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Cfund – seed funding for Columbia University affiliated companies

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Looking for seed funding for your startup? Cfund backs driven, talented startup founders from the greater Columbia community (alums, students, faculty). The principals and advisors are all Columbia alumni/faculty as well as tech founders and investors.

Cfund is specifically looking for its first class of companies to back, with an application deadline of May 1 for this initial wave.

The best applicants thus far had:

– a record of achievement,

– some experience having worked for a venture backed startup,

– technical skills to build their product,

– an idea in the tech/software area, and

– built something with no previous money raised.

They are eager to see more folks apply, perhaps without a well-developed company idea.

To learn more, or to apply for funding from Cfund, visit:


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April 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

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Know any copy editors (for my VC careers ebook) ?

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Looking for a copy editor for my upcoming VC careers eBook.  It’s drafted, just need the editing.  11k words and 27 pages.  Let me know if you have any recommendations for good folks to work with on this.

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April 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Fun with Numbers – a16z’s massive return on instagram

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Ordinarily, when someone criticizes me for only making 312 times my money, I let the logic of their statement speak for itself. 

via Ben’s blog.

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April 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

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Elevator Etiquette

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Kind of obvious, but surprised at how many people don’t heed this advice…

When meeting with clients or potential business partners off-site, don’t discuss your impressions of the meeting with your colleagues until the elevator has reached the bottom floor and you’re walking out of the building. That’s true even if you’re the only ones in the elevator.

Call it superstitious or call it polite—but either way, don’t risk damaging your reputation by rehashing the conversation as soon as you walk away.

via Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now |

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April 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

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Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations

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Had I left it there, this would have seemed like a collection of well-oiled, talented superstars living comfortably at the top of their professions. But as I delved deeper, I found out that they weren’t comfortable at all, and their flashy affiliations were no guarantee that they’d actually accomplish more than anyone else. One said, “I promised myself I’d move overseas, but the Blackstone brand in New York is just so strong. I had to sign.” Said another, “The work is meaningless compared to the policy think tank I wanted to join. But everyone knows Morgan Stanley, and it’ll open up so many doors later on in life.” The same patterns surfaced: exciting visions sabotaged by the desire to be associated with well-known institutions.

via Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations – Daniel Gulati – Harvard Business Review.

Written by John Gannon

April 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

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Greycroft seeking pre-MBA Associate

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Who says there are no jobs in venture capital? ;). Looks like venture capital firm Greycroft in NYC is hiring a pre-MBA associate for their NYC office, according to Ellie Wheeler’s blog. These guys have backed some solid companies including Buddy Media, Huffington Post, and Joyent. They mostly focus on digital media companies although they have done some deals outside of that main area.

If you are interested in this role, or careers in venture capital, would encourage you to check out my venture capital careers page. Tons of tips for job hunting in VC land from myself and other former and current VCs.

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April 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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