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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]

New video: best practices in venture capital sourcing

I just posted the video from my keynote talk at the Ascent Conference on best practices in VC sourcing. For the full slide deck and other resources, see: Where are the deals? How VCs identify the next generation of winning companies. (This video references "S.O.P. Ventures", which was the name of [...continue reading]

ESG in Venture Capital: Interview with Blue Future Partners (VC Fund of Funds)

Blue Future Partners, a venture capital fund of funds, recently interviewed me on ESG in venture capital. Here's what I said: In your career in tech and VC, how has your focus on ESG responsibility changed over time? There’s an old line from Victor Hugo: “If a man is not a [liberal] at twenty, it [...continue reading]

Family Office Association interview: VC and Disruption of the Investment Management Industry

Angelo Robles, CEO of the Family Office Association, just posted a video interview with me on "Venture Capital and Disruption of the Investment Management Industry". I've written more on the topic here. [...continue reading]

New video: Ideas for Hedge Funds to Identify Macro Themes and Trade Ideas

I recently presented at Alpha Events' "AI and Data Science in Trading" conference on new methods to identify macro trends (especially technology macro trends), and more narrowly trade ideas for public market investors. Below is the video and slide deck I'm drawing from my research on [...continue reading]

How to find competitors’ pitch decks

I advise my portfolio companies to be careful about what information they make searchable publicly.  But on the other side, I definitely recommend seeing what information others have made public. As you design your investor deck and run competitive intelligence, you’ll benefit a lot by looking at [...continue reading]