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.
I have been spearheading the ff Venture Capital social media channels for a couple of years, and have learned many Do's and Don'ts that I want to share...
Everyone wants more users, yeah? So why do we limit ourselves to English speakers? Presumably because expanding to non-English markets is difficult, time-consuming,and therefore expensive. While that is very true when you consider a full-scale solution involving language, culture, writing conventions and regulatory compliance, we can start small in true Lean fashion.
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.
Silicon Alley is expanding, which makes our team here at ff Venture Capital very happy. We were recently briefed on a new initiative called the H.E.L.M program, which is designed to support businesses located in or moving to Lower Manhattan.
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.
There’s a war for young talent raging among America’s startups right now. All the best companies have booths at college job fairs, and help-wanted postings are sprouting like daisies on career websites. What this means is easy: if a startup wants to attract “A-list” candidates, it’s going to need the best recruiting tools around. The problem, of course, is that every other small business in America is using them too.
Accounting. Accruals. GAAP. These words are probably not the first things that pop up in the mind of a startup founder as he or she assembles a team, develops a product, acquires customers and runs a business. As CPAs, though, we believe that these and other related issues a should be treated as critically as any other business decision.