Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man

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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 1

Darren Kimura, Mamoon Hamid, Neeraj Agrawal, and Dave Yuan all share Burning Man attributes. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Darren Kimura

Burning Man Mentions

  • There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion- Mr. Kimura has funded over 34 different startups. In his company he treats everyone as an owner, because they are. He does this to make everyone more accountable.
  • Gifting- Mt. Kimura supports the youth of Hawaii with competitions that foster new ideas in the sciences. He has provided scholarships for "Happiness U".
  • Decommodification - During our media search we found no evidence of branding or excessive marketing.
  • Radical Self-reliance- Every person that is associates with Mr. Kimura is encouraged to be "empowered, accountable, and respectful".
  • Radical Self-expression, Participation, & Communal Effort- At his company he has a philosophy called "Mission, Vision, Values". These meetings are to foster excellence at his company. He encourages input from everyone as to how the company can achieve a culture where everyone contributes. He commits to extending "patience and tolerance" to everyone.
  • Civic Responsibility- Mr. Kimura is on the Board of Directors for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
  • Leaving No Trace- Mr. Kimura supports clean energy, and sponsors competitions for Hawaii youth that have new ideas in the field. He has participated in the Hawaii Energy Excelerator.
  • Immediacy- When starting his new business, he worked tirelessly to push forward and bring his ideas to fruition from a one man operation to a global company.

Mamoon Hamid

Burning Man Mentions

  • There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man by Darren Kimura.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion, Civic Responsibility & Participation- Mr. Hamid organized and was one of the funders for a law group to fight Trump's agenda, especially the ban on Muslim travelers. He wants to invest in companies that have diverse founders and are willing to tackle the world's largest problems.
  • Gifting- He shares his message with speaking engagements, and judges tech competitions like the Start Up Battlefield.
  • Decommodification - n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- "We have a responsibility for helping to create a brighter future because of the power we have as capital allocators in backing the right set of people and technologies."
  • Radical Self-expression- He views his work, along with his wife's work as a platform to do good and improve the world for their children.
  • Communal Effort- Mr. Hamid collaborates with other companies to promote causes that are important to him like civil issues and data privacy.
  • Leaving No Trace - n/a
  • Immediacy- Mr. Hamid is noted multiple times for being one of the earliest investors in many projects. He is aggressively supporting projects that further data privacy.

Neeraj Agrawal

Burning Man Mentions

  • Mr. Argawal mentions attending Burning Man via his phone on his Twitter feed. "If you are at burning man look for me! I will be here, on your phone, very far away from the actual festival."

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion & Civic Responsibility- He wrote a stirring piece against the immigration bans that will affect the ability of others to come to America to get an education.
  • Gifting & Participation- He prides himself on sharing what he has learned. " And perhaps my role as a VC is that of an adventure travel guide: someone who’s climbed the mountain many times before, who knows both the terrain and the phases of the climb intimately, and can serve as a guide for others brave enough to take up the challenge".
  • Decommodification - n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- He believes success is a process of putting one foot in front of the other and by breaking down the process into multiple, distinct phases.
  • Communal Effort- He fully believes that great minds working together can bring about great accomplishments.
  • Civic Responsibility & Radical Self Expression- He speaks passionately about The Immigration and Nationality Act and how it has brought STEM scientists to America.
  • Leaving No Trace -n/a
  • Immediacy- "You don’t climb all of Mt. Kilimanjaro in one day, and you don’t build the next SaaS standout quickly, either. Instead, you shrink your focus and keep your goals clear-cut then recognize what the next level looks like and scramble like mad to get there."

