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My new book: To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear

 You can now pre-order my forthcoming book, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. People seem to like it: "This book delivers a roadmap for students looking to maximize their investment in higher education, offering the tools necessary to stand out among the crowds of [...continue reading]

Free Money for Startups

We have added a large new section to the Versatile VC website with some of the best sources of free money for tech-enabled founders. That’s free as in “free beer”, not free as in “free speech”. Free tech accelerators: No equity, no cash Free money and support from the Fortune Global 500 [...continue reading]

Reading list for analysts and associates in private equity/venture capital

Whenever we hire someone new to join Versatile VC, I tell them: Welcome! As background, I suggest you read: VC-specific resources Syllabus for how to launch, manage, and invest a VC fund Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor VCs eating [...continue reading]

How to find the right online communities

The user experience in the big, ungated social networks is getting steadily worse: spam, bots, fake news. There are three main solutions: technology (i.e., anti-bot tools, but that's an endless battle); gating; and/or curation/moderation. One result: I think we’ll see people spending [...continue reading]

Free workshop on graduate school and college admissions

I’m about to come out with a book I’ve been writing since I was a Yale junior, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. My coauthor is Mandee Heller Adler, CEO of International College Counselors (ICC), one of the largest educational consulting companies in the world.  ICC [...continue reading]

15 Steps to Fundraising for Your New Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

Launching is easy; fundraising is harder. I’ve been fortunate to be a Partner at two different VC firms over the past 9 years, and we’ve grown AUM 10X both times. If you take the fifteen steps below, you’ll have the core of a high-performing fundraising and investor relations function.  Build [...continue reading]

Flexible VCs With Structures Between Equity and Revenue-Based Investing

(co-written with Jamie Finney, Founding Partner at Greater Colorado Venture Fund. His work on VC and small communities can be found at greatercolorado.vc/blog. ) This essay is part of a series on alternative VC: I: Revenue-Based Investing: a new option for founders who care about control II: [...continue reading]

Flexible VC, a New Model for Companies Targeting Profitability

(co-written with Jamie Finney, Founding Partner at Greater Colorado Venture Fund. His work on VC and small communities can be found at greatercolorado.vc/blog. ) This essay is part of a series on alternative VC: I: Revenue-Based Investing: a new option for founders who care about control II: [...continue reading]