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Launch of, a market for independent Wall Street research

Four days ago, a team of Wall Street veterans launched, a new marketplace for independent research providers. I met with the management team today. offers independent research providers a platform to distribute their intellectual property. Buyers pay subscriptions for [...continue reading]

Free Market Research for Entrepreneurs, at Founder Institute last night

I enjoyed participating in a panel last night on "Market Research for Entrepreneurs", as part of the Founder Institute's first series of New York programming. The other speakers were Nicholas Butterworth, President & CEO, Diversion Media; and Steven Haines, President, Sequent Learning [...continue reading]

Managing the Online Identify of a Venture Capital/Private Equity Firm

Seth Levine has posted the slides from his portion of Thomson Reuters Buyouts recent webinar on "Boosting Returns with Web 2.0 Technology". Also, Buyouts magazine has posted a detailed summary of the panel. You can get a sense of my slides on the deal origination page of my site. [...continue reading]

Free Webinar on Due Diligence Best Practices — 1-800 Flowers, Sullivan Cromwell — August 6

Please join me next Thursday, August 6 for the second in The Deal's complimentary 3-part series on Corporate Development: "Due Diligence Best Practices". The Deal's Ken Klee moderates. My fellow panelists are Frank Aquila, a leading partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's M&A Group, and [...continue reading]

Hedge fund investment patterns/quarterly reports/investment ideas/careers

Yaser Anwar, an unusually aggressive and career-savvy senior at York University, has a mailing list with interesting information about the current status of the markets, with a focus on hedge fund investing. He sends out content about twice a month. If you want to sign up for it, contact him at [...continue reading]

Social Media, Investor Relations, and Expert Networks

Brian Solis has a lengthy post at Techcrunch on Social Media and Investor Relations. There's a lot of material there, but I think he omits the area in social media through which the most market-moving information is flowing: expert networks. [...continue reading]

Liveblogging The Smart Money of Crowds: Collaborative Investing Startups

I'm liveblogging notes from tonight's MIT Enterprise Forum event on The Smart Money of Crowds: Collaborative Investing Startups. This was not hard to organize, and I'm very happy with how the event turned out. You can see the Twitter discussion via hashtag MIT0407. Panel Biographies [...continue reading]

Speech in London, Sep. 7: How Professional Investors Elicit Maximum Information in Minimum Time from Industry Sources

I'll be speaking in London next week and hope that you will join us: Straight from the Horse's Mouth: How Professional Investors Elicit Maximum Information in Minimum Time from Industry Sources Sponsored by the Harvard Business School Club of London Thursday, September 7, 6:30pm [...continue reading]

Getting the Scoop on a Future Boss

Anjali Athavaley of The Wall Street Journal writes on Getting the Scoop on a Future Boss: There are now more ways to get the inside scoop about an employer -- before you are hired. In the latest expansion of the Web phenomenon of social networking, more sites are launching features that make it [...continue reading]

Mr. Info: Take the Money-It's Free!

Late-night TV infomercial icon Matthew Lesko had advice for entrepreneurs: Take the money the government wants to give you. A report from a recent talk at HBS. [...continue reading]

Real-time Web Translation

T-Mail is offering Real-time E-mail Machine Translation. Just type in a URL of a site in French (or many other languages), and you can start surfing it. Slick. [...continue reading]

where to find an idea for your next great company

I speak with many people who are looking for ideas for a great company to start. As Amar Bhide (a professor of mine) observed: ideas are easy, execution is hard.For good ideas for startups , see Why Not? and/or Halfbakery. [...continue reading]