Announcing launch of MiniVC: my AI avatar (free)

After some experimentation, I built and launched MiniVC, an AI avatar of myself. Check it out! It requires a subscription to ChatGPT Plus. You might ask: how is this different from off-the-shelf ChatGPT? It’s designed to draw primarily from my research, 2 published books, and over 100 public presentations at leading universities and finance/tech conferences.  This...

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Raiz Capital: How we quantitatively assess founders’ odds of success

I’m excited to share the latest in PEVCtech’s periodic series on the tech and analytics stack of investment management firms. We’re fortunate to interview Greg Raiz, Founder of Raiz Capital, and Jess Lynch, Partner.  Raiz Capital is a member of the most recent Coolwater Capital cohort of emerging venture capital managers. David Teten: Please give...

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Diversifying the Cap Table, at the Worth Groundbreaking Women Summit

I was honored to be the only male speaker (other than Worth personnel) presenting at last week’s Worth Groundbreaking Women Summit. It was great to meet Jim McCann, principal of the family office which owns Worth. I was on a panel on Diversifying the Cap Table with La Keisha Landrum-Pierre, General Partner at Emmeline Ventures,...

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What should VCs do with zombie companies?

Inevitably, some of a VC’s portfolio companies will become “zombies”: not dead, but not growing. They have some technology and revenues, but morale is low. The CEO is hinting he’d like to get into VC or otherwise find a soft landing. Finding a buyer is difficult, because the company is not exciting to anyone, including...

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How Tiferes Ventures Uses AI to Make Better Investments

Tiferes Ventures is an AI-centric VC firm founded by Clark Valberg, co-founder and former CEO of InVision. Tiferes believes in eating their own dogfood, and recently organized an internal hackathon, in which all team members had to experiment with creating Custom GPTs for the respective processes they ran.  Michael Rubin, SVP Strategy and Chief Legal Officer,...

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Managing and Presenting to Your Board

I am delivering a webinar today for The Entrepreneur Cooperative (ECO) and Founder Org, a membership-based community for founders and CEOs of companies generating over $1 million in revenue. In this presentation, I discuss: Assembling and Managing your Board Running the Board Meeting Running Startup Experiments Preparing the Board Agenda and Deck and I include...

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