This is one of my favorite days of the year. While it’s not January 1st or even the first working day of the year, it is the first Monday back and the day on which most of our industry and community return to business. My colleagues and I are recharged and excited for the year ahead. The entrepreneurs, CEOs, and management teams in our portfolio have closed the books on 2014 and they are already focused on their goals for the coming 12 months. This afternoon our investment team will sit down to begin to asses Q4 results and review some new investment opportunities.
There is a rhythm to the year that I really like. In the coming weeks I expect we will see a lot of interesting new opportunities from people who have been waiting for Q1 to raise capital. One of the paradoxes of this business is that you know, even before it happens, that you can expect to see some great companies in the coming year. Not that we don’t have to go out and find them. But the wave of company formation that is happening in New York continues to be extraordinary. And so, if we do our jobs and try to engage in seeing as many companies as we can, we will inevitably stumble upon some great ones. It’s our job to recognize their potential of course (and we all live with the memories of the ones we missed). But sitting here, on the first Monday of the year, it makes me smile to know that they are out there….
For years now I have needed an outlet for my thinking on the company building process. I have been a venture capitalist with RRE Ventures since 2000. I have also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School since 2002 and as Founder and Co-Chairman of the Dockery Farms Foundation since 2004. In these three capacities I have had the chance to work with some extraordinary entrepreneurs, investors, board members, and students. I hope to fill this space with observations taken from those experiences.
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