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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 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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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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ffVC on CNBC, in Businessweek and in USA Today

ffVC on CNBC, in Businessweek and in USA Today

It was a big day for the venture capital and startup worlds on Wednesday, when the SEC officially voted to lift the ban on general solicitation. While much of the attention regarding this change in policy was devoted to the impact on hedge funds, ffVC partner John Frankel raised awareness of the game-changing consequences for venture capital funds and startups.

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Helping startups hit a home run, VC Style

Helping startups hit a home run, VC Style

Lots of venture capitalists claim to add value to the companies in which they invest. But how do they do it? And does it really produce better returns for their investors?

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Convertibles: great cars, bad vehicles

Convertibles: great cars, bad vehicles

Convertible notes (converts, convertibles) are a popular, but poor vehicle for the first investment round for a company. Many disagree. From an investor’s point of view, however, convertible notes rarely make sense, except to bridge to an existing investment at an inflection point into a much larger round.

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How Institutional Limited Partners Can Avoid Limited Returns

How Institutional Limited Partners Can Avoid Limited Returns

Having spoken with many limited partners, it is clear that there is a lack of access to the research out there that compares return generation from different venture classes and, in particular, compares angel returns with those of venture funds. I finally have had the time to collate the research we have found, and am happy to share it. This post is quite technical, but the bottom line is simple: angel-stage funds outperform.

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John Frankel at Dreamit Ventures Panel

John Frankel at Dreamit Ventures Panel

Last Friday, July 20th, John Frankel spoke to a panel of young Israeli Entrepreneurs as part of the Dreamit Ventures Israel program. As an experienced early stage investor, John gave advice and perspective to the eager team members participating in this highly selective program. Dreamit Israel gives a group of ...

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flashpoint Demo Day - January 18, 2012

flashpoint Demo Day - January 18, 2012

ff Venture Capital and HBS Angels of New York are happy to be co-sponsors of Flashpoint's upcoming New York Demo Day, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM, held at Union Square Ventures. Flashpoint is a startup accelerator program at Georgia Tech. Some of their portfolio companies ...

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