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Private Equity and Social Media

I’m giving a talk next month on “How Private Equity Funds Raise Capital and Source Deals with Social Media” at Terrapinn’s Private Equity Latin America & Real Estate Latin America conference in Miami.  I discuss this topic in more depth in an earlier article I wrote. Here's my draft [...continue reading]

Guaranteed Process: How to Get Married This Year

I’m giving a talk this weekend at Limmud NY and then in a month at Limmud FSU on "Investment Banking in the Marriage Market: Find Your Dream Spouse without the Drama". In this presentation,  I take the same standard process that works for sales, raising capital, and sourcing deals, and apply it to [...continue reading]

How Private Equity Funds Are and Should Be Using Social Media

PEHub just posted this guest article: Can professional investors use social media?  Or, is social media strictly for teenagers and staying in touch with your friends? Historically, institutional investors kept their investing strategy and their activities very discreet. Today, however, some are [...continue reading]

Online Dating is the Future of Your Business

I gave a talk today as part of TEDx Silicon Valley on "Online Dating is the Future of Your Business". Here's the video and an expanded version of the slide deck. In the talk I discuss how some of the successful online dating startups are models for new businesses, many of which in various ways [...continue reading]

CRM Systems and Private Equity Deal Sourcing

Preqin and LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions just released a report on “CRM Systems and Private Equity Deal Sourcing”, based on a survey of 63 private equity funds. They report that 84% of respondents claim to source over 20% of their opportunities through proprietary deal flow. Based on our [...continue reading]

Conference Notes on Sourcing Deal Flow & Developing New Business for Private Equity

I enjoyed participating in last week's Capital Roundtable Private Equity Masterclass on "Best Practices for Sourcing Quality Deal Flow & Developing New Business" (May 26th, 2011). Our star intern Adam Kalamchi took detailed notes, below. High Road Capital Partners Deal Sourcing Keynote View [...continue reading]

Social Media Week panel-News Dissemination in a Social Finance World

I enjoyed today's panel at Social Media Week, with Paul Murphy of the Financial Times, presenting FT Tilt, followed by a panel on "News Dissemination in a Social Finance World". Howard Lindzon was a highly entertaining moderator. Twitter tag for discussion: #SMWFT FT Tilt is a new [...continue reading]

How the Networked Economy is Changing the Deal Origination ROI Paradigm

Peter Lehrman of AxialMarket posted this must-read Powerpoint on the evolution of private equity deal sourcing. I definitely agree with the points he makes here. Most interesting are his estimates of the cost for different methods of deal sourcing. We discuss in more depth a lot of these ideas in [...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]

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]

Social Networking for the Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry

I just learned that the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has finished their study on "Social Networking for the Equipment Finance Industry 2010". The executive summary is available at ; the full study is $300. The author is Suzanne E. [...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]

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]

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]