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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]

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]

Internship Opportunities at ff Venture Capital

  ffVC is looking for interns.  Specifically, we are looking for an intern to join our team to finish out the Summer and transition into the Fall.  We are looking for Fall and Spring interns as well.  If you're interested in learning more about venture capital, or our fast-growing [...continue reading]

Finalist Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Named in VCAP Program

HBS Angels of NY and the NAIC have named the finalist women and minority entrepreneurs of the Venture Capital Access Program; check out the press release below.  If you're from a major media outlet, please contact me to attend as a guest the pitch night in midtown Manhattan on June 27. Harvard [...continue reading]

HBS Alumni Angels assets for investing in women and minority-led startups

Harvard Business School is featuring an article about the Venture Capital Access Program on the website of the U.S. Competitiveness project. In the article, I discuss why we think that smart early-stage investors should target women and diverse entrepreneurs, and why we think HBS Alumni Angels in [...continue reading]

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

We are in the midst of two great disruptions to American business: the internet’s ongoing disruption of most traditional industries: finance, healthcare, retail, finance, fashion, etc. the shift of America to a majority minority country by 2050. Any company that aspires to maintain a [...continue reading]

More Cash for Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding, and Indiegogo

As Steve Case has said, it’s ridiculous that anyone can gamble and be guaranteed to lose money, but there are strict regulations around who can invest in early-stage private companies and earn (in some cases) a 27% IRR on their capital. * The Entrepreneurs Access to Capital Act helps to redress [...continue reading]

Personal Training in Your Hallways

Personal trainer Jake Koenig reached out to us to request to run a minimum viable product trial of his in-office fitness training service.  We’re always glad to help entrepreneurs, and we are a bit obsessed with making our fitness office even more effective, so more than half of our office [...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]

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]

Applications now open for ERA January 2012 class!

Applications are now open for the January 2012 class ERA class; Application deadline is November 20th, 2011. Benefits: * Get a $25,000 investment for your startup * 3 months of free collaborative office space in the heart of NYC at Times Square (January 9th, 2012 - March 30th, 2012) * 200+ [...continue reading]

Tax Credits for Startups in New York State

As our federal and state government continue to worry about job creation, they're trying their best to promote entrepreneurship.  Our CFO Alex Katz just sent out a memo to our portfolio, attached below, about 2 tax credits available to companies that do business in New York State. For background, [...continue reading]

ER Accelerator Demo Day–10 great companies

This morning, we attended a very high quality demo day hosted by Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, where ten companies pitched their ideas.  (Disclosure: John Frankel and I are mentors.)  This is the first session of the ER Accelerator, and they did a highly professional job.  The companies were [...continue reading]

Notes from PluggedIn Ventures Real Time Data, Content, & Analytics Roundtable

Gregory Sanzone, an intern at Parse.ly, took details notes on today's Real Time Data, Content, & Analytics Roundtable, hosted by PluggedIn Ventures. Real Time Data Real time data is valuable in two ways, mainly. The first is that it crudely allows content providers to recognize spikes in [...continue reading]

Inaugural Investor Day @ FinTech Innovation Lab

This is a guest post from our intern Franklin Bi . On Friday morning, I witnessed another volley of shots being fired from New York City at Palo Alto during FinTech Innovation Lab's Inaugural Investor Day. The Lab is a collaboration between the New York City Investment Fund and Accenture, with [...continue reading]

New VC/Tech Meetup for Parents of Pre-Teen Kids

ff Venture Capital is launching a periodic Meetup for people who work in the innovation community and who are parents of pre-teen children. Our Venture Partner Michael Yavonditte (father of a 2-year-old) and I (girls ages 6, almost 4, and 8 months) are leading this. We envision organizing activities [...continue reading]

FinTech Innovation Lab Launch Event – June 2, 2011

The new FinTech Innovation Lab, an annual program run by the New York City Investment Fund and Accenture, had their launch event on Thursday night. It attracted a very high quality crowd of senior executives from major investment banks and members of the innovation community --- two groups that [...continue reading]