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Seeking investors to participate in study on innovation in asset management

I’ve written in the past on how the investing industry is overdue for innovation.  I’m now launching a research project to better understand the emerging investment opportunities. We are seeking Partner-level investment professionals at hedge funds, mutual funds, VCs, sovereign wealth funds, pension [...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]

How startups are disrupting financial technology

I participated in the Milken Institute Global Conference last week, for the first time.  It was very worthwhile, a chance to connect primarily with other investors (mostly public markets/private equity), and a range of other people (media, tech, academics, etc.)   I definitely recommend attending if [...continue reading]

Where are the deals? How VCs identify the next generation of winning companies

You’ve probably read dozens of articles about how to raise capital from venture capitalists. However, as a VC, we have the opposite problem: how do we find companies in which to invest? It might appear that origination is becoming much easier because of new tools like AngelList and the SEC moving [...continue reading]

Asset Management Is a Peculiar Industry Ripe for Disruption

Since I became an institutional investor, my #1 learning is: this is a highly unusual and somewhat baffling industry.  Asset management shows the traditional earmarks of an industry ripe for disruption -- most obviously, unhappy customers and extremely profitable incumbents.  Despite this, it’s [...continue reading]

How to Keep the People Attending Your Conference Alive

Do you organize events?  Do you like your attendees alive? Conference organizers like their attendees to be energetic, enthusiastic, and preferably, alive.  However, I see a lot of conference organizers who are doing the opposite: degrading the health of their attendees. Joe Reilly organized 50 [...continue reading]

Recruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers

I finally got around to posting the video from a Founder Institute class I taught earlier this year onRecruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers . Although I focused on recruiting technical talent, my points are applicable to recruiting in general. Feedback always welcome! [...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]

Private Equity and Social Media

I’m giving a talk next month on “How Private Equity Funds Raise Capital and Source Deals with Social Media” at Terrapinn’s Private Equity Latin America & Real Estate Latin America conference in Miami.  I discuss this topic in more depth in an earlier article I wrote. Here's my draft [...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]

Guaranteed Process: How to Get Married This Year

I’m giving a talk this weekend at Limmud NY and then in a month at Limmud FSU on "Investment Banking in the Marriage Market: Find Your Dream Spouse without the Drama". In this presentation,  I take the same standard process that works for sales, raising capital, and sourcing deals, and apply it to [...continue reading]

Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

(I previously published this at Techcrunch.) Modern encryption systems are, in theory, exceptionally secure. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), for example, is so sophisticated that all known attacks are considered computationally infeasible. It is no surprise then, that the NSA considers [...continue reading]

How Private Equity Funds Are and Should Be Using Social Media

PEHub just posted this guest article: Can professional investors use social media?  Or, is social media strictly for teenagers and staying in touch with your friends? Historically, institutional investors kept their investing strategy and their activities very discreet. Today, however, some are [...continue reading]

How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Companies

Drew Hansen just posted a very interesting piece on Forbes on, “How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups”.  He draws on the research study my coauthors and I are about to publish on best practices in how venture capitalists increase the odds of company success through operational [...continue reading]

Free Video: How to Hack Your MBA

Evisors just posted the video from my recent webinar on "How to Hack Your MBA". Since 1992, I've been working on a book tentatively titled "Hack your Education: How to Squeeze Maximum Value from College or Graduate School". I've posted on my site the expanded slides from the webinar and a [...continue reading]

How to Hack Your College or Graduate School Education

You're likely investing $20,000-$50,000/year, plus opportunity cost, to attend school.  How can you maximize the benefits of all the years and all the money that you are investing? I have a tentative answer.  Below is the outline of a book I’m writing tentatively titled, “How to Hack Your [...continue reading]

Why We Chose Salesforce CRM Over Zoho

I finally did it: I've moved my contact database over to the web.  After extensive research of different CRM solutions (thanks BestVendor), we're working with Salesforce.com.  We also used Salesforce heavily at one of my prior companies, Circle of Experts. I've been a loyal Act user for my [...continue reading]