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How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups

Drew Hansen just posted a very interesting piece on Forbes on, “How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups”.  He draws on the research study my coauthors and I are about to publish on best practices in how venture capitalists increase the odds of company success through operational [...continue reading]

ff Venture Capital Holiday Video 2012, with in-office workout

We would like to wish you Happy Holidays from ff Venture Capital! This video gives you a sense of our "fitness office" during the holidays. If you are not familiar with photography memes like "ff-ing", you might want to look at some related memes: planking, batmanning, and owling. There's [...continue reading]

NY Tech Volunteers Needed – Help Out!

Hurricane Sandy has done some significant damage in NYC, and ff Venture Capital is looking for ways to help out. We currently have extra desks in our midtown office, and free wifi. If your company needs space to work during the next couple of days, we have spare desks. Please contact @ffvc for [...continue reading]

Teach your computer to read your mind

InteraXon, a leader in thought controlled computing and a ffVC portfolio company, launched an Indiegogo campaign today to support production of Muse, a multi-sensor brainwave measuring headband. For the last year, InteraXon has been deep in development of Muse, which will allow users to see how [...continue reading]

Free Video: How to Hack Your MBA

Evisors just posted the video from my recent webinar on "How to Hack Your MBA". Since 1992, I've been working on a book tentatively titled "Hack your Education: How to Squeeze Maximum Value from College or Graduate School". I've posted on my site the expanded slides from the webinar and a [...continue reading]

October 18, CT: HBS Panel on VC in Connecticut

I’ll be a panelist at a HBS Club of Connecticut/HBS Angels Venture Capital in Connecticut Panel Discussion and Cocktail Reception on October 18. The event will be held at the recently-established Stamford Innovation Center, of which fellow panelist Barry Schwimmer is Founder and Managing Partner. [...continue reading]

Join us at Maker Faire September 29-30

My family and I are very excited to attend the upcoming New York Maker Faire, Sep. 29-30.  We’ll be there on Sunday, Sep. 30. This is an event created to showcase science projects, engineering, arts, crafts, and the do-it-yourself mindset.  It will at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  The [...continue reading]

Social Fortress publicly launches at TechCrunch Disrupt

Adam Ghetti, founder of our portfolio company Social Fortress and an expert in security, publicly presented Social Fortress for the first time at this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt Conference.  I met Adam and Social Fortress at the first Flashpoint Demo Day in New York earlier this year; ff became the [...continue reading]

ffVC launches corporate blog

ff Venture Capital recently launched our own corporate blog, at  Some of the content we'll include there: ff team members discussing VC and the changing startup landscape, along with resources and tips for entrepreneurs and startups; Our portfolio companies discussing their [...continue reading]

Never Leave the Playground

If you're interested in being both physically and mentally fit -- regardless of your age -- you have to watch this 71-year-old. I definitely share his philosophy that you should "Never Leave the Playground." I can comfortably guarantee that he can do some tricks that you (and definitely I) cannot [...continue reading]

Flashpoint Demo Day, September 13, at Union Square Ventures

HBS Alumni Angels of New York and ff Venture Capital are happy to be co-sponsors of Flashpoint's upcoming New York Demo Day, September 13, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM, held at Union Square Ventures.  Flashpoint is a startup accelerator program at Georgia Tech. Some of their portfolio companies look very [...continue reading]

8/7: The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space

The "Thought Leaders in Business" series at the Yale Club of New York is hosting me on August 7 for a presentation on "The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”.  I'll discuss how investors and entrepreneurs can identify opportunities to build great businesses. [...continue reading]

Best Practices of VCs and Private Equity Funds in Deal Sourcing

I have a presentation coming up in August on best practices of VCs and private equity funds in deal origination. You've surely seen lots of talks on how entrepreneurs can raise capital; the question I'm exploring is the reverse, which is how investors can find potential investments. If you have [...continue reading]

Internship Opportunities at ff Venture Capital

  ffVC is looking for interns.  Specifically, we are looking for an intern to join our team to finish out the Summer and transition into the Fall.  We are looking for Fall and Spring interns as well.  If you're interested in learning more about venture capital, or our fast-growing [...continue reading]