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Month: April 2015

the currency and the infrastructure

the currency and the infrastructure

Good morning, All,
Our next Breakfast with An Investor will be Wednesday, May 20th and our guest investor is Nnamdi Okike, Co-founder & Partner at 645 Ventures, a seed and early-stage venture capital fund that invests in software and Internet companies. While they launched just over a year ago, they’ve already invested in 15+ companies – and are actively looking to invest in more!

Nnamdi is an experienced venture capital investor, having spent eight years at Insight Venture Partners, where he sourced and invested in several successful companies, including Folhamatic (acquired for $300 million), Astaro (acquired by Sophos), and Hitwise (acquired for $240 million). He served on the boards of Kabum, CSSN and Folhamatic. He currently works closely with 645 Ventures’ portfolio companies Keaton Row, Trendalytics, Hire an Esquire, and Poshly. He serves on the board of AbbeyPost and Rifiniti. He received a BA in Biology, MBA and JD degrees from Harvard.

Bonus Breakfast this month: We’re also co-hosting a Brunch and Q&A with Brian Cohen, Chairman of the New York Angels, on Sunday, May 17th. It’ll be a small group, so get your tickets now, and when are you going to have another opportunity to have brunch with the Chairman of one of the most active angel investing groups in the country? Register here. Read More...

welcome to the jungle

welcome to the jungle

Good morning, All,

First, a big thank you to Kelly Hoey, who spoke at our investor breakfast last week and was awesome, as usual. Our next Breakfast with An Investor will be Wednesday, May 20th and our guest investor is Nnamdi Okike, Co-founder & Partner at 645 Ventures, a seed and early-stage venture capital fund that invests in software and Internet companies. While they launched just over a year ago, they’ve already invested in 15+ companies – and are actively looking to invest in more!

Nnamdi is an experienced venture capital investor, having spent eight years at Insight Venture Partners, where he sourced and invested in several successful companies, including Folhamatic (acquired for $300 million), Astaro (acquired by Sophos), and Hitwise (acquired for $240 million). He served on the boards of Kabum, CSSN and Folhamatic. He currently works closely with 645 Ventures’ portfolio companies Keaton Row, Trendalytics, Hire an Esquire, and Poshly. He serves on the board of AbbeyPost and Rifiniti. He received a BA in Biology, MBA and JD degrees from Harvard. Read More...

Breakfast with our guest investor Kelly Hoey

Breakfast with our guest investor Kelly Hoey

Good morning, All,

Our next Breakfast with an Investor is this Thursday, April 16th, with our guest investor Kelly Hoey. Speaker, strategist and investor, Kelly Hoey is known for her leadership in building valuable professional networks, understanding the dynamics of engaged communities and the “how” of raising visibility, online and off. She is also recognized for her “boots on the ground” leadership in the startup community by her investments in and promotion of women in tech. More on her below, and register here.

Admittedly, we’ve been a bit prickly lately, and for a reason: we miss the wow factor that we used to find in tech. Again and again. When processing speeds increased. When new programs were developed that kicked up the cool factor, like javascript. Yup, javascript. The web was pretty flat before that. The MacBook Air and sorry, IBM, but the ThinkPad was portable enough, but one needed to engage the services of a Sherpa in order to carry for an extended amount of time. Read More...

It’s Time To Change The Definition Of A Unicorn

It’s Time To Change The Definition Of A Unicorn

Good morning, All,

Our next Breakfast with an Investor will next Thursday, April 16th, with our guest investor Kelly Hoey. Speaker, strategist and investor, Kelly Hoey is known for her leadership in building valuable professional networks, understanding the dynamics of engaged communities and the “how” of raising visibility, online and off. She is also recognized for her “boots on the ground” leadership in the startup community by her investments in and promotion of women in tech. More on her below, and register here.

We’ve never been a big proponent of fake it till you make it, but we know that many people are, and we do understand that when you’re starting out, many a times, you’re more or less making it up as you go along anyway. But that's different. Read More...

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