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Corporations speak: How I think about buying your startup

I’m kicking off a new series on this blog: detailed notes on events of interest to the investing and technology community.  Conrad Wadowski, Business Development at Xamtech, is initiating  with his detailed notes on the inaugural panel of the new Enterprise Tech Meetup.  Livestream video [...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]

Disruptive Companies in Asset Management

We recently hosted an idea dinner on "Disruptive Companies in the Asset Management Industry".The most attractive industries to disrupt are highly profitable ones, and asset management is traditionally a highly profitable industry. IMHO, the most successful disrupters in this area to date have [...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]

Update on our study on deal sourcing

It's been very exciting to see such a strong response to our recent research study on "Best Practices in Private Equity and Venture Capital Deal Origination", published in the Winter 2010 Journal of Private Equity. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic study on this topic; we have not [...continue reading]

May 26- Capital Roundtable Deal Sourcing Conference

The Capital Roundtable is holding a MasterClass May 26 on "Best Practices for Sourcing Quality Deal Flow & Developing New Business for Private Equity Funds", and I'm honored to be one of the speakers. The conference is being chaired by Bob Fitzsimmons, of High Road Capital Partners. It's in [...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]

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]