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Raise Capital With The Skin You’re In: Blunt Truth from Don Charlton, CEO, The Resumator

How do you raise capital for your company when you’re not in the traditional social circles of the money people?  In particular, the VC industry is 76% white male and overwhelmingly straight; what if you do not fit into that bucket? I’m speaking on a panel this afternoon on fundraising for [...continue reading]

HBS Alumni Angels NY Accomplishments to Date, and Our New Chairman

 I’m happy to announce that Jason E. Klein, CEO of On Grid Ventures, will serve as the new Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY.  Jason is an experienced angel and company builder.  I’m shifting to “Chairman Emeritus” (an overly polysyllabic title).  I'll still be very [...continue reading]

Why Are Venture Capitalists (76% White Men) Ignoring The Future?

Why do so many venture capitalists ignore the single best predictor of the future: demographics? One of my particular interests is looking for women & minority entrepreneurs in which to invest.  It’s not because of personal ties; I’m yet another white male in the overwhelmingly white male VC [...continue reading]

Helping Women And Minorities Raise Angel Capital

In early 2012, my HBS Alumni Angels colleagues and I launched the Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP), an initiative to help women and minority-led businesses to raise capital from the Harvard alumni angel community.  This is a partnership between HBS Alumni Angels of Greater NY (HBSAANY) and the [...continue reading]

Don’t hire people you know!

  Countless psychology studies have proven that we tend to like people who look and/or think like us.  Peter Salovey, Dean of Yale College and a Professor of Psychology, taught my “Introduction to Psychology” class in college.  On the first day of class, he asked,  “Do you want to know [...continue reading]

Finalist Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Named in VCAP Program

HBS Angels of NY and the NAIC have named the finalist women and minority entrepreneurs of the Venture Capital Access Program; check out the press release below.  If you're from a major media outlet, please contact me to attend as a guest the pitch night in midtown Manhattan on June 27. Harvard [...continue reading]

HBS Alumni Angels assets for investing in women and minority-led startups

Harvard Business School is featuring an article about the Venture Capital Access Program on the website of the U.S. Competitiveness project. In the article, I discuss why we think that smart early-stage investors should target women and diverse entrepreneurs, and why we think HBS Alumni Angels in [...continue reading]

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

We are in the midst of two great disruptions to American business: the internet’s ongoing disruption of most traditional industries: finance, healthcare, retail, finance, fashion, etc. the shift of America to a majority minority country by 2050. Any company that aspires to maintain a [...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]

Webinar: The Great Recruiting Discrimination Debate

(from my friends at Accolo) The Great Recruiting Discrimination Debate - Round 2.5 with sound You are invited to participate in our next Webinar Debate with the EEOC and OFCCP on December 5th from 10:30 am to noon Pacific Time. For more event details and to register, go to [...continue reading]

Malcolm Gladwell on the social logic of Ivy League admissions

Malcolm Gladwell writes a great piece on The social logic of Ivy League admissions. Halfway through the book, however, Shulman and Bowen present what they call a "surprising" finding. Male athletes, despite their lower S.A.T. scores and grades, and despite the fact that many of [...continue reading]

South Asian, Chinese, Hispanic, French, and Russian Networks

In connection with research I did for my new book, The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, I worked with a variety of coauthors to write survey pieces on the ways that different special-interest communities build business relationships.  I have posted these articles on [...continue reading]