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How to Hack Your College or Graduate School Education

You're likely investing $20,000-$50,000/year, plus opportunity cost, to attend school.  How can you maximize the benefits of all the years and all the money that you are investing?I have a tentative answer.  Below is the outline of a book I’m writing tentatively titled, “How to Hack Your [...continue reading]

Seeking CEO+Cofounders for Spinoff of VC-Backed Startup, W. 36th St.

- Do you have a great team but your product just isn’t working? - Are you thinking of applying to Y Combinator without an idea? - Does your team want to quit your day jobs and really kick-off a company? - Would you like to have a salary from day one of your startup?If the answer is yes to any [...continue reading]

Startup idea: marketplace for business research and students seeking internships / experience

We're looking to spend money with a startup business: a marketplace for businesses which want consulting research and students who want jobs, internships and experience.Specifically, we want a website where we can advertise the research topics that are important to us (e.g., best practices of [...continue reading]

Valuing Startup Employee Options

This is the third of three blog posts on financial modeling for startups.  The first was on best practices in building financial models, and the second was a template financial model for a startup.I've often found it helpful to have on hand a simple model showing the impact of each financing [...continue reading]

Portfolio Company Spotlight: Identified

Job creation is political topic #1, so we have a particular interest in portfolio companies like Identified and TheResumator, which help match employers and job seekers.Identified launched its public beta last month.  Effectively, Identified gives you a score for your desirability as an [...continue reading]

For students interested in venture capital

If you are a student anywhere in the world seriously interested in venture capital, angel investing, and/or entrepreneurship, please consider working with us on your research papers. We're obsessed with research and data, and have a number of research topics we'd love to dig into with the right [...continue reading]

Our Lending Library Principles, and overdelivering on an assignment

One of the first steps I took when I joined ff Venture Capital was to launch a lending library (the original social media). It's a very cheap employee benefit and more important, a way to promote a culture of both learning and knowledge-sharing. I think every company would benefit by having a small [...continue reading]

I’m joining ff Venture Capital

I am delighted to announce that I'm joining ff Venture Capital as a Partner. Official blog post and more details here. In addition, Michael Yavonditte, CEO of Hashable, is joining as a Venture Partner.Since 1999, ff has made over 100 investments in over 35 companies, and from the beginning has [...continue reading]

Venture Capitalists and the Upside-Down Pyramid

In response to my post on VC's increasing use of operationally focused team members, HBS professor Noam Wasserman sent me an excerpt of his dissertation on 'The Venture Capitalist as Entrepreneur: The Characteristics and Dynamics Within VC Firms'. A key point he makes in this paper is that, "Most [...continue reading]

Earn More Consulting Revenue from Expert Networks

A number of friends have asked me how to increase the amount of money they're earning as consultants from the major expert networks, eg., Atheneum Partners, AlphaSights, Dialectica, CAPVision, Coleman Research Group, GLG, Guidepoint, Insight Alpha, Lynk Global, Maven Research, Kingfish Group [...continue reading]

The Speed of Trust Review

A while ago I read Stephen M.R. Covey's book, The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything . As you would guess, Stephen M.R. is the son of Dr. Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the extremely influential book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The heritage shows. Speed of Trust [...continue reading]

International investment banks expanding and hiring in America

I enjoyed listening to Wednesday's panel discussion of the Harvard Business School Club of New York on Three International Investment Banks Expanding (and Hiring!) in New York. It was off the record, so unfortunately I can't share my notes. In organizing the panel, my colleagues and I developed [...continue reading]

Invitation to NYC July 14 Private Dinner: How Operating CEOs Can Work with Private Equity Funds

How Operating CEOs Can Work with Private Equity Funds Gain insight into how you can work with private equity funds at a private dinner. Sponsors: Castle Harlan (leading private equity fund, with $3 billion in cumulative assets managed) CEO Trust (invitation-only group for CEOs of [...continue reading]

Underleveraged talent pool: the unemployed and underemployed

Lately, I have been thinking about the unemployed and underemployed as a pool of talent. I'd argue they are one of the most undertapped economic segments.  Of the global working population, 6.3% is unemployed.  In the US, the long-term unemployed are better educated, older, and more likely to be [...continue reading]

Jobs for the autistic/creating a new business

I recently learned about an entrepreneur with a very clever business model: Thorkil Sonne, founder of Danish software testing company Specialisterne.  The 55-person firm's clients include CSC, Microsoft, and Oracle. Specialisterne claims to be the world's first company focused on leveraging the [...continue reading]

A Career in Hedge Funds and the Price of Overcrowding

I am prone to agree with Robert Frank's argument in A Career in Hedge Funds and the Price of Overcrowding.  "[The market for hedge fund talent] is what economists call a winner-take-all market - essentially a tournament in which a handful of winners are selected from a much larger field of [...continue reading]

Jibber Jobber

Jason Alba at JibberJobber added a JibberJobber profile to the Virtual Handshake social software company wiki. Barbara Safani writes,A successful job search campaign requires exceptional organizational and follow-up skills. Jibber Jobber provides an easy to use interface that takes the drudgery [...continue reading]

Execunet Webinar: Consulting Opportunities with Hedge Funds, VC Funds, and Others

I hope that some of you will join us for the program below. CONSULTING OPPORTUNITIES WITH HEDGE FUNDS, PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS, MUTUAL FUNDS AND OTHERS Webinar with David Teten, Co-Managing Director, Nitron Circle of Experts Friday, June 08, 2007, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST Sponsored by Execunet, [...continue reading]