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Society News Update, 13 Oct. 2016

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Join StartX, Kauffman Fellows, & Kauffman Foundation at Play for Tomorrow – October 21-23 – Toronto • Kansas City • Palo Alto

Play4Tomorrow"StartX, in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation, Kauffman Fellows, and iBoost launches a social impact hack to kick off Play for Tomorrow, in Palo Alto, Kansas City, and Toronto. From October 21 to 23, Kauffman Fellows Society members are invited to join Play 4 Tomorrow in leveraging sports as a vehicle for change by working with professional sports teams, athletes, community development organizations, and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions that address key social challenges facing under-served youth in their respective communities.

Join the San Fransisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, Kansas City Royals, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs), Toronto Argonauts, and the Canadian Football League in reshaping youth development via emerging technologies. [Press release]

The top 3 ideas generated during the event will be incubated by StartX with support from the program’s partners. See the Play for Tomorrow website for full details. Interested in the Palo Alto event? Register online now. Still have questions? Email Pankaj Sood (Class 16).

Women Fellows Quarterly Breakfast – San Francisco, November 1

Claire Tomkins (Class 15) and Hana Yang (Class 20) are organizing the first Kauffman Women Fellows Quarterly Breakfast in San Francisco on Tuesday, November 1st. If you have a Bay Area address listed with KF, you should have received an invite already; if you haven’t, or if you happen to be in the Bay Area and would like to attend, please email Jewel Savadelis.

Location: Americano (in Hotel Vitale), at the corner of Mission St. & Embarcadero in San Francisco
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 8am to 9:30am

The breakfast series is co-sponsored by Kauffman Fellows and First Republic Bank (FRB). Next quarter’s breakfast will be held in Menlo Park.

Allen Taylor (Class 16) Draws on Kauffman Fellows Society to Design LP Gathering

Allen Taylor (Class 16), Director of Global Networks for Endeavor, wrote in to share a success story made possible in part through the support of his Kauffman Fellows classmates. In March of this year, Alan was organizing the first-ever LP gathering for the Endeavor Catalyst fund (launched in 2012 while he was in the program), and realized that he had never actually attended an LP gathering. He reached out to classmates Daniel Blomquist (Creandum), Walid Bakr (Abraaj), and Eric Tao (Keytone). With their help, Alan reports, “We put together an awesome program for our first-ever Endeavor Catalyst LP meeting on April 19th. You can see the public-facing coverage of it here, and in Endeavor’s monthly newsletter.”

Endeavor Catalyst has made great strides since its founding: it has raised $35M in philanthropically donated and invested capital, and invested over $19M into 34 Endeavor companies. Investments span Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay), EMEA (Turkey, Greece, Spain, Lebanon, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia) and South East Asia (Indonesia). Alan continues, “Yet despite this remarkable global reach, the three Class 16 Kauffman Fellows who helped me the most in prepping for our annual meeting were from three markets we have not invested in (yet): Sweden, Egypt and China! How’s that for a global success story?!”

Dixon Doll (Mentor Class 15), Eric Ball (Class 16), and Jack Crawford (Class 16) Launch New Fund, Impact Venture Capital, and annual Impact Global Venture Summit

Impact VCIn their press release published yesterday, Dixon Doll (Mentor Class 15), Eric Ball (Class 16), and Jack Crawford (Class 16) announced, “Former Chairman of the NVCA and Two Kauffman Fellows Join Forces to Launch Impact Venture Capital and Announce Venture Summit in California.” The firm will focus on early-stage IT startups in software and data analytics, and invest alongside corporate venture groups. Impact VC has a commitment to serving one of four “global challenges”: security and government; energy and transportation; agriculture and health; and education and media.

The group also announced that they will host an annual Impact Global Venture Summit, with the first event scheduled for November 14th in Sacramento, California. The event will feature three modules: Ignite, Accelerate, and Capitalize, with each focused on different phases in the evolution of a startup. Read the full press release for details on each phase, or register now to attend the November 14 summit.

