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How to Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies

I'm delivering a webinar next Tuesday for Harvard Business School Career Services on "How to Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies".  Among the topics I'm covering: - Raise capital from a venture capital fund to found a company - Partner with a private equity fund to [...continue reading]

Visit to Case Foundation and Startup America

On February 16, I visited Washington, DC, where I attended an HBS Club of DC lunch on the Case Foundation and Startup America. Michael Smith, leader of the Social Innovation team at the Case Foundation, introduced the Foundation as a non-profit started in 1997 by Steve Case (AOL co-founder) and [...continue reading]

HBS Angels Healthcare Night

If you're a healthcare-focused VC or angel who has made at least 3 investments in the trailing year, please contact me if you'd like to attend our upcoming Harvard Business School Angels pitch night on February 29, co-hosted with the HBS Healthcare Alumni Association. The evening is sponsored by a [...continue reading]

ff Venture Capital raises $27 million fund

We are excited to announce that as of November 30, ff Venture Capital closed on a $27 million fund, ff Silver. TechCrunch broke the news and Betabeat also covered it. Our investment philosophy - part of what makes us successful - is our search for sustainable long-term growth areas. Our fund's [...continue reading]

Seeking WordPress Designer for my sites

I'm seeking an experienced Wordpress designer for both my personal use and for our portfolio companies; any suggestions? I want to upgrade two sites: -     Teten.com (my personal site) -     TheVirtualHandshake.com, the marketing site for my book, The Virtual Handshake. These sites are [...continue reading]

How to Scale Early-Stage Investing

Before making the decision to join ff Venture Capital, I did some research on early-stage tech investing as an asset class and how it’s evolving. What was striking was what an attractive asset class it was. Although any given early-stage company is quite risky, when aggregated across a large [...continue reading]

Lessons from Facebook on Recruiting Elite Engineers

Following is a guest post from ff Venture Capital winter intern Max Segan, a Colgate senior majoring in computer science, who is starting at Facebook this summer as a software engineer. From our perspective, Facebook is both our friend (training hundreds of talented future entrepreneurs) and enemy [...continue reading]

How Venture Capitalists and Government Can Promote Entrepreneurship

I’ve recently met with several universities, nonprofits, and government employees who’ve all asked the same question: how can we promote entrepreneurship?  Just like me, they’re distressed about the poor economy and jobs situation. By contrast, as a venture capitalist, I can report that almost [...continue reading]

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