As you may know, Kapor Capital is not your typical investment firm. We work at the intersection of tech and social impact, and we’re currently looking for a new partner to join our all-star team. This is a terrific opportunity to help shape the future of tech, and work with some of the most innovative people in the field, including:
Mitch Kapor: Mitch is a pioneer of the personal computing industry, a serial entrepreneur and long-time seed investor. He was the founder of Lotus Development Corporation, the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, and founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation.
Freada Kapor Klein: An entrepreneur, activist and pioneer in the field of organizational culture and diversity, Freada has been a lifelong champion of building inclusive workplaces. She is the founder of the Level Playing Field Institute, an Advisory Trustee of the U.C. Berkeley Foundation, and is a founding team member of Project Include.
Benjamin Todd Jealous: Ben is the former President and CEO of the NAACP, and under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile. A long-time journalist and community organizer, Ben is also a Rhodes Scholar and is currently running for Governor of Maryland.
Brian Dixon: Brian joined Kapor Capital as an intern in 2011, and has since climbed the investment ladder, becoming partner in 2015. A member of Kauffman Fellows Cohort 21, Brian is a former startup founder, an MBA graduate, Management Leadership forTomorrow (MLT) Fellow, and computer science major.
Ellen Pao: Ellen is a long-time entrepreneur and angel investor, and, more recently, one of the country’s best-known activists fighting for women and people of color in tech. She is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center, the founder of Project Include, and the author of Reset. Previously, Ellen served as the interim CEO at reddit, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
This talent makes us different than other venture firms, but so does our guiding philosophy
Kapor Capital is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in seed stage tech companies that generate both economic value and positive social impact. Specifically, we look for companies that are addressing a lack of access and opportunity for underserved communities, or companies that are bringing about the disruptive democratization of a sector. We’re interested in the fields of education, financial inclusion, employment, and justice, among others. Currently, we have more than 100 companies in our portfolio, including LendUp, Genius Plaza, Pigeonly, Honor, Managed by Q, Clever and Atipica.
Key to our investment philosophy is the value we place on diversity. Our entrepreneurs come from all walks of life. We believe that the lived experience of our founding teams from underrepresented backgrounds provide a competitive edge. Their experiences inform the questions they ask and the problems they identify that give rise to profitable, tech-driven solutions.
The Partner will help run day-to-day operations of the fund and help manage the team. This role will be expected to bring relevant experience and thinking to our discussions about the evolution of our fund thesis, composition and structure. Candidates should have prior experience as an employee or founder of a tech company, as well as investment experience in tech companies.
The most important qualifications are: evidence of past results in working with diverse teams; good judgment about people, strategy, and technology; and an orientation toward business which demonstrates a commitment to closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for underserved communities. These factors matter more to us than specific past positions, employers or educational credentials.
Review the full job description and apply here.