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Who is building the Renaissance Technologies of Private Markets?

The AIR Summit ("Alpha Innovation Required") just posted the video and slides from my keynote on, "Who is building the Renaissance Technologies of Private Markets?" (To see the video, please click the image below, and then click on the Play button.) I wrote a detailed paper on this here. [...continue reading]

Launch of Informa Family Office Forum

I’m happy to announce the launch of Informa’s Family Office Forum. Informa is a £2.4bn publicly traded international events, intelligence and scholarly research company, which owns SuperReturn, FundForum, RiskMinds, WealthManagement.com, and numerous other brands.  Informa produces over 1,000 [...continue reading]

Seeking CEO+team for VC-backed startup: Make America Functional Again

  Looking 4 entrepreneurial product mgr/biz-dev killer 4 a network-based service.. pre-launch, BIG equity, big peeps involved--ANY TIPS?? Do you want to make America functional again? Are you thinking of applying to Y Combinator without an idea? Do you have a great team at your [...continue reading]

How universities can help students and alumni work in the tech industry

“CEO is the new Analyst.” My former Partner John Frankel of ff Venture Capital observes that 20 years ago, the defining movie of the generation was “Wall Street”.  Everyone wanted to work in finance. But now, the defining movie of today’s twentysomethings is “The Social Network”. Everyone [...continue reading]

Why venture capitalists are investing in international startups

Why are more US VCs investing in international startups? Take a look at The Fortune Unicorn List: of the top 100 most valuable unicorns in 2016, 39 are currently based outside of the United States.  While fundraising of US VCs has dropped slowly as a percentage of global limited partner [...continue reading]

Diversity, why international startups love NY, and why NY VCs love international startups

 New York is now the second-most-active tech ecosystem in the US on all key metrics, after the Bay Area.  One of the drivers for that growth is that for European, Israeli, Latin American, and Eastern Canada-linked companies, the East Coast is much closer than California. New York venture [...continue reading]

First annual MENA Tech Summit launches in NY

When Harvard Business School’s Dean, Nitin Nohria, took office, he outlined five priorities to shape his agenda for the School during his tenure: curriculum Innovation, Intellectual ambition, Internationalization, Inclusion, and closer ties to the University (Integration).  At HBS Alumni Angels of [...continue reading]

Introduction to the New York fintech community

I recently met with a friend who’s a senior executive at a large investment management organization.  She said, “fintech is really interesting, but I don’t have a clue as to how to get started.”  So I shared with her my notes on who the players are in the ecosystem.  If there are additional players [...continue reading]

Multi-purpose workout room/playroom for crossfit, parkour, and gymnastics

  What is the best way to create maximum workout options in a New York apartment? I spent a fair amount of time researching the best system for the workout room/playroom in our new apartment, which we designed around fitness.  (“Playroom” really means “room for adults to work out in [...continue reading]

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 enterprise can learn from the innovation economy

One of the core functions of a VC is to identify the next generation of disruptive companies.  I presented last month to a Microsoft senior executive offsite on how large corporations can do the same, to inform their investing, M&A, and competitive intelligence.  My presentation was based on my [...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]

Design your company culture like the world’s largest hedge fund

Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, is a man after my own heart.  A few years ago he publicly set down his core Principles for living, managing, and investing.  Bridgewater uses these codified rules for recruiting, training, and most important, managing the [...continue reading]

Lose weight and get strong without leaving your house

My family and I are in the process of moving to another apartment, and we are thinking through how to design it to promote active living for us and our children.  Both at work and at home, we’re trying to make it as easy and natural as possible for people to raise their fitness level while going [...continue reading]

How to get world class experts to support your company

As the former CEO of a professional expert network, I’m a firm believer in the value of speedy access to relevant experts.  I was excited to see that GLG (formerly Gerson Lehrman Group), the industry leader, is now offering a professional network service geared to the needs of the startup community: [...continue reading]

HBS Alumni Angels NY accomplishments to date, and our new Chairman

 I’m happy to announce that Jason E. Klein, CEO of On Grid Ventures, will serve as the new Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY.  Jason is an experienced angel and company builder.  I’m shifting to “Chairman Emeritus” (an overly polysyllabic title).  I'll still be an [...continue reading]

How startups are disrupting financial technology

I participated in the Milken Institute Global Conference last week, for the first time.  It was very worthwhile, a chance to connect primarily with other investors (mostly public markets/private equity), and a range of other people (media, tech, academics, etc.)   I definitely recommend attending if [...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]