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On Expert Networks, Compliance, the Drunk and the Lamppost

Expert networks have been in the news a lot for the past few weeks, due to the SEC's attempt to look for insider trading amongst hedge funds, following on their Galleon investigation (Raj Rajaratnam of Galleon is in the photo shown). The best source of information on this topic is as usual the [...continue reading]

How to Raise Capital for Your Startup

Next Monday, 12/13, I'll be presenting on "Best Practices in Raising Capital for Startups", as part of the last class in the Founder Institute's second program in New York. I welcome feedback on the draft slide deck, below. David Blumenstein (The Hatchery) and Adeo Ressi will also be there. How [...continue reading]

How a Private Equity Fund Uses Social Media for Building its Investment Pipeline and Raising Capital

Most private equity funds (and the equipment finance industry) are well behind the VC industry with regard to their use of social media. Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners, calculates that of the approximately 1,000 venture capitalists in the US actively seeking deals, 10-15% [...continue reading]

Next Gen Startup Financing Marketplaces

I enjoyed attending Tuesday's panel, "Innovative Marketplaces Meetup: Next Gen Startup Financing Marketplaces" Speakers: David Rose, Founder and CEO, Angelsoft Jeremy Smith, Chief Strategy Officer, SecondMarket Rob Garcia, Dir. Product Strategy, Lending Club Slava Rubin, Co-Founder, [...continue reading]

Oodle acquires Grouply

Congratulations to the team at Grouply on their sale to Oodle! I've been on the Advisory Board of Grouply since its very early days, and am an enthusiastic user. It very significantly increase my efficiency by allowing me to monitor more online communities than I could otherwise keep an eye on. [...continue reading]

Private equity portfolio monitoring and operating partners

Private Equity Manager magazine has a special edition on portfolio monitoring, with some helpful coverage of how private equity operating partners' roles have evolved. I was particularly interested in their coverage of PEOPEN, the private equity operating partner network. The group was first [...continue reading]

Congratulations to Chris Farmer on joining General Catalyst!

Congratulations to my coauthor, Chris Farmer, on joining General Catalyst Partners! I'm sure Chris will use many of the ideas that we discussed in our research paper on deal origination to help create / identify some exciting companies on General Catalyst's behalf. [...continue reading]

Buying private companies on marketplaces of primary and secondary interests

Congratulations to the team at AxialMarket on raising $2m from First Round Capital and Windcrest Investments. I take this as a sign that they're starting to gain traction among corporations and private equity funds, despite the fact they're threatening the lunch of lower-tier business brokers and [...continue reading]

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