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An Investor’s Personal Social Media Tech Stack: In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers

What tech stack should a microinfluencer use? Most investors including me spend most of our day doing the same things people have always done in the job: in my case, due diligence, deal execution, etc.  However, being a “microinfluencer” is now also part of the job description.  In the future, [...continue reading]

New video: Private equity origination best practices

A few weeks ago I presented on "Where Are the Deals? Best Practices of Private Equity Funds in Origination" at the Wells Fargo SBIC Symposium, an event for their portfolio funds.  I focused on using technology for sourcing.  I've posted below the video and slide deck. [...continue reading]

Let Your Freak Flag Fly: A Eulogy for my Father

My father, Jean Teten, passed away Monday, December 9, at age 90. He was far ahead of his time, and simultaneously out of time.  Dad was born in Paris in 1929. His father told him, “If you learn a trade with your hands, you can work anywhere in the world. If you get a degree, you can only work in [...continue reading]

VCs 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]

Free money for your impact tech startup

Congratulations!  You’ve decided to launch a technology-enabled startup with a positive social impact!  Nearly every major Silicon Valley venture-capital firm has now invested in a B Corp; maybe you will be one of them! Now the bad news: some venture capitallists have a bias against startups with [...continue reading]

Use agile budgeting to manage your business

Instead of budget approvals, monitor key metrics and give managers more flexibility Traditional budgets can be destructive and a huge waste of time. How should a growth company manage their budget?  Does the annual budget approval process even make sense in a fast-moving firm? My friends who are [...continue reading]

How to choose an investment banker…or replicate one

Should you hire an investment banker?  And if so, who? The good news: even if you are a small company and can’t afford a banker, you can synthetically and cheaply replicate a banker. That’s part of the value proposition of an institutional VC; I have been the (unpaid) investment banker for many [...continue reading]

Fundraising Hacks: What type of capital should you raise, and how do you meet investors?

How do you decide which investor you should target and raise capital from?   Venture capital is just one of many options to finance your business, and it’s typically the most expensive. The broader question is: what type of capital should you raise, and from whom? I find many CEOs/CFOs default [...continue reading]