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.
I periodically serve as a judge at pitch events for companies raising funding. I assess each company against ffVC's standard criteria for investing.
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.
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...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Google terminated Google Reader on July 1st, leaving many former users looking for a worthy replacement. I still don’t fully understand why Google is losing its control over the center of information dissemination for so many press and other honeybee influencers, but so be it. Luckily, many alternatives have stepped up in the aftermath of Google’s announcement.
A good domain name can catch attention, biasing people to prefer your company over competitors, and making it easy to reach the website if and when they decide to use it. A bad domain name can sink you. Like a storefront and location in the offline world, your domain name is the very first vehicle by which potential investors/customers/employees evaluate your company before they even engage.