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August 2019
Monisha Varadan (INSEAD MBA ‘10D), Kamal Hassan (INSEAD MBA ‘93D) and Claudia Zeisberger
 

Women-led businesses are nearly twice as prevalent in earlier funding rounds than in later rounds – almost 12 percent at accelerator and incubator stages, dropping to 8 percent at seed stage. By early-stage VC funding, women represent only 4 percent of investments. Do women find it harder to ask for money or is unconscious bias seeping in? Once women entrepreneurs have mustered the courage to put themselves through a ‘shark tank’-like experience in front of the VC, the numbers are not always encouraging. Women who pitch their venture successfully get less than half the average investment that men receive and the valuations for women-led businesses are far lower than that of men-led ones. To build their businesses with smart capital, women have to work much harder than men. 
 

 
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July 2019
Claudia Zeisberger
 

Last summer, Y Combinator (YC), the original start-up accelerator that has invested in more than 2,000 fledgling firms with a combined value of US$150 billion, sent acceptance emails to 11,000 of 15,000 applicants to its Startup School instead of the estimated 4,000 originally intended. Rather than jettisoning the surplus applicants, the company that nurtured the likes of Airbnb, Dropbox, Reddit and Quora decided to keep everyone on board. This year, YC will likewise accept all applicants to Startup School, a 10-week, free-of-charge massive open online course (MOOC), supplemented with virtual office hours and access to 15,000 founders worldwide. An unannounced number of those who complete the programme will be given a US$15,000 grant. As YC President Geoff Ralston, an INSEAD alumnus, told in a recent interview, “It's part of our goal to maximise the amount of entrepreneurship and innovation there is in the world.”

 
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April 2019
Alexandra Albers Schoenberg & Claudia Zeisberger
 

This article looks at how institutionalisation can aid family companies in Latin America survive and thrive long into the future.For this purpose, INSEAD surveyed 131 family firms and interviewed private equity experts.The study analyses the survey results, explores partnership opportunities between family firms and private equity investors, and examines areas of best practice that support sustainable value creation. It is vital that family firms enact policies and procedures that protect their competitive advantage, foster long-term growth, as well as bolster their mission and values.This research series includes individual case studies that can help family firms understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and learn from their peers. It constitutes a useful benchmark for all family firms in Latin America.

 
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March 2019
Mark Florman
 
This article highlights the practical issues and implications of a limited partner in a private equity fund, suggests factors to consider for investor when setting up a PE fund, focuses on the behavioural elements of being a limited partner, discusses the balance of GP & LP relationship.
 
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July 2018
Kamal Hassan, Claudia Zeisberger
INSEAD Knowledge
 
No matter your level of experience, early-stage investments are considered high-risk gambles. Why not treat them as such?
 
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April 2018
Claudia Zeisberger, Kevin Lu
INSEAD Knowledge
 
In the past couple of years, a number of the biggest and best-known GPs announced impact strategies. To understand this recent trend of responsible investing from a GP’s point of view, we had a conversation with Kevin Lu, one of the GPEI’s Distinguished Fellows, and the Chairman for Asia at Partners Group.
 
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March 2018
Ian Potter, Claudia Zeisberger
South China Morning Post
 
Overseas and Chinese personnel both have their merits, but one thing is clear – it is time to take stock of the development in home-grown talent
 
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March 2018
Britta Pfister, Claudia Zeisberger
The Business Times
 
Business families should consider segregating private assets early, think through after-sale scenarios, and how to create a joint platform.
 
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November 2017
Ian Potter, Claudia Zeisberger
South China Morning Post
 
Wealth generation, internet use and returning overseas talent will determine the pace of investment
 
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September 2017
INSEAD Knowledge
 
Governments have been unable to address infrastructure shortfalls. Private investors can help fill the gap.
 
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April 2017
Gautam Seshadr
INSEAD Knowledge
 
Tech companies want to stay private for longer, driving interest and liquidity in secondary markets.
 
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March 2017
Ian Potter
INSEAD Knowledge
 
Calls for a more inclusive style of capitalism are boosting a budding industry.
 
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September 2016
Avi Turetsky
INSEAD Knowledge
A small number of people account for the vast majority of value creation in private equity.
 
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September 2016

Graham Oldroyd
INSEAD Knowledge

The private equity approach to operational improvement is selective and takes place in phases.
 
 
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June 2016
Graham Oldroyd, Claudia Zeisberger
INSEAD Knowledge
 
Corporate acquirers can benefit from asking the same questions private equity firms ask themselves before pursuing acquisitions.
 
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August 2015
Ian Potter
INSEAD Knowledge
 
Institutional investors are increasingly interested in putting their money into social impact, but a gap remains between them and the people on the ground.
 
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May 2015
Britta Pfister
INSEAD Knowledge
 
Asian family offices are at a nascent stage of development; while they are keen to progress, there are clear philosophies they don't see the need to change.
 
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