PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kauffman Fellows, the premier leadership organization in innovation and capital formation, has appointed three distinguished leaders in the venture capital industry to its board of directors.
Brad Feld, Managing Director of the Foundry Group; Mamoon Hamid, co-founder and General Partner at Social Capital; and Jenny Lee, Managing Partner at GGV Capital are joining the board effective immediately. These appointments increase the number of directors from 9 to 12.
"We are thrilled to welcome Brad, Jenny, and Mamoon to our board," said Jeff Harbach, CEO of Kauffman Fellows. "All three of them are high caliber people who bring a 'give first' mentality that perfectly aligns with the mission of Kauffman Fellows. Their accomplishments speak for themselves, and their passion and commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and innovation will provide invaluable perspectives for the organization as we continue to grow."
Currently a managing director at Foundry Group, Brad has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He is co-founder of Techstars, Foundry Group, Mobius Venture Capital, and Intensity Ventures.
In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several nonprofit organizations and is currently chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of Path Forward. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution and Ask the VC.
Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He's also an avid art collector and long-distance runner—he has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.
A Kauffman Fellow from Class 11, Mamoon co-founded Social Capital in late 2011 along with Ted Maidenberg of Class 12, with the mission to transform society by using technology to solve the world's hardest problems. Mamoon leads the firm's private investing activities, which focus on building breakthrough healthcare, education, financial services, and consumer and enterprise software companies. He currently sits on the boards of Slack, Intercom, Netskope, and Greenhouse.
Prior to starting Social Capital, Mamoon was a Partner at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), where he led early-stage investments in companies like Box and Yammer. Mamoon began his Silicon Valley career in 1997 at Xilinx, where he spent six years in various engineering and marketing roles.
Mamoon holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mamoon grew up in Frankfurt, Germany where he developed his love for playing, watching, and coaching soccer. He has been named to the Forbes Midas List three times.
Jenny joined GGV Capital in 2005 as a managing partner and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. As an investor, she is focused on finding and partnering with disruptive technology companies that can change traditional business models and create new value for users and enterprises.
Previous operations and finance work experience with Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Morgan Stanley, and JAFCO Asia enhanced Jenny's role as a preferred board mentor and investor to many entrepreneurs in China. She graduated from Cornell University with MS and BS degrees in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Jenny has been recognized on the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists every year since 2012—in 2015 she ranked #10 overall and was the #1 woman on the list. In 2016, she was also recognized by The New York Times and CB Insights as one of the top 100 venture capital investors worldwide, and was named by Fast Company to the Most Creative People in Business List.
A self-professed geek, Jenny firmly believes that only the entrepreneurs who are passionate about products will be able to create new models and new products.
About Kauffman Fellows
Building a global investment community through a highly sought-after two-year program based in Silicon Valley, Kauffman Fellows is the premier leadership organization in innovation and capital formation. Since 1995, more than 470 Fellows have collectively deployed nearly $200 billion in capital, investing in more than 2500 companies and creating more than 715 thousand jobs worldwide. Graduates lead venture capital, government, corporate, university, and startup innovation efforts in more than 40 countries. Kauffman Fellows has a strong commitment to diversity and actively recruits women and minorities. Inspired by Ewing Marion Kauffman and his legacy of shared ownership, accountability, and experimentation, we measure success in enduring new businesses that generate long-term returns for principals, investors, and society as a whole.
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