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How to Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs (Who Don’t Take Orders)

I spoke at Womensphere a few weeks ago, a conference centered around empowering women and girls. I discussed my family’s approach to raising entrepreneurial kids, and some parallels to ffVC’s approach to supporting our portfolio entrepreneurs. One of the issues I talked about was our track record [...continue reading]

Asset Management Is a Peculiar 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]

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]

ff Venture Capital Is First VC Fund To Raise Capital Under The JOBS Act

ff Venture Capital has consistently generated a gross IRR on invested capital in excess of 30%, in a world where the average ten-year returns for venture capital firms are in the single digits.   But, historically we couldn’t say that it in a public setting.  Now we can. Software is eating every [...continue reading]

How To Recruit A Great Designer For Your Company

ff Venture Capital just invested in Tackk, a new platform which allows you to creatively share anything on the web with no barriers to creation. The editing experience is amazingly simple.  Despite the robust capabilities, users can effortlessly create and style their pages without any learning [...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]

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on domain names and startups; part 1 was “Should a Startup Spend VC Funding on a Domain Name?”. I’ve written in the past about how to identify a great startup opportunity.  Let me propose a path few take: find an under-monetized domain name and start a [...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]

Should a Company Spend VC Funding on a Domain Name?

This is part 1 of a 2-part series on domain names and startups; part 2 will be “Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name”. It is no coincidence that companies with the best domain names often tend to rise to the top of their space. Foursquare won vs. Gowalla, Loopt, and others. Wesabe [...continue reading]

Ionic Security Raises $9.4m from Kleiner Perkins, Tech Operators, ff Venture Capital

I couldn’t be more excited to share that one of our portfolio companies, Ionic Security (formerly Social Fortress), has raised $9.4 million in Series A1 funding, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with TechOperators, Ken Levine, and Dr. Paul Judge also participating. Ted Schlein, general [...continue reading]

High Returns On A Small Fund Challenge Low Returns On A Big Fund

I previously posted this on Techcrunch. Let’s say you decide to invest in a VC fund.  Congratulations: you’re now supporting the least unpopular part of the investing industry.  That said, how do you avoid suffering the poor median returns the industry is known for? Assuming you have a large [...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]

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]

ff Venture Capital Holiday Video 2012, with in-office workout

We would like to wish you Happy Holidays from ff Venture Capital! This video gives you a sense of our "fitness office" during the holidays. If you are not familiar with photography memes like "ff-ing", you might want to look at some related memes: planking, batmanning, and owling. There's [...continue reading]