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Asset Management Is a Peculiar Industry Ripe for Disruption

“One summer day, probably in the 1870s, friends of a major short-seller got together on the shores of Newport, Rhode Island, where they admired the enormous yachts of New York’s richest brokers. After gazing long and thoughtfully at the beautiful boats, the short seller asked wryly, ‘Where are the customers’ yachts?’” Jason Zweig, in his...

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What is the Best CRM and Marketing Tech Platform for a New Private Equity/Venture Capital Fund?

One of the first decisions we had to make in setting up our new VC fund, Versatile Venture Capital, was our CRM and marketing technology infrastructure.   I’m very interested in the tech stack of private equity/VC firms, both to improve the efficiency of Versatile VC and also as a focus area for our investing. I...

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5 Innovative Fundraising Methods for Emerging Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

How do you raise money for your venture capital or private equity fund from family offices and high net worths?  I see five innovative new methods for raising capital which emerging managers such as Versatile VC are using, which I’ve ranked in roughly descending order of popularity:  Join the online communities and virtual conferences where...

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How do you attract family offices and other large investors to your direct investing platform?

One of the best business models ever is creating a marketplace between investors and investment opportunities. However, the challenge with this two-sided market is: how do you get the investors to show up? It’s hard enough to get the retail investors, but the family offices and other large check writers are even more challenging. I’ve...

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11 Ideas to Organize an Event Family Offices Want to Attend

Lots of event planners and anyone raising capital want to attract family offices. But how?   I’ve identified a range of best practices that I’ve seen other organizations use in serving the family office community, in roughly declining order of impact: 1. Advertise that the event is strictly gated to family offices, and detail how you...

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New video: How Private Equity and VC Investors Accelerate Portfolio Company Success

I just spoke at the London Business School Multiple:X conference Friday on How Private Equity and VC Investors Accelerate Portfolio Company Success, based on my Journal of Private Equity research study. I’ve embedded below my presentation and the video.  ...

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Should you give an anchor investor a stake in your fund’s management company?

Raising capital for a new fund is always hard. Should you give preferential economics or other benefits to a seed anchor investor, who makes a material commitment to the fund?  These “VCs for investment management companies” are also known as GP Stake investors or fund platforms.  According to DocSend, “About half the VC firms in...

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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. And even the firms that hire a placement agent...

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