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How Startups Should Report Financial Results

I asked Rick Eaton, CFO of Hashable, to write for you a sanitized version of some of the detailed reports that Hashable provides to its investors (which includes us).  He’s provided below a template for both the cover email and the detailed report.  Rick was previously CFO of ffVC portfolio company [...continue reading]

Need Site Developer for Ecommerce Site, with Joomla expertise

A company I advise is  looking for a site developer; does anyone have any ideas?Primary Job ResponsibilitiesWe are looking for a part-time site developer to help migrate a Joomla and Virtuemart-based  Ecommerce site to a new server, and to perform ongoing maintenance and improvement of the [...continue reading]

ER Accelerator Demo Day–10 great companies

This morning, we attended a very high quality demo day hosted by Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, where ten companies pitched their ideas.  (Disclosure: John Frankel and I are mentors.)  This is the first session of the ER Accelerator, and they did a highly professional job.  The companies were [...continue reading]

CRM Systems and Private Equity Deal Sourcing

Preqin and LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions just released a report on “CRM Systems and Private Equity Deal Sourcing”, based on a survey of 63 private equity funds.They report that 84% of respondents claim to source over 20% of their opportunities through proprietary deal flow. Based on our [...continue reading]

Free Publicity for your Company

As a startup, the ability to create publicity for your business at minimal to no cost can be invaluable. We've listed below some of the more creative ways that we've seen our portfolio companies and others attract the media. MAJOR CONFERENCES SEEKING STARTUPS TO FEATURE (AT NO CHARGE) [...continue reading]

For students interested in venture capital

If you are a student anywhere in the world seriously interested in venture capital, angel investing, and/or entrepreneurship, please consider working with us on your research papers. We're obsessed with research and data, and have a number of research topics we'd love to dig into with the right [...continue reading]

Disruptive Companies in Asset Management

We recently hosted an idea dinner on "Disruptive Companies in the Asset Management Industry".The most attractive industries to disrupt are highly profitable ones, and asset management is traditionally a highly profitable industry. IMHO, the most successful disrupters in this area to date have [...continue reading]

The value of a CFA

We took our interns out for dinner last night and one of the topics we discussed was their career planning. Walking to work today, I saw the woman below at 38th & Broadway. According to her T-shirt, "I survived the CFA exam." [...continue reading]

Free Government Money for Your Company

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson discussed the role of government grants in helping launch tech companies. Fred is not a fan and argues that evaluating and aiding early-stage companies is not a core competency of government organizations. He concludes by asking his readers to look into grant programs [...continue reading]

Our Lending Library Principles, and overdelivering on an assignment

One of the first steps I took when I joined ff Venture Capital was to launch a lending library (the original social media). It's a very cheap employee benefit and more important, a way to promote a culture of both learning and knowledge-sharing. I think every company would benefit by having a small [...continue reading]

Notes from PluggedIn Ventures Real Time Data, Content, & Analytics Roundtable

Gregory Sanzone, an intern at Parse.ly, took details notes on today's Real Time Data, Content, & Analytics Roundtable, hosted by PluggedIn Ventures. Real Time Data Real time data is valuable in two ways, mainly. The first is that it crudely allows content providers to recognize spikes in [...continue reading]

Announcing our summer intern class

A bit belatedly (due to a backlog of blog postings), I wanted to announce ff Venture Capital's summer intern class. We're actively recruiting interns for the fall. You've already heard from some of them, and you'll be hearing more over the course of the summer. Franklin Bi Franklin Bi [...continue reading]

Ultimate Office for Fitness, Post #2—Photos and Coverage

We've received a very positive response to our post about creating a fitness-friendly office. Daily Burn posted some photos, and we thought some additional ones would be interesting. Our intern Matt Fairbank took the photos below. When visitors enter the office, the first thing they see is our [...continue reading]

Inaugural Investor Day @ FinTech Innovation Lab

This is a guest post from our intern Franklin Bi .On Friday morning, I witnessed another volley of shots being fired from New York City at Palo Alto during FinTech Innovation Lab's Inaugural Investor Day. The Lab is a collaboration between the New York City Investment Fund and Accenture, with [...continue reading]