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9 Habits of World Class Startups

A discussion of the 9 core operating principles that world class companies tend to embrace, by NFX Managing Partner James Currier.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

The Next Industrial Revolution: Computational Biology & Bioplatforms

A technology revolution is underway as software merges with biotech. It will touch every industry, and it just might save us from ourselves.
The 6 characteristics we look for in computational biology companies.
James Currier
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Managing Partner

3 Reasons Why NFX Is Investing In Firefly

Firefly gives drivers of ridesharing, taxi and delivery vehicles a way to earn more money by creating a media network using proprietary smart displays and software mounted on top of vehicles.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

Building Strong Companies: The "No Politics Rule"

3 Steps to making "No Company Politics" your startup’s policy.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

Is Blockchain Really Over?

6 trends shaping the future of blockchain

Gigi Levy-Weiss, Managing Partner

Gigi Levy-Weiss
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Managing Partner

3 Reasons Why NFX Is Investing In Setter

Setter is your personal home manager: a one-stop home maintenance and repair service that allows homeowners to focus on living

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

PropTech: A Massive Opportunity We’re Seeing

Why NFX is investing in real estate by Trulia Founder and NFX Partner Pete Flint

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

Announcing “The Brief” — The Best Way to Get the VC Meeting

Today we’re announcing “The Brief”, a free & private document sharing tool that hacks the fundraising process so Founders and VCs can get the right meetings, faster. It’s like DocSend, but it was designed specifically for Founder and VC communication.

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3 Reasons Why NFX Invested in Radius

Radius is the first mobile-powered platform that enables real estate agents to grow their business by easily exchanging referrals and market information.

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Don't Believe Your Own B.S.

3 Mental Traps Founders Must Avoid

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

Why Startup Timing is Everything

To help better understand startup timing, we’ve developed a framework we call the Critical Mass Theory of Startups

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

How It’s Built: NEA + NFX on the $15.5 Million Series A in Lyric

8 lessons Founders can learn from Lyric & a conversation between Rick Yang of NEA and James Currier or NFX.

James Currier
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Managing Partner

Entropy: The Unseen Threat to Startups

Why do apparently successful startups suddenly fail? If you look closely, you’ll see the internal chaos hidden beneath a well-ordered veneer.

Startups are vulnerablt in 3 critical areas: role-employee fit, Building rituals & Product focus

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

The Physics of Startups: Using Slingshots to Defy Gravity

The Organizational Slingshot enables startups to think long-term while keeping up a frenetic pace.

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

Behind the Houzz Acquisition of IvyMark: 6 Lessons for Founders

As an investor in IvyMark, we wanted to share six quick, behind the scenes lessons from IvyMark’s Acquisition by Houzz.

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NFX Launches $150 Million Fund to Transform How True Innovators Are Funded

Today we’re announcing the expansion of NFX. We’ve raised a $150 million fund, supported by some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs, endowments, foundations, and funds of funds. We’re out to transform how true innovators are funded.

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Your Company Name Matters…a Lot

Many people I consider otherwise excellent founders and investors believe the name of your company doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, they’re wrong. It’s a blind spot for them.

James Currier
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Managing Partner

Pete Flint, Trulia Founder & CEO, Joins NFX Guild

Today we are excited to announce that Pete Flint will be joining us as our fourth Partner at NFX Guild.

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The Founder Mindset: Announcing NFX Fund II, $275 Million

Announcing NFX Fund II at $275 Million. We're doubling down on seed stage - the most important stage. We're sharing our plans, & why the more interesting story isn't about a fund at all.

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3 Reasons Why NFX Is Investing In Constru

NFX is proud to announce our seed investment in Constru, a startup bringing the power of AI to construction to help address inefficiency in the >$10 trillion global construction market.

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3 Reasons Why NFX Invested In Let’s Do This, Now Joined by Serena Williams & Usain Bolt

Today, Let's Do This officially came out of stealth and announced $5M of seed funding led by NFX with participation from legendary athletes Serena Williams, Usain Bolt, Paula Radcliffe, and others. In NFX tradition, we want the entire Founder community to benefit from funding announcements so we’re sharing the 3 biggest reasons we invested.

Today, Let's Do This officially came out of stealth and announced $5M of seed funding led by NFX.

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

The One Reason We Invested in Incredible Health

Why NFX invested in Incredible Health, a hiring marketplace for nurses and hospitals, which today announces its national expansion and Series A.

Amy Lin
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Head of Product

What VCs Don't See: Why We're Bullish on Gaming Startups

The biggest opportunities for Founders are often found where VC interest is low. One area many VCs seem to be missing & we believe Founders would be wise to consider is gaming.

Gigi Levy-Weiss
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Managing Partner