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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]

Launching a Portfolio Acceleration Platform at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

I’ve recently advised a number of emerging private equity and VC funds who are wrestling with the question: What are the highest impact steps they can take to support their portfolio companies?  Almost every private equity and venture capital investor now advertises that they have a platform to [...continue reading]

Interview on Revenue-Based Finance and Flexible VC

  Keith Harrington of Novel Growth Partners and Founder, Revenue-Based Finance Network, just posted the recording of an interview with me on revenue-based investing; flexible VC; and their future. Video [...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]

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]