Sep 17, 2021 - Article

Breaking the Pattern Match: Outperformance Indicators for Venture Capital

Different Funds provides an analysis of 100+ variables around VC funds, paired with performance data, to surface dozens of correlations that can help LPs improve their manager selection process.

Aug 27, 2021 - Podcast

Turning the Tables on Notation: Introducing the #OpenLP Origins Podcast Miniseries

Sapphire Partners is bringing #OpenLP to Notation’s Origins podcast! Here’s episode one of the #OpenLP podcast miniseries, this time featuring Sapphire turning the tables on Notation to chat NYC tech, crypto trends, the evolution of the seed market, and much more.

Jul 09, 2021 - Twitter

How Emerging Managers Should Consider Incentive Mechanisms

This fantastic Twitter thread from Marco Cesare Solinas of Blue Future Partners advises managers on incentive design: “If there is somewhere you should avoid being creative, it’s here.”

Jun 11, 2021 - Article

Venture Diligence at the Seed Stage

Diligence at the seed stage of VC involves a mix of qualitative and quantitative factors. This fantastic model from Kauffman Fellows runs scenario analysis for your fund and illustrates dynamics around the quantitative side of diligence.

Apr 16, 2021 - Article

The Essential Guide to Syndicates

This guide defines what a syndicate is, how to work with syndicates, and why you should consider them as part of your fundraising journey as an organizer, an investor, or a founder.

"A lot of traditional Series A fund names not even in the top 20."

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The Weekend Read:

"Index funds have come to dominate public markets. But the shift towards indexing is spreading ... across tech, careers, and culture too – in what I call the index mindset."

@absoluttig of @foundersfund

https://luttig.substack.com/p/indexmindset

John-Austin Saviano, former CIO of the Berkeley endowment also chimes in on the track record question:

"If it were as ... simple finding firms with 'great' track records, we’d all just pay for a good database and allocate accordingly."

https://cyancapitalpartners.medium.com/what-about-track-records-aa677fa1a4d2

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