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How to Get Superior Returns in Venture Capital

A friend of mine interviewed for a job with massively successful hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen.  My friend sat in the conference room, and Cohen walked in. He looked at his resume, and asked just one question: “What’s your edge?”  My friend got the job because his answer was differentiated, [...continue reading]

How Entrepreneurs and Executives Can Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

I presented a few weeks ago to the American Marketing Association Executive Forum on how their members can work with and earn money from private equity and venture capital funds. I discussed all of the major engagement models: Expert Networks, Consulting, Interim Executives, Advisors, Board Members, [...continue reading]

The 9 Steps of Using Technology to Improve Investing in Private Companies: How Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors Are Eating Their Own Dogfood

Private equity and venture capital investors are copying our sisters in the hedge fund and mutual fund world: we’re trying to automate more of our job.  But we’re doing it slowly.VCs tout themselves as frontier technology investors, but most are using the same infrastructure tools they have used [...continue reading]

How to Identify Technology Trends for Macro Investors

I recently spent time with a hedge fund manager who asked for counsel on how he could identify macro trends (especially technology macro trends) which he could use to generate investment ideas.  The deck below summarizes my recommendations.  This overlaps with my research on origination for private [...continue reading]

Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services

I’ve presented at a few conferences lately on AI in financial services, particularly on how investors are using AI.  I’ve posted here an expanded version of my slides.  I provide an overview of why AI is a tool that so many people are exploring; what I think increases the odds of success for [...continue reading]

Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor

Historically VC has been an apprenticeship business.  That said, I’ve identified quite a few microcredentials, conferences, and other learning opportunities which will help train you to be a better investor.  I’ve also published research here on private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and [...continue reading]

Introduction to the New York Fintech Community

I recently met with a friend who’s a senior executive at a large investment management organization.  She said, “fintech is really interesting, but I don’t have a clue as to how to get started.”  So I shared with her my notes on who the players are in the ecosystem.  If there are additional players [...continue reading]

Institutional Investor’s Cover Story is Our Research Study on Innovation in Investing

We’re happy to report that Institutional Investor just published our research study as their April cover story: “Asset Managers, Prepare to Have Your Business Disrupted” (about 2,000 words). You can download the full study in PDF (10,000 words) or join the discussion around the paper here on [...continue reading]

How To Lose Fat And Gain Muscle With Venture Capital

Both founders and researchers in healthcare are spending far too much of their energy in areas where they’re not going to make maximum impact. Most health problems are self-inflicted, but the innovation economy doesn’t reflect the power of preventive healthcare.  Dr. An Nguyen and I just completed [...continue reading]

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities.  Our main goals are: to understand the cutting edge of new disciplines; meet potential founders/employees; and also to help the broader technology [...continue reading]

How to Get World Class Experts to Support Your Company

As the former CEO of a professional expert network, I’m a firm believer in the value of speedy access to relevant experts.  I was excited to see that GLG (formerly Gerson Lehrman Group), the industry leader, is now offering a professional network service geared to the needs of the startup community: [...continue reading]

How To Disrupt The Investing Business, With Katina Stefanova (Ex-Bridgewater Management Committee)

I had a conversation recently about the investing business with Katina Stefanova, who recently left Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world. I’ve always had great respect for Bridgewater, which unlike most investing organizations realizes just how critical processes and culture are to [...continue reading]

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on domain names and startups; part 1 was “Should a Startup Spend VC Funding on a Domain Name?”.I’ve written in the past about how to identify a great startup opportunity.  Let me propose a path few take: find an under-monetized domain name and start a [...continue reading]

Should a Company Spend VC Funding on a Domain Name?

This is part 1 of a 2-part series on domain names and startups; part 2 will be “Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name”.It is no coincidence that companies with the best domain names often tend to rise to the top of their space. Foursquare won vs. Gowalla, Loopt, and others. Wesabe [...continue reading]