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You Are Leaving Money On The Table: The Secrets Of Pricing

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Oscar Wilde said that a cynic is a “a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” A startup CEO should know both. One of the most powerful levers a CEO has to impact profitability is pricing. Typically, a 1% price increase [...continue reading]

How To Disrupt The Investing Business, With Katina Stefanova (Ex-Bridgewater Management Committee)

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I had a conversation recently about the investing business with Katina Stefanova, who recently left Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world. I’ve always had great respect for Bridgewater, which unlike most investing organizations realizes [...continue reading]

HBS Alumni Angels NY new chairman: Jason Klein

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 I’m happy to announce that Jason E. Klein, CEO of On Grid Ventures, will serve as the new Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY.  Jason is an experienced angel and company builder.  I’m shifting to “Chairman Emeritus” (an [...continue reading]

Convertible Note or Equity? Practising Law Institute Webinar

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  The Practising Law Institute hosted Dror Futter of SorinRand and me for a webinar last week on “Before Series A – Convertible Note and Series Seed Funding for Startups”.  I’ve embedded the slide deck below, and you can listen to the webinar [...continue reading]

How Startups are Disrupting Financial Technology

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I participated in the Milken Institute Global Conference last week, for the first time.  It was very worthwhile, a chance to connect primarily with other investors (mostly public markets/private equity), and a range of other people (media, tech, [...continue reading]

Why Are Venture Capitalists (76% White Men) Ignoring The Future?

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Why do so many venture capitalists ignore the single best predictor of the future: demographics? One of my particular interests is looking for women & minority entrepreneurs in which to invest.  It’s not because of personal ties; I’m yet another [...continue reading]

Startup Grind Interview (with Vertical Pushup)

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Last month I did an on-stage interview with Peter Crysdale of Startup Grind. You can read a summary at AlleyWatch. For fun, I did an on-stage vertical pushup at the end of the interview (skip to 44:00). [...continue reading]

Helping Women And Minorities Raise Angel Capital

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In early 2012, my HBS Alumni Angels colleagues and I launched the Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP), an initiative to help women and minority-led businesses to raise capital from the Harvard alumni angel community.  This is a partnership between [...continue reading]