Thankful for a Strong Community

Thankful for a Strong Community

Much has been written about the growing tech presence in New York City over the last two years. Depending on what you read, the scene is “infectious”, “heating up” or it’s just flat out “exploded.” There is certainly an air of optimism here that is unlike many other cities, and a level of innovation that is ushering in a new era of digital media and online interaction. All of this is good news.

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John on CNBC Squawk Box

John on CNBC Squawk Box

ffVC Partner John Frankel appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning to discuss InteraXon's new headset, Muse, as well as how disruptors in the portfolio are carrying forward the content revolution. He used GameSalad (a platform for designing video games by dragging and dropping objects rather than writing code) and ...

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Crowdfunding Lightning Fast after Hurricane

Crowdfunding Lightning Fast after Hurricane

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it’s once again apparent how ill-prepared we can be in the face of nature’s violent (and rapidly changing) powers. Even New York, one of the world’s greatest cities, was brought to its knees in just a matter of hours.

Our increasing lack of ability to predict and prepare for earth’s bizarre weather has also accelerated the speed with which we must react to its devastating ...

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NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Weekend - THIS WEEKEND

NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Weekend - THIS WEEKEND

Over the last few years, the NY technology sector has blossomed and flourished. Now Hurricane Sandy has delivered a serious blow to our home city - the city where we've chosen to build, code, and grow our businesses. The NY Tech community has stepped up and collaborated across different organizations ...

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Should You Base Your Hiring Decisions on Accomplishments or Potential?

Should You Base Your Hiring Decisions on Accomplishments or Potential?

"Potential" is a word recruiting analysts use to describe job candidates who have the talent to become top performers but who aren't guaranteed to make full use of their abilities. So what does a company do? Hire an unproven talent who might be the next Steve Jobs, or select an ...

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 Is “Big Data” the Wrong Term?

Is “Big Data” the Wrong Term?

It’s likely that, like myself, you have heard again and again about “big data“, its 3 V’s, and the Hadoop brand. Yes, volume, velocity, and variety of data are making it difficult to use traditional data solutions like BI cubes, relational databases, and bespoke data pipelines. The world needs new superheroes like Hadoop, NoSQL, NewSQL, DevOps, etc. to solve our woes.

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Contextual Learning: Make it relevant to your users

Contextual Learning: Make it relevant to your users

From the start, Voxy’s goal has been to make learning another language as effective and engaging as possible, using empirically established principles of instructed language acquisition and distance learning. Over the past two years, we’ve continued to learn what makes for great content and activities, and we’ve iterated on our product over and over again to continually improve the user experience. We offer our learners actual news articles and popular music, and ...

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Opportunities for Students to Work with ff (Graduate and Undergrad)

Opportunities for Students to Work with ff (Graduate and Undergrad)

ffVC frequently works with students as a research sponsor or startup matchmaker. We are currently also seeking a team to develop two domain names we own or have an interest in, patents.com and alerts.com. If you’d like to work with us, please apply via ffvc.com/careers.

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How Institutional Limited Partners Can Avoid Limited Returns

How Institutional Limited Partners Can Avoid Limited Returns

Having spoken with many limited partners, it is clear that there is a lack of access to the research out there that compares return generation from different venture classes and, in particular, compares angel returns with those of venture funds. I finally have had the time to collate the research we have found, and am happy to share it. This post is quite technical, but the bottom line is simple: angel-stage funds outperform.

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Crowdfunding: A Perfect Time To Practice Customer Service

Crowdfunding: A Perfect Time To Practice Customer Service

In October, our team at InteraXon was thrilled to launch an IndieGoGo campaign for our new headband Muse. Muse is a flexible 4-sensor brainwave sensing headband that will allow you to do more with your mind than ever thought possible. Along with Muse, we've built useful applications and personalized exercises ...

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