“After attempting to retire a few times, I’m excited to get back in the game and build a new firm that has the potential to impact the lives of billions of people,” says Dixon. “When you have the opportunity to work with two energetic and smart investors like Eric and Jack, why would you ever want to sit on the sidelines?”

Dilek Dayinlarli (Class 18) Profiled in Turkish Investor Essay Series

Dilek Dayinlarli (Class 18) was the subject of a Medium.com essay, part of a series on investors in Turkey. In it, the author talks about the financing issues facing startups in Turkey, and describes how Dilek is addressing those issues. In this essay, the writer turns his conversation with Dilek into a glimpse of the challenges currently encountered by the Turkish startup ecosystem—and reveals a few of her suggestions for confronting those challenges head-on.

Lylan Masterman (Class 21) Writes about Diversity in Entrepreneur

EntrepeneurLylan Masterman wrote an Entrepreneur article this week, “For Most Women in Tech, Bias Runs Deeper than You Think,” about why he seeks out women in tech to invest in and to work with at White Star Capital. “The women who are working in technology today know how to triumph over adversity. This is a group that has suffered significant bias in our society … and succeeding despite those biases,” Lylan explains. “That is a fact to be celebrated, and sought out by investors looking for high-performance collaborators. … These are women that I want to talk to. These are the proven entrepreneurs that I want to invest in.” The largest remaining barrier to women in tech, as Lylan sees it, is being leaders or CTOs of startups in complex, highly technical sectors, such as AI, database development, and machine learning—firms where technology is the leading differentiator of the company or barrier to entry in the market. Read the full story.

Congratulations to Liz Fleming (Class 19) on South Summit

Congratulations to Liz Fleming (Class 19) on a successful South Summit last week in Madrid, Spain. South Summit is the leading startup event in southern Europe. The 3-day conference brings together hundreds of startups, international investors, and leading corporations and includes a startup competition, hackathon, and numerous talks and panels along 8 different tracks, from fintech to energy to fashion. South Summit’s Twitter feed captures all of the happenings at the event.

Keep an eye out for Liz’s in-depth analysis of Spain’s venture capital landscape in her upcoming article in volume 7 of the Kauffman Fellows Report, “The Future of VC in Spain: Time for a Track Record.” [If you would like a hard-copy of this year’s journal, you must request one via our online order form.]

Liz Fleming at South Summit

More Honors to Charlotte Hubbert (Class 14): A Fierce Woman of Biopharma

Fierce PharmaCharlotte Hubbert (Class 14) was named this week as one of FiercePharma’s 2016 “Fierce Women in Biopharma.” This group of 15 women are standouts in the field, leaders who are also providing mentorship to female and male colleagues alike. Charlotte is a Partner at Gates Foundation Venture Capital, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In discussing her work as an investor for a philanthropy with such a hefty name, she says, “We have to find that match where we’re not distracting a company, but we’re actually emboldening and supporting a company by becoming their partner and considering the whole world, not just one sector of the market.” One example is Lodo Therapeutics; while it may look like a standard biotech investment, the foundation sees value in investing in companies with the potential to tackle diseases such as tuberculosis.

In discussing her career path, Charlotte said, “When I was growing up … it never occurred to me that I couldn’t do exactly what I wanted to do with my life.” Read Charlotte’s full interview.

Marlon Nichols (Class 18) Is Speaking Today at Black Wall Street: Homecoming

Black Wall StreetMarlon Nichols (Class 18) is speaking again this year at the Black Wall Street: Homecoming conference in Durham, North Carolina. Marlon joins Adam Klein of American Underground (a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub) in a session entitled “Building a More Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – The Role of Investors and Community.”

Last year’s inaugural, city-wide event drew over 400 entrepreneurs, VCs, CEOs, students, and community leaders. In response to Black Wall Street’s (BWS) success in celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in diverse, multicultural communities, its format has been extended to Austin, TX and Washington, DC. “This expanded footprint serves to further engage national industry influencers, BWS thought-leaders, and respected startup advisers, ultimately leading to meaningful exits and the exploration of deals outside the normal pipeline and referral sources.”

