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New video: How Private Equity and VC Investors Accelerate Portfolio Company Success

I just spoke at the London Business School Multiple:X conference Friday on How Private Equity and VC Investors Accelerate Portfolio Company Success, based on my Journal of Private Equity research study. I've embedded below my presentation and the video.   [...continue reading]

Should you give an anchor investor a stake in your fund’s management company?

Raising capital for a new fund is always hard. Should you give preferential economics or other benefits to a seed anchor investor, who makes a material commitment to the fund?  These “VCs for investment management companies” are also known as GP Stake investors or fund platforms.  According to [...continue reading]

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. [...continue reading]

Free workshop on graduate school and college admissions

I’m about to come out with a book I’ve been writing since I was a Yale junior, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. My coauthor is Mandee Heller Adler, CEO of International College Counselors (ICC), one of the largest educational consulting companies in the world.  ICC [...continue reading]

15 Steps to Fundraising for Your New Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

Launching is easy; fundraising is harder. I’ve been fortunate to be a Partner at two different VC firms over the past 9 years, and we’ve grown AUM 10X both times. If you take the fifteen steps below, you’ll have the core of a high-performing fundraising and investor relations function.  Build [...continue reading]

My new book: To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear

 Dear Friends-I'm happy to share that Wiley is publishing a book I started writing while in college, To University and Beyond: Launch Your Career in High Gear. We believe this is an essential resource for all students in college and graduate school. It would mean a lot to me if you would [...continue reading]

Flexible VC, a New Model for Companies Targeting Profitability

(co-written with Jamie Finney, Founding Partner at Greater Colorado Venture Fund. His work on VC and small communities can be found at greatercolorado.vc/blog. ) This essay is part of a series on alternative VC: I: Revenue-Based Finance: a new option for founders who care about control II: Who [...continue reading]

How universities can keep alumni excited and connected

A new board member of the Alumni Association for one of the Ivies reached out and asked me for some ideas on how they could better engage their graduates. I took this as a challenge, and brainstormed a list of ideas on how universities can do more to engage their alumni community.  I thought this [...continue reading]