Our Team Sweats the Details

Our Team Sweats the Details

I have been with ff Venture Capital almost since its inception in 2008. In that 5-year period, we have completed 143 investments in 60 companies, or one investment every 11.5 days. We have grown our firm from 2 of us in 2008 to 17 now. Our metrics put us in the top quartile in terms of returns as compared to similarly situated funds, and we are attracting exciting new investment opportunities every day.

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How a Hypothetical Founder just saved $3 million in Federal Taxes

How a Hypothetical Founder just saved $3 million in Federal Taxes

I have written before about the tax benefit to investors from investing in a Qualified Small Business. The fact sometimes gets lost, but a company founder is also eligible for the tax benefit of excluding a portion of his QSB gain when he sells his interest. (State and local tax rates vary.) Because the law places limits on the tax benefit, careful planning by a founder is required.

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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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Tax Credits for Startups in New York State

Tax Credits for Startups in New York State

As our federal and state government continue to worry about job creation, they're trying their best to promote entrepreneurship. Our CFO Alex Katz just sent out a memo to our portfolio, attached below, about 2 tax credits available to companies that do business in New York State. For background, we rarely ...

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Free Government Money for Startups

Free Government Money for Startups

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson discussed the role of government grants in helping launch tech companies. Fred is not a fan and argues that evaluating and aiding early-stage companies is not a core competency of government organizations. He concludes by asking his readers to look into grant programs available ...

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