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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]

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]

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]

Institutional Investor publishes summary of our deal sourcing research

Chris Farmer and I have an article in today's Institutional Investor, summarizing the key findings from our research on deal sourcing: Would you invest in a company that only sold to 1 out of 80 leads? Or a company that typically took one year and 3 professionals just to close a single [...continue reading]

Presenting at Midwest ACG Capital Connection, October 19, Chicago

I'll be making the first public presentation of the results from our study on best practices in private equity deal origination at the 11th annual Midwest ACG Capital Connection, Tuesday, October 19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. I hope to see you there! The Midwest ACG Capital Connection [...continue reading]

Final draft available: private equity and venture capital funds' best practices in originating new investments

We're in the last lap of editing our research study on best practices of private equity and venture capital investors in originating new investments, which has a particular focus on use of social media. We plan to publish this in a major private equity journal. If you would like to review a [...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]

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]

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]

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]

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]