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Why Some Investors Are Happy with Lousy Returns

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My recent post on “Asset Management is a Bizarre Industry Ripe for Disruption” got one of the most interesting reactions I’ve received.  Among the more thoughtful respondents was Terri Chernick, Chief Investment Officer, The Koffler Group.  We had an [...continue reading]

SXSW Charity Push-up Competition, Sunday 1-2pm, Austin TX

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Michael Gold challenged Jeff Pulver and me to a pushup contest for charity on stage at SXSW.  This rapidly escalated to a full-fledged Indiegogo campaign. So: Come challenge Ryan Armbrust, me, and some other team members Sunday 1-2pm at the ff [...continue reading]

Meet People At SXSW … While Working Out And Losing Weight

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Can you go to SXSW and stay in shape? South by Southwest (SXSW) is famous for a jam-packed schedule, infinite free food & drink, minimal sleep, and radical overstimulation.  It's not well known as a place to stay in shape. So before attending for [...continue reading]

ffVC MASSIVE at SXSW, March 7-9, Austin TX

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This year, ffVC is once again hosting ff MASSIVE at SXSW - and it's going to be spectacular. We will be starting the festivities with a kick-off Party on Friday, March 7th at Empire Automotive on 7th and Red River, and will continue though Saturday [...continue reading]

Where are the Deals? How VCs Identify the Next Generation of Startups

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You’ve probably read dozens of articles about how to raise capital from venture capitalists. However, as a VC, we have the opposite problem: how do we find companies in which to invest? It might appear that origination is becoming much easier [...continue reading]

How to Prepare For and Run a Startup Board Meeting

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After spending quite a bit of time in board meetings, I worked with a NYU student team earlier in 2012-13 to prepare a template for board presentations to investors. In the deck below, I include our best practices on preparing for, running, and [...continue reading]

Bicycle Parkour

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I get a lot of personal training ideas from videos, but Danny MacAskill's Imaginate (below) is useless for that purpose.  Just training to do some of the tricks in this video will almost certainly kill you. Danny takes BMX biking to the next level [...continue reading]

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]