- Constance Hunter, Chief Economist, Alternative Investments, KPMG
- Hilary Gosher, Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners
- Nancy Kukacka, Principal and Portfolio Manager, Avalon Global Asset Management
- Robyn Lawrie Rutledge, Managing Director and Partner, TSG Consumer Partners
- How can you build stronger relationships with your CEOs and investment partners?
- What key strategies can help portfolio companies accelerate growth in organic revenue?
- How can you drive sustainable improvement to the bottom line?
- When does stringent portfolio company monitoring become “too much”?
- What are the ways that operating partners prefer to be measured -- on value creation? Driving EBITDA? Reputation? All of these?
- Which software tools can be helpful for performance tracking and other solutions?
- How can you enhance value through portfolio-wide conferences and idea exchanges?
- How can operating partners best work with deal partners during the due diligence phase?
- What specific steps can pay off to boost sales force effectiveness and keep top performers motivated?
- How can you leverage the joint assets of your portfolio companies to achieve cost savings across all your businesses?
- 700+ Attendees
- 30+ NYU startups on display
- 20+ NYU alumni entrepreneurs speakers
- 20+ Startup Roundtables
- 7 Founders Workshops
- 6 Entrepreneurs Panels
- 5 Keynotes
- Which data should be tracked and understood
- The types of decisions than can be made with customer data
- How to use customer data to improve online marketing ROI
- Cost of a Bad Hire – What does it really cost you?
- Critical Hiring Mistakes
- Developing a Profile
- Behavioral Interviewing
- Interviewing Practices
- Rigorous vs. Ruthless Workforce Management
Insight Venture Partners and GFI invite you to a webinar exploring how to leverage Promoted Tweets on Twitter to engage with current and prospective customers and generate leads. Promoted Tweets are a promising tool for social media marketing, but using them effectively to build brand and drive leads can be tricky. Our discussion will focus on how Promoted Tweets work, when you should use them, strategies for developing quality content and building your pipeline, and leveraging Twitter data to understand results.
The webinar will be co-hosted by Insight Managing Director Hilary Gosher, GFI VP of Marketing Ed Harnish, GFI VP of Digital Marketing Steve McAveeney, and GFI Director of Corporate Marketing Angelica Micallef Trigona.
Organic traffic from SEO is less expensive and converts better than many other lead generation channels. Just as marketing automation software has made tracking and managing lead generation programs more efficient, so too is SEO software emerging to make organic lead generation more productive.
Please join us for a discussion exploring how to best manage SEO, and how BrightEdge—the company with the leading SEO platform—can help you improve your game. Insight Onsite will be co-hosting this webinar with Paul Dudley from BrightEdge.
Join us for informative sessions and essential networking with senior-level women in private equity and alternative investment. The highly interactive conference features moderated panel discussions, facilitated roundtable conversations, and keynote dialogues followed by discussion. Elegant networking functions and optional early morning and evening networking activities round out the program making this an indispensable industry event – combined with an element of fun.
We invite you to join women who want to see other women succeed, who have profound industry experience and information to share, unique stories to tell, and lessons to teach.
The Women’s Alternative Investment Summit is unique in its commitment to helping women build networks and to promoting the advancement of women in private equity, venture capital, and alternative investing in general. A sub-text of the event is mentoring women coming up the ranks. This event is designed to help women advance to the next level of power in the finance industry.
The content-rich program features high profile keynote speakers: pioneering women in private equity, women in venture capital, women in hedge funds, women in real estate and infrastructure investing, and top limited partners who will provide insight into the changing industry, implications for how you do business, and strategies to achieve success. The Summit offers numerous opportunities to network with your peers, partners, and competitors while keeping up with fund-raising, investment, and deal flow trends.
FOCUS ON THE CONSUMER
Insight Managing Director Hilary Gosher will be sitting on the discussion panel for this session answering questions like, "What do consumers need and do they have the money to buy it?" Those are questions that many investors ask themselves on a daily basis. Find a company that is developing a must-have product and the results could be golden. Find a company that is behind or ahead of the times and the results could be devastating. Leading investors discuss what they are seeing from the consumer, how it is driving their strategies, and what they are expecting in the coming year.
