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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 we don’t have any NSFW content, this is both surprising...

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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 ways you can work with...

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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 writers are even more challenging. I’ve...

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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 gated to family offices, and detail how you...

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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. And even the firms that hire a placement agent...

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Cheat Codes for Raising Capital from Venture Capitalists

We love founder(s) who can say any of the following: Mindset  “Not sure, but we’ll get back to you shortly” “We studied all of the past players who worked in this space, and here’s what we learned…” “We accomplished something difficult that most people couldn’t.” Even if it’s not in a business arena–e.g., you ran...

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The iconic VC-Backed founders are all White & Asian men. So why invest in diversity?

(co-written with Katherine Boe Heuck, a MBA candidate at MIT Sloan (class of 2022) and a past intern at Versatile VC, Metaprop NYC, and InQTel.) What can we learn from the best venture capital investments of all time? Well, we learn to invest exclusively in men, preferably white or Asian.  A year ago, we reviewed...

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Free Money for Startups

We have added a large new section to the Versatile VC website with some of the best sources of free money for tech-enabled founders. That’s free as in “free beer”, not free as in “free speech”. Free tech accelerators: No equity, no cash Free money and support from the Fortune Global 500 and Fortune Global...

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