Dave Yuan

Burning Man Mentions

  • There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man by Dave Yuan.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion- He hosts the TCV Customer Acquisition Forum, which brings together the best and brightest executives and companies. He is described by others as an excellent collaborator.
  • Gifting- He is active with his family. “I’m so grateful for my time with my kids — to coach my son’s football team and be a not-so-silent partner in my daughter’s cookie subscription business.” He participates as a speaker in forums.
  • Decommodification -n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- Yuan demonstrated his self-reliance by attending Harvard and Stanford, and excelling while he was there.
  • Radical Self-expression- He serves on the board of several companies and shares his knowledge and connections.
  • Civic Responsibility- Yuan serves on the Advisory Board of East Palo Alto Charter School.
  • Communal Effort- He is an Edmund Hillary Global Impact Fellow. He quotes his friend and EHF Fellow, Josh Hannah who described the Edmund Hillary Fellowship as having “passions all across the range, but a common value of community and ambition to change the world.”
  • Leaving No Trace - He works towards sustainability. "“As I reach the mid-arc of my life, I plan to find ways to utilize market-based approaches to protect the environment.”
  • Participation- Mr. Yuan works to help others achieve their goals. "I am grateful to work with the brightest and boldest around the world and back ideas and business models with the potential to win. This is a great gig!"
  • Immediacy- n/a

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.

Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.

If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond that standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.

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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 2

Out of the analyzed investors, only Saar Gur appears to be somewhat aligned with the 10 principles of Burning Man. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Saar Gur

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — Saar Gur invested in Sincerely, a gifting network enabling their clients mail gifts of all types. He was also an early investor in Patreon.
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — Saar Gur agrees with the statement that a small group of dedicated individuals can make the world a better place.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — Saar Gur thinks that a team in which everyone has a chance to participate equally is the most important factor in evaluating a startup.
  • Immediacy — n/a

Michael Powell

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information about the values and personal interests of Michael Powell. The only thing he talks about in public are pharmaceutical companies, which are the focus of his investments.

Jorge Conde

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting - Jorge Conde volunteers at a number of organizations, showing that he is very generous with his time.
  • Decommodification - n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance - n/a
  • Radical Self-expression - n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — Jorge Conde volunteers for the Aspen Institute, an organization that fosters nonpartisan involvement in tackling critical societal issues.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a

Jonathan Feiber

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — Jonathan Feiber is a consulting Associate Professor at Standford University, taking time away from his busy life to educate younger generation on service design.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond that standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 3

Out of the analyzed investors, only Nick Shalek appears to be somewhat aligned with the 10 principles of Burning Man, and he is also supportive of cryptocurrencies. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Gary Little

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information about the values and personal interests of Gary Little. The only thing he talks about in public are enterprise infrastructure software companies, which are the focus of his investments. However, since he is also the co-founder of Canvas Ventures, he would probably not be interested in changing his company.

Nick Shalek

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — While Nick Shalek was a student at Yale, he claimed that social activists are "without reason" and that the world will be helped more by people who take personal responsibility for making the world a better place.
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — Nick Shalek has been a strong supporter of Bitcoin since 2013, stressing the cryptocurrency's strong early community as one of its main advantages.
  • Civic Responsibility — Prior to his position in Ribbit Capital, Nick Shalek has been involved in several companies that focus on improving US school systems. He is also interested in higher education management, according to his LinkedIn page.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • Of note, Nick Shalek has voiced support for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies since 2013, so there is a chance that he is one of the early cryptocurrency investors.

Eran Bielski

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — Eran Bielski is a mentor for THE PITCH, a leading startup competition in Israel.
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — Eran Bielski volunteered as a teacher for Merkaz Hagalim where he helped educate less fortunate youth. He also provided management consulting services for NGOs and social enterprises.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a

James Topper

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information about the values and personal interests of James Topper. He doesn't have a LinkedIn profile and doesn't have any other public social network profiles. He seems satisfied with his current position of Managing General Partner of Frazier Healthcare Partners' Life Sciences team. He joined the company in 2003, and it seems closely aligned with his educational background, since Topper is a medical doctor.

