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April 5 NYC: Family Office Investment Conference on Tech/Life Sciences Companies

I’m honored to chair DC Finance’s upcoming family office conference on investment in innovative technologies, April 5th, 2016, in midtown Manhattan.  Details at www.thenycmeetings.com.  This event is intended for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and Single Family Offices, who attend at no cost. [...continue reading]

How Large Corporations Can Learn From the Innovation Economy

One of the core functions of a VC is to identify the next generation of disruptive companies.  I presented last month to a Microsoft senior executive offsite on how large corporations can do the same, to inform their investing, M&A, and competitive intelligence.  My presentation was based on my [...continue reading]

Startup Grind Interview (with Vertical Pushup)

Last month I did an on-stage interview with Peter Crysdale of Startup Grind. You can read a summary at AlleyWatch. For fun, I did an on-stage vertical pushup at the end of the interview (skip to 44:00). [...continue reading]

How to Judge an Investment Proposal

I periodically serve as a judge at pitch events for companies raising funding. In every case, I'm assessing each company against ffVC's standard criteria for investing. You can see a video of a recent pitch contest where I served as a judge here. For some of the new employees at ffVC, I put [...continue reading]

How to Keep the People Attending Your Conference Alive

Do you organize events?  Do you like your attendees alive? Conference organizers like their attendees to be energetic, enthusiastic, and preferably, alive.  However, I see a lot of conference organizers who are doing the opposite: degrading the health of their attendees. Joe Reilly organized 50 [...continue reading]

Turning the Tables: How to Make Venture Capitalists Pitch You

I’m returning to Capital on Stage this fall in New York. Last year, 19 other VC fund Partners and I pitched to 170 attendees; this year the conference organizers expect a similar turnout. You can see online my own pitch and all the other VCs pitching last year in NY  . To attend, apply via the [...continue reading]

How To Add Powerful (and Legal) Stock Photos To Your Presentations

What do you remember better? Pictures or words? The evidence is clear: people have better recall for images than text.  Including attractive images that dramatize your speaking points will significantly increase your efficacy as a speaker. Based on my experience in investment banking and [...continue reading]

How To Present So People will Hear

You probably have to make presentations, but does the audience hear what you’re saying?  And do they believe it? Based on my experience in investment banking and strategy consulting, I've put together a 3-part series on how to prepare memos and presentations that people will read and believe. [...continue reading]

Miami: A Hot Spot for Venture Capitalists

(from my guest column in the Miami Herald) A few weeks ago, I had my first-ever opportunity to visit the Miami startup ecosystem.  I was visiting as part of Terrapinn Private Equity World, a leading private equity conference for the Latin American technology community.  You might assume the event [...continue reading]

Flashpoint New York Demo Day, Friday, June 14

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), ff Venture Capital, and The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York are once again co-sponsoring Flashpoint’s upcoming New York Demo Day, on Friday, June 14, 2013, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The event will be held at SUNY Global [...continue reading]

Private Equity and Social Media

I’m giving a talk next month on “How Private Equity Funds Raise Capital and Source Deals with Social Media” at Terrapinn’s Private Equity Latin America & Real Estate Latin America conference in Miami.  I discuss this topic in more depth in an earlier article I wrote. Here's my draft [...continue reading]

Webinar: Angel Investing 101 – Best Practices

I'm leading a webinar for HBS Alumni Angels on "Angel Investing 101 - Best Practices".  Click here to register .   I'd welcome your feedback on my draft presentation, below: Date: March 22nd, 2013 Time: 12:00 Noon Eastern Time (9:00 am Pacific) Introductions: Dan Rosen (Partner, Commerce [...continue reading]

ff VC Massive Party at SXSW

Join my colleagues at ff VC at SXSW on Saturday March 9th for ff MASSIVE. ff VC is hosting a full day of off campus talks and meetups, followed by the most MASSIVE party SXSW has seen, ff MASSIVE. The meetups will feature 20+ ff Venture Capital portfolio companies incluing Social Fortress, [...continue reading]

This Friday at NYU-Annual Stern Private Equity Conference

The Stern Private Equity Club will host its 8th Annual Stern Private Equity Conference on Friday, March 1st, 2013.   Keynote Speakers are Andrea Bonomi (Chairman of Investindustrial), Mark Dzialga (Managing Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee at General Atlantic) & me.  In [...continue reading]