VC Principal @ Kapor Capital in Oakland, CA

Kapor Capital

Kapor Capital is an early stage venture capital firm based in Oakland, CA that makes early stage investments (Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A) technology companies whose core business simultaneously generates strong economic value and positive social impact. Specifically, we look for companies that are addressing the lack of access and opportunity for underserved communities especially low-income communities and/or communities of color or companies who are bringing about the disruptive democratization of a sector. Investment sectors include, but are not limited to: education, financial inclusion, health, people operations, and justice. Kapor Capital has more than 120 companies in its portfolio, including Twilio, GingerAclimaCareer KarmaBlocpowerBitwise and Promise.

We are seeking to hire an investor (Associate/Principal) to join our team and work closely with our Sustainability and Education companies. Candidates should have previous full-time experience working in the sustainability sector and/or venture capital. Other previous entrepreneurial and/or investment experience of any kind is a significant plus, especially if relates to early stage investing. This is a partner track position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Source and evaluate investment opportunities: meet with founders and management teams, conduct market research, and financial and customer due diligence all within the context of gap-closing, venture scale, tech-driven businesses.
  • Lead various ecosystem building activities related to supporting entrepreneurs pre and post funding, individually, by segments and as a portfolio (e.g. suggest and organize workshops on key topics such as UX, recruiting diverse talent, how to create a welcoming working environment, etc…)
  • Interact with entrepreneurs, advisors, clients, financial organizations, lawyers, Diversity and Inclusion experts, and non-profits on behalf of the firm
  • Represent Kapor Capital at relevant start-up, social impact and/or sector specific conferences and events. This includes being able to talk about our approach to D&I, as well as to talk about activities going on at SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors Academy) and Kapor Center.


The Ideal Candidate Has:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • 4-8 years of relevant work experience, including, but not limited to past experience working at technology startups, incubators or accelerators
  • Previous experience full-time or internship experience working in venture capital
  • Familiarity with venture capital financing structures and practices, e.g. convertible debt and equity
  • Shared commitment to social impact and supporting entrepreneurs, especially from underrepresented backgrounds and those building companies that close gaps of access and/or opportunity for low-income communities and/or communities of color.
  • An inquisitive personality, able to gather and synthesize information, and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Commitment to changing the tech ecosystem to make it more welcoming to entrepreneurs, investors, and others from all backgrounds.

Nice to Have

  • Previous experience working in sustainability (energy, sustainable foods, and the environment) and/or education
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with entrepreneurs, co-investors and other members of the startup ecosystem
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and people management skills
  • Excellent business research skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS or equivalent practical experience
  • Open to candidates with a post-secondary degrees
  • Ability to work in Oakland, CA once the office reopens


Compensation Range:

Please note this will be commensurate with experience. We have the flexibility for our team to hire in at the Associate or Principal Role. Complete range $135,000 – $215,000.

The Kapor Center provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, paid time off, 401k, volunteer time and flexible spending accounts (i.e. parking, transit, medical and dependent care). Our collaborative office is located in Oakland’s dynamic Uptown District.