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond the standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 4

The analyzed investors do not seem to be particularly aligned with the 10 principles of Burning Man. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

David George

  • Even though preliminary research showed that David George has been working for General Atlantic for almost seven years, he recently joined Anderseeen Horowitz as a General Partner focused on late-stage investments. Therefore, he is not relevant to this research as he most likely is not interested in switching to another VC fund (does not pass the first criteria of being with the same company for at least three years).

Dafina Toncheva

  • Dafina Toncheva has been working for US Venture Partners for over 7 years, but she has been promoted to the position of General Partner in October 2019. Therefore, she is not relevant to this research as she most likely is not interested in switching to another VC fund.

Grant Allen

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a

Peter Sonsini

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — Peter Sonsini thinks that community collaboration on machine learning is what is driving AI and cloud services.
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — Peter Sonsini encouraged people to participate in an open discussion about his ideas multiple times on his Twitter account.
  • Immediacy — n/a

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond the standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 5

Out of the analyzed investors, only Daniel Cohen appears to be somewhat aligned with the 10 principles of Burning Man. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Casey Tansey

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information on Casey Tansey's personal values and beliefs. The only information that exists is about his professional background/past investments and about his education.

Daniel Cohen

  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — On his Twitter profile, Daniel Cohen often shares and retweets posts around organizational culture and the importance of teamwork.
  • Civic Responsibility — Daniel Cohen is the head of Ma’ase Circle of Friends, a social organization that helps young adults in Israel integrate into society.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — Daniel Cohen is a soccer fan who emotionally participates in the wins and losses of his favorite team, Hapoel Haifa.
  • Immediacy — Daniel Cohen loves music and he has regularly attended concerts, which shows that he values direct and immediate experience.

John Malloy

  • There is no information about the values and personal interests of John Malloy. He is the founder of BlueRun Ventures and he has worked with the company for over 21 years, so he would probably not be interested in changing his company.

Max Gazor

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information on Max Gazor's personal values and beliefs. The only information that exists is about his professional background. Even on his Twitter profile, Max Gazor only discusses artificial intelligence and software engineering, which are the two verticals he invests in.

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond the standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 6

Out of the analyzed investors, only Ping Li appears to be somewhat aligned with the 10 principles of Burning Man, while Tripp Jones openly dislikes Burning Man. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Ping Li

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — While Ping Li believes that investors need to constantly challenge their assumptions, he also thinks that self-reliance is extremely important when it comes to investing in emerging technologies because investors usually have to go directly against the herd mentality.
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — According to his Twitter profile, Ping Li is of the opinion that cybersecurity is an issue of public welfare that has to be solved by those in the field without waiting for regulators to come to the rescue.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — Ping Li's investment philosophy is centered around companies that create unique and immersive experiences for their clients.

Steve Dow

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — Steve Dow left his position at a VC fund two times to be directly involved in senior management of companies he has invested in.
  • Immediacy — n/a

Karan Mehandru

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information about Karan Mehandru other than what exists on his LinkedIn page. The page does not provide any indication of his personal interests and beliefs.

Tripp Jones

  • Tripp Jones expressed his dislike of Burning Man in a Twitter thread. Therefore, he would not be a good candidate for a VC fund focused on Burning Man principles.

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond the standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 7

Out of the analyzed investors, David Hornik and Somesh Dash appear to be somewhat aligned with the principles of Burning Man. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

David Hornik

  • Radical Inclusion — David Hornik is a vice-chair of GLAAD, an organization that is trying to improve the rights of the LGBTQ population.
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — David Hornik is a member of the Compassion Group, "a network of people who recognize that happiness is more important than wealth".
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — David Hornik is a collector of contemporary art and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland books.
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — David Hornik is a lecturer at Hardward Law School, where he teaches business and entrepreneurship.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — On his Twitter page, David Hornik often calls on his followers to participate in social initiatives, like wearing purple to support LGBTQ youth.
  • Immediacy — David Hornik is a creator and executive producer of The Lobby Conferences that are described as fun events that bring together thought leaders in the digital media and SaaS ecosystems.

