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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]

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]

Miami: A Hot Spot for Venture Capitalists

(from my guest column in the Miami Herald) A few weeks ago, I had my first-ever opportunity to visit the Miami startup ecosystem.  I was visiting as part of Terrapinn Private Equity World, a leading private equity conference for the Latin American technology community.  You might assume the event [...continue reading]

Never Leave the Playground, part 2

I blogged some time ago a PBS video featuring Stephen Jepson, who is more agile than you are…and at age 72, he’s probably older than you too. I love (and share) his philosophy of active living and “never leave the playground”.  One of the influences of training in parkour is that I've gotten in [...continue reading]

Private Equity and Social Media

I’m giving a talk next month on “How Private Equity Funds Raise Capital and Source Deals with Social Media” at Terrapinn’s Private Equity Latin America & Real Estate Latin America conference in Miami.  I discuss this topic in more depth in an earlier article I wrote. Here's my draft [...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]