Network Updates, 31 October 2017
⇨ 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!
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
April 22-27, 2018:
Tel Aviv & Jerusalem
SF Bay Area
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
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
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.”
- Evan has also published a children’s book, Elon Musk: This Book Is About Rockets, launching November 7.
Ashley Carroll (Class 21):
- Fortune, “Social Capital Will Let Data Decide Where It Invests”
- TechCrunch, “Social Capital Has Started Investing in Startups, Sight Unseen”
- Ashley posted “Capital-as-a-Service: A New Operating System for Early Stage Investing” on Medium
Lisa Skeete Tatum (Class 4), Fast Company, “These 4 Personal Branding Tactics Will Transform Your Career”
Yinglan Tan (Class 15):
- The Investor, “VCs Call on Startups to Set Sights on SE Asia”
- Yinglan also gave a keynote address at Asia Beat Seoul 2017 on October 26.
Marlon Nichols (Class 18), Black Enterprise, “Cross Culture Ventures Invests in Technology to Assist with Modern Day Parenting”
Pule Taukobong (Class 19), Disrupt Africa, “Meet the Investor: Pule Taukobong, CRE Venture Capital”
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.