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Mitch Kapor

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Tech investor Mitch Kapor is proving investing for social good can make money

Marketplace Tech

There’s an idea that’s long been gospel in the venture capital industry, that investing in companies that have a positive social impact is a money loser — impact investing is “concessionary.” But what if it isn’t? Mitch Kapor is a well-known tech investor. He helped create the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet and was an early Uber investor. But for the past decade, Kapor and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, have focused on companies that they say fill a gap, whether it’s social, information or opportunity. And in 2019, their firm, Kapor Capital, reported that in fact it does make money. Lots of it. “Marketplace Tech” host Molly Wood talks with Mitch Kapor.

9mins

31 Mar 2021

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Mitch Kapor on the Kapor Capital Experiment

Money and Meaning

Mitch Kapor is fond of saying, “genius is evenly distributed by ZIP Code, but opportunity is not.” So, in 2011 Mitch and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, set out to tackle this issue by investing in seed stage tech startups closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities and communities of color in the US. After more than 100 investments over eight years, Kapor Capital has not only been able to generate gap-closing social impact but has done so while achieving financial returns in the top quartile among VC funds of similar size. In this episode, Mitch shares lessons learned from his journey into impact investing and tries to dispel harmful biases still embedded in the VC community.

37mins

4 Jun 2019

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Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Capital, shares results of their first-ever Impact Report, investing with purpose to close gaps &, insights on Uber's IPO, fixing the gig economy | Angel S3 E4

Angel | hosted by Jason Calacanis

Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Capital, shares stellar return results of their portfolio's first-ever Impact Report, investing with purpose to close gaps & back entrepreneurs with distance traveled, insights on Uber's IPO, fixing the gig economy, promoting diversity in Silicon Valley & creating long-term value v. short-term gains

1hr 7mins

13 May 2019

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Episode 69: Mitch Kapor

Product Hunt Radio

Mitch Kapor is a successful entrepreneur, perhaps best known for founding Lotus, and investor, having founded Kapor Capital which focuses on tech startups that have strong social impact This episode we talk about Mitch's come up story, the world of impact investing and how Kapor measures impact, the ed-tech space, the role of government in tech and much more. This interview was recorded last year at the Launch Festival. Edited by @alexkontis Lavish Praise to @mkapor Constructive Criticism to @eriktorenberg

24mins

25 Feb 2016

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Building A Profitable Company That Solves Real World Problems | Mitch Kapor & Christie George

Lean Startup

What can any startup learn from mission-driven companies? From focus, to metrics, to impact, to team, the lessons are deeper than most of us expect. In this conversation, Mitch Kapor, of Kapor Capital, talks with Christie George, Executive Director of New Media Ventures, about building a profitable company that solves real-world problems.

32mins

21 Jan 2015

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Mitch Kapor Keynote

2012 Innovations in eLearning Symposium

University Events

1hr 14mins

25 Jun 2012

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Mitch Kapor on "Commons-Based Peer Production"

UC Berkeley School of Information

Mitch Kapor was the guest speaker in the Info 290 seminar "Commons-Based Peer Production" on Friday; Kapor is the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation, founder of the Open Source Applications Foundation, and a member of the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation.

49mins

5 Apr 2010

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SL5B: Mitch Kapor's Closing Keynote (VIDEO)

Second Life Official: Interviews, Video Tutorials, & Machinima

Mitch Kapor, on Linden Lab's Board of Directors, and Robin Harper, VP of Marketing & Community Development, wrap up the Second Life 5th's Birthday festivities with a keynote address. You can find more info @ https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/SL5B

37mins

7 Jul 2008

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SL5B: Mitch Kapor's Closing Keynote (AUDIO-only)

Second Life Official: Interviews, Video Tutorials, & Machinima

Mitch Kapor, on Linden Lab's Board of Directors, and Robin Harper, VP of Marketing & Community Development, wrap up the Second Life 5th's Birthday festivities with a keynote address. You can find more info @ https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/SL5B

37mins

7 Jul 2008

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Mitch Kapor (Foxmarks) - How to Build a Successful Company

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Serial entrepreneur Mitch Kapor speaks about the fundamental principles of building successful companies by drawing on his experience as creator of Lotus 1-2-3, Chairman of Second Life, Founder of Foxmarks and a wealth of technical and social entrepreneurship knowledge. Kapor emphasizes the elements of company building that technology has changed, such as faster feedback cycles and lower barriers to entry, as well as the elements that remain the same, such as how to establish culture and trust. Kapor illuminates his observations with contemporary and historical examples that create a context-rich primer on building vibrant companies.

55mins

16 Jan 2008

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