Village Capital is a nonprofit that operates business accelerator programs for game-changing entrepreneurs worldwide. Village Capital also operates an affiliated investment fund that invests capital using a unique peer selection model where the entrepreneurs themselves choose who will receive catalytic funding in their cohort. Village Capital recruits entrepreneurs focused on innovation in a particular geographic area (e.g. Brazil, New Orleans, East Africa) or a specific sector (e.g. mobile, energy, education). A select group of approximately 15 entrepreneurs goes through a 12-week program focused on building their businesses. The curriculum covers: (1) customer discovery/development, (2) team-building, (3) product refinement, (4) financials, and (5) scaling and impact, and (6) exit strategy. At the end of the program, the entrepreneurs vote on the top ventures to receive Village Capital's pre-committed capital. In the past four years, Village Capital has launched seventeen programs worldwide, supporting over 275 entrepreneurs. Participants have raised $30 million, created over 5,000 jobs, and served 4 million customers.
Founded in 2000, Accel-KKR is a technology-focused private equity investment firm founded by venture firm Accel Partners and leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). With over $2.0 billion of capital under management, the firm's target investment size ranges from $10 to $100 million, although Accel-KKR has the ability to take larger or smaller stakes as appropriate. The firm targets investments in companies with annual revenues ranging from $10mm to $200mm. Accel-KKR focuses primarily on three types of transactions: buyouts of divisions, subsidiaries and business units from public companies; acquisitions and recapitalizations of closely-held private companies; and going-private transactions of small public companies. Although Accel-KKR pursues transactions across multiple segments, the firm is specifically active in a wide range of sub-segments, including enterprise and infrastructure software, vertical market application software, technical software, networking software, enterprise computing and data storage, storage networking, data communications, Internet services, business process outsourcing and professional IT services.
Dr. Ellen Levy serves as Managing Director at Silicon Valley Connect. She is the Advisor at Omni. She also serves as Advisor at SignalFire. She also serves as Advisor at Resolute Ventures. She has served as Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, LLC, a management consulting company. From 2008 to April 2012, she served in various roles at LinkedIn Corporation, a professional social networking internet service, serving most recently as Vice President Strategic Initiatives since March 2010. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Stanford University.
Mountain View California - Valley California - San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) • IT (& TMT) • Media • BioTech • AgroTech • Businesses Solutions • FinTech (& Financials services) • Hardware (& Manufacturing) • Energy • Retail (& E-Commerce) • Entertainment (& Sports) • CleanTech • A.I. (& Big Data) • HealthTech (& Fitness) • Blockchain (& Cryptos) • Web Security (& Privacy) • Food & Beverage • Material Science • Medical Devices (& Hospital Services) • Robotics • Mobile Apps • Healthcare (& Wellness) • Consumer
David Krane serves as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner at GV. He served as a Board Member at CircleUp Network. He co-manages the fund and invests in a wide range of technology companies including Uber, Nest and Urban Engines. David's Google career began 15 years ago, as director of Global Communications and Public Affairs. In this role, David oversaw the company's strategic communications programs worldwide and worked as a member of the senior leadership team to grow Google from a small startup to a multi-billion dollar global enterprise. David's prior professional experience spanned both startup and public companies, including Apple Computer, QUALCOMM, Four11 (now Yahoo! Mail), and two computer security software developers. David received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University Bloomington.
Jeff Jordan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to joining a16z, Jeff was president and CEO of OpenTable, which he took public in 2009. Before OpenTable, he was president of PayPal and the SVP and GM of eBay North America. Follow him on his blog (http://jeff.a16z.com/) and on Twitter @jeff_jordan.
Meyer Malka is the Founder and serves as Managing Director at Ribbit Capital. He also serves as the Board Member at Brex. He served as Advisor & Board Member at BTCJam. He serves as Member of Board of Directors at LendingHome. He is also a Board Member and Co-Founder of Lemon. After two decades of experience as an investor and serial entrepreneur, he started Heptagon Group, a broker/dealer at the age of 19. He intends to use Ribbit as an agent for change in the ossified and slow-to-change financial services category. The combination of his deep understanding of the financial services sector, the technologies that drive it, and the access to capital that Ribbit offers, are providing global entrepreneurs with the access and know-how required to create the transformative businesses of the future. He is currently the co-founder and the chairman of Lemon, an innovative wallet-in-the-cloud service that enables users to track and manage their expenses. Through that, they can become smarter and more successful consumers of financial services. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wonga, a company that is showing banks how lending is done, by offering short-term financing with dazzling speed, convenience and flexibility. He also serves as a director of Peixe Urbano, the first and largest Latin American local commerce website. He is a Board Member at Compara Online and Credit Karma. He also served as Board Member at Youdazzle.
