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Consumer Behavior Post-COVID: What do the data say?

The HBS Club of NY just hosted a discussion Wednesday led by Drop Technologies' CEO, Derrick Fung, on "Consumer behavior post-COVID: What do the data say?" I'm an investor (via both HOF Capital and ff Venture Capital) in Drop. Check out the video. Derrick discusses what Drop has learned and what [...continue reading]

How Israel and the Arab World Connect Through Technology

One of the greatest missed opportunities in Middle East business is no longer going to be missed. Back in July, I wrote an essay in Geektime on "The Anti-Israel BDS Movement Will Fail". Little did I know how quickly that would prove true! Many Israeli companies build technologies which could [...continue reading]

The Anti-Israel BDS Movement Will Fail

The BDS movement is ineffective, because it cannot achieve its goals, given the reach of Israeli tech. BDS has succeeded in hurting Israel’s reputation, but it has so far failed in its core goal, economic damage.  The BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) is a global attempt [...continue reading]

New video: Private equity origination best practices

A few weeks ago I presented on "Where Are the Deals? Best Practices of Private Equity Funds in Origination" at the Wells Fargo SBIC Symposium, an event for their portfolio funds.  I focused on using technology for sourcing.  I've posted below the video and slide deck. VIDEO DECK   [...continue reading]

Let Your Freak Flag Fly: A Eulogy for my Father

My father, Jean Teten, passed away Monday, December 9, at age 90. He was far ahead of his time, and simultaneously out of time.  Dad was born in Paris in 1929. His father told him, “If you learn a trade with your hands, you can work anywhere in the world. If you get a degree, you can only work in [...continue reading]

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]

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]