Fellows on the Move

  • Claire Tomkins (Class 15) is now CEO at futurefamily, a San Francisco-based startup in the fertility sector, offering women egg-freezing services, concierge style. In addition to egg freezing and storage, each client has a personal coach who is a registered nurse fertility expert. The firm is launching its services in January 2017, and accepting waitlist registrants now.
  • Ramphis Castro (Class 19) recently co-founded ScienceVest, a new type of seed-stage fund, “focusing on long-term returns that positively impact humanity through science based interventions,” specifically targeting companies that have the potential to impact 1 million lives or more. The fund invests in hard-tech and life sciences companies, and serve as the premier co-investor for founders moving technology from the lab to IPO.

This Week’s Blog: Fighting Inequality with Silence

This week’s featured blog post from Carl Fritjofsson (Class 21), of Creandum, has a “Say what?” title that caught our attention: Fighting Inequality with Silence. Carl discusses his recent decision, when offered the opportunity to speak at industry events, to push the organizers to have a gender-equal roster of speakers, and if needed, to offer his spot to a female speaker when the scales are out of balance. Carl reports that he has had no problem finding women as qualified—or more so—than himself to take his place. Read the full essay.

Job Opportunities

Several job opportunities have been sent in by fellows; see below for details. Jobs will be removed from this list after 4 weeks. Browse back-issues of Society News if you’re looking for an older job post. If you are a Fellow or Mentor and would like to re-post your job, please email us.

  • The Draper Venture Network is looking for a tech-savvy Analyst to help develop and enhance internal tools for investment, marketing, community engagement and collaboration. The Draper Venture Network team, based in San Mateo, serves as a hub for an alliance of 10 venture firms and their 350+ portfolio companies across four continents. The ideal candidate has some venture or startup experience, enjoys a fast-paced environment, and can code or is otherwise nimble with various technology tools. The role can start as a part-time internship to test fit, with the potential to become full-time. Contact Sid Mofya (Class 19) for more information.
  • Streamlined Ventures is hiring a Principal. This is a partner-track opportunity. Streamlined is an early-stage fund now raising Fund II and under the management of Ullas Naik. They made news with their recent exit of AppLovin (acquired $1.4B). Ullas is a fantastic individual. Email Claire Tomkins (Class 15) for an intro.
  • Golden Gate Ventures is in search of a business developer to be on the ground in Indonesia, helping its portfolio companies achieve their strategic goals and supporting growth of the Golden Gate Ventures’ brand in the country. Preferred candidates have 2+ years of experience in tech startups or VC, and must be fluent in English and Bahasa Indonesia. Business travel is mostly within the country, with occasional travel to Singapore and other SEA locations. View the full job description on LinkedIn, or contact Vinnie Lauria (Class 17) for more information.
  • Braemar Energy Ventures is hiring an Associate in New York. Braemar is one of the leading partnerships focused on next-generation energy technology, and runs a balanced portfolio with an emphasis on early- to mid-stage opportunities. Preferred background includes technology and engineering experience relevant to energy or the industrial technology sector, along with solid investment banking or strategy consulting training. Read the full job description (PDF). Contact Jiong Ma (Class 9) for more information.
  • Bullpen Capital is hiring an Analyst for its Fund III in San Francisco. Bullpen is interested in hearing from a broad range of candidates, including those from non-traditional backgrounds. “Bullpen Capital is the leader in post-seed funding, a category we created. We lead small rounds in non-obvious companies.” Read their blog post about the job description, or contact Eric Wiesen (Class 13) if you want to know what working at Bullpen is all about.
  • BECO Capital in Dubai is looking for a Talent Manager to work with its portfolio companies, teaching them hiring methods, refining retention strategies, and developing playbooks and best practices, while at the same time acting as a mentor and advisor. Read a detailed job description (PDF). Contact Youef Hammad (Class 21) for more information.
  • The Kauffman Foundation is looking for a Director of Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Director. Reporting to Victor Hwang (Class 12), the Vice President of Entrepreneurship, this person will lead the design and implementation of the Foundation’s research and policy strategy, identifying knowledge gaps that must be closed in order to advance entrepreneurship while placing special emphasis on actionable and practical research. Read the full job description, including application instructions.

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