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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]

Limited partner due diligence on VC and private equity funds

As a VC, I have a standard due diligence list for companies I’m reviewing.  Similarly, our limited partner investors have their own due diligence standards, and we manage our firm to keep in line with their standards and expectations. I've listed below some of the tools we use to self-assess, from a [...continue reading]

Ready to join a new management team? Here’s how to do your due diligence first

I get emails every week from mid-level and senior executives who want to join a growth company. You’re going to be spending 40+ hours/week with your new colleagues, which is more time than most of us spend with our spouses. So I put together some notes on how to due diligence a management team, from [...continue reading]

Fundraising hacks for alternative investment managers: venture, private equity, hedge funds

Historically, the process of winning capital from limited partners has been opaque.  However, in the last few years a few have started to use social media and become more transparent.  I particularly like OpenLP.com, Origins, and the Raise blog, all of which include content from multiple LPs. [...continue reading]

Free Webinar on Due Diligence Best Practices — 1-800 Flowers, Sullivan Cromwell — August 6

Please join me next Thursday, August 6 for the second in The Deal's complimentary 3-part series on Corporate Development: "Due Diligence Best Practices". The Deal's Ken Klee moderates. My fellow panelists are Frank Aquila, a leading partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's M&A Group, and [...continue reading]

Why not to trust news photos

I normally don't discuss political topics on this blog, but this particularly struck me as an example of one of my favorite themes: the importance of 'peeling the onion'. At first glance, it's just a picture of smoke from damaged buildings from the conflict in the Mideast. At second glance, it's a [...continue reading]

TieCON East: Trends in Investment Research and Due Diligence.

My colleague Scott Lichtman took some detailed notes on the TieCONEast panel last week on "Trends in Investment Research and Due Diligence". Podcast is here. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Graham Field, Managing Director, AQ Research (Moderator) Graham is the Managing Director of AQ Research, [...continue reading]

How to Dig Deep Online to Profile an Executive

How to Dig Deep Online to Profile an Executive [...continue reading]