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Charity Auction: Pitch Your Business to NY Angels and Golden Seeds

Would you like to have a private lunch with Brian Cohen, Chairman of New York Angels, and Deborah Jackson, Managing Director of Golden Seeds (and me)?I'm not eligible anymore for bachelor auctions (actually, my price would have been pretty low if I ever even had tried), but I have hit the [...continue reading]

A Closer Look At The Quality Of Angel Returns Data

I previously published this at Techcrunch.   The good news for Techcrunch readers: Every major study conducted to date has placed angel investors’ IRR between 18 and 54 percent, as summarized by my Partner John Frankel and Professor Robert Wiltbank in prior Techcrunch articles.  The bad news: [...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]

Washington, DC May 24: HBS Angels/VCs and Creating Portfolio Company Value

I hope you can join me in Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 24, 2012, 5:30 PM To 8:30 PM for a talk and event sponsored by the HBS Club of Washington, DC.  RSVP required; No money can be taken at doorAs I've previously blogged, I will soon publish the first formal study of best practices of VCs [...continue reading]

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

We are in the midst of two great disruptions to American business:the internet’s ongoing disruption of most traditional industries: finance, healthcare, retail, finance, fashion, etc. the shift of America to a majority minority country by 2050.Any company that aspires to maintain a [...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]

The reality of Profitably raising money from angels and VCs in New York

Adam Neary wrote an unusually open post about his experience raising $1.1m for Profitably, a provider of small business analytics. (Disclosure: I'm a Mentor for Founder Institute. Adam was one of our star students from the first class in New York, when Profitably was just Adam, a Powerpoint, and a [...continue reading]

Launch of Harvard Business School Angels of New York

Back in December, Richard Kane, President, Harvard Business School Club of New York, asked me if I'd like to chair the newly-formed Harvard Business School Angels of New York. I was honored to be asked, and we've now launched our organization and are accepting applications from early-stage [...continue reading]

Panel on Super-Seed Funds at Harvard Business School Club of NY

I took some notes on last week's Harvard Business School Club of New York panel on "Super-Seed Funds -- Back to the Future." Eugene Radin of Concept Clinic edited the notes and merged in his own. Incidentally, congratulations to Doug Atkin, Tony Berkman, Steve Miller and the rest of the [...continue reading]

Final draft available: private equity and venture capital funds' best practices in originating new investments

We're in the last lap of editing our research study on best practices of private equity and venture capital investors in originating new investments, which has a particular focus on use of social media. We plan to publish this in a major private equity journal. If you would like to review a [...continue reading]