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Investing in Sharing

As a venture capitalist, you invest in the future. The deals that you make can’t be unmade, and those that you don’t might be huge successes under the guise of a competitor. Hindsight is the only way we can see clearly, and VCs must rely on their vision of the …

Blood, Sweat, and Living Out of Your Car

When someone signs on to start their own company, they dive into a pool of competitors that is very tough to swim out of. Deciding to be an entrepreneur requires hard work that will redefine hard work. It will be a while before the company takes off, and before it …

Term Sheets and Timing

After you’ve received interest from a few venture capitalists, you might feel on top of the world. And you have a reason to feel that way—these are smart, focused people whose job it is to find companies that have the potential to be the best. That means you’ve been doing …

Sink or Swim… Or Float

 Which came first—the venture capitalist or the company? This question is a lot easier to solve than the ages-old debate over the chicken and the egg. Yet lately entrepreneurs have forgotten the answer, tying the two together as inseparable organisms. Companies have been around since the dawn of civilization, when …

If You Build It

The question, “What does it take to make a successful company?” runs through every entrepreneur’s mind before he or she dives into the task. After all, anyone familiar with the sport of start-ups and finding investors knows that not all good ideas win. Some fall away despite their potential, just …

Google doing Business

With revenue of over 50 Billion, Google is now a major player in applications for everyone around the world. Google started in 1996 as a research project between Larry Page and Sergery Brin and has grown substantially since then. Google was finally founded in 1998 only two years past the initial research project that had …

VC Social Media Battle

By now you are aware of the social media boom that has been spreading like wildfire across the globe. Social media is making it easier and faster to communicate to people all over the globe. David Teten, a Partner with ff Venture Capital and Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New …

Entrepreneur & Leader: Richard Branson

Richard Branson founded Virgin in 1970 and it’s been growing ever since. When he first started Virgin he was only 20 years old and founded Virgin Record labels. Richard Branson wasn’t an honor student in high school and ended up dropping of Stowe School at age 16.  Surprisingly even though he dropped out of …