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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]

Portfolio Company Spotlight: Identified

Job creation is political topic #1, so we have a particular interest in portfolio companies like Identified and TheResumator, which help match employers and job seekers. Identified launched its public beta last month.  Effectively, Identified gives you a score for your desirability as an [...continue reading]

Announcing ff Venture Capital fall interns

We're fortunate to have two rising star interns this fall, Wei Deng and Raffi Sapire, who have already made real contributions to ff Venture Capital.   We welcome applications for spring/summer internships. Wei Deng Wei Deng graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School. She practiced [...continue reading]

How to ask your board for introductions

Venture capitalists and your other board members want to help you, and in fact are paid to help you.  As T.A. McCann suggests, you want your VCs ideally to not just make an introduction, but as appropriate, help you close the deal.  However, without some guidance from you, your board/VCs cannot [...continue reading]

Applications now open for ERA January 2012 class!

Applications are now open for the January 2012 class ERA class; Application deadline is November 20th, 2011. Benefits: * Get a $25,000 investment for your startup * 3 months of free collaborative office space in the heart of NYC at Times Square (January 9th, 2012 - March 30th, 2012) * 200+ [...continue reading]

Corporations speak: How I think about buying your startup

I’m kicking off a new series on this blog: detailed notes on events of interest to the investing and technology community.  Conrad Wadowski, Business Development at Xamtech, is initiating  with his detailed notes on the inaugural panel of the new Enterprise Tech Meetup.  Livestream video [...continue reading]

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