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18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors

The median investor looking at your proposal is in her 40s.  Her eyes are going, not to mention her brain.  I look at a lot of spreadsheets and analytic reports, and way too many are difficult to read and therefore hard to understand. In an effort to make my life easier, I’ve summarized here the [...continue reading]

How Large Corporations Can Learn From the Innovation Economy

One of the core functions of a VC is to identify the next generation of disruptive companies.  I presented last month to a Microsoft senior executive offsite on how large corporations can do the same, to inform their investing, M&A, and competitive intelligence.  My presentation was based on my [...continue reading]

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]

Market Overview of Lower Mid-Market Mergers, from the AMAA Winter Conference

I enjoyed participating in last week's Winter Conference of the Alliance of M&A Advisors. The slides from my talk on Best Practices by Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Hedge Funds in Deal Origination are here. The slides from my talk on How to Raise Capital using Online Networks are here. [...continue reading]

M&A in the blog and wiki software markets

Kathleen Reidy has posted a useful survey of M&A in the blog and wiki software markets. [...continue reading]

Evalueserve acquires Nitron Circle of Experts

I'm happy to report that Evalueserve has acquired Nitron Circle of Experts. I originally met with some of the senior management at EVS because I was recruiting them to consult for some clients. That conversation led to another conversation, and another, which led to an offer, which led to an [...continue reading]