Corey Mulloy

  • Even though information on the personal interests and beliefs of Corey Mulloy is almost non-existent, he speaks very highly of his team at Highland Capital Partners and says that he is really happy to work for the same company for over 22 years, so he probably would not be interested in joining a new VC fund.

Somesh Dash

  • While the information on the personal interests and beliefs of Somesh Dash is very scarce aside from his LinkedIn page, he follows Ray Dalio and Deepak Chopra. Ray Dalio is a well-known investor who has attended Burning Man, while Deepak Chopra s a famous author advocating for spirituality and decommodification.
  • Somesh Dash has been featured in an article about Google's innovative culture and the influence of Burning Man on its employees.
  • Somesh Dash has worked for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Advisory Board of Malaria No More and the Advisory Board for Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. His involvement in these organizations speaks to his alignment with the Burning Man principles of gifting and civic responsibility.

Ronen Nir

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — Ronen Nir's favorite historical character is Henry Kissinger, who he admires for his self-reliance.
  • Radical Self-expression — Ronen Nir has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old, and he has recently started learning to play the bass guitar.
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — Ronen Nir is playing a musical instrument in an amateur band on a weekly basis.
  • Immediacy — n/a

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond the standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 8

Jonathan Ebinger, Mohamad Makhzoumi, Brent Ahrens, and Liron Azrielant all share Burning Man attributes. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Jonathan Ebinger

Burning Man Mentions

  • There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion & Immediacy- When he finds a company that has promise, he advocates for them. "Jonathan has been an excellent board member for Fwix. When I started Fwix, I was the only employee and had little to show for, but he still pushed for an investment and believed in my vision."
  • Gifting- He is a member of the Asbury Foundation, a health related organization with the goal of improving the quality of life for Asbury, Md. He mentors classes at Stanford.
  • Decommodification - n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- He shows self-reliance by attending and graduating from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. He has been in on the very beginnings of some very successful companies such as PayPal, thus carving out his own destiny.
  • Radical Self-expression- He is described by others that he works with as helpful amongst other qualities. "His consistently positive approach, level-headed input, and supportive nature make him a great board member." He also writes screenplays in his free time.
  • Civic Responsibility & Participation- He serves as an Advisory Board Member at the University of Virginia, is an entrepreneurship advisor at the Apex Center for Innovation, ans serves on the Investment Advisory Committee at the University of Virginia. According to Ebinger, "The company has to matter. It’s just not worth it for me to spend time on another “me too” company. I want to work with entrepreneurs who are looking to change the world."
  • Communal Effort- He is a social investor. One of his companies, Kabbage, provides small business loans. By assessing risk differently than banks they can provide more loans, and grow the economy at the same time.
  • Leaving No Trace - n/a
  • Immediacy- When he finds a company that has promise, he advocates for them. "Jonathan has been an excellent board member for Fwix. When I started Fwix, I was the only employee and had little to show for, but he still pushed for an investment and believed in my vision."

Mohamad Makhzoumi

Burning Man Mentions

  • There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion- He wants everyone included in the healthcare process. "Engagement means many different things. It means getting members and their dependents to engage in their own care. It means getting financial institutions to engage in HSAs and FSAs. It means getting employers to engage with their benefit plan administrators, claims adjudicators, payers, and networks."
  • Decommodification - n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- He received a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Radical Self-expression- He participates in various speaking engagements and podcasts.
  • Civic Responsibility & Gifting- Makhzoumi volunteers with the cancer community and is a founding board member of Livestrong's Youth Leadership Cancer Council.
  • Communal Effort- He is focused on innovative healthcare companies that improve quality of life while reducing costs. He not only finances them, but supports them.
  • Leaving No Trace - n/a
  • Participation- He is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Pathology Partners, Bright Health, Collective Health, DaVita NephroLife, Docent Health, Elements Behavioral Health, Nova Medical Centers, Nuvolo, Pager, Radiology Partners, SCI Solutions, U.S. Renal Care, and Welltok. "Fundamentally, I think anybody that gets into healthcare is on a mission to heal people—to help people during one of their life’s most vulnerable moments. Whether you’re on the investing side, the operational side, or some place in between, I don’t think you can be good at your job without having that be a core tenet of what motivates you."
  • Immediacy- n/a

