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EVCA Newsletter | May Edition - The Latest VC Jobs, Events, and Content
Yesterday we sent out the EVCA newsletter without the updated jobs, content, and events. We apologies for the blip. You’ll find the full May edition below.
Last week, three hundred emerging VCs from across the U.S. converged at Rancho Compasión animal sanctuary for our second ever EVCA Summit. Amid a backdrop of green pastures and an unforgettable assemblage of rescued farm animals, we found ourselves forging new connections, sparking thought-stirring conversations, and tapping into our collective wisdom to set the stage for transforming the world of venture capital.
We across the EVCA Leadership team would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the emerging VC community who made such a gathering possible. Your presence and enthusiasm not only made the Summit a resounding success but also solidified our collective identity as a community. We look forward to continuing the journey alongside each of you as we forge new paths and redefine the future of venture capital.
And with that bit of introductory fanfare, welcome back to the May edition of the EVCA newsletter!
Spotlight Feature: Meet Calvin Chin, Managing Partner at E14 Fund
We had the chance to interview Calvin Chin, who is Managing Partner at E14 Fund. Calvin his origins story—from working in operations at enterprise SaaS startups, living in China, and, most recently, investing in seed-stage companies at E14 Fund. In this interview, he also shares his thoughts about life and career.
This month we highlight Abigail Risse of Hyperplane and Ken Lau of Red Sea Ventures as our featured investors of the EVCA community.
Abigail Risse is on the investment team at Hyperplane, an early-stage venture capital fund in Boston investing in companies automating technically-rigorous enterprise problems since 2015. Abigail studied mechanical engineering and focused primarily on medical devices, specifically on pediatric prosthetic and orthopedic robotics. Abigail started her career as an engineer at iRobot iterating on the designs of new renditions of robotic home products. At Hyperplane, Abigail focuses on industries of healthcare and logistics, but enjoys evaluating early-stage companies across various industries' supply chains. Outside of Hyperplane, Abigail is a spin instructor for the Equinox Boston studios and has a German Shepherd named Stella who she found on Craigslist and surprised her parents with one college break.
Ken Lau is an investor at Red Sea Ventures, where he helps lead seed stage investments in next-gen experiences for the consumer and worker. He is particularly interested in companies that transform the consumer experience, especially in their daily lives and within healthcare. Ken began his career as an M&A investment banker at both J.P. Morgan and Nomura, where he covered Technology, Healthcare, and Consumer/Retail in San Francisco. Ken graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Finance & Accounting. When he's off the clock, Ken fills his time with searching for the best value restaurants, leaving NYC to go hiking/snowboarding, or bopping around at concert venues in the city.
EVCA Leadership Spotlight: AI/ML Vertical Co-Lead, Sujude Dalieh of JAZZ Venture Partners
This EVCA Leadership Spotlight Series is intended to help the broader community get to know what's going on behind the scenes at the EVCA, as well as highlight the valuable contributions of the roughly 50 individuals across the venture capital industry who make the EVCA possible.
Sujude Dalieh is an investor at JAZZ Venture Partners and primarily invests across the intersection of culture and science. Sujude started her career off in the computational sciences and is a Berkeley-trained scientist. She was a member of the Somorjai Group, a surface chemistry research lab at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and subsequently led the integration of Jupyter computation into social sciences research and curricula at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science. Sujude is also active in the MENA-affiliated startup world as a board member of TechWadi. Prior to JAZZ, Sujude supported investments at Lux Capital and K50 Ventures across frontier tech, workforce solutions, and health innovations. Sujude holds an MEng in Design from Stanford University and a BS in Chemistry from UC Berkeley.
What We’re Reading
Here we share our favorite content produced from EVCA members across the world:
Climate Tech Meets Deep Tech - Ale Vergara of Bee Partners and Bogdan Cristei of Union Labs Ventures, delve into four innovative buckets within the topic of climate that are ready for commercialization while having the potential for above-market returns and positive impact
The Acquisitions Co. Field Guide - Morgan Mahlock of Voltron Data, shares a guide to navigating government for early-stage startups
Tax Tech Tango: Balancing Innovation, Optimization, and Compliance - Dave Hafford of Thomvest Ventures, provides some color on the history of the tax tech space, the incumbent landscape, the expanding universe of startups building disruptive solutions, and some areas we find of particular interest
Three Lessons For Creating Unforgettable Experiences - David Zhou of Cup of Zhou, shares three lessons he picked up while trying to build experiences for communities
The Future of AgeTech: Matching Life Expectancy Gains with Financial Security and Health Span Improvements - Kathryn Byron of Visible Ventures, explores how digitally native platforms and products will enable greater financial wellness, productivity, engagement, and independence for older adults over 50
Making the Metaverse Matter | May 9 | Hosted by Austin Forum
Supply Trucking Happy Hour | May 10 | Hosted by Schematic Ventures: Industrial Tech
Health and Biotech Startup Mixer | May 10 | Hosted by Startup Social
Unlocking the Future: An Exploration of Generative AI and its Impact on Industries | May 10 | Hosted by Plug and Play Tech Center
Fintech Summit 2023 | May 11 | Hosted by King & Spalding and the Electronic Transactions Association
Activant x EVCA | Game Night | May 18 | Hosted by Activant Capital and EVCA | Due to capacity restraints, attendance is only given to approved sign-ups. If there are any questions, please reach out to email@example.com and/or Juliette@activantcapital.com
Discussion of Spatial Web: How Web 3.0 Will Connect and Transform the World | May 18 | Hosted by Austin Forum
2023 Private M&A Update: Deal Term Trends and Tech Sector Insights | May 23 | Hosted by NVCA and SRS Acquiom
BLCK VC & EVCA Rooftop Summer Kickoff | May 25 | Hosted by Glasswing Ventures
Growth & Operations Senior Associate in New York, NY at Town Hall Ventures. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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