The Kauffman Fellows Review shares blog posts and content relating to the science of capital formation, from a variety of Fellows and industry experts across the globe.

We intend these posts to generate a lively discussion, and welcome comments, responses, and critiques via email.

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October 17, 2017
Steve Case shares his vision and enthusiasm for the Third Wave of Internet integration into everyday life.
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September 22, 2017
Tammy Jantzen (Class 20) believes the best way to make the VC world more female-friendly is for women to insert themselves until their presence is no longer a novelty, but routine.
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September 11, 2017
Female entrepreneurship is widespread across Africa’s economies, and the potential is expanding. Entrepreneur article by Lexi Novitske (Class 22).
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September 1, 2017
Jason Green (Charter Class) talks about building a reputation for oneself and one's firm over the long term, based on a strong understanding of one's own values.
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August 24, 2017
Ashley Carroll (Class 21) describes her preference for face-to-face meetings with entrepreneurs: more demos, less decks.
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August 15, 2017
In this video interview, Hian Goh (Class 20) discusses the softer skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur, especially when building a team.
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August 2, 2017
Collin West (Class 17) advocates against networking, in favor of developing meaningful connections. His advice starts with "Give first, without expectation."
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August 1, 2017
In this video interview, Greg Horowitt (Class 15) encourages startup entrepreneurs to look further afield to find the most relevant and experienced people to reach out to for advice and guidance.
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July 18, 2017
Brad Feld (KF BOD, Mentor Class 21), author of Startup Communities, believes that a startup ecosystem can be created in any city of 100,000 people—with entrepreneurs playing the long game.
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June 29, 2017
In this video interview for VCJ, Adrian Li (Class 21) discusses the investment market in Indonesia, where startups can apply proven ideas and technology in a new market, with lower overall risk.
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June 25, 2017
In this video interview for VCJ, Collin West (Class 16) discusses how today's investors are changing the game of venture, moving away from evaluating deals by gut instinct and pattern matching, and toward data analysis.
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June 19, 2017
For many companies, it's not a question of "if" it will go global, but rather "when." In this video interview, John Kim (Class 20) encourages founders to envision their global expansion plans early to spot opportunities.
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May 28, 2017
The average age of a successful entrepreneur is 39. In this video interview, Rob Kornblum (Class 4) describes the attributes of older workers—acquired through work and life experiences—that make them good founders.
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May 22, 2017
Tyson Clark (Class 21) recommends smaller-sized initial customers for startups in this video interview. Iterate with those initial customers, then go after the "marquee" names.
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May 17, 2017
In this video interview for Entrepreneur, Techstars partner Jason Seats (Class 21) discusses CEO burnout; he suggests that founders reframe how they think about self-sacrifice and health.
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April 18, 2017
In this video interview, Tammi Jantzen (Class 21) discusses startup funding, understanding both the investor's and entrepreneur's points of view.
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March 17, 2017
In this video interview, Samir Kaji (Class 20) offers founders a quick primer on the options available for raising capital at the very early stages of a startup.
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February 22, 2017
In this video interview, Suzanne Fletcher (Class 21) discusses the benefits of developing a support community for startup founders, whether through a formal accelerator program, a co-working space, local meetups, or online.
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February 10, 2017
In this video interview, Collin West (Class 17), Kauffman Fellows' new Venture Partner, tells of his world-record-breaking crossing of the Arctic in a rowboat, and the lessons he took away from that adventure for entrepreneurs and VCs alike.
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February 3, 2017
Facing a dearth of funding because life sciences investors don't understand your medical project? Your plight has a name: the "valley of death." Entrepreneur article by Ramphis Castro (Class 19).
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December 28, 2016
In this video interview, Andrew Goldner (Class 21) discusses the benefits of starting up in places outside of the Valley, such as Chicago or Chattanooga.
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December 21, 2016
In this video interview, Trish Costello (KF Founding CEO) discusses the emergence of female investors and their impact on venture capital and the entrepreneurs in which they invest.
