Archive for the ‘New York’ category

Snow Day in NYC

January 27th, 2011

It’s been a rough winter for this California boy. We got dumped on last night, but at least my street is pretty this morning.

SkillSlate Video Interview by Shack Nation

November 1st, 2010

Our friend Judi (@7huck) stopped by the SkillSlate office on Friday to ask Bartek and I about the site and how the company was formed.  You can view the video interview below, or at Shack Nation.

Thanks so much Judi for your time and for profiling us!

IA Ventures is Hiring a VC Intern

September 9th, 2010

Given how rare VC internship opportunities are, I wanted to share this venture capital internship opportunity with IA Ventures.  I had the opportunity to meet with Brad Gillespie while fundraising for SkillSlate.  While it was a pass for them, Brad was extremely insightful and gave us some great ideas and advice (some of which we are actually working to implement right now).  I’m sure they’d be great to work for, so good luck if you choose to apply!  Details are below.

Title: Venture Capital Intern

IA Ventures ( – an early-stage venture capital firm investing in companies developing breakthrough tools and technologies for managing and extracting value from Big Data – is seeking a Venture Capital Intern to support the operations and investment processes of our fund. The successful candidate will become a contributing member of a small team of highly successful investors and entrepreneurs. The candidate will be a highly analytical, innovative and driven self-starter with good business judgment and a keen attention to detail.


- Help diligence potential investments, including: financial modeling, market analysis, and primary and secondary research

- Research areas of strategic importance to the IA Ventures ecosystem

- Provide operational support to IA Ventures’ internal initiatives

- Maintain IAVP’s internal investment database


- Meaningful understanding of and involvement in startup ecosystem

- Entrepreneurial operating experience a big plus

- Tech savvy / net-native

- Strong verbal and writing skills

- Exceptional organizational skills and a strong attention to detail


- Flexible, but minimum of 15 hours per week

- This internship is unpaid

Please send (i) resume + (ii) one-paragraph explanation of interest to BY SEPTEMBER 15

Contour Venture Partners – Venture Capital Internship

August 3rd, 2010

Contour Venture Partners is a terrific early-stage VC firm based in New York City led by Bob Greene and Matt Gorin.  I first met Bob when he spoke to InSITE last fall about his career in the venture capital industry.  I later corresponded a few times with Matt via email when I applied for their internship last fall.  Fortunately/unfortunately, I had to later bow out as I accepted an offer to intern for Canaan Partners just before receiving the invitation to interview with Contour (I say fortunately because I was lucky to get the offer at Canaan, I say unfortunately because Contour is a great firm too).  About six months later, I had the uniquely interesting experience of later putting on my entrepreneur hat, and sitting on the other side of the table delivering SkillSlate’s pitch to both Bob and Matt.  While the meetings didn’t result in a check, they were extremely valuable as both Bob and Matt were extremely insightful, both asked great questions as well as offered welcome advice.  Based on my experiences with Contour Ventures, I would highly recommend this internship opportunity at the fund.

Position: Venture Intern (part-time during academic year)

Contour’s Profile: Contour Venture Partners is a New York based early stage venture capital firm that works with companies that provide technology enhanced products and services in the financial services, digital media and internet sectors.  The principals at Contour have a long and successful track record, having directly supported over 50 companies through numerous market cycles since the late 1980s.

Job Description: We are looking for a first or second year student to work with us during the academic year as a venture intern.  This is a great way to learn about the venture capital industry as the intern will have exposure to many aspects of the venture capital business.

The venture intern will work closely with the partners and will be responsible for various projects that relate to deal sourcing, company diligence, industry and sector research, financial modeling and database management.

Qualifications: 3+ years experience prior to graduate school at a startup, technology operating company, venture capital firm or management consulting firm
- Strong operational and entrepreneurial mindset
- Ability to work independently
- Strong work ethic and self-starter
- Excellent written, oral communication and analytical skills
- Exposure to startup and emerging technology companies
- Detail oriented
- Strong modeling skills
- Intellectually curious and strong ethical character
- Deep interest in venture capital
- Strong investment judgment

Contact: Matt Gorin,

Good luck!

SkillSlate’s New Home

June 22nd, 2010

I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like; I’ve been buried under a rock lately working on SkillSlate.  While starting a company is a ton of work, it is also one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever undertaken.  I’m actually excited to get into the office every day.

Speaking of our office, I thought I post a pic of SkillSlate’s new home now that we’re finally just about settled.  It’s a great space in the Chelsea/Flatiron area with plenty of open space and sunlight.  It’s a pretty cool feeling going from working on SkillSlate from my apartment on the side, to having an actual space to call our own.  Here we are cranking away!

NYU Stern Rises to #9 in the U.S. News MBA Rankings

May 9th, 2010

NYU SternI try not to place too much emphasis on the MBA rankings.  For one, I think it’s extremely difficult (or impossible) to accurately force rank schools based on quantitative data that is unlikely to effectively capture how ‘good’ a program is.  To that point, choosing the right MBA program is an extremely personal decision, and includes numerous factors that cannot be captured in any ranking methodology.

With that caveat in place, I do admit to looking at the rankings when they’re published each year.  Every MBA does (and if they say they don’t, they’re lying).  People in business school have too much ego not to care, and it’s too great an investment of both time and money to ignore where your program ranks (at least in other peoples’ minds).

