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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]

May 26- Capital Roundtable Deal Sourcing Conference

The Capital Roundtable is holding a MasterClass May 26 on "Best Practices for Sourcing Quality Deal Flow & Developing New Business for Private Equity Funds", and I'm honored to be one of the speakers. The conference is being chaired by Bob Fitzsimmons, of High Road Capital Partners. It's in [...continue reading]

The reality of Profitably raising money from angels and VCs in New York

Adam Neary wrote an unusually open post about his experience raising $1.1m for Profitably, a provider of small business analytics. (Disclosure: I'm a Mentor for Founder Institute. Adam was one of our star students from the first class in New York, when Profitably was just Adam, a Powerpoint, and a [...continue reading]

The Future of America’s Innovation Economy- Progress and Challenges at the USPTO

Image via Wikipedia I took fairly detailed notes at last night's panel on 'The Future of America's Innovation Economy Progress and Challenges at the USPTO'. It was sponsored by The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology; Seton Hall University School of Law; and the New Jersey [...continue reading]

Social Media Week panel-News Dissemination in a Social Finance World

I enjoyed today's panel at Social Media Week, with Paul Murphy of the Financial Times, presenting FT Tilt, followed by a panel on "News Dissemination in a Social Finance World". Howard Lindzon was a highly entertaining moderator. Twitter tag for discussion: #SMWFT FT Tilt is a new [...continue reading]

How the Networked Economy is Changing the Deal Origination ROI Paradigm

Peter Lehrman of AxialMarket posted this must-read Powerpoint on the evolution of private equity deal sourcing. I definitely agree with the points he makes here. Most interesting are his estimates of the cost for different methods of deal sourcing. We discuss in more depth a lot of these ideas in [...continue reading]

How to Raise Capital for Your Company

Next Monday, 12/13, I'll be presenting on "Best Practices in Raising Capital for Startups", as part of the last class in the Founder Institute's second program in New York. I welcome feedback on the draft slide deck, below. David Blumenstein (The Hatchery) and Adeo Ressi will also be there. [...continue reading]