Liron Azrielant

Burning Man Mentions

  • There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion- n/a
  • Decommodification - n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- She attended and graduated from Sloan with an MBA and a Masters from MIT. She was also a Kaufman Fellow. "At 25, she was the youngest student ever to graduate MIT's dual MBA / M.Sc. degree program. She started her bachelor’s degree at Talpiot, the elite Israeli Defense Forces program, and completed it while serving full-time as a technology analyst and researcher at the Israeli intelligence unit 8200."
  • Radical Self-expression- She writes blog posts on good business practices and posts them on Medium.
  • Civic Responsibility, Gifting & Participation- Azrielant manages the Young Venture Capital Forum in Israel.
  • Communal Effort- She favors a collaborative dynamic, one that is unique to Israel's tech scene. The tech scene in Israel is a supportive and open one.
  • Leaving No Trace - n/a
  • Immediacy- n/a

Brent Ahrens

Burning Man Mentions

  • There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Gifting-He shares his time with family and the businesses he supports. "He is typically on the board of 8-9 companies at any time. With this level of activity, I couldn’t help but wonder how he achieves work-life balance. Brent simply says, “Where there is a will, there is a way!” When he is not focused on investments, Brent tries to maximize his time with family and can often be seen at baseball games with his four children during weekends."
  • Decommodification -n/a
  • Radical Self-expression & Radical Self-reliance- Ahrens has several medical patents.
  • Civic Responsibility- Ahrens has spent the majority of his life working in health related fields, promoting the health of others. He is very involved in his church.
  • Communal Effort-He works with the Kauffman Foundation, and regularly assists with picking new Fellows. He attends their events and works with the students in the program.
  • Leaving No Trace - n/a
  • Participation & Radical Inclusion- He is described as accessible. "What struck me during that meeting and which has only been reinforced time and again is how accessible Brent is! In person, he is a delight to speak to. As for email, he makes it a point to respond within 24 hours (unless, of course, he is traveling), and is always willing to lend a patient ear to Tuckies wanting to discuss career options and give candid advice. "
  • Immediacy- Ahrens is quoted saying, "“I’m a firm believer in the idea that the harder you work, the luckier you get. Figure out what you want to do, develop an investment thesis for yourself, and go after it with all your energy. You have a big responsibility as a venture capitalist. Respect the entrepreneur and always give feedback to her/him whether or not you invest in the company.”

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.

Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.

If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond that standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 9

The analyzed investors do not seem to be particularly aligned with the 10 principles of Burning Man. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Itzik Parnafes

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information on Itzik Parnafes 's personal values and beliefs. The only information that exists is about his professional background/past investments and about his education.

Rick Lewis

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — Even though the Twitter profile of Rick Lewis is mostly about his business interests, he did mention in one post that people in the higher echelons of society have a duty to make the world a better place for future generations.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — Rick Lewis is quoted as saying that the venture capital business is "all about people".
  • Immediacy — n/a

Mike Dauber

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — In an exclusive interview for Fortune, Mike Dauber stated that he "always wanted to go off and do [his] own thing"
  • Radical Self-expression — Mike Dauber "enjoys a spirited debate about almost anything", which suggests that he is comfortable expressing himself.
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — Mike Dabuer enjoys nature and being in the outdoors.

