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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]

Flexible VCs With Structures Between Equity and Revenue-Based Investing

(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 Investing: a new option for founders who care about control II: [...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 Investing: a new option for founders who care about control II: [...continue reading]

New video: best practices in venture capital sourcing

I just posted the video from my keynote talk at the Ascent Conference on best practices in VC sourcing. For the full slide deck and other resources, see: Where are the deals? How VCs identify the next generation of winning companies. (This video references "S.O.P. Ventures", which was the name of [...continue reading]

An Investor’s Personal Social Media Tech Stack: In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers

What tech stack should a microinfluencer use? Most investors including me spend most of our day doing the same things people have always done in the job: in my case, due diligence, deal execution, etc.  However, being a “microinfluencer” is now also part of the job description.  In the future, [...continue reading]

New video: Private equity origination best practices

A few weeks ago I presented on "Where Are the Deals? Best Practices of Private Equity Funds in Origination" at the Wells Fargo SBIC Symposium, an event for their portfolio funds.  I focused on using technology for sourcing.  I've posted below the video and slide deck. VIDEO DECK   [...continue reading]

Venture capitalists eating our own dog food: Using technology and analytics to make better investments

(To see the video above, please click the image, and then click on the Play button.) Private equity and venture capital investors are copying our sisters in the hedge fund world: we’re trying to automate more of our job.  When I was single, I registered for (a lot of) dating websites. When I met [...continue reading]

Use agile budgeting to manage your business

Instead of budget approvals, monitor key metrics and give managers more flexibility Traditional budgets can be destructive and a huge waste of time. How should a growth company manage their budget?  Does the annual budget approval process even make sense in a fast-moving firm? My friends who are [...continue reading]