Yes, I am still kicking!

Hey everyone, it seems like forever since I added a new blog post.  And this one is going to be brief to boot.  

Things have been incredibly hectic mostly in a good way.   At Cornell, at the beginning of June we opened our new eship space on campus called eHub.  And our eHub location in Collegetown is opening in about a month.  The construction has been time consuming and so has been working out the kinks of the facilities.  At Cayuga Venture Fund, we have been making a bunch of new investments, which is always time consuming.   Never a dull day.

Now I am going to be a little “Brad Feld-ish”, which means a bit overly personal.  Over the past months we renovated a lake house here in Ithaca and have been busy renting it.  And my dear dad passed away over Memorial Day weekend.  Lots on my mind.

In short, my brain has been full up.  But things are settling down so I hope to get back to regular postings very soon.  Thanks!

State of Startups from First Round Capital

I just read a fabulous post from First Round Capital.  Two Cornellians are partners there (Howard Morgan, one of the founders of the firm, and Bill Trenchard, who I once represented as his company’s lawyer when he was a Cornell student in like 1997! – how time flies by…..).   The post is titled State of Startups 2015.

Not only does it have some great insights, but it is really fun to read and view.  The graphics are easy on the eye and the data analysis is clever.  It seems as though the First Round Folks pulled together a great supporting cast too (see the thank you note).  First Round also does a crazy holiday video every year so be on the look out.

More to come soon….

Cornell Women Entrepreneurs

Business Insider just published results from a study on top schools for women looking to create their own companies and obtain outside funding.   Here is the article.  The ranking is for the top 10 schools only.  Cornell is #9.  The rankings are driven by PitchBook data, and you might recall that Cornell had the same ranking for women entrepreneurs raising venture capital described in my September 24th post.

I am delighted that Cornell made the top 10!  And I can tell you that from direct experience the number of women directly involved in entrepreneurship pursuits at Cornell has grown incredibly quickly over the past 3 to 5 years. Anecdotal evidence:  4 of the 5 top teams at the Cornell Eship Kickoff event this year were founded by women.  The nice thing was that our judges did not even notice this or think much about it until after it was pointed out!!   It is just normal here :)).

We have lots of room for improvement, as #9 means that there are, well 8, spots in front of us.  Let’s keep improving.  And let’s aspire to the day when it is not even noteworthy, but rather just normal and expected.