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Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (2 of 2)?

You've got a great idea and domain expertise, but limited money and insufficient technology resources.  Should you co-found your company with a software development shop?  I wrote a summary of my thoughts in Part 1 of this series; I've written below [...continue reading]

Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (1 of 2)?


You’ve got an amazing idea. You’ve got everything it takes to bring a start-up from nothing to something that really makes a dent in the universe. … and if you’re like most of today’s startups -- you need to get an app in the hands of [...continue reading]

Get the Final Draft of Our Paper on Disruption of the Asset Management Industry


I’ve mentioned previously that I’m working on a research study on disruption of the asset management business.  We are now sharing the final draft of our research study  with reviewers.  If you’d like to take a look, please send me your email ASAP. [...continue reading]

Corporate Venture Capital: Obligatory or Oxymoron?


When I meet with executives from large corporations, they’re often worried.  And they should be; the feeding frenzy in the innovation economy is in some cases because startups are eating the lunch of more established companies.  To quote a friend, if [...continue reading]

18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors


The median investor looking at your proposal is in her 40s.  Her eyes are going, not to mention her brain.  I look at a lot of spreadsheets and analytic reports, and way too many are difficult to read and therefore hard to understand. In an effort [...continue reading]

Sales 2.0: Why Can’t Sales Be As Efficient As Online Dating?


I’m teaching a class for Founder Institute July 8 on accelerating sales with technology.  This has been a passion of mine for well over a decade, ever since I realized how inefficient sales was and how technology could be used to speed up the [...continue reading]

How Long Before Venture Capitalists (and Angel Investors) Get Liquidity?


It’s fascinating to be an angel investor, but do most angels actually make positive returns?  And even more important, how long until they get liquidity? The theoretical returns look extremely attractive; we’ve identified 12 different studies [...continue reading]

Teten Family Invests in Infant Startup, “NewBo” or “Peanut”


New York, NY --- The Teten Family is proud to announce that we just finalized our investment in a seed-stage startup, temporarily operating under the name “NewBo” or “Peanut”.  We are now looking for a dot-com domain name for our corporate website. [...continue reading]

Invitation to Lunch and Investor Feedback Meeting/Charity Auctions


I get more requests for meetings than I can handle.  I’d like to say it’s because of my great insights and dashing looks, but really it’s because we give away money for a living. As a way to try to respond to these requests, I’ve donated my time [...continue reading]

How Large Corporations Can Learn From the Innovation Economy


One of the core functions of a VC is to identify the next generation of disruptive companies.  I presented last month to a Microsoft senior executive offsite on how large corporations can do the same, to inform their investing, M&A, and [...continue reading]

Recent Books: Paleo, Angel Investing, Mediation, and Career Acceleration


I read a few books over the last year that I thought were worth highlighting/recommending: The book that has had the most practical impact on my life was The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant.  This is a [...continue reading]

Top 9 Easy Career Hacks That Most People Don’t Do


I agree with Brad Feld: Most people flake.  If you’re not a flake, you are far more likely be trusted, promoted, and funded.  If you execute on the steps below, you’re well on your way to being a top quartile performer. I gave a presentation to [...continue reading]

How To Lose Fat And Gain Muscle With Venture Capital

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Both founders and researchers in healthcare are spending far too much of their energy in areas where they’re not going to make maximum impact. Most health problems are self-inflicted, but the innovation economy doesn’t reflect the power of preventive [...continue reading]

Venture Capital Superheroes


CB Insights just included ffVC in 13 Micro VCs We’re Watching, along with a (highly inaccurate) superhero graphic.  CB Insights has become a very influential data source in the industry.  In fact, I recently had dinner with a well-known VC who said [...continue reading]