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Turning the Tables: How to Make Venture Capitalists Pitch You

I’m returning to Capital on Stage this fall in New York. Last year, 19 other VC fund Partners and I pitched to 170 attendees; this year the conference organizers expect a similar turnout. You can see online my own pitch and all the other VCs pitching last year in NY  . To attend, apply via the [...continue reading]

Miami: A Hot Spot for Venture Capitalists

(from my guest column in the Miami Herald) A few weeks ago, I had my first-ever opportunity to visit the Miami startup ecosystem.  I was visiting as part of Terrapinn Private Equity World, a leading private equity conference for the Latin American technology community.  You might assume the event [...continue reading]

Never Leave the Playground, part 2

I blogged some time ago a PBS video featuring Stephen Jepson, who is more agile than you are…and at age 72, he’s probably older than you too. I love (and share) his philosophy of active living and “never leave the playground”.  One of the influences of training in parkour is that I've gotten in [...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]

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]

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]

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]

This Friday at NYU-Annual Stern Private Equity Conference

The Stern Private Equity Club will host its 8th Annual Stern Private Equity Conference on Friday, March 1st, 2013.   Keynote Speakers are Andrea Bonomi (Chairman of Investindustrial), Mark Dzialga (Managing Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee at General Atlantic) & me.  In [...continue reading]

Guaranteed Process: How to Get Married This Year

I’m giving a talk this weekend at Limmud NY and then in a month at Limmud FSU on "Investment Banking in the Marriage Market: Find Your Dream Spouse without the Drama". In this presentation,  I take the same standard process that works for sales, raising capital, and sourcing deals, and apply it to [...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]

How to Identify Market White Space – Cambridge MA, January 22

The Harvard GSAS Business Club / Harvard Graduate Student Council/ HBS eClub are hosting me on January 22 in Boston; I hope you can join us.  I'll be speaking on: “The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”  Tuesday, January 22nd, 6pm, Maxwell Dworkin Building, [...continue reading]

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]