Freada Kapor Klein

Partner, Kapor Capital

Freada Kapor Klein is an entrepreneur, activist, and pioneer in the field of organizational culture and diversity.

As a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, Freada invests in seed-stage tech startups that create positive social impact by closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities and communities of color. The companies solve actual problems, aspiring to simultaneously generate economic value and positive social impact. Often, the founders are drawing on their lived experience to create businesses that address real needs.

She is the founder of SMASH, now in its 18th year, which provides rigorous STEM education and access to social capital for low-income high school students of color on 10 university campuses across the country.

Freada is a member of the U.C. Berkeley Board of Visitors, as well as the council that formed the Hollywood Commission chaired by Anita Hill. She serves as an advisory board member of Generation Investment Management, and on the board of the edtech company Genius Plaza. She is the author of Giving Notice, which details the human and financial cost of hidden bias in the workplace.

In collaboration with the Kapor Center’s research team, Freada has co-authored studies on who leaves tech and why (Tech Leavers); and the different biases experienced by Black, Latinx, Asian, and white female entrepreneurs (What’s it like to be a female tech entrepreneur?).

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