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How to Get World Class Experts to Support Your Company

As the former CEO of a professional expert network, I’m a firm believer in the value of speedy access to relevant experts.  I was excited to see that GLG (formerly Gerson Lehrman Group), the industry leader, is now offering a professional network service geared to the needs of the startup community: [...continue reading]

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on domain names and startups; part 1 was “Should a Startup Spend VC Funding on a Domain Name?”. I’ve written in the past about how to identify a great startup opportunity.  Let me propose a path few take: find an under-monetized domain name and start a [...continue reading]

How to Identify Market White Space – Cambridge MA, January 22

The Harvard GSAS Business Club / Harvard Graduate Student Council/ HBS eClub are hosting me on January 22 in Boston; I hope you can join us.  I'll be speaking on: “The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”  Tuesday, January 22nd, 6pm, Maxwell Dworkin Building, [...continue reading]

8/7: The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space

The "Thought Leaders in Business" series at the Yale Club of New York is hosting me on August 7 for a presentation on "The Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space”.  I'll discuss how investors and entrepreneurs can identify opportunities to build great businesses. [...continue reading]

Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates

I really enjoyed participating in OCE Discovery (Canada's largest innovation conference). Some of our most exciting companies (500px, Interaxon) are in Canada. I've attached below the video and slide deck on Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates.   Free Market [...continue reading]

OCE Discovery Conference in Toronto, May 14th – 15th

Next week I'll be traveling up to Toronto to speak at the country’s best trade show and conference Discovery 12 ("best" according to some awards the program has received).  I've been asked to talk about best practices in deal origination, and why our pipeline took us to Canada, where we made [...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]