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

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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 [...continue reading]

Asset Management Is A Bizarre Industry Ripe For Disruption

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Since I became an institutional investor, my #1 learning is: this is a highly unusual and somewhat baffling industry.  Asset management also shows the traditional earmarks of an industry ripe for disruption -- most obviously, unhappy customers and [...continue reading]

How to Judge an Investment Proposal

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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 [...continue reading]

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

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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 [...continue reading]

How To Hire An Outsourced Web Designer And Survive The Process

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Last week I had a chance to interview Kyle Stalzer, President at Tackk (a portfolio company of my firm, ff Venture Capital), about an issue that’s top of mind for a lot of our companies: How to Recruit an A-Quality Designer for Your Company.  This [...continue reading]

How To Recruit A Great Designer For Your Company

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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 [...continue reading]

How to Keep the People Attending Your Conference Alive

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Do you organize events?  Do you like your attendees alive? Conference organizers like their attendees to be energetic, enthusiastic, and preferably, alive.  However, I see a lot of conference organizers who are doing the opposite: degrading the [...continue reading]

A VC Just Cold-Called You; Now What?

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One of our founders called me.  “An analyst just called me.  He works for a VC fund tied to an investment bank.  He’s interested in our company and is keen to know more. How much information should I share? “ CEOs need to know what they’re getting [...continue reading]