Newsletter: 002 | Team Goals

Team Goals

Our team is now three strong with the addition of Sarper Unal as a legal intern last week.  We're excited to have Sarper on board as we build the firm and as he preps for law school.  Kudos to him for jumping right in and helping us with a blog post on new data privacy laws (featured below).

Content We Liked


Blog Post: Toxic VC and the marginal-dollar problem
October 26, 2017

Eric Paley (Managing Partner @ Founder Collective) says venture capital should be a catalyst for growing companies but more commonly is a toxic substance that destroys them.  It serves as a good reminder that scaling fast with a focus on vanity metrics and a view to fixing inefficiencies later can have its pitfalls.


Podcast: First Institutional VC Fund Raised--Key Learnings
The Full Ratchet
October 31, 2017

Semil Shah of Haystack (an early-stage VC fund) digs into the process of raising a first-time institutional VC fund.


Video: Ethereum in 25 Minutes
Devcon3, Ethereum Foundation Developers Conference
November 1, 2017

Skip to 49:30 of this video for a 25-minute technical overview of the Ethereum blockchain from the creator of Ethereum himself, Vitalik Buterin.

Content We Created

Blog Post

GDPR: What You Need to Know
November 3, 2017

Overview of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect next year relating to data privacy and protection.  This post provides several key takeaways that should help you digest the basics of the regulation and evaluate whether your company needs to comply with it.  Sneak Peak: GDPR might apply to your company even if based in the US. 

Where We'll Be This Week

Indoor Cycling Class & Speaker Series

Monday, November 6, 2017
@ SWERVE Fitness
30 W. 18th Street (Flatiron studio)
Buy Rides

Join us for a SWERVE ride followed by a chat with Nick Taranto, founder of Plated (recently sold for $300M).  A favorite in the boutique fitness scene, SWERVE brings team competition to indoor cycling.  Expect 45 minutes of fun, sweat, teamwork, and tunes.  We'll be riding on the green team.

Startup Pitch Event

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
@ SubCulture
45 Bleecker Street
Register for Free Ticket

We plan to attend this demo day pitch event hosted by Quake Capital, a VC fund and startup accelerator based in NYC.

Open Office Hours

Friday, November 10, 2017
@ Hub seventeen by lululemon
114 5th Avenue
(underground in lululemon’s Flatiron store)

We're taking our laptops to lululemon's community space to work for a few hours and offer a chance to connect in an informal work setting.  Think of it as open office hours for you to come by and chat about law, startups, crypto, wellness, etc.  It'll also give you an excuse to buy some great workout gear.

Pilates Reformer Class

Saturday, November 11, 2017
@ New York Pilates
25 Howard Street (SoHo studio)
Buy Classes

In this not-your-typical Pilates class called "Burnout," Nick's wife Kai-Ting Yang will be putting us through an intermediate, fast-paced reformer class focused on total body burn.  Prepare to plank and sweat more than you ever have in a Pilates class.  And don't let Kai-Ting's sweet spirit fool you – her sessions pack a serious punch.


You'll need to sign up online at the links provided for ticketed events.  Attendance is at your own cost and subject to limited availability.  No need to RSVP to us for any of these events, but let us know if you'd like to be kept in the loop on any last-minute scheduling changes.  Also, keep in mind that these events are not firm-hosted or sponsored events, so we have no control over availability, pricing or any other matters associated with these events.  Again, this is just our attempt at cultivating community by giving us all a chance to connect outside of the office.

We welcome your feedback (good or bad) as we build out our newsletter.  Let us know what you did/didn't like and what other content you would find useful.  You can also feel free to unsubscribe by clicking "unsubscribe from this list" below.

Nick Scannavino and David Lamb

About our Newsletter

We decided to launch a weekly newsletter with the simple goal of cultivating community.  Our newsletter will initially cover (1) content relating to the startup industry that we liked from the previous week, giving you something to read, listen to, and watch; (2) content we recently created, keeping you up to date on news and insight from our team; and (3) events and activities we plan to host or attend in the upcoming week, providing our community of clients, partners, and friends an opportunity to share, support, and connect with each other.