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How enterprise can learn from the innovation economy

One of the core functions of a VC is to identify the next generation of disruptive companies.  I presented last month to a Microsoft senior executive offsite on how large corporations can do the same, to inform their investing, M&A, and competitive intelligence.  My presentation was based on my [...continue reading]

Startup Grind interview (with vertical pushup)

Last month I did an on-stage interview with Peter Crysdale of Startup Grind. You can read a summary at AlleyWatch. For fun, I did an on-stage vertical pushup at the end of the interview (skip to 44:00). [...continue reading]

How to Judge an Investment Proposal (especially at Pitch Contests)

I periodically serve as a judge at pitch events for companies raising funding. In every case, I'm assessing each company against our standard criteria for investing. You can see a video of a recent pitch contest where I served as a judge here. For some of the new employees at our firm, I put [...continue reading]

How to keep the people attending your event alive (updated for COVID)

Do you organize events?  Do you like your attendees alive? Event organizers like their attendees to be energetic, enthusiastic, and preferably, alive.  In a post-COVID era, event organizers have a particular responsibility to minimize disease transmission. Some ideas on how to do this, based in [...continue reading]

Turning the Tables: How to Make Venture Capitalists Pitch You

I’m returning to Capital on Stage this fall in New York. Last year, 19 other VC fund Partners and I pitched to 170 attendees; this year the conference organizers expect a similar turnout. You can see online my own pitch and all the other VCs pitching last year in NY  . To attend, apply via the [...continue reading]

How To Add Powerful (and Legal) Stock Photos To Your Presentations

What do you remember better? Pictures or words? The evidence is clear: people have better recall for images than text.  Including attractive images that dramatize your speaking points will significantly increase your efficacy as a speaker. Based on my experience in investment banking and [...continue reading]

How To Present So People will Hear

You probably have to make presentations, but does the audience hear what you’re saying?  And do they believe it? Based on my experience in investment banking and strategy consulting, I've put together a 3-part series on how to prepare memos and presentations that people will read and believe. [...continue reading]

Miami: A Hot Spot for Venture Capitalists

(from my guest column in the Miami Herald) A few weeks ago, I had my first-ever opportunity to visit the Miami startup ecosystem.  I was visiting as part of Terrapinn Private Equity World, a leading private equity conference for the Latin American technology community.  You might assume the event [...continue reading]