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May 26- Capital Roundtable Deal Sourcing Conference

The Capital Roundtable is holding a MasterClass May 26 on "Best Practices for Sourcing Quality Deal Flow & Developing New Business for Private Equity Funds", and I'm honored to be one of the speakers. The conference is being chaired by Bob Fitzsimmons, of High Road Capital Partners. It's in [...continue reading]

The reality of Profitably raising money from angels and VCs in New York

Adam Neary wrote an unusually open post about his experience raising $1.1m for Profitably, a provider of small business analytics. (Disclosure: I'm a Mentor for Founder Institute. Adam was one of our star students from the first class in New York, when Profitably was just Adam, a Powerpoint, and a [...continue reading]

The Future of America’s Innovation Economy- Progress and Challenges at the USPTO

Image via Wikipedia I took fairly detailed notes at last night's panel on 'The Future of America's Innovation Economy Progress and Challenges at the USPTO'. It was sponsored by The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology; Seton Hall University School of Law; and the New Jersey [...continue reading]

Social Media Week panel-News Dissemination in a Social Finance World

I enjoyed today's panel at Social Media Week, with Paul Murphy of the Financial Times, presenting FT Tilt, followed by a panel on "News Dissemination in a Social Finance World". Howard Lindzon was a highly entertaining moderator. Twitter tag for discussion: #SMWFT FT Tilt is a new [...continue reading]

How the Networked Economy is Changing the Deal Origination ROI Paradigm

Peter Lehrman of AxialMarket posted this must-read Powerpoint on the evolution of private equity deal sourcing. I definitely agree with the points he makes here. Most interesting are his estimates of the cost for different methods of deal sourcing. We discuss in more depth a lot of these ideas in [...continue reading]

Invitation for angel investors: New York Founder Institute graduation ceremony, Thursday 3/25, 6pm

The New York Founder Institute graduation ceremony and investor preview is this Thursday, March 25, at 55 Broad Street, 6:00. Up to fourteen businesses are poised to graduate, ranging from a fantasy sports company with a family focus to a business designed to cure cancer. The best business to [...continue reading]

Entrepreneurial Education Programs in New York/Invitation to Founder Institute Investor Session

I've been very excited to see the boom in the New York startup community in the last 2 years, driven in large part by the shrinkage in the NY industries that traditionally lured some of the most entrepreneurial and aggressive personalities (finance, consulting, etc.) Michael Karnjanaprakorn posted a [...continue reading]

Launch of, a market for independent Wall Street research

Four days ago, a team of Wall Street veterans launched, a new marketplace for independent research providers. I met with the management team today. offers independent research providers a platform to distribute their intellectual property. Buyers pay subscriptions for [...continue reading]

Free Market Research for Entrepreneurs, at Founder Institute last night

I enjoyed participating in a panel last night on "Market Research for Entrepreneurs", as part of the Founder Institute's first series of New York programming. The other speakers were Nicholas Butterworth, President & CEO, Diversion Media; and Steven Haines, President, Sequent Learning [...continue reading]

Financial Executives Event: How to Find and Invest in Private Companies, Nov. 5, New York

I hope you'll be able to join us for the event below: "Private Equity and Venture Capital Deal Origination - Best Practices" Audax Group and Teten Advisors, LLC Sponsored by the Financial Executives Networking Group New York Chapter When: Thursday, 11/5/2009 5:30 PM to [...continue reading]

Martin Wolf and Robert Shiller: The Future of Investing

(Milton Friedman) I attended breakfast yesterday morning at the Levin Institute and heard a discussion between Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times, and Robert Shiller, Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics, Yale University. My notes follow: WOLF: [...continue reading]

International investment banks expanding and hiring in America

I enjoyed listening to Wednesday's panel discussion of the Harvard Business School Club of New York on Three International Investment Banks Expanding (and Hiring!) in New York. It was off the record, so unfortunately I can't share my notes. In organizing the panel, my colleagues and I developed [...continue reading]

Expert Networks' Future – Investorside Panel

I dropped by the Investorside conference last week to hear the panel discussion on 'The Future of Expert Networks'. Given my work in the expert network industry, I was excited to see some of my former competitors. The fastest growing sector of the $1.8b independent research industry are expert [...continue reading]

Sep. 22: Where are the Deals? Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds' Best Practices in Deal Origination

I hope you can join us on Sep. 22 evening for a presentation on "Where are the Deals?  Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds' Best Practices in Deal Origination ".  We'll be discussing preliminary findings from a white paper we're writing on this topic.  I'd like to thank our [...continue reading]

The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry, Oct. 31

I'm happy to be participating at a Software and Information Industry Association lunch /webcast on October 31 in midtown New York, on "The Promises and Risks of Social Networking in the Information Industry". The event is on "how your enterprise can profit from social networking: in promotion and [...continue reading]

Web 2.0 / Enterprise 2.0 in the Capital Markets Industry

I have attached below some notes from last Monday's Financial Markets World conference on Web 2.0 / Enterprise 2.0 in the Capital Markets Industry , at Bayard's, New York.   My own talk was on "How to Source Deals with Web 2.0 Technologies". It was focused on how private equity [...continue reading]

Secrets of Silicon Alley's Serial Entrepreneurs, Sep. 10, NYC

I’m looking forward to speaking at the monthly New York Software Industry Association meeting on September 10 in New York. The topic is ‘Secrets of Silicon Alley's Serial Entrepreneurs’. Carter Burden, Laurel Touby and I will be sharing our thoughts. (Personally, I think the key [...continue reading]

Peter Thiel, Paypal co-founder, on How New Technologies Thwart Government and Promote Freedom

I enjoyed tonight's talk by Peter Thiel at NYC Junto, on "How New Technologies Thwart Government and Promote Freedom". Junto is a libertarian-focused discussion group organized by Victor Niederhoffer. I've been following Peter's writing for a while, since we overlap directly in our [...continue reading]