I am very proud and excited to join the ff Venture Capital team as Senior Counsel. I have spent the last eight years practicing corporate law with a focus on advising entrepreneurial clients and early-stage investors on a full range of general corporate, transactional and securities law matters.
We are officially in ice skating and candy cane mode, and here at the ffVC office, our team has been talking about what they want for the holidays, what they are thankful for, and all of the winter activities they are looking forward to participating in:
New York City is blanketed with snow, and boy, is it cold outside. And since most of us just want to be inside, ffVC and our portfolio companies want to spread some additional warmth and holiday cheer!
I spoke at Womensphere a few weeks ago, a conference centered around empowering women and girls. I discussed my family’s approach to raising entrepreneurial kids, and some parallels to ffVC’s approach to supporting our portfolio entrepreneurs.
This week, one of our employees shared a story with us to which we thought everyone could relate. Here is his tale:
As a Southerner, the Fall and Winter seasons in New York City are a little difficult for me to get through each year. Now that November is officially here, and we’ll be seeing much less of the sun, I want to share some of the things that get me through those chilly afternoons and evenings.
I periodically serve as a judge at pitch events for companies raising funding. I assess each company against ffVC's standard criteria for investing.
I have been spearheading the ff Venture Capital social media channels for a couple of years, and have learned many Do's and Don'ts that I want to share...
Everyone wants more users, yeah? So why do we limit ourselves to English speakers? Presumably because expanding to non-English markets is difficult, time-consuming,and therefore expensive. While that is very true when you consider a full-scale solution involving language, culture, writing conventions and regulatory compliance, we can start small in true Lean fashion.
It is a new era, and venture capital is at a crossroads. The old way of doing business is being challenged, and no more so than on the investing and fundraising sides. Over the next five years, the entire industry will be transformed, and everyone in the ecosystem will be affected. Some will lead, some will follow and some will fall by the wayside.