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Social Media Week panel-News Dissemination in a Social Finance World

I enjoyed today's panel at Social Media Week, with Paul Murphy of the Financial Times, presenting FT Tilt, followed by a panel on "News Dissemination in a Social Finance World". Howard Lindzon was a highly entertaining moderator. Twitter tag for discussion: #SMWFT FT Tilt is a new [...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]

Oodle acquires Grouply

Congratulations to the team at Grouply on their sale to Oodle! I've been on the Advisory Board of Grouply since its very early days, and am an enthusiastic user. It very significantly increase my efficiency by allowing me to monitor more online communities than I could otherwise keep an eye on. [...continue reading]

Social Networking for the Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry

I just learned that the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has finished their study on "Social Networking for the Equipment Finance Industry 2010". The executive summary is available at http://www.leasefoundation.org/IndRsrcs/MO/SocMed10/ ; the full study is $300. The author is Suzanne E. [...continue reading]

Our new Harvard Business Review article: Time for Investors to Get Social

I'm excited to report that we've started to release the results from our first-ever study on best practices in private equity and venture capital deal origination. My coauthor Chris Farmer (formerly Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners) and I published a summary in the current issue of Harvard [...continue reading]

Los Angeles Speaking Engagements, October 6-7: CFA Society, Keiretsu Forum, and Harvard Business School (Update to Keiretsu Forum)

I'm visiting Southern California October 5-8, and I hope that some of you will be able to attend one of my presentations there. I'll be discussing the results of my research project on "Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds' Best Practices in Deal Origination". A preview of my slides [...continue reading]

Managing the Online Identify of a Venture Capital/Private Equity Firm

Seth Levine has posted the slides from his portion of Thomson Reuters Buyouts recent webinar on "Boosting Returns with Web 2.0 Technology". Also, Buyouts magazine has posted a detailed summary of the panel. You can get a sense of my slides on the deal origination page of my site. [...continue reading]

CRM Survey of Alternative Asset Community

Touch Ahead Software conducted two separate surveys at both the ACG Intergrowth Conference in Las Vegas and the ACG Growth Conference in Boston in 2009 on the alternative asset community's CRM use and experience. Download results. Most surprising, EquityTouch found that 37% were using no formal [...continue reading]

How to Protect You and Your Company Against Hackers — at No Cost

Twitter's security meltdown has done a fantastic job of publicizing how vulnerable a modern, cloud-based company can be to a determined hacker. I have been surprised that in the numerous articles about how to protect yourself against hacking, I have seen very little mention of the powerful [...continue reading]

Hedge Funds Feel Tug of Internet Matchmaking

Institutional Investor reports on a range of startups trying to create platforms for investors to connect online with hedge fund managers. Members-only Web sites with names like CapIntro.com, HedgeACT.com and HedgeConnection.com promote their online offerings as an alternative to real-world [...continue reading]

Social Media, Investor Relations, and Expert Networks

Brian Solis has a lengthy post at Techcrunch on Social Media and Investor Relations. There's a lot of material there, but I think he omits the area in social media through which the most market-moving information is flowing: expert networks. [...continue reading]

Liveblogging The Smart Money of Crowds: Collaborative Investing Startups

I'm liveblogging notes from tonight's MIT Enterprise Forum event on The Smart Money of Crowds: Collaborative Investing Startups. This was not hard to organize, and I'm very happy with how the event turned out. You can see the Twitter discussion via hashtag MIT0407. Panel Biographies [...continue reading]

Content is Dead, Community is King? The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry

My colleague Jesse Mandell took detailed notes on the recent SIIA panel on Brown Bag Lunch: Content is Dead, Community is King? The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry". You can view the web broadcast at no charge here. Panelists: Leslie Forde, VP [...continue reading]