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Why Governments Should Invest in Their Diaspora Founders

We are brainstorming a new solution to a widespread challenge in many countries: how to develop a self-sustaining, independent local tech ecosystem. Our proposal: governments systematically support funding for their diaspora founders, not just the local founders. I co-wrote this essay with [...continue reading]

Free Money for Student Tech Founders

Starting a new business as a student is daunting. How can you get free money and other support for your business idea?  Right here. We have collected a wide range of freebies, contests, accelerators, online communities, and VCs designed for student tech founders. I have been researching this [...continue reading]

Many people can’t see your website. Here’s how to fix it.

You’ve spent all that money and time building a perfect website, but can people actually see it? I periodically hear from friends at some large enterprises that they can’t see the sites we manage (VersatileVC.com, Teten.com, and PEVCtech.com), because their corporate firewalls block them. Given [...continue reading]

How to Win Consulting, Scout, Board, Operating, and Investment Roles with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

Would you like to work with private equity and venture capital funds? There are relatively few jobs directly inside private equity and venture capital funds, and those jobs are highly competitive. (See How to negotiate a partner role at a VC or private equity firm.) However, there are many other [...continue reading]

New video: To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear

I spoke today at the Ideagen Cloud, A.I., & Innovation Summit and summarized my second book, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. Here's the video: I hope you'll get our new book!  I've attached below the slides from the video: [...continue reading]

How do you attract family offices and other large investors to your direct investing platform?

One of the best business models ever is creating a marketplace between investors and investment opportunities. However, the challenge with this two-sided market is: how do you get the investors to show up? It’s hard enough to get the retail investors, but the family offices and other large check [...continue reading]

11 Ideas to Organize an Event Family Offices Want to Attend

Lots of event planners and anyone raising capital want to attract family offices. But how?   I’ve identified a range of best practices that I’ve seen other organizations use in serving the family office community, in roughly declining order of impact: 1. Advertise that the event is strictly [...continue reading]

Should Small Emerging Managers Use Placement Agents?

The pros and cons of choosing a placement agent for small funds It would make life a lot easier for emerging managers if they could outsource the entire fundraising process. But can you? Empirically, few small emerging investment managers hire placement agents, particularly in venture capital. [...continue reading]