An Insider’s Guide to SXSW Interactive

An Insider’s Guide to SXSW Interactive

South by Southwest Interactive is only a few weeks away, and the buzz is building about an event that showcases Austin, TX as a tech mecca. More than 25,000 entrepreneurs, innovators, geeks and investors from around the world will crowd into downtown Austin for a week’s worth of panel discussions, speakers, competitions, networking events and more. You can see the full conference schedule here.

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March 3-6, Birmingham, AL: Alternative Investing Conference

March 3-6, Birmingham, AL: Alternative Investing Conference

This conference is an evolution of the Alternative Investment Roundup that the executives at SSBC designed, developed and ran each February in Arizona from 1997 through 2008. Each year the Arizona event attracted more than 130 Institutional Investors representing over $2 Trillion in investable assets.

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How a Hypothetical Founder just saved $3 million in Federal Taxes

How a Hypothetical Founder just saved $3 million in Federal Taxes

I have written before about the tax benefit to investors from investing in a Qualified Small Business. The fact sometimes gets lost, but a company founder is also eligible for the tax benefit of excluding a portion of his QSB gain when he sells his interest. (State and local tax rates vary.) Because the law places limits on the tax benefit, careful planning by a founder is required.

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ff MASSIVE: ffVC at SXSW

ff MASSIVE: ffVC at SXSW

Join us at SXSW on Saturday March 9th for ff MASSIVE. This year at SXSW ff Venture Capital is hosting a full day of off campus networking 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 ...

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What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Learning a new language can be difficult, but some languages can be trickier than others. For native English speakers, the difficulty level of a new language depends on a variety of factors. So which are the most difficult to learn? And which languages would you be able to master in under a year? View the infographic below to learn more.

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The Power of Saying NO!

The Power of Saying NO!

I did not come up with this phrase; I read it many years ago in a Harvard Business Review paper and remember it well. Many of my colleagues have heard me mention it over the years.

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Automating the Design Process at Voxy

Automating the Design Process at Voxy

As a company, we decided to take a look at 20-year old industry practices to see if we could find ways to improve upon them. Over the last couple of months, by using a mix of new ideas from other companies, as well as some of our very own ideas, we are doing just that. How are we doing it? Glad you asked.

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The biggest challenge of a startup founder

The biggest challenge of a startup founder

Everyone knows that startups are sexy. You make the rules, you get the money, glory and fame, press coverage, you name it. And while you have to work hard for this to happen — well, even harder than you ever thought you would — all is good in the end. Until it’s not.

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Convertibles: great cars, bad vehicles

Convertibles: great cars, bad vehicles

Convertible notes (converts, convertibles) are a popular, but poor vehicle for the first investment round for a company. Many disagree. From an investor’s point of view, however, convertible notes rarely make sense, except to bridge to an existing investment at an inflection point into a much larger round.

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Contently and Parse.ly selected for 2013 NYC Venture Fellows

Contently and Parse.ly selected for 2013 NYC Venture Fellows

Two ff Portfolio company founders, Sachin Kamdar, CEO of Parse.ly, and Shane Snow, CCO of Contently, have been selected for the 3rd class of NYC Venture Fellows, joining fellows from 28 other startups including Codeacademy, SideTour and Pencils of Promise. The highly-selective NYC Venture Fellows program is a collaboration between ...

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Mobile Advertising: Engagement Then Click-Throughs

Mobile Advertising: Engagement Then Click-Throughs

Dan Grigovici of AdMobius wrote an interesting article for AdExchanger recently that talked about the emergence of engagement. His article was written in response to the IAB’s newest report on Digital Ad Engagement and raised an interesting theory on the topic of measurement and optimization.

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 Four Things Congress Must Do To Fix America's Immigration Mess

Four Things Congress Must Do To Fix America's Immigration Mess

There is broad bipartisan agreement that America needs a legislative solution for our immigration policy that is truly “comprehensive.” Administrative “stroke of the pen” solutions from the executive branch can only go so far. The legislative arm of government can and should play the major role in immigration reform.

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Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

(David previously published this at Techcrunch.) Modern encryption systems are, in theory, exceptionally secure. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), for example, is so sophisticated that all known attacks are considered computationally infeasible. It is no surprise then, that the NSA considers 256-bit AES safe for storing top-secret data. What is ...

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Should CEOs Review Every New Hire?

Should CEOs Review Every New Hire?

Marissa Mayer seems to be single-handedly turning the corporate hiring world on its head. First, the new Yahoo! CEO made national headlines when she became one of the only pregnant women in history to be promoted to a top-level executive position at a publicly traded company. Now, she’s sent another shock wave through the HR industry with her announcement that she will personally be reviewing every new hire that Yahoo! makes.

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