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July 19 Dreamit Talk: Best Practices in Recruiting High Performers

On July 19, I'm giving a presentation to the current group of DreamIt Ventures companies in New York on “Best Practices in Recruiting High Performers.”  This is open to the public (no charge).Given the hyper-competitive market for talent in the New York tech world, I thought it would be [...continue reading]

Seeking CEO+Cofounders for Spinoff of VC-Backed Startup, W. 36th St.

- Do you have a great team but your product just isn’t working? - Are you thinking of applying to Y Combinator without an idea? - Does your team want to quit your day jobs and really kick-off a company? - Would you like to have a salary from day one of your startup?If the answer is yes to any [...continue reading]

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]

Startup idea: marketplace for business research and students seeking internships / experience

We're looking to spend money with a startup business: a marketplace for businesses which want consulting research and students who want jobs, internships and experience.Specifically, we want a website where we can advertise the research topics that are important to us (e.g., best practices of [...continue reading]

Valuing Startup Employee Options

This is the third of three blog posts on financial modeling for startups.  The first was on best practices in building financial models, and the second was a template financial model for a startup.I've often found it helpful to have on hand a simple model showing the impact of each financing [...continue reading]

Portfolio Company Spotlight: Identified

Job creation is political topic #1, so we have a particular interest in portfolio companies like Identified and TheResumator, which help match employers and job seekers.Identified launched its public beta last month.  Effectively, Identified gives you a score for your desirability as an [...continue reading]

For students interested in venture capital

If you are a student anywhere in the world seriously interested in venture capital, angel investing, and/or entrepreneurship, please consider working with us on your research papers. We're obsessed with research and data, and have a number of research topics we'd love to dig into with the right [...continue reading]

The value of a CFA

We took our interns out for dinner last night and one of the topics we discussed was their career planning. Walking to work today, I saw the woman below at 38th & Broadway. According to her T-shirt, "I survived the CFA exam." [...continue reading]

Our Lending Library Principles, and overdelivering on an assignment

One of the first steps I took when I joined ff Venture Capital was to launch a lending library (the original social media). It's a very cheap employee benefit and more important, a way to promote a culture of both learning and knowledge-sharing. I think every company would benefit by having a small [...continue reading]

I’m joining ff Venture Capital

I am delighted to announce that I'm joining ff Venture Capital as a Partner. Official blog post and more details here. In addition, Michael Yavonditte, CEO of Hashable, is joining as a Venture Partner.Since 1999, ff has made over 100 investments in over 35 companies, and from the beginning has [...continue reading]

Venture Capitalists and the Upside-Down Pyramid

In response to my post on VC's increasing use of operationally focused team members, HBS professor Noam Wasserman sent me an excerpt of his dissertation on 'The Venture Capitalist as Entrepreneur: The Characteristics and Dynamics Within VC Firms'. A key point he makes in this paper is that, "Most [...continue reading]

Earn More Consulting Revenue from Gerson Lehrman and Other Expert Networks

A number of friends have asked me how to increase the amount of money they're earning as consultants from the major expert networks, such as GLG, Evalueserve Circle of Experts, Coleman Group, DeMatteo Monness , Guidepoint, and other expert networks. Following is a slide deck I've sent to a few [...continue reading]

The Speed of Trust Review

A while ago I read Stephen M.R. Covey's book, The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything . As you would guess, Stephen M.R. is the son of Dr. Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the extremely influential book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The heritage shows. Speed of Trust [...continue reading]

International investment banks expanding and hiring in America

I enjoyed listening to Wednesday's panel discussion of the Harvard Business School Club of New York on Three International Investment Banks Expanding (and Hiring!) in New York. It was off the record, so unfortunately I can't share my notes. In organizing the panel, my colleagues and I developed [...continue reading]