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

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 setting.  Now we can.Software is eating every [...continue reading]

A VC Just Cold-Called You; Now What?

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 into when they talk with VCs, particularly if [...continue reading]

Teach your computer to read your mind

InteraXon, a leader in thought controlled computing and a ffVC portfolio company, launched an Indiegogo campaign today to support production of Muse, a multi-sensor brainwave measuring headband. For the last year, InteraXon has been deep in development of Muse, which will allow users to see how [...continue reading]

Why We Chose Salesforce CRM Over Zoho

I finally did it: I've moved my contact database over to the web.  After extensive research of different CRM solutions (thanks BestVendor), we're working with Salesforce.com.  We also used Salesforce heavily at one of my prior companies, Circle of Experts.I've been a loyal Act user for my [...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]

Fundraising Hacks

The Founder Institute recently posted a video from a talk I gave a little while ago on Startup Fundraising Hacks. Although my focus in this talk is raising capital, the ideas and technologies I discuss will also help you in recruiting star developers, sales, and even dating. The talk is dated in [...continue reading]

Free Government Money for Your Company

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson discussed the role of government grants in helping launch tech companies. Fred is not a fan and argues that evaluating and aiding early-stage companies is not a core competency of government organizations. He concludes by asking his readers to look into grant programs [...continue reading]

The reality of Profitably raising money from angels and VCs in New York

Adam Neary wrote an unusually open post about his experience raising $1.1m for Profitably, a provider of small business analytics. (Disclosure: I'm a Mentor for Founder Institute. Adam was one of our star students from the first class in New York, when Profitably was just Adam, a Powerpoint, and a [...continue reading]

How to Raise Capital for Your Company

Next Monday, 12/13, I'll be presenting on "Best Practices in Raising Capital for Startups", as part of the last class in the Founder Institute's second program in New York. I welcome feedback on the draft slide deck, below. David Blumenstein (The Hatchery) and Adeo Ressi will also be there. [...continue reading]

Buying private companies on marketplaces of primary and secondary interests

Congratulations to the team at AxialMarket on raising $2m from First Round Capital and Windcrest Investments. I take this as a sign that they're starting to gain traction among corporations and private equity funds, despite the fact they're threatening the lunch of lower-tier business brokers and [...continue reading]

Raising Fund X: Trends in Private Equity Fundraising and Fund Evaluation

I enjoyed listening to a panel this morning sponsored by Broadgate Consultants on "Raising Fund "x": Trends in Private Equity Fundraising and Fund Evaluation."  My rough notes follow:   Panelists were:Dr. Oliver Gottschalg, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Business Policy, < [...continue reading]

Ten things you must do in your next investing pitch

Via Laura Athavale Fitton:"Just in time for Spring Pitching season and all the venture fairs coming up, we've published a pair of tip sheets for startups to make their pitches [...continue reading]

Raising Capital with Online Networks

We just posted the draft of an article we're working on about how to raise capital with online networks. We're particularly interested in more success stories about institutional investors who have used online networks to raise capital successfully.We welcome feedback!Here's the article: [...continue reading]

Burt Alimansky–Smart Networking

On March 9, I attended a talk on "Smart Networking?? by Burt Alimansky. Following are my notes. Burt gave his approval to distribute these notes. Smart Networking: How to Win New Clients, New Jobs, & New Friends - Burt Alimansky Harvard MBA '77, Managing Director, Alimansky Capital Group Inc.Mr. [...continue reading]