Last night a friend of mine informed me that NYU Stern rose to the #9 position in the most recent 2010 U.S. News & World Report MBA Rankings.  My MBA ego was pretty pleased to see that (in case it’s not obvious, I’m poking fun at myself).  Stern had been solidly ranked within the top 10 U.S. business schools by other ranking publications (#7 in both the Economist and the Financial Times) , but had been floating in the #10-11 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings (arguably the most widely followed ranking) for the last couple years.

For me personally, the most satisfying aspect of the new rankings is that NYU Stern is now tied with Columbia Business School for the #9 spot.  Given that my girlfriend is at Columbia, and I work with a number of CBS students through my involvement with InSITE, it feels slightly better to be on more equal footing :)

2010 U.S. News & World Report MBA Rankings

1. Harvard

1. Stanford

3. MIT Sloan

4. Northwestern Kellogg

5. U Chicago Booth

5. Wharton

7. Dartmouth Tuck

7. Berkely Haas

9. NYU Stern

9. Columbia Business School

11. Yale

12. Michigan Ross

13. UVA Darden

14. Duke Fuqua

15. UCLA Anderson

Canaan Partners is Hiring an Analyst

April 22nd, 2010

Canaan Partners is hiring a new Investment Analyst for their Westport Connecticut office (mostly covering NYC).  Those of you who have been looking for a junior VC job know they don’t come up often, and when they do, unfortunately they’re very difficult to get.  That said, this is an amazing opportunity to work closely with a couple incredible partners on the east coast tech team, and dive into all aspects of VC: sourcing, modeling, market sizing, diligence, entrepreneur meetings, investor meetings, writing investment proposals, helping portfolio companies – just about everything.  I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work with this team as an MBA intern for the last seven months or so, and I can’t say enough great things about the role, the people, or the firm.

A word of advice.  Make sure you actually fit the description and have demonstrated technology, entrepreneurship, and prior finance/consulting/vc experience.  I know they’re getting a lot of resumes without those matches and it’s unfortunately simply not a fit…

Canaan Partners – Analyst Position
Job Description: Canaan Partners is seeking to hire a Pre-MBA Investment Analyst for its Westport, CT office. The Investment Analyst role at Canaan offers a unique opportunity to contribute in all parts of the investment process: from screening potential investments, to leading diligence sessions, to ultimately working closely with our portfolio companies to help them succeed.  Note: The Analyst is expected to live in / near NYC and commute to Westport as needed.

Preferred Skillset:

  • 1-3 years experience in a technology Investment Banking role or Strategy/Management consulting role
  • Demonstrated interest in technology, entrepreneurship, and the NYC startup scene
  • Excel wizardry / modeling skills
  • Ability to thrive in an unstructured environment and take on massive amounts of responsibility
  • Prior entrepreneurial experience preferred
  • Graduate from a top undergraduate institution

Interested applicants who meet the job requirements may apply online via Doostang.
About Canaan Partners:

Canaan Partners is a $3bn global venture capital firm focused on IT and healthcare. Over the last 20 years, Canaan has invested in more than 250 companies, many of them going on to become leaders in their respective industries. Our investment capabilities range from $1 million to $20 million, and we have the ability and the team to invest in any stage of development, from seed financings to late stage investments.  Notable investments in the technology space include, DoubleClick, Associated Content, Tremor Media, and LendingClub. Canaan Partners has offices in Westport, CT, Menlo Park, India and Israel.

“Hey Jude” Sing-A-Long in Times Square Subway

March 7th, 2010

Sometimes New York can feel like a pretty cold place.  People are always in a hurry, it’s insanely crowded, and at any given moment, someone within earshot is yelling at someone else.  But it’s moments like the one captured below that make me feel there’s really something special about this crazy city.  The below video was filmed at 10:30pm last night in the Times Square subway. Has a New Website!

February 17th, 2010

StartupAtWork launched a very clean new website last night, just in time for the first Speaker Series event of the spring season (24/7 Real Media, which was awesome by the way – more to come on that later).  While I provided a bit of input here and there (with Warren Lee and Bartek Ringwelski), our developer Sankho Mallik drove the project and did a terrific job.  While his code and design skills are solid, he stood out from many developers I’ve worked with due to his excellent project management and communication skills.  Cheers Sankho!

The new website has some killer videos from the fall speaker series (including the full interviews).  A few of my favorite clips are:

  1. Being public isn’t as fun as going public – Steve Hafner, CEO/founder of
  2. What Ron looks for in a deal – Ron Conway, angel investor and “Godfather of Silicon Valley”
  3. Bill’s bullshit meter – Founders of
  4. Concept of drag coefficients – Steve Hafner, CEO/founder of
  5. When the fax lady sings -Dave Morgan & Curt Viebranz of TACODA

Check it out and let us know what you think by leaving comments or sending the organizers feedback!

Ground Zero: Still Overwhelming In Person

February 14th, 2010

I went for a walk downtown yesterday and passed by Ground Zero.  I’ve seen it several times, but I never seem to get used to the sight.  Each time I’m overwhelmed with sadness for the tremendous loss that took place there.  It’s hard to believe that 2,973 people lost their lives, and our country (and the world) changed forever that day.  I think it was particularly emotional for me this time given the powerful newly released 9/11 aerial images that surfaced this week.

On a positive note, it was good to see the rebuilding efforts starting to take shape.  Here’s a picture I took when I walked by last month that shows the new buildings starting to be erected.

Ground Zero Rebuilding