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Writing about all things community, talent and platform in venture capital. Former executive recruiter at True Search & Head of Platform at Underscore VC.

This article is part of a series of posts for venture capital platform leaders and investors introducing strategic frameworks to more effectively design a VC firm’s platform strategy.

In previous posts, I have discussed the role of community for venture firms, and how funds can focus and prioritize their community based on their unique attributes. While those are vital building blocks to a great VC community strategy, without an intentionally designed and integrated plan for community engagement, most firms will fail to realize the true power of community as it relates to long-term fund objectives.

Generally, there are four components…


This article is part of a series of posts for venture capital platform leaders and investors introducing strategic frameworks to more effectively design a VC firm’s platform strategy.

Venture capital is inherently a people-focused business, where individual relationships are the most critical differentiator for any firm. As previously discussed, there are three categories of engagement that firms use to build and strengthen these human relationships.

Often, a firm prioritizes their efforts based on which communities and sub-communities are most important and most uniquely aligned to the firm’s strategy.

All venture capital firms can generally organize the potential scope of their…


This article is part of a series of posts for venture capital platform leaders and investors introducing strategic frameworks to more effectively design a VC firm’s platform strategy.

As the venture capital industry has expanded over the last two decades, it has become increasingly obvious that there is a single asset that impacts the success of an investment firm, and no, it’s not capital. In the VC world, the only asset of importance today is people. …


This article is part of a series of posts for venture capital platform leaders and investors introducing strategic frameworks to more effectively design a VC firm’s platform strategy.

In venture capital, platform has become a quickly adopted, yet still rarely understood term. The truth is that platform can mean a lot of things to a lot of different firms, and in fact, that is by design. …


During my tenure leading Underscore VC’s Community and Platform, one of the greatest highlights was being part of the VC Platform Global Community. My first experience with this community was our first “annual summit” in August 2016. I was 2 months into my role and had no idea what I was doing in this new and ambiguous world of “platform”.

In August 2016, ~40 VC Platform leaders met for the first ever VC Platform Summit in NYC

I finally felt a sigh of relief as I met incredible people who pioneered the concept of building a platform to support the growth of their firm’s portfolio companies. The community was unbelievably generous with their time and expertise to…

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