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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.   [...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]

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]

How to get superior returns in venture capital

A friend of mine interviewed for a job with massively successful hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen.  My friend sat in the conference room, and Cohen walked in. He looked at his resume, and asked just one question: “What’s your edge?”  My friend got the job because his answer was differentiated, [...continue reading]

How to scale support of portfolio companies

As I’ve worked to build out HOF Capital’s portfolio acceleration platform, the #1 question I think about is: how do we scalably support our companies?  Large private equity funds like KKR can afford to pursue a consulting model (Capstone), typically with associated fees, but that doesn’t normally [...continue reading]

Interview with Harry Stebbings: How VCs Find Startups and How To Add Value Once Invested

Harry Stebbings posted an interview with me on "How VCs Find Startups and How To Add Value Once Invested", among other topics. This was his 95th interview on his 20 Minute VC podcast series. Listen here [...continue reading]

Free Copy of The Lower-Risk Startup: How Venture Capitalists Increase the Odds of Startup Success

One of my responsibilities is helping to accelerate value creation in our portfolio companies. I published the first research study on this topic in the Journal of Private Equity, peHub, Betabeat, and Techcrunch. The Journal of Private Equity has now (temporarily) made our full study available for [...continue reading]

How an Indiana Accelerator Helps Its Companies to Succeed

I met some time ago with Brad Wisler, co-Founder of SproutBox, and shared with him our research on portfolio value creation by venture capitalists.  He wrote a thoughtful note, which I’ve shared below, with permission: David, Thanks for sharing this paper with me. I love the title, which [...continue reading]