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The Real Reasons Adults Love To Give Kids Sugar

The world rains sugar on my children. The bus driver offers my child bubble gum. The teachers offer a cupcake for every birthday party. The school vending machine is full of junk food; so is the one at the Y. At camp, the counselors offer candy and a freeze pop at the end of the day..and [...continue reading]

You Are Leaving Money On The Table: The Secrets Of Pricing

Oscar Wilde said that a cynic is a “a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” A startup CEO should know both. One of the most powerful levers a CEO has to impact profitability is pricing. Typically, a 1% price increase has more than twice the impact on profit of a 1% [...continue reading]

How To Disrupt The Investing Business, With Katina Stefanova (Ex-Bridgewater Management Committee)

I had a conversation recently about the investing business with Katina Stefanova, who recently left Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world. I’ve always had great respect for Bridgewater, which unlike most investing organizations realizes just how critical processes and culture are to [...continue reading]

HBS Alumni Angels NY new chairman: Jason Klein

 I’m happy to announce that Jason E. Klein, CEO of On Grid Ventures, will serve as the new Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY.  Jason is an experienced angel and company builder.  I’m shifting to “Chairman Emeritus” (an overly polysyllabic title).  I'll still be very [...continue reading]

Georgia Tech Flashpoint Accelerator Demo Day, June 11, 2014

For the third year in a row, ff Venture Capital is co-sponsoring the New York Demo Day for Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint Accelerator, along with HBS Alumni Angels of NY.  We met Ionic Security, one of our portfolio companies, at their first Demo Day a few years ago.  I hope you can join us at the SUNY [...continue reading]

Convertible Note or Equity? Practising Law Institute Webinar

  The Practising Law Institute hosted Dror Futter of SorinRand and me for a webinar last week on “Before Series A – Convertible Note and Series Seed Funding for Startups”.  I’ve embedded the slide deck below, and you can listen to the webinar ($129) here. (Dror is a lawyer and I’m not, so [...continue reading]

How Startups are Disrupting Financial Technology

I participated in the Milken Institute Global Conference last week, for the first time.  It was very worthwhile, a chance to connect primarily with other investors (mostly public markets/private equity), and a range of other people (media, tech, academics, etc.)   I definitely recommend attending if [...continue reading]

Why Are Venture Capitalists (76% White Men) Ignoring The Future?

Why do so many venture capitalists ignore the single best predictor of the future: demographics? One of my particular interests is looking for women & minority entrepreneurs in which to invest.  It’s not because of personal ties; I’m yet another white male in the overwhelmingly white male VC [...continue reading]