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Holiday Video 2011 – The Circle of Startup Life

From all of us at ff Venture Capital: Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, and a little cheer with our 2011 Holiday Video, a tribute to our startups and partners - The Circle of Startup Life: [...continue reading]

Startup idea: marketplace for business research and students seeking internships / experience

We're looking to spend money with a startup business: a marketplace for businesses which want consulting research and students who want jobs, internships and experience. Specifically, we want a website where we can advertise the research topics that are important to us (e.g., best practices of [...continue reading]

Valuing Startup Employee Options

This is the third of three blog posts on financial modeling for startups.  The first was on best practices in building financial models, and the second was a template financial model for a startup. I've often found it helpful to have on hand a simple model showing the impact of each financing [...continue reading]

Template Startup Financial Model

(This is the second of three blog posts on financial models for startups.  Yesterday I wrote about best practices in spreadsheet design.) I couldn’t find a good template financial model online, so I decided to create one. We started with a sanitized version of a financial model I had developed [...continue reading]

Startup Financial Models: Best Practices in Spreadsheet Design

(This is the first of three blog posts on financial modeling for startups.) While some entrepreneurs may think that financial models are just a formality that needs completing in order to placate straight-laced venture capital types, the reality is that models can be essential tools for creating [...continue reading]

Save the US from becoming Greece

Sometime prior to the 4th Century BCE, the Greeks invented democracy. They were a model for the world. Unfortunately, I think the Greeks are well on their way to being a model for the world again. In their inability to plan for the future, their incompetence in delivering basic government [...continue reading]

America’s educational system is broken

I was fortunate to attend Wednesday the CED’s Postsecondary Education Summit on Business Leadership for 21st Century Education Policies, as well as their annual fundraising dinner.  The CED is a leader in leveraging the business community to promote rational economic policies; I was very impressed [...continue reading]

Online Dating is the Future of Your Business

I gave a talk today as part of TEDx Silicon Valley on "Online Dating is the Future of Your Business". Here's the video and an expanded version of the slide deck. In the talk I discuss how some of the successful online dating startups are models for new businesses, many of which in various ways [...continue reading]