Just the Basics: Social Media

Just the Basics: Social Media

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...

Read More

 Take Your Sites and Apps Global

Take Your Sites and Apps Global

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.

Read More

Pioneering a New Frontier for Venture Capital

Pioneering a New Frontier for Venture Capital

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.

Read More

Recap: ffVC's 5th Anniversary Party

Recap: ffVC's 5th Anniversary Party

Last night, ff Venture Capital celebrated our 5th Anniversary.

Read More

Apple picking and pumpkins galore: What ffVC is excited for this Fall

Apple picking and pumpkins galore: What ffVC is excited for this Fall

The weather has started to get cooler, the leaves are beginning to change colors, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks. It can only mean one thing....autumn is upon us.

Here at ffVC, our team is excited for the Fall season for a number of reasons:

Read More

Miami: A hot spot for venture capitalists

Miami: A hot spot for venture capitalists

A few weeks ago, I had my first-ever opportunity to visit the Miami startup ecosystem. I was visiting as part of Terrapinn Private Equity World, a leading private equity conference for the Latin American technology community. You might assume the event took place in Sao Paolo or Mexico City, but no, it was in Miami, and will be again in 2014.

Read More

 The Lower-Risk Startup: How Venture Capitalists Increase the Odds of Startup Success.

The Lower-Risk Startup: How Venture Capitalists Increase the Odds of Startup Success.

One of my responsibilities at ff Venture Capital is helping to accelerate value creation in our portfolio companies. I published the first research study on this topic in the Journal of Private Equity, peHub, Betabeat, and Techcrunch...

Read More

 Recruiting Hacks: Best Practices in Building an A-Player Team

Recruiting Hacks: Best Practices in Building an A-Player Team

I finally got around to posting the video from a Founder Institute class I taught earlier this year on Best Practices in Recruiting High Performers . Although I focused on recruiting technical talent, my points are applicable to recruiting in general. Feedback always welcome! I’ve also attached below the extended slide deck.

Read More

How to Hire a New Employee and Make Sure You Don’t End Up Firing Them

How to Hire a New Employee and Make Sure You Don’t End Up Firing Them

You just hired a new employee for $100K; congratulations!

Recruiting is expensive. You probably spent 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her (her recruiting cost ratio), and if she leaves early you’ll lose another 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her replacement. So how do you increase the odds that she says with you?

Last week, I wrote about how you can start a new job and not get fired. My concern here is the other ...

Read More

How To Add Powerful (and Legal) Images To Your Presentations

How To Add Powerful (and Legal) Images To Your Presentations

What do you remember better? Pictures or words?

The evidence is clear: people have better recall for images than text. Including attractive images that dramatize your speaking points will significantly increase your efficacy as a speaker.

Read More