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First-ever survey of VC tech stacks

We think one of the industries with the greatest room for improved use of technology is venture capital itself.   Blue Future Partners, a fund of funds, and PEVCTech.com are now running what we believe is the first-ever large-scale survey of VC firms’ technology stacks. Filling out this survey [...continue reading]

Sales 2.0: why can’t sales be as efficient as online dating?

I’m teaching a class for Founder Institute July 8 on accelerating sales with technology.  This has been a passion of mine for well over a decade, ever since I realized how inefficient sales was and how technology could be used to speed up the process.  This is a core theme of my book, The Virtual [...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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

CRM Systems and Private Equity Deal Sourcing

Preqin and LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions just released a report on “CRM Systems and Private Equity Deal Sourcing”, based on a survey of 63 private equity funds. They report that 84% of respondents claim to source over 20% of their opportunities through proprietary deal flow. Based on our [...continue reading]

Expert Networks Rollup – Business Connect China merges with Evalueserve Circle of Experts and Tribeca Insights

Congratulations to Business Connect China, which is merging with my old company, Evalueserve Circle of Experts, and Tribeca Insights to form a new consolidated expert network, Advantus Global. Integrity Research reports, "At the high water mark, there were over 45 expert networks. By our count, the [...continue reading]

Update on our study on deal sourcing

It's been very exciting to see such a strong response to our recent research study on "Best Practices in Private Equity and Venture Capital Deal Origination", published in the Winter 2010 Journal of Private Equity. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic study on this topic; we have not [...continue reading]

How a Private Equity Fund Uses Social Media for Building its Investment Pipeline and Raising Capital

Most private equity funds (and the equipment finance industry) are well behind the VC industry with regard to their use of social media. Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners, calculates that of the approximately 1,000 venture capitalists in the US actively seeking deals, 10-15% [...continue reading]

CRM Survey of Alternative Asset Community

Touch Ahead Software conducted two separate surveys at both the ACG Intergrowth Conference in Las Vegas and the ACG Growth Conference in Boston in 2009 on the alternative asset community's CRM use and experience. Download results. Most surprising, EquityTouch found that 37% were using no formal [...continue reading]

Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds’ Use of CRM

    Paul Greenberg just posted a summary I wrote of how private equity and venture funds are using CRM at his blog. I've cross-posted it here:       Paul asked me to write a brief summary of the findings of my research on Best Practices in Private Equity [...continue reading]

Asset Managers and How They Power Their Businesses with Salesforce CRM

For our research project on VC/private equity deal origination, Renny Monaghan of Salesforce pointed me to a 2008 Dreamforce panel on Asset Managers and How They Power Their Businesses with Salesforce CRM. The video and Powerpoint are downloadable here. My notes follow. I think the most [...continue reading]

Sep. 22: Where are the Deals? Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds' Best Practices in Deal Origination

I hope you can join us on Sep. 22 evening for a presentation on "Where are the Deals?  Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds' Best Practices in Deal Origination ".  We'll be discussing preliminary findings from a white paper we're writing on this topic.  I'd like to thank our [...continue reading]