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Mitch Kapor

Mitch Kapor is co-Chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, California, which is relentlessly pursuing creative strategies to leverage tech for positive, progressive change. Through Kapor Capital, Mitch is an active investor in seed stage tech companies, especially focusing on those which close gaps of access and opportunity across society.

He is a Board Member of the Level Playing Field Institute, which works to increase fairness in education and the workplace by closing the opportunity gap and removing barriers to success.  LPFI operates the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), which prepares students from under-represented communities to be competitive in science, technology, engineering, and math related studies at top universities.

Mitch is a pioneer of the personal computing industry.  He is the Founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, the "killer app" which made the PC ubiquitous in business in the 1980s.

He is the co-Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, maker of the open source web browser Firefox.

Mitch's investments include Uber, Twilio, Formlabs, Class Dojo, and Plaza Familia.