How to Prepare For and Run a Startup Board Meeting

How to Prepare For and Run a Startup Board Meeting

After spending quite a bit of time in board meetings, I worked with a NYU student team to prepare a template for board presentations to investors...

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How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids

How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids

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.

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 How to Judge a Startup Idea

How to Judge a Startup Idea

I periodically serve as a judge at pitch events for companies raising funding. I assess each company against ffVC's standard criteria for investing.

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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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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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The Search for the Best RSS Reader

The Search for the Best RSS Reader

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.

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