President and CEO of Kauffman Fellows
As President & CEO of Kauffman Fellows, Jeff Harbach leads the team in delivering a world-class experience for each Fellow, curating leading-edge content on topics like capital formation, design theory in innovation, and optimizing potential through personal and professional development. As a Fellow from Class 16, he has brought a unique perspective and passion for the organization to the team since he joined as Managing Director for recruitment and class design in June 2014. Jeff has been an active investor since 2011. His investments include HUMAN Healthy Snacks, SnackNation, Cotopaxi, Mainframe and Written. Jeff serves on the Board of SnackNation, and also serves as a Trustee for YCG Funds. He was the Executive Director of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), based out of Austin, TX, from 2011–2013. He was also an angel investor himself with the Vegas Valley Angels. Before investing, Jeff’s career started as an entrepreneur. He has led multiple startups, including two 7-Eleven stores, a luxury furniture store and interior design firm, a golf destination club, and a private country club golf network. His passion has always been around building great companies, independent of the industry focus. Jeff holds a BS in business management/information systems from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the Director of the Venture Fellows program and the co-founder of Texas Venture Labs. He is married to his sweetheart and has four beautiful daughters, with whom he spends much of his time away from work. Jeff is also an ecclesiastical leader in his church and spends 15+ hours each week serving the members of the congregation. He enjoys all sports and outdoor activities, particularly golf, tennis, and running.
Jeff Harbach, CEO of Kauffman Fellows — a premiere venture capital, innovation, and leadership program in Silicon Valley — sees first-hand how difficult it is for emerging markets to get access to capital. Some of the 474 Kauffman Fellows, spread over 40 countries, are forming first-time funds in those markets, though questions remain about how […]