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

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 my now-wife, I realized that any technology that can find me a spouse is a killer app....

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New techniques for identifying macro themes and trade ideas

I recently presented at the AI and Data Science in Trading conference on new methods to identify macro trends (especially technology macro trends), and more narrowly trade ideas for public market investors. I’m drawing from my research on origination for private equity/VC funds; how large corporates can identify the most relevant disruptive companies; and elicitation....

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Artificial intelligence in financial services

I’ve presented at a few conferences lately on AI in financial services, particularly on how investors are using AI.  I’ve posted here an expanded version of my slides.  I provide an overview of why AI is a tool that so many people are exploring; what I think increases the odds of success for companies using AI;...

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How to create competitive market maps with MarketMap.me

At least ¼ of the investment proposals I get have a “market map” of some sort: a graphic analysis of the competitive landscape.  I think competitive analysis is critical.  Any useful startups is trying to perform some useful job for a client, and you have to understand what people are currently using to get that...

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How to get world class experts to support your company

As the former CEO of a professional expert network, I’m a firm believer in the value of speedy access to relevant experts.  I was excited to see that GLG (formerly Gerson Lehrman Group), the industry leader, is now offering a professional network service geared to the needs of the startup community: GLG Share. When you’re...

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Update on our study on deal sourcing

It’s been very exciting to see such a strong response to our recent research study on “Best Practices in Private Equity and Venture Capital Deal Origination”, published in the Winter 2010 Journal of Private Equity. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic study on this topic; we have not found any other in-depth research...

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