Frankel is the founding partner of ff Venture Capital and
has been an early-stage investor since 1999. He has served on the
boards of more than 35 companies and has led investments in more
than 80 companies, including Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD),
Indiegogo, Ionic Security, Unikey, Socure, Skycatch, Plated, 500px,
Distil Networks, and Bottlenose. Prior to founding ffVC, John
worked at Goldman Sachs for 21 years in a variety of roles that
involved technology development, reengineering and capital markets.
At Goldman Sachs, he worked closely with some of the world’s
leading hedge fund managers and developed a keen understanding of
emerging technologies and portfolio risk/return
1.) How did John make the move from
Oxford grad to NYC venture capitalist?
2.) How has the massive decrease in
startup costs affected the seed funding environment? How does
David identify the startups he invests in with the plethora that
are now available?
3.) How much of an extent is portfolio
a branding tool for VCs? In recent years we have seen the rise of
the operational VC model with the likes of Andreesen, will this
continue as a prominent model in VC?
4.) How as a seed investor does John
advise his founders when chasing a valuation that will only
lead to a down round? What is John's views on the dreaded down
5.) Many companies pivot in the
process? Does John like to see pivots? If pivoting what is it
important for founders to remember and focus on?
Items Mentioned In Today's
Book: The Accidental Superpower
John's Most Recent
Investment: Wade and Wendy