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Who is building the Renaissance Technologies of Private Markets?

The AIR Summit ("Alpha Innovation Required") just posted the video and slides from my keynote on, "Who is building the Renaissance Technologies of Private Markets?" (To see the video, please click the image below, and then click on the Play button.) I wrote a detailed paper on this here. [...continue reading]

Should you raise traditional VC or Revenue-Based Investing VC?

 Most founders who are raising capital look first to traditional equity VCs. But should they?  Or should they look to one of the new wave of Revenue-Based Investors? Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) is a new form of VC financing, distinct from the preferred equity structure most VCs use.  RBI [...continue reading]

Should your new VC fund use Revenue-Based Investing?

You’re working on launching a new VC fund; congratulations!  I’ve been a traditional equity VC for 8 years, and I’m now researching Revenue-Based Investing and other new approaches to VC. The question I’m asking myself: should a new VC fund use Revenue-Based Investing, traditional equity VC, or [...continue reading]

Why are Revenue-Based VCs investing in so many women & underrepresented founders?

A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt. Many are reporting that they’re seeing a more diverse pool of applicants than traditional equity VCs… even though [...continue reading]

Who are the major Revenue-Based Investing VCs?

So you’re interested in raising capital from a Revenue-Based Investor VC.  Which VCs are comfortable using this approach? A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors (“RBI”) are emerging.  This structure offers some of the benefits of traditional equity VC, without some of the negatives of equity VC.  [...continue reading]

Revenue-Based Investing: A new option for founders who care about control

Does the traditional VC financing model make sense for all companies? Absolutely not. VC Josh Kopelman makes the analogy of jet fuel vs. motorcycle fuel. VCs sell jet fuel which works well for jets; motorcycles are more common but need a different type of fuel.  A new wave of Revenue-Based [...continue reading]

In Venture Capital, Should You Be a Momentum or a Value Investor?

  As a venture capitalist, should you be a Momentum or a Value investor? To simplify, there are two classic approaches to public markets investing.  The first is Momentum Investing, “a strategy to capitalize on the continuance of an existing market trend”, which usually meaning that the [...continue reading]

Venture Capital compensation data and recruiters list

If you’re looking for a job in venture capital (or private equity), here is my list of sources for compensation data, plus all the recruiters I’m aware of who do searches for roles inside venture capital firms, Analyst through Partner level. Compensation Benchmarking Data: Salary, Bonus, [...continue reading]

Marketing Your Portfolio Companies to Other Investors

One of my most important responsibilities as a VC is recruiting appropriate co-investors and follow-on investors.  See How VCs structure a syndicate and recruit coinvestors for more on this. I’ve provided here a template for sharing profiles of your companies with other VCs.  At every VC where [...continue reading]

How VCs Can and Should Invest in Later Rounds

You have to know when to hold them and know when to fold them.  So when a company in which I’m an investor is raising a later round, should we (the VC investor) keep our pro rata or get diluted?   My view is that one should always make this decision on an individual company basis.  Almost all VC [...continue reading]

Checklist for Launching a New Venture Capital Fund

I posted a while ago my syllabus on how to manage and invest a VC fund.  As a prequel, here are some of the resources I’ve found helpful in launching a new fund: What it takes to start your own venture capital fund Strategic Considerations For Start-Up Private Equity Fund [...continue reading]

The investment committee rejected you; what does that actually mean?

One of the most common ways a venture capitalist rejects you is a variation of, “I love you, I love your company.  I brought it up to the investment committee (“IC”)....but they turned it down.” What does that actually mean? Is this the business equivalent of telling a flame, “It’s not you, it’s [...continue reading]

Syllabus: how to launch, manage, and invest a VC fund

Over the past decade, I’ve (somewhat accidentally) put together on this blog a syllabus on how to launch, manage, and invest a VC fund.  Almost all my research is also relevant to private equity. I thought it would be helpful to compile my past articles in one place.  I break the process down into [...continue reading]

Why venture capitalists are investing in international startups

Why are more US VCs investing in international startups? Take a look at The Fortune Unicorn List: of the top 100 most valuable unicorns in 2016, 39 are currently based outside of the United States.  While fundraising of US VCs has dropped slowly as a percentage of global limited partner [...continue reading]

#MovingForward movement: VCs and a diverse, inclusive, and harassment-free workplace

HOF Capital recently joined the #MovingForward movement of VCs committed to diverse, inclusive, and harassment-free workplaces. The movement emerged at a founders dinner a few months ago when the question, “As an entrepreneur, if I experience harassment or discrimination, where do I report it and [...continue reading]

Limited partner due diligence on VC and private equity funds

As a VC, I have a standard due diligence list for companies I’m reviewing.  Similarly, our limited partner investors have their own due diligence standards, and we manage our firm to keep in line with their standards and expectations. The biggest risk for many VC and private equity funds is team [...continue reading]

How to scale a VC (or private equity) fund

Managers of VC funds typically want to grow their business aggressively, just like the founders we back.  But, we normally have a clear ceiling on how high we can grow AUM, before hitting practical limits to deploying capital within the traditional VC model.   My Partners at HOF Capital are [...continue reading]

How to get superior returns in VC

A friend of mine interviewed for a job with massively successful hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen.  My friend sat in the conference room, and Cohen walked in. He looked at his resume, and asked just one question: “What’s your edge?”  My friend got the job because his answer was differentiated, [...continue reading]