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.
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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
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 TransactionsCongratulations 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
NewsCarl Fritjofsson (Class 21), Entrepreneur video, “Eliminate the Fear of ‘Imposter Syndrome’” Yousef Hammad (Class 21), VCJ, “VC Video Interview: Entrepreneurship in Dubai” Beau 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 Founders” Ernestine Fu (Class 17), The Stanford Daily, “Stanford Faculty Advise National Blockchain Projects in Papua New Guinea” Jennifer Fried‘s (Class 20) ExplORer Surgical was named one of the “Up-and-Comer” award winners at the 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. Brian Trelstad (Class 12), Investment Magazine, authored “Impact Investing Needs a Common Language”
Dimple Sahni (Class 10):
- The National, “The Importance of Financial Literacy for Female Investors”
- Dimple spoke at the MENA VC Summit on October 31 in Dubai.
BlogsGil Dibner (Class 13), “YSL: European & Israeli Enterprise/Tech Weekly – Issue #3” Jonathan Triest (Class 20), “Some Thoughts on Getting into VC” Jake Saper (Class 20), “The Coaching Cloud Playbook” Brad 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 Costs” Brian Luerssen (Class 18), “Introducing Orchard” Derek 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:
- Jeff Harbach (KF President & CEO, Class 16)
- Nico Berman (Class 21)
- Abdulrahman Tarabzouni (Class 22)