Early stage venture capitalist. Love working with energetic entrepreneurs working to change the world.
As an early investor in CSOD I can tell you that Adam Miller is the real deal and this company has a long way to go.
1 week ago on Lessons from a rare $2 billion LA tech win: “I was competing with both hands tied behind my back”
@John Hazlewood Codes are all well and fine, but would you not like to know who entered, when and only during the period they are authorized.
1 week, 4 days ago on Life after “Shark Tank” — The real story of how UniKey finally came to market
Very excited to start using Kevo.
1 week, 5 days ago on ff Venture Capital - Ditch your keychain for the Kwikset Kēvo – turns your smarphone into an electronic key!
@jrmyhdgs Good observation. Our view is that best of breed point solutions win if they have the right API's with the right vendors. The current state-of-the art home automation systems are a UI disaster. Ultimately, your question boils down to whether I have one app that has tabs for security, lighting, HVAC etc. or one app for each: i.e. minimal difference. Our investment in UniKey was based on the deep technology stack and complexity involved that has been simplified so average people can love it. You have to see it to believe it, and unfortunately I have that advantage here over you...but only for a couple of months ;)
2 weeks ago on Life after “Shark Tank” — The real story of how UniKey finally came to market
@idsigs I would like to find one too. ;)
1 month ago on The Future of Human Resources
I think the article should say ff Venture Capital and not Venture capital ~ I just suspect so ;)
2 months, 1 week ago on AngelList helps Distil Networks raise $200K in under a week
@jpgallo It all depends on the circumstances, but when it is being used to bridge (sic.) during a period of high growth we have not seen it cause a signaling issue.
3 months, 1 week ago on ff Venture Capital - Convertibles: great cars, bad vehicles
Check out $CSOD. They have been attacking the talent management space for over a decade and are growing revenues 60% a year for the past 6 years servicing large corporations and government to address these specific issues. The crazy thing is no one seems to know about the company. Stock up over 60% last year and over 10% year to date. The ROI from using the $CSOD platform is obscene for large companies ~ thus the massive adoption rate. Over 10,3mm seats at the end of Q3 2012 and could get to 20mm seats by the end of this year.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Future of Human Resources
Best practice has to be to get ahead of these issues.
5 months ago on ff Venture Capital - Is Your App Next? Major Airline Sued For Mobile Privacy Violations - Cover Your Apps Today!
Wishing you some festive fun and happy, healthy and prosperous 2013.
5 months, 1 week ago on ff Venture Capital - Happy Holidays from ff Venture Capital - 2012
Wishing everyone happy holidays and a happy, health and prosperous 2013.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://127.0.0.1:8000/about/holiday2011/
5 months, 2 weeks ago on ff Venture Capital - Thankful for a Strong Community
Sarah: love to get your comparative on NY vs. SF re culture.
My latest conversation: Any.Biz Has Moved!
6 months ago on Bitching and hard work aside, any entrepreneur in the Valley has a lot to be thankful for
We are excited to have Moveline join our growing portfolio of companies (http://ffvc.com/companies/) and really think that not only is the team on to something really amazing, but also that they are a great team. Fred and Kelly are the real deal and in the short time we have got to know them proven to us that they have the ability to grow an amazing company. We also are excited to be investing along side such a great group of successful investors.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Moveline raises $1.5 million to deal with moving companies (so you never have to)
I have ordred my headset and really excited to see this product in commercial production. One of the coolest things ever.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on ff Venture Capital - Muse – See how your brain is performing in real time!
Well said. Though, in a few years you will regret pointing out "there’s never a line at the ladies’ room" as I think that will change. We are certainly seeing more women led Startups and have over 10% of our companies with female CEO's or founders. Clearly under-represented, but I suspect the number will increase over time given the accessibility of technology and an increased awareness that folk like yourself are bringing.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on ff Venture Capital - A call to Women CEOs: Participate!
@Sarah Lacy the micro-funding of research for specific diseases will bring out the charlatans, but overall the connectedness, as you indicate, is what makes these types of campaigns so powerful.
7 months, 1 week ago on How crowdfunding and avenging Steve Jobs could unlock a new way to fund life sciences
Most startups are mono-cultured to their detriment. It is tough, but you need to build a series of cultures in a firm, from Ops to engineering to sales. The transition from initial mono-culture to multi-culture is one of the toughest but most satisfying (and necessary) in the life of a successful company.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on ff Venture Capital - Beyond Engineering: the Silicon Valley "Ops Team"
Twitter is truly either a train wreck in slow motion, a corporate example of Forrest Gump, or managed by people so smart that no one can understand their strategy
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Will Twitter’s Uncanny Luck Ever Run Out?