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December 19, 2016
In this video interview, Jenny Rooke (Class 11) discusses startup founders with a clarity of vision who are able to succeed by standing firm in their ideas despite being worn down by time and detractors.
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December 16, 2016
Kauffman Fellows interviewed Aziz Gilani (Class 14) about the investing opportunity in traditional industrial hubs during our recent VC Reunion Summit in Kansas City, Mo.
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December 15, 2016
He’s taken bets on healthy living, messaging, and the needs of minority consumers and entrepreneurs. Kauffman Fellows Executive Chairman Phil Wickham (Charter) interviews Marlon Nichols (Class 18) of Cross Culture Ventures in this video and text segment.
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November 2, 2016
Catch the highlights of Steve Case's keynote at the recent Kauffman Fellows Reunion VC Summit, in which he discusses where he sees opportunities opening up for entrepreneurs in the next wave of the Internet—the "third wave."
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October 26, 2016
Observers of the AT&T / TimeWarner merger can only imagine what this will mean in terms of how we consume media: Will we even call the result "television" anymore? Will our kids have TVs in their living rooms? Form factors will continue to evolve, so we are likely to see a further fragmentation of content sources as the media world consolidates more and more.
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September 1, 2016
Among the lesser known discoveries during the early days at Google was the realization that business could grow faster if customers didn't have to spend weeks studying an unduly complicated contract.
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September 1, 2016
Startups' crazy perks can often be signals of weak ideas or weak teams, who are not focused on the right things. The best talent is typically attracted not by perks but by a solid challenge and an even more solid team working on it. In a downturn, smart founders are thinking about how to use market dynamics to steal market share and talent.
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July 6, 2016
This interview is the second in VC to VC, a monthly series that features conversations between veteran venture capitalist Phil Wickham and other leaders in the investment world. Phil talks with Rob Coneybeer of Shasta Ventures, an investor with a proven track record of spotting trends in the IoT arena.
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May 5, 2016
Kauffman Fellows CEO Phil WIckham interviews Venrock's Bryan Roberts about health care trends. The first in a series of interviews published in Fortune.
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February 17, 2016
Our 7th global Summit in Singapore was a spectacular success! We had the best cross-class representation to date with more than 200 fellows from 16 classes attending. Read the full recap, complete with photos and videos from the event, and links to news coverage of the Summit.
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February 4, 2016
Late last month a group of venture capital leaders and Kauffman Fellows from around the world met in Singapore to discuss entrepreneurship in Asia. Their most pressing questions were around the effect China’s stock market crash last July and rough start to 2016 may have on the decade-long venture capital boom in Singapore and Hong Kong.
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January 26, 2016
SINGAPORE is poised to become an investment destination for venture capitalists (VCs) and an essential cog in the global innovation network - backed by a receptive government that enables but knows when to "get out of the way", said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday.
January 6, 2016
For most people, a unicorn is a mythical horse with a pointed horn in a flutter of fairy dust. If a collection of these beasts of the fairy dust variety is called a blessing, the proliferation of Silicon Valley unicorns is anything but, as more and more of then become "unicorpses."
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December 13, 2015
An interview with Freada Kapor Klein, covering diversity, investing, and ethos.
December 6, 2015
What forces do women need to overcome to succeed in venture capital? KF CEO Phil Wickham responds to Sequoia Capital’s Mike Moritz.
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November 24, 2015
Jason Green, Partner at Emergence Capital (left) and Phil Wickham, CEO of Kauffman Fellows (right). Jason Green is a Founder and General Partner of Emergence Capital. He has been in the venture business for over 15 years and backed 7 “Unicorns” so far in his career (Visual Networks, DoubleClick, Ask Jeeves, aQuantive, SuccessFactors, Box, and Yammer). He […]
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October 19, 2015
Imagine a VC industry more multicultural, global, creative and much, much bigger than it is today; read this excerpt from the Venture Capital Journal.