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Recap: ffVC's 5th Anniversary Party

Recap: ffVC's 5th Anniversary Party

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

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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:

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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.

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 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...

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 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.

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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 ...

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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.

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Engaged Twitter Users can boost TV Ratings

Engaged Twitter Users can boost TV Ratings

And while we're clearly able to see the rise of Social TV with the infiltration of social into the broadcast experience through hashtags, socially curated experiences and onscreen visualizations, there has never been a real statistical correlation between Ratings and Tweets...

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My ffVC Internship Experience: College, Entrepreneurship, and the Value of Ideas

My ffVC Internship Experience: College, Entrepreneurship, and the Value of Ideas

I love the charisma that I witness in entrepreneurs involved in building a company from nothing, and the sense of urgency fostered by the knowledge that each person's activity makes a difference in the future of that company. Entrepreneurship has come to represent ideas coming into fruition through smart strategy and clever branding. After working at ffVC, I have been invited into the world of people who don’t settle. And for this, I ...

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How to Think Like a Hacker, Even if You Can’t Code

How to Think Like a Hacker, Even if You Can’t Code

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page all have in common?

Yes, they’ve founded multi-billion dollar businesses with virtually no formal business training, with combined revenues of over $80 billion. But they are also former software engineers and hackers, an experience that undoubtedly taught them skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

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