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The Klout Story

The Klout Story

In November 2009, I met a young man named Joe Fernandez. A good friend of mine, Michael Yavonditte, told me Joe was working on something intriguing and that I had to meet him. Joe came to ff Venture Capital with the idea for a business that would measure and quantify...

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 All ffVC wants for the Holidays is...

All ffVC wants for the Holidays is...

We are officially in ice skating and candy cane mode, and here at the ffVC office, our team has been talking about what they want for the holidays, what they are thankful for, and all of the winter activities they are looking forward to participating in:

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 Celebrate the Holidays with the ffVC Countdown Calendar

Celebrate the Holidays with the ffVC Countdown Calendar

New York City is blanketed with snow, and boy, is it cold outside. And since most of us just want to be inside, ffVC and our portfolio companies want to spread some additional warmth and holiday cheer!

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 What would you do?

What would you do?

This week, one of our employees shared a story with us to which we thought everyone could relate. Here is his tale:

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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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 Congratulations, Infochimps!

Congratulations, Infochimps!

We would like to congratulate our portfolio company Infochimps for being acquired by the Computer Science Corporation (CSC).

Infochimps is an Austin-based company that indexes and connects big data publicly available on the web, and makes it searchable through a variety of formats. Using an innovative cloud service, Infochimps accommodates Big Data environments to rapidly deliver analytics and intelligence. In a blog post written by CEO Jim Kaskade, he states that "The Infochimps’ Big Data ...

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Eat your own dog food

Eat your own dog food

Why founders need to eat their own dog food and be on the front lines of nearly everything.

Big corporations are failing. They are failing slowly, but it’s easy to see how smaller, ‘scrappy’ startups are eating their lunch. It’s easier to be small. It’s easy to see the mistakes of the Big C, and easy enough to create and sell the product that is closer to the customer.

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Congratulations Omek Interactive!

Congratulations Omek Interactive!

Today was a big day for one of ffVC's portfolio companies, Omek Interactive....

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 Getting Started with Paid Acquisition

Getting Started with Paid Acquisition

Over the course of my time here at HowAboutWe, I’ve learned a simple truth: paid acquisition — done well and for the right product — provides a relatively predictable and controllable way to acquire users. Success in this field requires a comprehensive understanding of your customers, creativity...

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Do You Live in a Smartphone State or Desktop State?

Do You Live in a Smartphone State or Desktop State?

Do you live in a smartphone state or desktop state? Some U.S. states have adopted smartphones more broadly than others – especially when it comes to the web’s most popular activity: checking email....

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