Insight Venture Partners invites you to our Portfolio Day and Pre-IPO Conference at the Omni Hotel, New York on Tuesday, November 5th. The day will feature presentations by, and an opportunity to meet with, leading technology companies that will consider accessing the public markets in the near future.
We would be delighted to have you and any of your colleagues join us on the day. If you would like to attend the conference please email Cian Cotter at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 5th 8:00AM-4:00PM
Omni Berkshire Hotel
21 E 52nd St
New York, NY, 10022
8:00 AM Opening Remarks
8:15 AM Portfolio Company Presentations
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM One on One Meetings with Portfolio Companies
4:00 PM Close
The purpose of the conference is to allow a select group of institutional investors an opportunity to engage earlier with the Insight portfolio, while providing management teams of these companies an opportunity to gain invaluable feedback from leading IPO investors.
The conference will feature 7 companies in Insight’s portfolio that have a strong combination of growth, scale and market size.
Here are the companies that will be presenting:
Airwatch is the leader in enterprise-grade Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management and Mobile Content Management solutions designed to simplify mobility. More than 8,000 customers across the world trust Airwatch to manage their most valuable assets: their mobile devices, including the apps and content on those devices. Airwatch is headquartered in Atlanta and has over 1,400 employees.
DrillingInfo is the leading SAAS-based decision support technology platform for the global upstream exploration and production industry, facilitating faster, smarter decisions. DrillingInfo services more than 3,000 companies globally from its Austin, TX headquarters and has more than 400 employees on five continents.
eVestment delivers insight and intelligence to the institutional investing community through a comprehensive, global database and cloud-based analytics technology. eVestment provides a single source of data, proprietary analytics and reporting tools to a wide range of participants in the institutional investment industry including traditional long-only investors, hedge fund/alternatives investors, asset managers, investment consultants and portfolio managers. eVestment is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and has over 300 employees.
HootSuite is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. HootSuite enables enterprises to: launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audiences, and distribute targeted messages using HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard; streamline team workflow with scheduling and assignment tools and reach audiences with geo-targeting functionality; and, invite multiple collaborators to manage social networks securely, generate custom reports using the comprehensive social analytics tools for measurement. HootSuite is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and has over 400 employees.
Kony is the leading mobile and multi-channel application development platform provider with over 350 customers in 45 countries. Kony delivers an end-to-end, integrated, cloud-based platform that empowers enterprises to quickly design, build, test, deploy and manage multi-channel app experiences. In addition, Kony also provides a suite of customizable, ready-to-run apps that lower TCO, ensure faster time to market, and provide enterprises the flexibility to evolve at the speed of mobile technology. Kony is headquartered in Orlando, FL and has over 800 employees.
Mimecast delivers cloud-based email management, including archiving, continuity and security. By unifying disparate and fragmented email environments into one holistic solution that solution that is always available from the cloud, Mimecast minimizes risk and reduces cost and complexity, while providing total end-to-end control of email. Mimecast serves more than 7,000 customers worldwide and has more than million users. Mimecast is headquartered in the UK and has over 500 employees.
More than one million developers, testers and operations professionals use SmartBear software tools to ensure the performance and quality of their API’s, mobile, cloud-based and Web applications. With five million downloads and counting, SmartBear products are affordable, easy to use and ready for deployment. SmartBear is headquartered in Boston, MA and has over 250 employees.
About Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global investor in growth-stage software and Internet companies. Founded in 1995, the firm has raised $7.6 billion and invested in over 190 growth-stage software and Internet companies. Experts in growth, Insight is a flexible source of capital that seeks to support entrepreneurs and management teams by helping them achieve their goals. Insight has had over 24 IPO’s including most recently Cvent, MediaMind, Medidata Solutions, Shutterstock and Solarwinds.
