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HBS Alumni Angels NY Accomplishments to Date, and Our New Chairman

 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]

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]

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]

Helping Women And Minorities Raise Angel Capital

In early 2012, my HBS Alumni Angels colleagues and I launched the Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP), an initiative to help women and minority-led businesses to raise capital from the Harvard alumni angel community.  This is a partnership between HBS Alumni Angels of Greater NY (HBSAANY) and the [...continue reading]

Asset Management Is A Bizarre Industry Ripe For Disruption

Since I became an institutional investor, my #1 learning is: this is a highly unusual and somewhat baffling industry.  Asset management shows the traditional earmarks of an industry ripe for disruption -- most obviously, unhappy customers and extremely profitable incumbents.  Despite this, it’s [...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]

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]

Harvard iLab Entrepreneurship Discussion, Wednesday, Jan. 23, Boston

I'll be at the Harvard iLab for a complimentary discussion and networking event on being an entrepreneur, Wednesday, January 23, from 6-8pm.  It's hosted by: Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, Harvard Venture Partners, Social Innovation Collaborative, and Aspiring Minority [...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]

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]

Finalist Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Named in VCAP Program

HBS Angels of NY and the NAIC have named the finalist women and minority entrepreneurs of the Venture Capital Access Program; check out the press release below.  If you're from a major media outlet, please contact me to attend as a guest the pitch night in midtown Manhattan on June 27. Harvard [...continue reading]

HBS Alumni Angels assets for investing in women and minority-led startups

Harvard Business School is featuring an article about the Venture Capital Access Program on the website of the U.S. Competitiveness project. In the article, I discuss why we think that smart early-stage investors should target women and diverse entrepreneurs, and why we think HBS Alumni Angels in [...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]

Private Sector Bandaids, and Making the US Competitive Again

On Monday night I attended a Harvard Business School "Paths Forward" event tied to the March issue of Harvard Business Review, which consists of a wide range of research on How to Increase U.S. Competitiveness. I also contributed a blog post to the HBS Competitiveness website on some initiatives I’m [...continue reading]