Georgia Tech Flashpoint Accelerator Demo Day, June 11, 2014

Georgia Tech Flashpoint Accelerator Demo Day, June 11, 2014

For the third year in a row, ffVC is co-sponsoring the New York Demo Day for Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint Accelerator. Great companies like Ionic Security, one of our portfolio companies, have come through Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint Accelerator.

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Convertible Note or Equity?  Practicing Law Institute Webinar

Convertible Note or Equity? Practicing Law Institute Webinar

The Practising Law Institute hosted Dror Futter of SorinRand and me for a webinar last week on “Before Series A – Convertible Note and Series Seed Funding for Startups”...

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SXSW Push-up Competition for Charity, Sunday 1-2pm in Austin TX

SXSW Push-up Competition for Charity, Sunday 1-2pm in Austin TX

Michael Gold challenged Jeff Pulver and me to a pushup contest for charity on stage at SXSW. This rapidly escalated to a full-fledged Indiegogo campaign.

So: Come challenge Ryan Armbrust, me, and some other team members Sunday 1-2pm at the ff MASSIVE pavilion, Empire Control Room & Garage (606 E 7th St, Austin, TX) Sunday, March 9...

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Meet People At SXSW ... While Working Out And Losing Weight

Meet People At SXSW ... While Working Out And Losing Weight

South by Southwest (SXSW) is famous for a jam-packed schedule, infinite free food & drink, minimal sleep, and radical overstimulation. It’s easy to go into sensory overload. That’s not a a great outcome for people who leave the festivities, barely feeling alive. So before attending for my first time (finally!), I had to find a solution to keep my training routine on track....

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 Where are the Deals? How VCs Identify the Next Generation of Startups

Where are the Deals? How VCs Identify the Next Generation of Startups

You’ve probably read dozens of articles about how to raise capital from venture capitalists. However, as a VC fund, we have the opposite problem: how do we find companies in which to invest?

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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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