In the spirit of continuing our technology book club and webinars, Inisight will be hosting an event on Thursday, October 17th. We are excited to have international Agile guru Robert Martin (aka Uncle Bob) joining us to discuss his book Clean Code and, more generally, best practice implementation of Agile development. Given the initiatives and challenges many of you are facing day-to-day, we hope you find his talk very interesting!
The 90-minute session will be held as a Webex on Thursday, October 17th, at 1:00pm EST and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.
The Capital Roundtable is taking an all-new approach at their next edition, being held on Thursday, October 3, in New York City --This conference will deliver four panel discussions featuring insights from 20 top PE operating partners. They will share their current perspectives, lessons learned and industry outlooks, plus specific insights on managing current portfolio companies.
Insight Managing Director Hilary Gosher will be giving the keynote address at the 2pm discussion "Building a Strong Operating Partner Relationship with a GP Investment Partner”. If you would like to register or learn more about the event click here.
By attending this Capital Roundtable conference, you’ll receive the tools and techniques to give your firm a competitive advantage. We’ll answer such questions as--
A New Era In Private Equity: Beyond Traditional Investing
This September, join private equity’s most influential investors and dealmakers in New York to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the industry’s premier conference. Led by expert editors from Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, the Private Equity Analyst Conference brings together more than 600 leaders, including over 100 limited partners, for the must-attend dealflow event of the year for investors engaged in private equity and venture capital transactions.
Insight Managing Director Deven Parekh will be speaking at the breakout panel titled “Going Public” scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at 2:30 – 3:10pm.
Last year, participating firms boasted nearly $940 billion in assets under management, with investments in over 3,700 companies worldwide. They were involved in 84 venture capital deals and more than 375 buyout transactions.
Featuring provocative interviews, focused conversations and dynamic discussions, this year’s program will continue to build on the expertise and vital connections you have come to expect from the Private Equity Analyst. Featured topics include:
The Future of Investing: In the industry on the cusp of another boom?
Reputational Hazards: How can private equity change public perception of the industry as profiteers exploiting struggling companies for their own gains?
LP Riddles: How are LP relationships, programs and allocations shifting with the emergence of new power players in the community?
Emerging Powerhouses: Which markets and sectors will provide the best returns, traditional strongholds or emerging areas?
You will benefit from crucial intelligence on the future of private equity investing, strategies to excel in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace, and unmatched networking opportunities to propel your firm’s fundraising and dealmaking.
Fortune Brainstorm TECH is a marketplace of ideas that assembles the world’s top technology and media thinkers, operators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and influencers. These leaders inspire a conversation that informs Fortune’s editorial coverage throughout the year. We will gather again in Aspen, July 22-24, 2013. Insight's Deven Parekh will be participating in a panel discussion at 3pm on Tuesday, July 23 on the topic "Is There an Enterprise Bubble?".
The R&D Forum is targeted at resources involved with software development and product management. This includes technology managers, developers, architects, QA and product management, as well as those involved with network administration. As always, the forum is intended to be practical, interactive and thought-provoking. Our agenda includes outside experts along with individuals from across the portfolio sharing their insight on topics ranging from agile best practices to development productivity to cloud computing. As with our previous forums, there will be plenty of time for networking and discussion
The NYU Entrepreneurs Festival showcases and celebrates successful NYU entrepreneurs, shares stories of success (along with the challenges to overcome along the way), and connects the community to resources offered at NYU and in NYC. All keynotes and panelists are NYU student, faculty or alumni entrepreneurs. The event will feature a mixture of Keynotes, Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, a NYU Venture Showcase (feat. 30+ NYU startups) and a celebratory party (Friday evening). Hilary Gosher will be a roundtable discussion leader on the topic "The Next Step -Validating Your Concept or Idea".
Whether you're curious about entrepreneurship, have a startup, are alum, or a faculty member with cool research - the Festival is for you! NYU welcomes all members of the NYC entrepreneurship and innovation community as well.
