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How the Networked Economy is Changing the Deal Origination ROI Paradigm

Peter Lehrman of AxialMarket posted this must-read Powerpoint on the evolution of private equity deal sourcing. I definitely agree with the points he makes here. Most interesting are his estimates of the cost for different methods of deal sourcing. We discuss in more depth a lot of these ideas in [...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]

Oodle acquires Grouply

Congratulations to the team at Grouply on their sale to Oodle! I've been on the Advisory Board of Grouply since its very early days, and am an enthusiastic user. It very significantly increase my efficiency by allowing me to monitor more online communities than I could otherwise keep an eye on. [...continue reading]

Social Networking for the Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry

I just learned that the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has finished their study on "Social Networking for the Equipment Finance Industry 2010". The executive summary is available at http://www.leasefoundation.org/IndRsrcs/MO/SocMed10/ ; the full study is $300. The author is Suzanne E. [...continue reading]

Our new Harvard Business Review article: Time for Investors to Get Social

I'm excited to report that we've started to release the results from our first-ever study on best practices in private equity and venture capital deal origination. My coauthor Chris Farmer (formerly Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners) and I published a summary in the current issue of Harvard [...continue reading]

Los Angeles Speaking Engagements, October 6-7: CFA Society, Keiretsu Forum, and Harvard Business School (Update to Keiretsu Forum)

I'm visiting Southern California October 5-8, and I hope that some of you will be able to attend one of my presentations there. I'll be discussing the results of my research project on "Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds' Best Practices in Deal Origination". A preview of my slides [...continue reading]

Managing the Online Identify of a Venture Capital/Private Equity Firm

Seth Levine has posted the slides from his portion of Thomson Reuters Buyouts recent webinar on "Boosting Returns with Web 2.0 Technology". Also, Buyouts magazine has posted a detailed summary of the panel. You can get a sense of my slides on the deal origination page of my site. [...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]