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Join us at Maker Faire September 29-30

My family and I are very excited to attend the upcoming New York Maker Faire, Sep. 29-30.  We’ll be there on Sunday, Sep. 30. This is an event created to showcase science projects, engineering, arts, crafts, and the do-it-yourself mindset.  It will at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  The [...continue reading]

Social Fortress publicly launches at TechCrunch Disrupt

Adam Ghetti, founder of our portfolio company Social Fortress and an expert in security, publicly presented Social Fortress for the first time at this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt Conference.  I met Adam and Social Fortress at the first Flashpoint Demo Day in New York earlier this year; ff became the [...continue reading]

Flashpoint Demo Day, September 13, at Union Square Ventures

HBS Alumni Angels of New York and ff Venture Capital are happy to be co-sponsors of Flashpoint's upcoming New York Demo Day, September 13, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM, held at Union Square Ventures.  Flashpoint is a startup accelerator program at Georgia Tech. Some of their portfolio companies look very [...continue reading]

8/7: The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space

The "Thought Leaders in Business" series at the Yale Club of New York is hosting me on August 7 for a presentation on "The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”.  I'll discuss how investors and entrepreneurs can identify opportunities to build great businesses. [...continue reading]

Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates

I really enjoyed participating in OCE Discovery (Canada's largest innovation conference). Some of our most exciting companies (500px, Interaxon) are in Canada. I've attached below the video and slide deck on Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates. [...continue reading]

Washington, DC May 24: HBS Angels/VCs and Creating Portfolio Company Value

I hope you can join me in Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 24, 2012, 5:30 PM To 8:30 PM for a talk and event sponsored by the HBS Club of Washington, DC.  RSVP required; No money can be taken at door As I've previously blogged, I will soon publish the first formal study of best practices of VCs [...continue reading]

Developers of NYC Startup Tour to Visit ff Venture Capital

After work on April 18, thirty-five curious developers will visit the ff Venture Capital offices to learn about our fund and listen to technical talks by the founders and technical experts of Parsely and Movable Ink.  If you'd like to join them, contact Skillfer ASAP; there may still be some [...continue reading]

Visit to Case Foundation and Startup America

On February 16, I visited Washington, DC, where I attended an HBS Club of DC lunch on the Case Foundation and Startup America. Michael Smith, leader of the Social Innovation team at the Case Foundation, introduced the Foundation as a non-profit started in 1997 by Steve Case (AOL co-founder) and [...continue reading]

Flashpoint Demo Day, January 18, at Union Square Ventures

ff Venture Capital and HBS Angels of New York are happy to be co-sponsors of Flashpoint's upcoming New York Demo Day, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM, held at Union Square Ventures.  Flashpoint is a startup accelerator program at Georgia Tech. Some of their portfolio companies look [...continue reading]

Online Dating is the Future of Your Business

I gave a talk today as part of TEDx Silicon Valley on "Online Dating is the Future of Your Business". Here's the video and an expanded version of the slide deck. In the talk I discuss how some of the successful online dating startups are models for new businesses, many of which in various ways [...continue reading]

Applications now open for ERA January 2012 class!

Applications are now open for the January 2012 class ERA class; Application deadline is November 20th, 2011. Benefits: * Get a $25,000 investment for your startup * 3 months of free collaborative office space in the heart of NYC at Times Square (January 9th, 2012 - March 30th, 2012) * 200+ [...continue reading]

Corporations speak: How I think about buying your startup

I’m kicking off a new series on this blog: detailed notes on events of interest to the investing and technology community.  Conrad Wadowski, Business Development at Xamtech, is initiating  with his detailed notes on the inaugural panel of the new Enterprise Tech Meetup.  Livestream video [...continue reading]

ER Accelerator Demo Day–10 great companies

This morning, we attended a very high quality demo day hosted by Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, where ten companies pitched their ideas.  (Disclosure: John Frankel and I are mentors.)  This is the first session of the ER Accelerator, and they did a highly professional job.  The companies were [...continue reading]

Disruptive Companies in Asset Management

We recently hosted an idea dinner on "Disruptive Companies in the Asset Management Industry". The most attractive industries to disrupt are highly profitable ones, and asset management is traditionally a highly profitable industry. IMHO, the most successful disrupters in this area to date have [...continue reading]

Notes from PluggedIn Ventures Real Time Data, Content, & Analytics Roundtable

Gregory Sanzone, an intern at Parse.ly, took details notes on today's Real Time Data, Content, & Analytics Roundtable, hosted by PluggedIn Ventures. Real Time Data Real time data is valuable in two ways, mainly. The first is that it crudely allows content providers to recognize spikes in [...continue reading]

Inaugural Investor Day @ FinTech Innovation Lab

This is a guest post from our intern Franklin Bi . On Friday morning, I witnessed another volley of shots being fired from New York City at Palo Alto during FinTech Innovation Lab's Inaugural Investor Day. The Lab is a collaboration between the New York City Investment Fund and Accenture, with [...continue reading]

New VC/Tech Meetup for Parents of Pre-Teen Kids

ff Venture Capital is launching a periodic Meetup for people who work in the innovation community and who are parents of pre-teen children. Our Venture Partner Michael Yavonditte (father of a 2-year-old) and I (girls ages 6, almost 4, and 8 months) are leading this. We envision organizing activities [...continue reading]

FinTech Innovation Lab Launch Event – June 2, 2011

The new FinTech Innovation Lab, an annual program run by the New York City Investment Fund and Accenture, had their launch event on Thursday night. It attracted a very high quality crowd of senior executives from major investment banks and members of the innovation community --- two groups that [...continue reading]