Tim McAdam

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — Even at a very young age, Tim McAdam was very self-reliant. He delivered newspapers and moved lawns for neighbors and then used the proceeds from that to buy and resell fireworks to other kids.
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — According to his Twitter profile, Tim McAdam admires philanthropic individuals. For example, he stated that Bill Gates will have even more of an impact on society through his philanthropic efforts than he did by creating Microsoft.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — Tim McAdam enjoys many outdoor sports like golfing, skiing and fly-fishing.

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond the standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 10

Out of the analyzed investors, only Yori Nelken appears to be somewhat aligned with the principles of Burning Man. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Michael Hunkapiller

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information about the personal interests and values of Michael Hunkapiller. One possible reason for this is that he is a seasoned investor, having joined Alloy Ventures in 2004, after a 30-year career in the life sciences industry.

Gary Gannot

Dror Nahumi

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — n/a
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • There is no information on Dror Nahumi 's personal values and beliefs. The only information that exists is about his professional background/past investments and about his education. Even though Dror Nahumi has a Twitter profile, he hasn't been very active on it, having 23 posts in total.

Patrick Heron

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — n/a
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — n/a
  • Communal Effort — Patrick Heron stated that the fund he manages, Frazier Healthcare Partners relies on creating the best possible team and on "the ability to attract top talent."
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a
  • Patrick Heron has been a Managing General Partner of Frazier’s Life Sciences team for over 14 years, having first joined the company in 1999. As a managing general partner, he probably would not be interested in switching to a new VC fund.

Yori Nelken

  • Radical Inclusion — n/a
  • Gifting — Yori Nelken uses his Twitter profile to post different charity campaigns he supports. One such campaign was Generosity for Charity, a campaign that helped people pay for their medical expenses.
  • Decommodification — n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance — n/a
  • Radical Self-expression — Yori Nelken has retweeted a number of posts about music, the most recent being one from Ringo Starr, the drummer for the Beatles. He also shares memes and drawings from lesser-known artists.
  • Communal Effort —
  • Civic Responsibility — n/a
  • Leaving No Trace — On his Twitter profile, Yori Nelken has shared an article about the global food crisis and about the huge amount of food that is wasted every year.
  • Participation — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond the standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.
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Potential GP Candidates - Burning Man Principles 11

An analysis for Burning Man attributes has been completed for Sami Totah, Alon Lifshitz, Jonathan Heiliger, Gopi Rangan, and Insik Rhee. Their scores have been entered in the attached spreadsheet and are based on the analysis below.

Sami Totah

  • After using the strategies mentioned in the research strategy, there is limited information available on Sami Totah. His work biography is very limited, along with his biography on LinkedIn, Crunchbase, and Wall Street Journal. Therefore, an analysis for attributes is unavailable. There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Jonathan Heiliger

Burning Man Mentions

There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Gifting- He shares his knowledge with others by serving on their boards and assisting.
  • Decommodification- n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- He is described as dedicated and determined. "Jonathan is great technologist and all around good guy. I had the pleasure of working for Jonathan at Bubble Motion and in a very quick time learned how dedicated and determined an individual he is."
  • Radical Self-expression- He regularly blogs about best practices and shares them on Medium.
  • Civic Responsibility- Heiliger is on the Board of Trustee as the Exploratorium.
  • Communal Effort & Radical Inclusion- He exceeds at bringing people together to work on a project. " Jonathan's unique ability to synthesize people together to achieve technical projects is superb. Jonathan's ability to see the big picture, as well as manage people to achieve the details is one of the main reasons he is so successful."
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Participation- His goal is to, "catalyze and partner with brilliant founders building business-focused applications. He works actively with the businesses he is involved with.
  • Immediacy — Heiliger was motivated to succeed at a young age and wasted no time. "I started rebelling against my parents when I was nine years old by staying up all night to game, hack, and program a new computer. A few years later, I taught myself 3D computer graphics and IP networking while working for EPRI and Stanford University, the local hub for the Internet’s precursor, the NSFNET. At 19, I helped start GlobalCenter, one of the first web hosting providers, with initial customers such as CNN, Netscape, Playboy, and Yahoo! "

