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Investor Audience Testimonials

Here is feedback from some of my past institutional investor clients and audiences:

We spent an afternoon with David discussing deal sourcing best practices. We covered a lot of territory that our firm had never discussed before. From reviewing the nuts and bolts of intermediary relationships to espousing the proactive use of social media, David has clearly established himself as one of the industry’s leading experts in the crucial area of deal origination. It was an enjoyable and eye opening afternoon.

Howard Ross, Partner, LLR Partners ($1.4b fund)

We invited David to present to our entire team on the best practices of deal origination within private equity firms. His presentation helped to generate a lot of conversation both with David and within our firm about what we’re doing well and what we can improve in our deal sourcing efforts. We were very pleased with David’s efforts and would recommend his work.

Pierre Schuurmans, Partner and COO, Birch Hill Equity Partners (C$2b fund)

As someone who has seen more presentations than I can remember – it truly is a wonderful thing when someone has the ability to make everybody in the room sit up and start thinking about their own business. As the keynote presenter at Terrapinn Private Equity World Latin America, David’s wit, clarity and tangible insights left the room buzzing! A truly terrific speaker – in fact the best I have seen in years.

Martin Kelly, General Manager, Finance Portfolio, Terrapinn

We heard great reports from attendees about David’s keynote at ACG Intergrowth 2009 on ‘How to Originate Deals, Win Clients and Raise Capital with Web 2.0 Technologies’. 56% of the audience rated his presentation as ‘Very valuable’ or ‘valuable’. InterGrowth is the world’s largest dealmakers conference, attracting more than 2,000 middle-market merger & acquisition professionals. David was an excellent addition for the event, based on his unique combination of expertise in investment banking, investment research, and Internet technologies.

– Gary A. LaBranche, CAE, President & CEO, Association for Corporate Growth

David is well researched and eloquently presents frameworks and best practices for helping professionals embrace new media. His presentation makes it easy to adopt technology that we expect to improve our business. As well, David gives a unique perspective on sourcing investment opportunities and the pros/cons of different models (old and new). Our session with David was definitely time well spent.

Andrew Saltoun, Managing Partner – Duane Street Capital

David Teten did an outstanding job for Thomson Reuters as lead speaker for an online seminar for private equity professionals this summer. David went the extra mile at every turn—helping us recruit additional speakers, spread the word to potential attendees, and ensure everything went smoothly during the actual event. Then there was the presentation itself, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anymore more articulate, engaging and determined to provide tailored, valuable ideas and insights. Most delegates who filled out a satisfaction survey found the program either valuable or extremely valuable.

– David Toll, Editor, Buyouts Magazine

We hosted one of David Teten’s presentations at the Euromoney Annual Hedge Fund Start-Up & Business Development Forum. Out of 40 speakers, David tied for first place for the highest speaker rating; he received a 1.4 on a scale of 1 to 5. Among the comments that delegates wrote: ‘Very out of the box thinking.’ ‘Great food for thought.’ The feedback from the delegates and sponsors who attended his program was that it was a great success and that they found it very useful. We would be happy to host David again at another event.

– Diane Higgins, Financial Markets, EuroMoney PLC

I wanted to thank you and congratulate you on the two outstanding presentations you made at the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors Winter Conference in Orlando. You were the highest-rated speaker on the combined ratings of knowledge base and presentation. We have had an enormous amount of extremely positive feedback. Needless to say you were a huge hit and one of the conference highlights. Your professionalism, personal involvement and overall support are very much appreciated.

– Michael Nall, Founder, Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

David Teten’s presentation to Golden Seeds, an angel group investing in women-founded and run companies, was insightful and valuable. His presentation was bursting with ideas on how to better utilize a tool we all use day in and day out: the internet. With a pragmatic approach, backed by interesting stats on industry deal sourcing, his recommendations were useful to our members, and would be valuable to any firm or organization interested in expanding their deal origination.

– Kindra Tatarsky, Director of Screening and Deal Flow, Golden Seeds (angel investor organization)