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Earn More Consulting Revenue from Gerson Lehrman and Other Expert Networks

A number of friends have asked me how to increase the amount of money they're earning as consultants from the major expert networks, such as GLG, Evalueserve Circle of Experts, Coleman Group, DeMatteo Monness , Guidepoint, and other expert networks. Following is a slide deck I've sent to a few [...continue reading]

Free Market Research for Entrepreneurs, at Founder Institute last night

I enjoyed participating in a panel last night on "Market Research for Entrepreneurs", as part of the Founder Institute's first series of New York programming. The other speakers were Nicholas Butterworth, President & CEO, Diversion Media; and Steven Haines, President, Sequent Learning [...continue reading]

Economy Will Grow at 'Muted Rates'–Steve Schwarzman

Image via Wikipedia Courtesy of Craig Franklin, a Cornell MBA, following is a summary of an interview with Steve Schwarzman, CEO of private equity firm The Blackstone Group. LPs looking for more money back from illiquid assets, some nice exits. Blackstone plans to IPO 8 companies and sell [...continue reading]

The Speed of Trust Review

A while ago I read Stephen M.R. Covey's book, The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything . As you would guess, Stephen M.R. is the son of Dr. Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the extremely influential book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The heritage shows. Speed of Trust [...continue reading]

HBS Club of CT, Nov. 19 event: Private Equity Operating Executives Panel with Goldman Sachs, General Atlantic, CVC Capital

The Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut invites you to a Panel Discussion on It's the People: Improving Private Equity Portfolio Company Valuations by Working with Operating Executives Bush-Holley Historic Site 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT [...continue reading]

Financial Executives Event: How to Find and Invest in Private Companies, Nov. 5, New York

I hope you'll be able to join us for the event below: "Private Equity and Venture Capital Deal Origination - Best Practices" Audax Group and Teten Advisors, LLC Sponsored by the Financial Executives Networking Group New York Chapter When: Thursday, 11/5/2009 5:30 PM to [...continue reading]

Martin Wolf and Robert Shiller: The Future of Investing

(Milton Friedman) I attended breakfast yesterday morning at the Levin Institute and heard a discussion between Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times, and Robert Shiller, Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics, Yale University. My notes follow: WOLF: [...continue reading]

International investment banks expanding and hiring in America

I enjoyed listening to Wednesday's panel discussion of the Harvard Business School Club of New York on Three International Investment Banks Expanding (and Hiring!) in New York. It was off the record, so unfortunately I can't share my notes. In organizing the panel, my colleagues and I developed [...continue reading]

Los Angeles Speaking Engagements, October 6-7: CFA Society, Keiretsu Forum, and Harvard Business School (Update to Keiretsu Forum)

I'm visiting Southern California October 5-8, and I hope that some of you will be able to attend one of my presentations there. I'll be discussing the results of my research project on "Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds' Best Practices in Deal Origination". A preview of my slides [...continue reading]

Women’s Association of Venture and Equity Sep. 30 Event: Deal Sourcing in a Down Market

I hope that some of you can join us for a panel discussion sponsored by the Women's Association of Venture & Equity, on Wednesday, September 30 in New York. I'll be discussing the results of my research on best practices in deal origination. Please note this is only open to women. [...continue reading]

Seeking template project plan for a startup business

(jurvetson image via Flickr) I'm currently advising two startup businesses, and on their behalf my colleague Corentin Roux dit Buisson and I set out looking for a detailed template project plan for starting a new company. However, we haven't yet succeeded. Do any readers have ideas? Whilst [...continue reading]

Managing the Online Identify of a Venture Capital/Private Equity Firm

Seth Levine has posted the slides from his portion of Thomson Reuters Buyouts recent webinar on "Boosting Returns with Web 2.0 Technology". Also, Buyouts magazine has posted a detailed summary of the panel. You can get a sense of my slides on the deal origination page of my site. [...continue reading]

What is valuable when so much is free?

(Bill McIntyre via Flickr) Chris Anderson's new book "Free" has restarted the controversy over pricing of goods, particularly digital goods. This led me to re-read Kevin Kelly's piece on "Better Than Free". He argues that "When copies are free, you need to sell things [...continue reading]

Free comics from the Federal Reserve: economics, banking, foreign trade, etc.

My wife and I just ordered some comic books from the Federal Reserve on topics that we think our children should learn about: - banking - monetary policy - currency - barter - checks and electronic payments - and most important to their future (sadly), inflation These comic books are useful [...continue reading]