Spark Capital

Spark Capital is a venture capital firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs seeking to build disruptive, world-changing companies.

September 18, 2014 at 10:36am
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Thanks again to Chef Sarah Schiear and Cooley LLP for co-hosting a dinner with us last week for women entrepreneurs in NYC.

Yum.

September 12, 2014 at 11:18am
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Thanks to Kerry at Cooley LLP and chef and entrepreneur Sarah Schiear for teaming up with us to host a rooftop dinner for women entrepreneurs the other night.

We talked about getting the right users, re-positioning a company as it grows, driving ideas to completion, keeping early employees motivated, fundraising…and the end of a less-humid-than-ever-before NYC summer (argh).

Can’t wait for the next one.

July 28, 2014 at 2:42pm
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Thanks, Josh Kopelman & firstround! Newest Spark baby, Ruby Koyfman, is gonna love it. 

July 1, 2014 at 4:43pm
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Sparkies Anonymous: June 2014 Edition

Last week, more than a dozen volunteers from Spark Capital companies organized local Sparkies Anonymous meetups.

These are quarterly, in-person get-togethers that we sponsor for Spark Capital peers (i.e., all Product people at our companies in NYC) to get candid about what’s currently good, bad, and/or ugly about work & life.

We kicked these off after learning that a key pain point for our entrepreneurs is meeting others who are experiencing exactly what they’re going through. 

So, we’ve disinvited ourselves. This is just for them.

The People & Culture Sparkies Anonymous meetups discussed everything from how to reject candidates to how to maintain culture as a company scales. Our Tech Sparkies debriefed database architectures. And our Marketing folks agreed that it’s good to hire an internal PR person sooner rather than later.

Thanks to Alex Mittal and Carissa Bilinski (FundersClub), Tristan Pollock and Ron Lai (Storefront), Chris Maliwat (Skillshare), Jess McIntyre (Qriously), Stephen Lake (Thalmic Labs), Michael Slavin (Privlo), Chris Pedregal and Priya Kamdar (Socratic), Trishan Arul and Anjali Magneron (Triggit), Annalyn Lavey and Brannon Skillern (Aviary), Nick Desai and Mary Le (FitOrbit), Martin Eriksson (Covestor), Doug Williams (RunKeeper), Farbod Shoraka (BloomNation), and Seth Purcell (Signpost) for stepping up to the plate.

June 25, 2014 at 10:29am
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Generation Why Not: Meet the [Spark Capital!] 35 Under 35, Class of 2014 →

Congrats to Spark CEO Michael Karnjanaprakorn (Skillshare) and founders Scott Crouch, Flo Mayr, and Matt Polega (Mark43) for landing on Inc.’s 35 Under 35 list!

June 16, 2014 at 3:15pm
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It was great hanging with our LPs, our CEOs & founders, and the whole Spark Capital team at our Annual Meeting last week.

The DJ rocked Computer Love, Niraj regaled the crowd with an impressively entertaining spiel about Wayfair, and Santo was a one-armed ping pong champ.

Til next year…

1:17pm
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staff:

Behind the scenes of that thing that happened. This is the last post we’ll make about it, we swear. Now go and have a good weekend. Drink something out of a coconut.

In case you missed it…it’s now gif with a hard g. By executive order. Begone, (j)ifs.

May 14, 2014 at 3:30pm
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Welcome, Sift Science! →

mokoyfman:

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Let’s go get those credit card fraudsters!

May 6, 2014 at 9:50am
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Congrats, Dick, on accepting the PEN award last night for Twitter being “a powerful new tool” for free expression worldwide! 

March 26, 2014 at 12:44pm
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Our team, Oculus-ing.