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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The Price of Staying Connected

The Price of Staying Connected

This immediately reminded me of a great talk(1) famed security researcher Moxie Marlinspike likes to give on the topic of using mobile phones and the “No Network Effect”. It boils down to the fact that it’s not a choice of whether or not you want to use a mobile phone but ...

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A Closer Look At The Quality Of Angel Returns Data

A Closer Look At The Quality Of Angel Returns Data

Every major study conducted to date has placed angel investors’ IRR between 18 and 38 percent, as summarized by my Partner John Frankel and Professor Robert Wiltbank in prior Techcrunch articles. The bad news: the data on angel returns has historically been difficult to obtain, analyze, verify, and therefore rely upon.

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Realizing Agile Email Marketing: The Future of Video, Content, and Context

Realizing Agile Email Marketing: The Future of Video, Content, and Context

Movable Ink was featured in ClickZ today. In an interview with veteran email marketing industry analyst David Daniels, our VP of Marketing Jordan Cohen explained the benefits of Agile Email Marketing, Movable Ink’s new Video in Email solution, and the impact of mobile on email marketing campaigns. Agile email marketing ...

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Taxation of Qualified Small Business Stock: Congress Offers a Large Benefit, if You Can Squeeze into a Small Window

Taxation of Qualified Small Business Stock: Congress Offers a Large Benefit, if You Can Squeeze into a Small Window

While tax planning should not be the determining factor in making an investment, it certainly should be a factor. That is why, for at least the past 18 months, we have considered the qualifying small business status of a company in which we are looking to invest. Two tax planning ...

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