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Kapor Capital Welcomes New Associate Anthony Heckman and Analyst Jorge Méndez
Heckman and Méndez will support Kapor Capital’s strategy in social impact investing going into 2016.
(Oakland, CA. January 7, 2015)–Kapor Capital is pleased to announce that Anthony Heckman and Jorge Méndez have joined the Kapor Capital investment team.
Anthony Heckman joined Kapor Capital on November 16, 2015 as an Associate, and will focus on sourcing and evaluating early-stage investments and helping portfolio companies grow intelligently.
“Anthony will be an invaluable addition to the Kapor Capital team,” said Mitch Kapor, Founder and Partner of the firm. “His experience advising startups and their investors is a tremendous asset in guiding our portfolio companies and identifying talented social impact entrepreneurs. We look forward to his expert contribution to our investments going into 2016.”
“We are thrilled to have Anthony join us,” said Freada Kapor Klein, Partner at Kapor Capital. “His networks in the tech world and especially amongst entrepreneurs of color will add to our deal flow and especially bring us startups solving real problems in communities of color. Anthony’s lived experience of overcoming obstacles in combination with his legal background add to our investment team.”
Prior to Kapor Capital, Anthony spent 5 years at Cooley and Fenwick and West on the startup and venture capital teams where he advised startups and their investors on operational matters, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, and venture financings.
“I believe Kapor Capital has the expertise and vision to support startups who seek to create lasting positive change,” said Anthony upon joining Kapor Capital. “I am really looking forward to working with entrepreneurs who are building companies that address important social needs.”
Anthony holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of Southern California where he ran the 800 meters for the Varsity Track and Field Team. When he is not working, Anthony volunteers as an advisor to The Workers Lab and actively supports San Francisco Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and San Francisco Achievers.
Jorge Méndez joined Kapor Capital on December 1, 2015 as an Analyst, and will focus on conducting research, doing due diligence, and evaluating new investment prospects.
“I am excited to be at Kapor Capital during a time where diversity and inclusion in tech is gaining more traction,” Jorge said in his first days at the firm. “I look forward to furthering the Kapor Capital mission and to continue making great investments, supporting entrepreneurs of color and fostering a tech landscape that is more inclusive of communities.”
Jorge brings with him expertise in tech and finance from SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he worked as a Tech, Media & Telecom Investment Banking Analyst. Additionally, he has interned at Acorn Investments, a seed-stage Green Materials venture capital firm, and at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, whose focus is creating social and economic justice in the Southeastern United States.
“We are all very excited that Jorge decided to make the cross-country move to join us here in Oakland, California,” said Mitch Kapor, Founder and Partner at Kapor Capital. “His experience working with the tech sector via investment banking brings a complementary perspective to the diverse expertise at the investment table. As our Analyst, we are looking forward to the insights he will contribute.”
“The value add that Jorge brings to our team is already quite noticeable,” said Freada Kapor Klein, Partner at the firm. “As we see a growing number of deals, his insights will help us make great investment decisions. Jorge’s analytic skills and personal journey both help us identify tech startups that will be good businesses and close gaps in low income communities of color.”
Jorge holds an MS from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS from Wake Forest University. He is passionate about leveraging technology to create positive social change and increasing opportunities and exposure in tech among currently under-represented populations.
Based in Oakland, California, Kapor Capital invests in seed stage tech startups that generate both economic returns and positive social impact. We believe diversity in tech is a strategic priority to the industry. For more information please visit www.kaporcapital.com