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NY Tech Volunteers Needed – Help Out!

Hurricane Sandy has done some significant damage in NYC, and ff Venture Capital is looking for ways to help out.We currently have extra desks in our midtown office, and free wifi. If your company needs space to work during the next couple of days, we have spare desks. Please contact @ffvc for [...continue reading]

Free Video: How to Hack Your MBA

Evisors just posted the video from my recent webinar on "How to Hack Your MBA".Since 1992, I've been working on a book tentatively titled "Hack your Education: How to Squeeze Maximum Value from College or Graduate School". I've posted on my site the expanded slides from the webinar and a [...continue reading]

October 18, CT: HBS Panel on VC in Connecticut

I’ll be a panelist at a HBS Club of Connecticut/HBS Angels Venture Capital in Connecticut Panel Discussion and Cocktail Reception on October 18. The event will be held at the recently-established Stamford Innovation Center, of which fellow panelist Barry Schwimmer is Founder and Managing Partner. [...continue reading]

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 doorAs 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]

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]

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]