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Why this NY VC firm is investing in Canada

At our firm, ff Venture Capital, we didn’t aim to go to Canada, but ended up there anyway. We’re a New York based early-stage venture capital firm. Since 2011, we have invested in four Toronto-based startups as well as one Ottawa-based company, out of 60 active companies in our portfolio. In [...continue reading]

How to lose fat and gain muscle with venture capital

Both founders and researchers in healthcare are spending far too much of their energy in areas where they’re not going to make maximum impact. Most health problems are self-inflicted, but the innovation economy doesn’t reflect the power of preventive healthcare.  Dr. An Nguyen and I just completed [...continue reading]

Venture capital superheroes

CB Insights just included ffVC in 13 Micro VCs We’re Watching, along with a (highly inaccurate) superhero graphic.  CB Insights has become a very influential data source in the industry.  In fact, I recently had dinner with a well-known VC who said that he was surprised to see the CB Insights [...continue reading]

How ff Venture Capital works with universities and students

I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities.  Our main goals are: to understand the cutting edge of new disciplines; meet potential founders/employees; and also to help the broader technology [...continue reading]

Ultimate pushup videos / ffMASSIVE conference at SXSW

We’re now gearing up for the 2015 version of ffMASSIVE, ffVC’s annual conference as part of SXSW.  If you’d like to participate as a sponsor or in some other capacity, definitely please contact my colleague Katie Frankel, katie(at)ffvc.com !  Last year at ffMASSIVE, we held an on-stage pushup [...continue reading]

Raise capital with the skin you’re in: blunt truth from Don Charlton, Founder, JazzHR

How do you raise capital for your company when you’re not in the traditional social circles of the money people?  In particular, the VC industry is 76% white male and overwhelmingly straight; what if you do not fit into that bucket? I’m speaking on a panel this afternoon on fundraising for [...continue reading]

Why are venture capitalists (76% white men) ignoring the future?

Why do so many venture capitalists ignore the single best predictor of the future: demographics? Paul Graham, cofounder of Y Combinator, observes, “Many suspect that venture capital firms are biased against female founders. This would be easy to detect: among their portfolio companies, do startups [...continue reading]

Startup Grind interview (with vertical pushup)

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]

SXSW charity push-up competition, Sunday 1-2pm, Austin TX

Michael Gold challenged Jeff Pulver and me to a pushup contest for charity on stage at SXSW.  This rapidly escalated to a full-fledged Indiegogo campaign. So: Come challenge Ryan Armbrust, me, and some other team members Sunday 1-2pm at the ff MASSIVE pavilion,  Empire Control Room & Garage [...continue reading]

Meet people at SXSW … while working out and losing weight

Can you go to SXSW and stay in shape? South by Southwest (SXSW) is famous for a jam-packed schedule, infinite free food & drink, minimal sleep, and radical overstimulation.  It's not well known as a place to stay in shape. So before attending for my first time (finally!), I had to find a [...continue reading]

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]

How To Recruit A Great Designer For Your Company

ff Venture Capital just invested in Tackk, a new platform which allows you to creatively share anything on the web with no barriers to creation. The editing experience is amazingly simple.  Despite the robust capabilities, users can effortlessly create and style their pages without any learning [...continue reading]

Flashpoint New York Demo Day, Friday, June 14

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), ff Venture Capital, and The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York are once again co-sponsoring Flashpoint’s upcoming New York Demo Day, on Friday, June 14, 2013, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The event will be held at SUNY Global [...continue reading]

Ionic Security Raises $9.4m from Kleiner Perkins, Tech Operators, ff Venture Capital

I couldn’t be more excited to share that one of our portfolio companies, Ionic Security (formerly Social Fortress), has raised $9.4 million in Series A1 funding, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with TechOperators, Ken Levine, and Dr. Paul Judge also participating. Ted Schlein, general [...continue reading]

High Returns On A Small Fund Challenge Low Returns On A Big Fund

I previously posted this on Techcrunch. Let’s say you decide to invest in a VC fund.  Congratulations: you’re now supporting the least unpopular part of the investing industry.  That said, how do you avoid suffering the poor median returns the industry is known for? Assuming you have a large [...continue reading]

ff VC Massive Party at SXSW

Join my colleagues at ff VC at SXSW on Saturday March 9th for ff MASSIVE. ff VC is hosting a full day of off campus talks and meetups, followed by the most MASSIVE party SXSW has seen, ff MASSIVE. The meetups will feature 20+ ff Venture Capital portfolio companies incluing Social Fortress, [...continue reading]

ff Venture Capital Holiday Video 2012, with in-office workout

We would like to wish you Happy Holidays from ff Venture Capital! This video gives you a sense of our "fitness office" during the holidays. If you are not familiar with photography memes like "ff-ing", you might want to look at some related memes: planking, batmanning, and owling. There's [...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]