Network Updates, 7 November 2017

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Please note: Next April’s International Summit in Israel coincides with the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding, and as such, hotel space is very tight (already). To guarantee a room under the Kauffman Fellows room block and rate—in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem—attendees must register by November 17; visit the Summit’s Hotel page for booking information.

The PreMoney SF Investor Conference is has sweetened its offer for KF Network members planning to attend. To receive a 50% discount, use code KAUFFMAN when you register.

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

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

December 5: PreMoney SF Investor Conference (50% 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

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

Congratulations to Danny Cohen (Class 11), whose firm Viola Ventures (formerly Carmel Ventures) has closed its 5th fund at $200M. [VentureBeat article] [Press release]

Ben Wirz‘s (Class 19) firm, Brighteye Ventures, has closed a new €50M fund. Brighteye is a new firm dedicated to the European EdTech sector. The firm has already made several investments. [TechCrunch article]

* See the Jobs section below; Brighteye is looking for an associate in their Paris, France office.

On the Move

Joanna Rupp (Class 21) has been named to the KU Endowment Board of Trustees. The endowment is an independent fundraising foundation supporting the University of Kansas. [The Kansan article]


Carl Fritjofsson (Class 21), Entrepreneur video, “Eliminate the Fear of ‘Imposter Syndrome’Yousef Hammad (Class 21), VCJ, “VC Video Interview: Entrepreneurship in DubaiBeau Seil (Class 22), Eisenhower Fellowships, “Beau Seil Selected as 2018 U.S. Eisenhower Fellow” [Press release] Marlon Nichols (Class 18) and Trish Costello (KF CEO Emeritus) made the Forbes list “10 Investors Who Are Authentically Committed to Funding Female FoundersErnestine Fu (Class 17), The Stanford Daily, “Stanford Faculty Advise National Blockchain Projects in Papua New GuineaJennifer Fried‘s (Class 20) ExplORer Surgical was named one of the “Up-and-Comer” award winners at the 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards.

Alex Lazarow‘s (Class 19) book proposal “Startup Heretic” has moved from the “shortlist” to one of three finalists for the Bracken Bower Prize 2017.

Brian Trelstad (Class 12), Investment Magazine, authored “Impact Investing Needs a Common Language

Dimple Sahni (Class 10):

Ken Horne (Class 17), Markets Insider, “Symic Bio Announces Results from the Phase 1/2 SHIELD Trial of SB-030 in Peripheral Vascular DiseaseEghosa Omoigui (Mentor Class 18) gave a two-part video interview with Bnkability, “In Conversation With Eghosa Omoigui, Echo VC,” sharing his thoughts on an array of topics pertaining to VC both in Africa and elsewhere. [Part 1] [Part 2]


Gil Dibner (Class 13), “YSL: European & Israeli Enterprise/Tech Weekly – Issue #3Jonathan Triest (Class 20), “Some Thoughts on Getting into VCJake Saper (Class 20), “The Coaching Cloud PlaybookBrad Feld (KF BOD & Mentor Class 21), “Techstars and The Nature Conservancy,” announcing a new partnership to create the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. Lak Ananth (Class 12), “Additive Manufacturing and Losing Opportunity CostsBrian Luerssen (Class 18), “Introducing OrchardDerek Bittar (Class 19), “3 Things I Didn’t Do to Become a Top Writer

Speakers & Presentations

Last week’s BOOSTMENA conference in Dubai featured a number of Kauffman Fellows speakers:

The event was sponsored by BECO Capital (Amir Farha, Class 22, and Yousef Hammad, Class 21).

Daniel Kraft (Class 13), Founder and Chair of the Exponential Medicine conference, announced that the November 6-9 event in San Diego, CA will be live cast; visit the Simulcast Lounge. Andrew Goldner (Class 21) will speak at VC 101: Understand the Deals Behind Shark Tank, November 13, Nashville, TN.


from Gil Canaani (Class 17): Hearst Ventures is looking for a Senior Associate. Job details and how to apply. [New York, NY]
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]