--- Applied AI / Machine Learning
--- Food technologies
--- Hyper-differentiated products
Pathbreaker invests in specialized teams solving hard technical problems in pursuit of generational impact.
VC with Azure Capital (investor in @tripit, Open Road Media, @get-satisfaction, @education-com, ezRez, @blogher); Entrepreneur with H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc.;
Anamitra Banerji is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Afore Capital. Banerji served as Partner at Foundation Capital. He serves as a Board Member of Localytics. He came to Foundation with eight years of product management leadership experience in the consumer internet space at Twitter, Yahoo! and Overture. Before working in product roles, Anamitra was a software engineer in the enterprise data space for four years. He also co-founded an internet-healthcare company PlanetHealthOnline. Anamitra joined Twitter in March 2009 as its 30th employee and first product manager. While there, he built out Twitter's advertising team, incubating from scratch all three products promoted tweets, promoted trends and promoted accounts, he led the team in getting those products up and running. As Partner at Foundation Capital, Banerji focuses on identifying and investing in promising startups in the communications, commerce, mobile and marketing technology industries. He uses his vast personal experience working alongside entrepreneurs to identify those who stand out in their respective industries. During his time as an Entrepreneur In Residence, he served as a consultant in the investment process and also helped launch Widescope, an early-stage research project at Stanford focused on crowd-sourcing federal and state budget deficit reduction. Anamitra earned an MBA from Cornell University and a degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India.
Semil Shah serves as a Venture Partner at GGV Capital. He also serves as an Investor of BirdEye. He is the Founder and serves as a General Partner of Haystack, which invested in more than 70 companies, including Instacart, Hired, and DoorDash. He serves as the Venture Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. He serves on the advisory boards of The Alpha Network and StrictlyVC. He is also a former consultant for several venture capital firms, including General Catalyst, Trinity Ventures, and GGV Capital, among others. His notable AI investments include AirMap, an airspace services provider that focuses on providing accurate airspace information for building unmanned aircraft, drones, and applications; Iris Automation, which helps industrial drones avoid collision; and SkySafe, which provides drone defense and airspace control solutions. Semil holds a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and a Master's degree from Harvard University.
I'm a VC & angel investor with 120+ deals done.
My fund, Asymmetry Ventures, focuses on seed-stage deals.
I also founded and currently manage an AngelList syndicate of 1600 accredited investors. Our syndicate deploys checks of $100K - $300K into exceptional early-stage ventures.
I love deep tech (e.g. life sci/biotech; med devices & healthcare; AI; hardware & IoT).
And in general, I love startups with strong early traction (ideally revenues - but user and usage traction are great too).
Not Interested In
As a rule, I don't invest in pre-seed companies.
But I'd be thrilled to meet talented founders at the pre-seed stage, and get to know them as they take early steps in building their ventures!
Obsessively hunting down, and investing in, the world's fastest-growing startups. Moonlighting as strategist @capgemini. Served time @harvard-4, @berkeley.
Passionate impact investor and entrepreneur focused on building a sustainable future of food. Over 20 years of private equity experience building successful companies and teams in the food and agriculture industries.
Most Interested In
I am a food and agriculture investor that makes both private equity and angel investments in the space. We typically look at companies with at least $3 million to $4 million of revenue.
I am also vegan and very interested in plant based foods. Other areas we are very interested in indoor agriculture, regenerative agriculture and organic products, composting, reducing food waste and better for you food products
Not Interested In
We cannot invest in pre-revenue companies and we avoid the front end of the food industry; restaurants, food delivery, etc.
Principal, Food and Agriculture Fund
We invest in growth and buyout opportunities across the food and agriculture industries.
Samir Kaul is the Founding General Partner at Khosla Ventures. He serves as a Board Member at Vicarious Surgical. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member at Calera as well as Sakti3. Previously, he was a member of Flagship Ventures, a venture capital firm, from 2002 to May 2006. Prior to Flagship, he worked at The Institute for Genomic Research. He currently serves on the board of directors of Amyris and on the boards of directors of several private companies. He focuses on sustainability investing including food and agriculture. He has been a leading investor in Hampton Creek Food, Sand Hill Foods, OSCAR Health, Soraa and View, among many others. A number of Samir's investments have achieved significant results including Ausra (acquired by AREVA) and NanoH20, acquired by LG Chem.