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Seeking Head of Engineering for Internet Finance Startup, NY

I'm in the midst of assembling the founding team for a new startup, and seeking a head of Engineering. I've attached details below. I welcome suggestions! Seeking Head of Engineering for Navon Partners, Internet Finance Startup, NY We are seeking a Head of Engineering for the founding [...continue reading]

Free webinars on interviewing, recruiting, employee screening, and social network recruiting

My friends at Accolo have some very worthwhile webinars available for free on their site. These are geared to hiring managers and recruiters. You can watch these at your convenience: The Inside Numbers on the Job Market and the Impending Hiring War How to Conduct the Perfect Interview [...continue reading]

Our new Harvard Business Review article: Time for Investors to Get Social

I'm excited to report that we've started to release the results from our first-ever study on best practices in private equity and venture capital deal origination. My coauthor Chris Farmer (formerly Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners) and I published a summary in the current issue of Harvard [...continue reading]

Venture Capitalists and the Upside-Down Pyramid

In response to my post on VC's increasing use of operationally focused team members, HBS professor Noam Wasserman sent me an excerpt of his dissertation on 'The Venture Capitalist as Entrepreneur: The Characteristics and Dynamics Within VC Firms'. A key point he makes in this paper is that, "Most [...continue reading]

How Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds Grow the Value of Portfolio Companies

One of the major themes of the evolution of the private equity industry for the past decade has been the growth of internal groups focused on enhancing the value of portfolio companies. Twenty years ago, the great majority of the people working in private equity came out of investment banking, i.e., [...continue reading]

Visiting Singapore April 23-29: Presenting to Founder Institute, Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, CFA Singapore, and others

I'm very excited to be visiting Singapore for the first time April 23-29; I may stay longer in Asia depending on business exigencies. I'm visiting as part of the faculty for the local launch of Founder Institute, with sponsorship from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and others. I [...continue reading]

Invitation for angel investors: New York Founder Institute graduation ceremony, Thursday 3/25, 6pm

The New York Founder Institute graduation ceremony and investor preview is this Thursday, March 25, at 55 Broad Street, 6:00. Up to fourteen businesses are poised to graduate, ranging from a fantasy sports company with a family focus to a business designed to cure cancer. The best business to [...continue reading]

Entrepreneurial Education Programs in New York/Invitation to Founder Institute Investor Session

I've been very excited to see the boom in the New York startup community in the last 2 years, driven in large part by the shrinkage in the NY industries that traditionally lured some of the most entrepreneurial and aggressive personalities (finance, consulting, etc.) Michael Karnjanaprakorn posted a [...continue reading]

Seeking Interns for Launch of New Internet Startup

We are seeking 1-3 volunteer interns (graduate or undergraduate) who would like to be part of the founding team for an Internet startup. This is an ideal project for a current or recently graduated student who is interested in learning more about social media, Web 2.0 technologies, and how to build [...continue reading]

How to whitelist your site for corporate firewalls, so that the Fortune 500 can see you

Over the last year, I periodically would hear from clients and friends at some of the large investment banks that they could not view Teten.com. Given the amount of "adult" content on this site is zero, I was surprised and annoyed by this. The site is not a very good marketing tool if potential [...continue reading]

Launch of Track.com, a market for independent Wall Street research

Four days ago, a team of Wall Street veterans launched Track.com, a new marketplace for independent research providers. I met with the management team today. Track.com offers independent research providers a platform to distribute their intellectual property. Buyers pay subscriptions for [...continue reading]

Peter Drucker on the Seven Sources of Systematic Innovation

When Peter Drucker died, his obituaries were so laudatory I thought that I really should become familiar with his work.  So I've been reading through some of his major books.  It's striking how well-written and timeless they are.I just finished his classic "Innovation and [...continue reading]