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Aspen Institute Maghreb Investor Delegation, next week in NY and CA

Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), a public-private partnership housed at the Aspen Institute, is organizing a Venture Capital, Private Equity and Angel Investor Delegation from the Maghreb. The delegation will be in NYC January 14-15 and is looking for investment professionals to join roundtable [...continue reading]

Partnering Strategy, Subcontractors, and Uber

You can’t hire in courtesy and managerial competence; it has to flow from company management outwards. I'm traveling to Atlanta and Boston this month, so starting to plan my logistics.  Part of what Uber’s customers pay for is an easy-to-use layer across multiple cab services in multiple [...continue reading]

NY Tech Volunteers Needed – Help Out!

Hurricane Sandy has done some significant damage in NYC, and ff Venture Capital is looking for ways to help out. We currently have extra desks in our midtown office, and free wifi. If your company needs space to work during the next couple of days, we have spare desks. Please contact @ffvc for [...continue reading]

Join us at Maker Faire September 29-30

My family and I are very excited to attend the upcoming New York Maker Faire, Sep. 29-30.  We’ll be there on Sunday, Sep. 30. This is an event created to showcase science projects, engineering, arts, crafts, and the do-it-yourself mindset.  It will at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  The [...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]

8/7: The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space

The "Thought Leaders in Business" series at the Yale Club of New York is hosting me on August 7 for a presentation on "The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”.  I'll discuss how investors and entrepreneurs can identify opportunities to build great businesses. [...continue reading]

Best Practices of VCs and Private Equity Funds in Deal Sourcing

I have a presentation coming up in August on best practices of VCs and private equity funds in deal origination. You've surely seen lots of talks on how entrepreneurs can raise capital; the question I'm exploring is the reverse, which is how investors can find potential investments. If you have [...continue reading]

Internship Opportunities at ff Venture Capital

  ffVC is looking for interns.  Specifically, we are looking for an intern to join our team to finish out the Summer and transition into the Fall.  We are looking for Fall and Spring interns as well.  If you're interested in learning more about venture capital, or our fast-growing [...continue reading]

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]

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]

More Cash for Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding, and Indiegogo

As Steve Case has said, it’s ridiculous that anyone can gamble and be guaranteed to lose money, but there are strict regulations around who can invest in early-stage private companies and earn (in some cases) a 27% IRR on their capital. * The Entrepreneurs Access to Capital Act helps to redress [...continue reading]

Personal Training in Your Hallways

Personal trainer Jake Koenig reached out to us to request to run a minimum viable product trial of his in-office fitness training service.  We’re always glad to help entrepreneurs, and we are a bit obsessed with making our fitness office even more effective, so more than half of our office [...continue reading]