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Fundraising Hacks for Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

Historically, the process of winning capital from limited partners has been opaque.  However, in the last few years a few have started to use social media and become more transparent.  I particularly like OpenLP.com, SuperLP.com, and the Origins podcast.A few years ago, I presented at an Invesco [...continue reading]

Free Webinar on Due Diligence Best Practices — 1-800 Flowers, Sullivan Cromwell — August 6

Please join me next Thursday, August 6 for the second in The Deal's complimentary 3-part series on Corporate Development: "Due Diligence Best Practices". The Deal's Ken Klee moderates. My fellow panelists are Frank Aquila, a leading partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's M&A Group, and [...continue reading]

Speech in London, Sep. 7: How Professional Investors Elicit Maximum Information in Minimum Time from Industry Sources

I'll be speaking in London next week and hope that you will join us: Straight from the Horse's Mouth: How Professional Investors Elicit Maximum Information in Minimum Time from Industry Sources Sponsored by the Harvard Business School Club of London Thursday, September 7, 6:30pm [...continue reading]

Why not to trust news photos

I normally don't discuss political topics on this blog, but this particularly struck me as an example of one of my favorite themes: the importance of 'peeling the onion'.At first glance, it's just a picture of smoke from damaged buildings from the conflict in the Mideast. At second glance, it's a [...continue reading]

TieCON East: Trends in Investment Research and Due Diligence.

My colleague Scott Lichtman took some detailed notes on the TieCONEast panel last week on "Trends in Investment Research and Due Diligence". Podcast is here. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Graham Field, Managing Director, AQ Research (Moderator) Graham is the Managing Director of AQ Research, [...continue reading]

How to Dig Deep Online to Profile an Executive

How to Dig Deep Online to Profile an Executive [...continue reading]

Digging deep online to profile an executive (how to)

Digging deep online to profile an executive (how to): get their salary data, their home's value, their photo, and lots of other information. [...continue reading]

How to do competitive intelligence gathering via phone

The advice in this article on How to do competitive intelligence gathering via phone are applicable to anyone who does research. This article was the 2003 Fletcher winner for original writing in Competitive Intelligence ('CI'). [...continue reading]

The Secrets of Great Due Diligence

The Secrets of Great Due DiligenceSealing the deal is the easy part; first comes due diligence. Here's how to calculate your target's stand-alone value. A Harvard Business Review excerpt. [...continue reading]