Gopi Rangan

Burning Man Mentions

There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion & Gifting- He shares his knowledge by being an adjunct professor for INSEAD and co-teaches a business course.
  • Decommodification- n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- To obtain his goals, he has obtained multiple degrees from INSEAD, Arizona State University, and Coimbatore Institute of Technology.
  • Radical Self-expression- He blogs regularly.
  • Civic Responsibility- He volunteers at AchieveKids and Travel Backyard on their board of directors, is a producer for the Naatak Theater, and president of the INSEAD Alumini Association.
  • Communal Effort & Participation- His work with the INSEAD Alumni group has been praised for his efforts to bring them together. "Under his leadership, our chapter has turned around into one of the most active INSEAD alumni communities in the world. He recruited a team of Vice Presidents, energized the alumni base, managed relationships with strong personalities, and has brought both recent graduates and senior alumni together as one group."
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Immediacy — n/a

Insik Rhee

Burning Man Mentions

There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Radical Inclusion, Communal Effort, Gifting & Participation- He is quoted saying that the success is defined as, "Creating positive long term relationships with your colleagues, customers, partners. " He also believes it is important to coach and mentor his startups.
  • Decommodification- n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- He taught himself coding from books he checked out from the library.
  • Radical Self-expression & Communal Effort- He holds round table breakfasts at his company where they can mentor and share ideas.
  • Civic Responsibility- He is an Advisory Board Member for UC Berkeley.
  • Leaving No Trace — n/a
  • Immediacy — When dealing with problems, he wastes no time. "Insik is extremely talented at quickly rooting out problems and posing unique solutions that the group can buy into. His technical and situational analysis skills garner the utmost respect from everyone he works with. His sharp mind and clear wit make him one of the best I've had the privilege of working with."

Alon Lifshitz

Burning Man Mentions

There are no apparent mentions of Burning Man.

Ten Principles

  • Gifting & Participation- He becomes involved with his startups that he funds and works for their success. He is quoted saying, "Throughout my career, I have proven my ability to turn the ideas of aspiring entrepreneurs into reality. I’m easygoing, think globally and believe in always building win win situations."
  • Decommodification- n/a
  • Radical Self-reliance- His motto is, "work hard with silence, let success make the noise".
  • Radical Self-expression- n/a
  • Civic Responsibility- He serves on the boards of BLender, Fairfly, Namogoo, Solomoto, SQream Technologies, Yotpo, Zeek, and Zooz.
  • Leaving No Trace - n/a
  • Immediacy, Radical Inclusion & Communal Effort- He is a quick analyzer and moves swiftly to get to a goal. "Alon has excellent analysis capability and he understands how to think strategically about an opportunity — rapid analyzing, understanding the needs, making precise introductions with decision makers and most important, he knows how to bring all parties together to bridge existing gaps for closure."

Research Strategy

As this was a unique request, we employed a few different strategies to determine if these people embodied any of the Burning Man Principles. A direct media search was not focused enough to achieve our results. To find our information, we came up with a list of keywords that represented the principles. We used society, community, inclusion, welcome, welcoming, acts, giving, gift, sponsor, sponsorship, advertising, individual, reliance, self-reliance, independent, participation, action, overcome, resources, expression, self-expression, collaborate, collaborator, protect, communal, cooperating, art, civic, law, environment, barriers, and inner-self.
Next, we developed a list of sources that would be most likely to render the results we needed. We chose the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. With each source we performed a targeted search to crawl each site for the specific keywords mentioned.
If we were able to find proof that the person embodied any of the principles, we included a link to the article along with an explanation. Please note that some sources are beyond that standard Wonder requirement that sources be less than two years old since they support one of the principles and are timely to the discussion.

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