Resources for those interested in venture capital and private equity

PE and VC resources

Jason Heltzer
Mar 31 · 10 min read
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This list of resources is intended for the students in Chicago Booth’s Private Equity and Venture Capital lab as an augmentation to the class. It is designed to assist less experienced students learn more about the industry and for advanced students the ability to go deeper on topics of interest.

Email Newsletters and Blogs:

PE and VC:

PE

VC

  • A VC: Blog of Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures in NYC.

Twitter

I put together these curated Twitter lists so you can get up to the minute information on the industry. They are by no means comprehensive but is a great place to start. Consider using Tweetdeck to separate these from your normal feed.

PE

  • PE Resources (various news resources covering PE)

VC

  • VC Resources (various news resources covering VC and emerging technology)

Many of these lists include folks on RepIQ’s list, but not all.

Podcasts

  • Startup: Podcast about an entrepreneur starting a podcast company (so meta). Totally behind the scenes and unfiltered. It’s fabulous and a must for entrepreneurs and those interested in VC.

Trade Associations/Industry Data

These two trade associations are great sources of industry news, statistics and listing of member firms. Both also provide industry background publications, although from a biased point of view.

  • American Investment Council. Industry association for PE.

Interesting News Stories

Due Diligence

Due Diligence Resources:

  • Crunchbase: crowdsourced database of venture backed companies, venture financings and VC firms.

Internet Traffic/Mobile App Download Tools:

  • Quantcast: Best tool available for estimating traffic to a specific site. Note that the site uses a statistical extrapolation and often is off significantly, but can give you a good sense.

Paid Databases/Reports (many available through Booth):

  • Capital IQ. Great for information about funds and their portfolios.

Background Reading and Videos:

How to Raise Venture Capital:

  • How to Raise Money. Incredibly detailed and sage advice for entrepreneurs on how to raise venture money by super angel Paul Graham. However it is also extremely useful for aspiring VCs as it points out what makes a VC attractive or unattractive. It exposes some venture capitalists’ strategies on negotiation and getting into deals. Long post but worth the time to read it.

Business Models:

Books:

Anecdotes/War Stories:

History/Industry Emergence/Decline:

Reference/Textbooks:

Novels:

  • Barbarians at the Gate. Novel about KKR’s buyout of RJR Nabisco, considered the epitome of the mega buyout boom of the 1980s. Believe it or not, also a movie with James Garner.

Recruiting Advice:

Deals and Terms:

Fundraising/LPs:

Fund Operations:

Reporting:

  • ILPA reporting guidelines. Consider this a wish list from LPs. Also includes several helpful templates.

Geographic-specific Resources:

Chicago:

  • Built in Chicago. Social network/blog platform/event listing aggregator for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago.

NYC:

  • Built in NYC: Job platform and event listing aggregator for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York

San Francisco:

  • SiliconANGLE: news website focused on enterprise and emerging tech

Venture Evolved

Jason is a venture capitalist, business school professor and former software engineer. Jason is a Partner at Origin Ventures and he has been in the venture business since 2001. He also teaches the venture capital and private equity lab class at Chicago Booth.

Jason Heltzer

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Dad, venture capitalist at @OriginVentures, @chicagobooth professor, Chicagoan. I was a nerd before it was cool to be a nerd.

Venture Evolved

Jason is a venture capitalist, business school professor and former software engineer. Jason is a Partner at Origin Ventures and he has been in the venture business since 2001. He also teaches the venture capital and private equity lab class at Chicago Booth.

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