At American Family Ventures, we understand that being a pioneer has its risks – just ask any of our founders. But as pioneers, we’re the first to learn, to evolve, and to succeed. We’ve found that a wide-ranging focus on partnership can generate non-obvious value and powerful financial returns. We’ve built a platform that creates novel growth opportunities across a broad ecosystem. We’ve established ourselves as the venture partner of choice: a team that hustles and delivers. True partners. Real expertise. Welcome to American Family Ventures.
Seed to Series B
IoT and Cyber Security
Typically range from
$250K — $5M
January 2, 2020
December 11, 2019
October 15, 2019
A team that hustles and delivers
Peter Gunder joined American Family Insurance as Vice President of Investments in 2008. He was named Senior Vice President in February 2010, and Chief Investment Officer in May 2011. In January 2013, Peter was named Executive Vice President responsible for product management for home and auto insurance, enterprise strategy, mergers and acquisition, investments and innovation. In January 2014 he was named Chief Business Development Officer. Before joining the company, Peter was co-founder, chief investment officer and managing director of Cardinal Investment Advisors in Chicago. He served as a financial analyst for Procter & Gamble and Atlantic Richfield before becoming treasurer and chief investment officer for MMI Companies. Peter earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, later receiving an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Dan has worked as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and in various strategic roles at American Family Insurance. He has experience as a principal in two start-up companies. Additionally, his work history includes hospital administration at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a career as a professional baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles. Dan holds an MBA with a concentration in Strategic Management from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Christy Kaufman is a recognized leader in the risk management community with deep experience in virtually every area of the risk and insurance ecosystem. Previously, Christy headed Risk Management and was Chief of Staff to the General Counsel of Marsh & McLennan Companies. She was also formerly a Risk Management consultant for Marsh, Aon and Ernst & Young. Christy is a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin School of Business and a member of the Risk Management and Insurance MBA Advisory Board.
Drew was previously with AXA US in Strategy and M&A and assisted in the development of, and then joined, AXA Strategic Ventures. Drew also co-founded and led CalendarFly.com, an education technology company and has been an active member of the NYC startup community since 2008. Drew has a deep finance background, getting his start in FX and analysis of esoteric structured finance products. He has led publicly traded restructurings, capital raising, and partnership negotiations in North America (US and Canada), Asia (China and Hong Kong) and Europe (France). Drew holds a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester.
Katelyn has spent the past several years as an early stage investor heavily focused B2B enterprise solutions in NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia. She is highly engaged with the entrepreneurial community serving as an active mentor at TechStars, Harvard Business School, MIT, and MassChallenge. Katelyn also sits on the New England Venture Capital Association's board of advisers subcommittee, focused on supporting the growth and development of venture investors, and serves as executive director of the Horn Program VC Council at the University of Delaware. She is an engineer by training, having started her career as a medical device engineer before attending Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining AFV, Patrick was the Director of Business Operations for Bunker, one of AFV's portfolio companies. Before Bunker, Patrick spent four years at American Family Insurance. He holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin in Applied Economics. Patrick lives in Oakland, California and works in San Francisco. On the weekends, he spends his time hiking the bay area with his wife and cooking for their amateur food blog @hatecookinglovefood.
Kyle partners with founding teams on market, product and pricing strategy, accelerating their time to market and increasing the pace of their top line growth. Kyle is a deep subject matter expert in Catastrophes, Weather & Climate, and Flood Risk and Policy and is particularly passionate about improving the health of our oceans. Kyle is a father of two based in the Boston area, with ties to the San Francisco Bay Area and the Midwest. He is an explorer by nature and enjoys jamming on his guitars with friends, cooking authentic BBQ, running and playing tennis.
Devin is focused on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities as well as supporting the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining American Family Ventures, Devin worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York City with the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group. There he assisted in the evaluation and structuring of high yield and leveraged loan issuances for LBOs, acquisition financings, refinancings, and restructurings across the TMT, healthcare, and consumer retail verticals. He holds a BS from Duke University.
Molly leads the AFV Platform team and is focused on accelerating growth of the portfolio, strengthening AFV's partner network, and developing the AFV brand globally. She began her career at AFV as a Senior Analyst working on sourcing opportunities and supporting the deal process. Prior to AFV, she served as director of partner relations for Gillware, a data services company, and director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network. When she’s not spending time with her two dogs, Katie and Jack, Molly can be found on the golf course.
CJ began his career with American Family Insurance as a Business Development Intern working his way up to become a valuable full-time member of the business development team. Before joining American Family Ventures, CJ interned at Momentum Labs, a startup in San Francisco that acquired niche mobile applications. There he developed websites for their portfolio companies and assisted in deal sourcing. CJ also interned at TechnoServe, an international development non-profit in Washington, D.C., where he developed their corporate website and worked alongside their VP of Finance & Project Analysis. CJ earned his degree in Computer Science from Marquette University with a minor in Business Administration.
Andy brings two decades of brand, marketing, and communications excellence to the AFV Platform team. An award-winning writer, independent producer, and keynote presenter, he regularly teams with members of AFV’s ecosystem on how to best articulate their story for power and impact. Prior to AFV, Andy worked at the heart of American Family Insurance’s brand revitalization, as well as with leading local and national financial institutions as a marketing research consultant. He now resides in Middleton, Wisconsin, with his charming wife and exhausting children.
Throughout his professional career, Mike has gained broad experience across a variety of risk management and insurance functions, including commercial insurance claims at a major insurance company, underwriting at one of the world’s largest conglomerates, and corporate risk management at a global consulting firm. Mike holds a BBA and MBA with a concentration in Risk Management & Insurance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.