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Our Partners are experienced entrepreneurs who work closely with our portfolio. We have founded and built a range of businesses both as stand-alone startups and on the Goldman Sachs platform. We offer a wide array of services to support our portfolio companies:
Our dedicated finance and accounting team provides a range of financial services to portfolio companies at cost, including: accounts payable/expenses tracking; accounts receivable/revenue tracking; payroll; general ledger; management reporting; and annual tax and financial reporting. In addition to relieving our companies of a time-consuming burden, this also gives us deep insight into their status and an improved ability to help them plan for the future. We have yet to meet an entrepreneur who is excited to run the accounting for his or her business.
Our proprietary network of mentors and consultants work with portfolio companies on an as-needed basis, as unpaid mentors, consultants, board members, and interim executives.
Continuous Process Improvement
See our conference presentations and classes and blog for practical advice on how to build your company. We have invested extensive time, effort, and money in identifying best practices for the disciplines necessary to grow a startup, including market research, product development, raising capital, financial modeling and valuation, product monetization and business models, managing your board, legal strategy, PR, recruiting and management, and sales and marketing. We periodically hold private workshops for portfolio companies on these topics, led by our team and sometimes outside experts. We also suggest reviewing our curated links on entrepreneurship in general, building an internet startup, selecting a VC, and the New York innovation community.
We have strong relationships with later-stage venture capitalists who will be important financing partners for you in future funding rounds. We often assist in strategy, negotiation, and execution of future financings.
We have partnered with over 40 (and growing) service providers specializing in the startup community, including providers of legal advice, development services, testing, infrastructure, public relations, and recruiting. These companies have agreed to provide discounted services to ff portfolio companies.
Using TheResumator platform, we promote open positions at our portfolio companies on our Jobs page. Further, we assist in sourcing, recruiting, and hiring the talent needed to help our companies grow.
Portfolio companies can also use our 5,000 square foot "fitness office" as permanent or temporary office space.
Through the ff Founders community and our periodic idea dinners, our portfolio CEOs can tap one another for answers to difficult questions. The people who know the most about building great companies are our portfolio CEOs.
Access to Leading Universities
Our portfolio companies leverage our relationships with leading universities for interns, employees, research projects, and marketing.