Do you know your PEs from your VCs? An Introduction

In the next few days, I am publishing a four part blog series on Private Equity and Venture Capital and this post is by way of a brief trailer for that series.

Recent conversations with Entrepreneurs have highlighted to me that the arcane world of Private Equity and Venture Capital is not well understood.

There is consequently a steep learning curve for those seeking investment which can put them at a material disadvantage.  These posts will of course not level the playing field but hopefully will go some way to opening up an understanding of the topic.


I have made a short video to introduce the posts.

As can be seen from the Magic Hexagon above , I am covering six main topics in the four posts.

Monday 20th February 2012.

Part 1 covers the different Types of Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms.  The criteria here are not mutually exclusive.  I concentrate on the stage of development for VCs and the types of transaction for Private Equity.

Thursday 23rd February 2012

Part 2 of the series looks at the Key Investment Criteria that an entrepreneur will need to meet to be considered even in the intial stages by an investment firm

Monday 27th February 2012

In Part 3 I look at How to Approach an Investment Firm, discuss in more detail what they are looking for and suggest 6 Reasons Why Business Plans are Rejected.

Thursday 1st March 2012

In the final installment, Part 4, I discuss some of the Main Characteristics of the Financial Plan that will have to be prepared and conclude by trying to explain the main Six ways that the VCs and PEs make Money through their investments.

The blog posts are scheduled to be released at Noon UK Time.

I would be very interested to know what further questions and clarifications you would like me to address on this topic. Please email them to me at jbdcolley[at] or comment below.

I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoyed writing it for you!

What Next?

Take a look at my FREE video Tutorial “How to Turn Your Great Idea into a Business” which is all about Starting a Business and Raising Capital.