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How Versatile VC collaborates with other investors

In my meetings with family offices, VCs, and others, a frequent topic is how we collaborate with other investors. Here’s a summary of how we do that: – Other investors are frequently coinvestors/ followon investors in our portfolio. Join our AngelList Syndicate here. – We’ve published extensive research on how to build an investment management firm. We particularly have developed...

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My mother on living a healthy retirement

My mother Carol Teten has been CEO of an internet startup (which she sold while in her 70s), head of a theatrical dance company, and Chair of a college dance department. She also traveled the world (literally homeless) with my father, Jean Teten, for four years, when they were already in their 60s and 70s....

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New series: profiling the tech stacks of investment managers

We’re shortly going to launch a new series in which we profile the tech stacks (“technographics”) of investment managers and other financial services firms. We already have lined up our first victim volunteer; you’ll read more about his firm soon. The benefits to institutional investors of participating: Benchmark against your peers: learn from other comparable financial...

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14 Tips on How to Sell to Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

It’s hard enough to raise capital from VC, private equity fund, and family offices. How do you sell to them? I’m an investor in many companies which sell to these types of clients. I put together a cheat sheet with some of the sales best practices I’ve seen. I thought this would be helpful to...

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Alternative Data 101 for Students and Professors

I recently met with a friend who’s an economics professor, who agreed with me that one of the best ways for rising academics to make a mark is to acquire and mine new data sets. I prepared for him a summary of resources to help students source and understand new, alternative data sets. If you’re...

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How potential employees can due diligence a startup

Congrats on your job offer from a startup! Now, how do you make sure that the company is stable enough to at least pay you for the next year or so?  For an overview of how investors quickly assess a company, see 7 Minute Due Diligence. If you’re specifically concerned about financial viability, I suggest...

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Versatile VC joins VCs for Repro

At Versatile Venture Capital, we are proud to be part of VCs For Repro – a coalition of VCs united to support access to abortion. We recognize that reproductive rights are crucial to championing innovation, the backbone of our economy. And, it’s clear that most of our community agrees. This is a humanitarian and economic...

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Startups seeking to hire CEOs

Founders’ Next Move, Versatile VC’s community for founders researching their next move, continues to grow. We just posted in our online community details on two different startups that are seeking to hire a CEO. The first CEO role is pre-revenue and can be based anywhere in the US. The second role can be based in...

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