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How Entrepreneurs and Executives Can Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

I presented a few weeks ago to the American Marketing Association Executive Forum on how their members can work with and earn money from private equity and venture capital funds. I discussed all of the major engagement models: Expert Networks, Consulting, Interim Executives, Advisors, Board Members, [...continue reading]

How to Negotiate a Partner Role at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Firm

It’s hard enough to get a job at a venture capital or private equity firm; it’s even more complex to join as a Partner.  I thought it would be helpful to put together some notes on market norms and issues to consider in negotiating a partnership at an institutional investment firm.  These are many [...continue reading]

Ready to Join a New Management Team? Here’s How to Do Your Due Diligence First

I get emails every week from mid-level and senior executives who want to join a growth company. You’re going to be spending 40+ hours/week with your new colleagues, which is more time than most of us spend with our spouses. So I put together some notes on how to due diligence a management team, from [...continue reading]

Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor

Historically VC has been an apprenticeship business.  That said, I’ve identified quite a few microcredentials, conferences, and other learning opportunities which will help train you to be a better investor.  I’ve also published research here on private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and [...continue reading]

Recent Books: Paleo, Angel Investing, Mediation, and Career Acceleration

I read a few books over the last year that I thought were worth highlighting/recommending:The book that has had the most practical impact on my life was The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant.  This is a thoughtful analysis and explication of the “paleo” or [...continue reading]

Top 9 Easy Career Hacks That Most People Don’t Do

I agree with Brad Feld: Most people flake.  If you’re not a flake, you are far more likely be trusted, promoted, and funded.  If you execute on the steps below, you’re well on your way to being a top quartile performer.I gave a presentation to Womensphere a few months ago on the most valuable [...continue reading]

How To Present So People will Hear

You probably have to make presentations, but does the audience hear what you’re saying?  And do they believe it?Based on my experience in investment banking and strategy consulting, I've put together a 3-part series on how to prepare memos and presentations that people will read and believe. [...continue reading]

How to Write a Memo That People Will Actually Read

I spent many late nights as an investment banker and strategy consultant early in my career.  My #1 learning from that experience (besides financial modeling) was how to communicate in an effective way, particularly with senior executives.  As  training now for my team at ff Venture Capital, I’ve [...continue reading]

How to Hire a New Employee and Make Sure You Don’t End Up Firing Them

(also posted in Forbes.)You just hired a new employee for $100K; congratulations!Recruiting is expensive.  You probably spent 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her (her recruiting cost ratio), and if she leaves early you’ll lose another 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her [...continue reading]

How To Start Your New Job And Not Get Fired

Congratulations on your new job!  Now, how do you make sure that you keep it?46% of newly-hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success, according to a study by Leadership IQ. Of those that fail, only 11% lacked the necessary technical skills. The [...continue reading]

3 Ways Proven Executives Get Paid To Work With Early-Stage Companies

Drew Hansen recently posted in Forbes a summary of my presentation (included below) on Career Opportunities with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies. His article is here.   [...continue reading]

How to End Your Job Search: Post Job Campaign Considerations

This is a guest post from Jim Kacena, Career and Job Search Coach, in Chicago, IL.  I received the article below via the International Executives Resource Group, of which I’ve been a long-time member.  (The IERG is a gated online community for senior executives with strong international [...continue reading]

Free Video: How to Hack Your MBA

Evisors just posted the video from my recent webinar on "How to Hack Your MBA".Since 1992, I've been working on a book tentatively titled "Hack your Education: How to Squeeze Maximum Value from College or Graduate School". I've posted on my site the expanded slides from the webinar and a [...continue reading]

Internship Opportunities at ff Venture Capital

 ffVC is looking for interns.  Specifically, we are looking for an intern to join our team to finish out the Summer and transition into the Fall.  We are looking for Fall and Spring interns as well.  If you're interested in learning more about venture capital, or our fast-growing [...continue reading]