intern. Job details and how to apply. [Boston, MA]
from Lisa Feria (Class 22): Stray Dog Capital is looking for a Venture Analyst. Job details and how to apply. [Leawood, KS]
Kapor Capital is hiring an Investment Partner. Job details and how to apply. [Oakland, 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]
from Jake Saper (Class 20): Emergence Capital has an opening for a Senior Associate. Job details and how to apply. [San Francisco, CA]