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What’s Your VC Tech Stack? Results from a Survey of Early-Stage VC Funds

(written by Philipp von dem Knesebeck, Managing Partner, Blue Future Partners (bluefp.com, @bluefutureteam), and David Teten)VCs are at the forefront of technological disruption, funding many of the latest cutting edge productivity tools. But what tools are they using [...continue reading]

Ready to Join a New Management Team? Here’s How to Do Your Due Diligence First

I get emails every week from mid-level and senior executives who want to join a growth company. You’re going to be spending 40+ hours/week with your new colleagues, which is more time than most of us spend with our spouses. So I put together some notes on how to due diligence a management team, from [...continue reading]

A trial balloon: How large corporates can coinvest with their employees’ angel investing

Many large corporations face three seemingly disconnected challenges; they want:-       Better returns on their balance sheet and underfunded pensions;-       Access to the innovation economy to stay on top of the early-stage companies attacking their business; and-       Unique employee [...continue reading]

How to Run Your Company Based on Metrics: What, Why, How, Who, and When

I review a lot of board decks with a beautifully hand-crafted page with metrics for the company.  That makes me nervous.  I prefer to see a screenshot of an internal dashboard, not something created for the board, and I prefer to see that same dashboard in the same format at every meeting.  The [...continue reading]

18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors

The median investor looking at your proposal is in her 40s.  Her eyes are going, not to mention her brain.  I look at a lot of spreadsheets and analytic reports, and way too many are difficult to read and therefore hard to understand.In an effort to make my life easier, I’ve summarized here the [...continue reading]

Top 9 Easy Career Hacks That Most People Don’t Do

I agree with Brad Feld: Most people flake.  If you’re not a flake, you are far more likely be trusted, promoted, and funded.  If you execute on the steps below, you’re well on your way to being a top quartile performer.I gave a presentation to Womensphere a few months ago on the most valuable [...continue reading]

Venture Capital Superheroes

CB Insights just included ffVC in 13 Micro VCs We’re Watching, along with a (highly inaccurate) superhero graphic.  CB Insights has become a very influential data source in the industry.  In fact, I recently had dinner with a well-known VC who said that he was surprised to see the CB Insights [...continue reading]

A Checklist For Writing Code

Ever since I studied Total Quality Management in college, I’ve been a bit obsessed with documenting processes.  I was particularly influenced by Dr. Atul Gawande’s “Checklist Manifesto”, which underlined for me the value of collecting, documenting, analyzing, and continually re-optimizing best [...continue reading]

Design Your Company Culture Like The World’s Largest Hedge Fund

Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, is a man after my own heart.  A few years ago he publicly set down his core Principles for living, managing, and investing.  Bridgewater uses these codified rules for recruiting, training, and most important, managing the [...continue reading]

Recruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers

I finally got around to posting the video from a Founder Institute class I taught earlier this year onRecruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers . Although I focused on recruiting technical talent, my points are applicable to recruiting in general. Feedback always welcome! [...continue reading]

Should Your Startup Pivot, Persevere, or Plank?

(I originally published this in Forbes.)It’s a cliché of the startup world that successful entrepreneurs persevere even when everyone else thinks their idea is doomed (see: Pandora).It’s a cliché of the startup world that successful entrepreneurs pivot when appropriate (see: Paypal, Apple [...continue reading]

Free webinars on interviewing, recruiting, employee screening, and social network recruiting

My friends at Accolo have some very worthwhile webinars available for free on their site. These are geared to hiring managers and recruiters. You can watch these at your convenience: The Inside Numbers on the Job Market and the Impending Hiring War How to Conduct the Perfect Interview [...continue reading]

Hiring and Firing for Entrepreneurs

I'll be presenting on April 27 to the Founder Institute Singapore on "Hiring and Firing for Entrepreneurs". My draft slide deck is below; I would welcome feedback.Recruiting Hacks from David Teten [...continue reading]

Entrepreneurial Education Programs in New York/Invitation to Founder Institute Investor Session

I've been very excited to see the boom in the New York startup community in the last 2 years, driven in large part by the shrinkage in the NY industries that traditionally lured some of the most entrepreneurial and aggressive personalities (finance, consulting, etc.) Michael Karnjanaprakorn posted a [...continue reading]