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

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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

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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]

A Checklist For Writing Code

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Ever since I studied Total Quality Management in college, I’ve been a bit obsessed with documenting processes.  I was particularly influenced by Dr. Atul Gawande’s “Checklist Manifesto”, which underlined for me the value of collecting, documenting, [...continue reading]

The Tiger Mom vs. Serious Research On How to Be A Good Parent

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Like a lot of our peers, my wife and I read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Professor Amy Chua’s explanation of her aggressive “Tiger Mom” “Chinese” approach to parenting.  She makes a strong argument for being a ‘tiger mother’, though her argument [...continue reading]

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

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I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities.  Our main goals are: to understand the cutting edge of new disciplines; meet potential [...continue reading]

How to Create Competitive Market Maps With MarketMap.me

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At least ¼ of the investment proposals I get have a "market map" of some sort: a graphic analysis of the competitive landscape.  I think competitive analysis is critical.  Any useful startups is trying to perform some useful job for a client, and you [...continue reading]

Ten Experiments To Test Your Startup Hypothesis

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You know that a new idea has gained dominance when it becomes practically a cliché.  That is what I’ve seen happen with the “Lean Startup” philosophy of viewing your startup as a scientific experiment in search of a business model.  This started as a [...continue reading]