Network Updates, 6 September 2017
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- Now: Applications open for Class 23 (see KF website for details)
- September 8: Chicago Chapter breakfast; contact Karen Kerr or her assistant Ceil Espano for details or to RSVP
- September 14: KF Women’s Group breakfast. Hosted by Miriam Rivera (Class 15) at her private residence.
- September 22: NY Regional Chapter breakfast
- September 24 – November 13: Venture Deals online course (free)
- 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, 2018: Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, ISRAEL
- Read the latest on Fellows investing in Fellows with the Series A funding for ExplORer Surgical…
- Jason Green (Charter) in VCJ video interview on cultivating trust …
- Amy Belt Raimundo‘s (Class 12) MedtechVision announced speakers for its 7th annual conference …
- Andrew Goldner (Class 21) in Tennessean article on diversity in tech …
- Miguel Marshall’s (Class 19) mixed-use Tijuana space featured in San Diego Union Tribune…
- Victor Hwang (Class 12) in Kauffman Foundation ESHIP Summit insights video …
- Snehal Patel‘s (Class 14) MyDoc featured in Straits Times …
- See below for blog posts from Guy Turner (Class 17), Joe Floyd (Class 18), Josh Breinlinger (Class 21), Jacob Mullins (Class 22), Samir Kaji (Class 20), Ezra Galston (Class 18), and Brad Feld (KF BOD, Mentor Class 21)
- See below for job opportunities from Creandum, Live Oak VP, Kauffman Foundation, and Village Capital
Fellows Investing in Fellows: The Story of ExplORer Surgical
ExplORer Surgical, co-founded by Jennifer Fried (Class 20) just completed its Series A financing round, involving Fellows and a Mentor from many classes. The oversubscribed round, which raised $3M, includes funds from the M25 Group (Victor Gutwein, Managing Director, Class 22) as well as from the University of Chicago’s endowment (Joanna Rupp, Managing Director of Private Equity, Class 21). ExplORer also announced that Immanuel Thangaraj (Mentor Classes 13 & 20) has been named to the company’s Board of Directors. [Press release]
Do you have a story of Fellows investing in Fellows? Please email us—we would love to share it with the entire Kauffman Fellows Network!
Jason Green (Charter Class) on Building Trust in VCJ Video
Jason Green (Charter Class), founder and General Partner at Emergence Capital, explains in a new VCJ video how “trust is the glue that holds all these entrepreneurial ventures together,” emphasizing the importance of values and the role of losing an argument in building relationships—and solid reputations—based on trust. See this video and its accompanying commentary from Kauffman Fellows CEO Jeff Harbach (Class 16) on the VCJ website.
Amy Belt Raimundo’s (Class 12) MedtechWomen Announces Lineup for 7th Annual Conference
Amy Belt Raimundo (Class 12), co-founder of MedTechWomen and managing director of Kaiser Permanente Ventures, announced the speakers for the 7th annual MedtechVision Conference, which will take place on September 12 in Menlo Park, California. This year’s theme is “The Evolution of Medtech.” The conference is already sold out. [Press release]
Andrew Goldner (Class 21) Talks About Diversity in Tech in The Tennessean
Andrew Goldner (Class 21), founding partner at GrowthX, was quoted in an article in The Tennessean about the Tech Inclusion Nashville conference, hosted by Black in Tech Nashville and Change Catalyst, where he was a featured speaker. Andrew highlighted the key role of intention in achieving diversity: “If I don’t actively set aside time and intentionally get myself in front of an audience of people who are different, I will spend all day every day talking to white men.”
Miguel Marshall’s (Class 19) Tijuana Mixed-Use Space Featured in San Diego News
Miguel Marshall’s (Class 19) Estación Federal in Tijuana was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego UrbDeZine this week. Estación Federal is a former 1940s-era bus station that had been converted into a mixed-use plaza with residential units, work spaces, a coffee shop, and other businesses. The project is already completely leased out, with a large number of the 360-square-foot “micro units” being rented by San Diegans drawn by the $500/month rent. Miguel says, “Our slogan is ‘Impacting emerging neighborhoods’.” [Estación Federal website]
Victor Hwang (Class 12) Part of ESHIP Summit Insights Video
The Kauffman Foundation released a video from the June ESHIP Summit, which was held in Kansas City as part of the Foundation’s Zero Barriers initiative. The summit brought together 450 entrepreneurs to collaborate on and construct practical plans for growing entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities. The video highlights 7 major takeaways from the summit—as described by attendees in their own words. As Victor Hwang (Class 12) summarizes, “The most innovative new ideas are those which are formed out of diverse groups of people. And when we don’t include them, we’re losing out economically.”
Snehal Patel’s (Class 14) MyDoc Featured in Straits Times
The Straits Times interviewed Snehal Patel (Class 14), co-founder of MyDoc, for “Quick Medical Tips from MyDoc.” An app that allows people to consult doctors online, MyDoc works “with insurers (AXA, AIA, and Aetna) and corporations (HPB) directly to provide healthcare services like doctor consultations, online prescriptions and online medical certificates,” says Snehal. The article quotes a MyDoc user about its easy-to-use format, and includes a sample screenshot of what a patient-doctor consultation might look like.
This week’s blogs:
- Guy Turner (Class 17), “When to Make Senior Hires from $0 to 10M in Revenue”
- Joe Floyd (Class 18): “Top 10 Enterprise Startups from YC Summer 2017” • “How to Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of Seed Financing” • “Brian Patterson, Partner at Gunderson Dettmer, Discusses Early Stage Financing and How to Structure Convertible Notes” [Video interview] • “Chitra Nayak, COO Comfy, on Moving from Strategy Consulting into Tech” [Video interview] • “Emergence Enterprise Recap“
- Josh Breinlinger (Class 21), “The Fraud Curve”
- Jacob Mullins (Class 22), “Off The Record” on AR & VR at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017“
- Samir Kaji (Class 20), “Mapping Out the Institutional Seed Universe”
- Ezra Galston (Class 18), “Why We Invested in Wise Apple”
- Brad Feld (Mentor Class 21, KF BOD): “Effective Networking” • “People are the Price of Admission” • “My Early Entrepreneurial Heroes” • “Dogster Wins Best of Show” • “Enjoy Every Day”
- (CONTINUING) Creandum is offering an internship. Interested parties should send their CV and cover letter to email@example.com describing their connection to startups or the tech industry by September 30.
- (CONTINUING) Live Oak VP seeks a Principal (on partner track), in conjunction with its 2nd fund. The firm is based in Austin, TX, and focuses on technology and technology-enabled startups. Read the press release.
- (CONTINUING) Kauffman Foundation is looking for a Senior Program Officer “to manage research on how entrepreneurs learn, start, build, grow.” Read more online.
- (CONTINUING) Village Capital has numerous open positions: Director of Business Development, Agriculture Practice Lead, and Director of Finance & Operations (Washington, DC); Intern (Mexico City). Read the full descriptions online.
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