THE OPEN HOUSE

What Happened To The Hustle?

I started working on my company, FreshNeck, in 2010, and had been following the NYC tech scene for a year or two before that. So by no means do I have the experience or knowledge of some of my peers, but nor am I jaded as the old man who ‘used to walk to school […] Read more

Oct, 31, 2015

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Platformation Today: An Era of New Platforms and Ways New Companies are Being Formed

Now 6 months into being a VC I figured it was time to create my own term. Platformation. So what is Platformation? Platformation is a period of time and a phenomenon in which products that weren’t initially intended to be platforms undergo a transformation into a platform. It can also include high potential new platforms emerging […] Read more

A Review: 6 Observations from My First 6 Months as a VC

  6 Months ago I made the switch from Entrepreneur to VC and joined Corigin Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital firm in New York. Since then we’ve invested in 5 companies, added a new team member and have seen big wins for some of our portfolio companies (more announcements coming soon!). As I take […] Read more

Sep, 08, 2015

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If Short-Selling a Startup Was Legal

DEFINITION OF ‘SHORT SELLING’ The sale of a security that is not owned by the seller, or that the seller has borrowed. Short selling is motivated by the belief that a security’s price will decline, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit. As VCs, we see see up to […] Read more

Aug, 10, 2015

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Art of the Bridge: 4 Advantages to Raising a “Bridge” Round for Entrepreneurs

August is upon us and as some Partners sit on a beach with a pina colada, Entrepreneurs are hard at work scaling their companies and in some cases working towards their next round of funding. Between the Series A crunchand the lack of deals getting done during the summer time at some firms, we’ve come […] Read more

Aug, 03, 2015

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Party in the Seed: 2 Advantages to having multiple VCs in your round

The New York Times recently wrote an article about the advantages and disadvantages of so called “party rounds” during the angel-investing phase of a startup. After reading this article it got me thinking about the advantages of syndicated seed rounds. A topic we discuss quite often internally. For the purpose of this post we’ll define […] Read more

Jul, 13, 2015

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An eCommerce Story: The Evolution of Category Five

This post was originally published on Building Consumer Goods. Are you a consumer goods entrepreneur? Check out the site! Jason Shuman is a VC at Corigin Ventures and a Co-Founder of Category Five, an eCommerce driven men’s casual footwear brand that sells boat shoes and driving moccasins. When Aaron asked me to write about the […] Read more

Jun, 26, 2015

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Corigin Ventures FAQ

We meet with dozens of founders (and other interesting people) a week, and we’ve found ourselves answering many of the same questions over and over again. We take some responsibility for this inefficiency, as we don’t do a great job publicizing ourselves, what we stand for, and our processes. So hopefully this will be helpful in […] Read more

Jun, 17, 2015

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Alternative Business Models for Consumer Facing Companies

Though a majority of startups we analyze at Corigin Ventures are consumer-facing, they come in all shapes and sizes. Lately we’ve been discussing (and sometimes targeting) companies around certain business models – why certain models are or will be attractive, which companies are best suited for which models, and the role tech plays in each. Some […] Read more

May, 27, 2015

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From Entrepreneur to VC…6 Observations From My First 60 Days

Two months ago I was starting my 90 day fellowship at Corigin Ventures and wrote my first blog post “4 Reasons Why I’m Fired Up To Be A VC.” Today I’m proud to announce that I’ll be skipping the remaining month left in my fellowship to join Corigin Ventures full-time. The past eight weeks have […] Read more

May, 07, 2015

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