19th Annual Columbia Business School PEVC Conference: Creating Value in a Shifting Landscape
This year’s conference will bring 800 professionals, alumni, and students to Alfred Lerner Hall for a day of candid discussion on the state of the industry. Our 2013 Conference theme ‘Creating Value in a Shifting Landscape’ will focus on the emerging challenges and opportunities facing the private equity and venture capital industries in the coming year. Panelists will discuss a breadth of topics including middle market operational investment, the wave of early stage investment, and the directive between General and Limited partners.
The goals of this conference are to educate, promote discussion, and provide a forum for interaction between academics, professionals, and students who are active in the private equity and venture capital communities. New York City is at the epicenter of these industries, and Columbia Business School is committed to being a leading mentor in developing the next generation of industry talent.
Insight's Deven Parekh will be participating in the panel for "Scaling Up, Getting Liquid: The Evolving Role of Late Stage VC & Growth Equity". Late Stage VC and Growth Equity is today’s hot market. VCs, entrepreneurs, and LPs are riding the wave of explosive growth in social media, cloud computing, mobile, and big data. Eye popping valuations for late stage and growth-stage companies have left many wondering: Are we in a bubble? The panelists explore the latest trends in late stage VC and growth equity investing.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Insight's Deven Parekh will be at this year's Raymond James Symposium focused on Internet outlook for 2013. The format of the event will consist of a series of panels and fireside chats with Internet thought leaders and emerging companies as well as an interactive discussion of key trends to watch for in 2013. Deven will be part of the discussion: "VC Outlook: Leading VCs share their vision of key themes and private companies to watch for in 2013".
Building Long Term Equity Value in LATAM
Insight Venture Partners is proud to host our first Latin American conference in Sao Paulo for founders, entrepreneurs and executives from Insight's Latin American portfolio companies. Brazil and Latin America are an increasingly important part of the global economy and Insight believes our portfolios will make a significant contribution – we are here to help with resources, education, and knowledge.
With this goal we have prepared a mufti-faceted group of speakers to address the various challenges and benefits of doing business in Latin America. Over two days of events we hope you will meet interesting people, learn a lot and exchange ideas. Our Business Track focuses on best practices in building a company to be ready for international M&A or an IPO, including financial, tax and governance preparation. We focus on how to achieve profitable growth. Our Technology track focuses on the new capabilities for building high-performance software, internet and mobile applications that are scalable, secure and meet customer needs.
Development and technology is about continuous improvement. The forum provides an environment oriented to promoting ideas and practices to help build best of breed R&D organizations and Enterprise class solutions. The forum is intended to be practical, interactive and thought provoking.
Along with speakers from Insight and our portfolio companies, we have invited some of the industry’s top experts to share their ideas.
Please register today. We look forward to seeing you in October!
This webinar is open to any CTO, VP Engineering, VP Architecture and anyone interesting in learning more about cloud-based solutions.
Yinal Ozkan, a senior architect from Amazon Web Services will be joining us to discuss designing for high concurrency, availability and security in the cloud. There will also be time to have some of cloud related questions answered.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 1-2:15pm ET.
An expert in the field of enterprise architecture and shared services, Mr. Ozkan (CISM, CISA, and CISSP) specializes in the design of strategic security systems and cloud architecture for financial services companies and government institutions. His experience with various large scale enterprise projects has helped him build a strong foundation of specialized knowledge in risk management, information security management systems, financial systems, utility computing and complex internet scale solutions. Prior to joining AWS, Mr. Ozkan consulted for several Fortune 100 companies. He is the co-author of the book "Advanced Check Point Configuration," published by Sybex Publication
Please RSVP below if you would like to join us for the event.
Wharton Professor Peter Fader will present the concept of "Customer-Centricity" as an alternative to the product-centric model of many of today's most highly-regarded companies (e.g., Apple, Nordstrom, Starbucks). He argues that the product-centric model is broken, and reveals how companies can become customer-centric by targeting their most valuable customers.
Professor Fader will present practical, Microsoft Excel-based tools to project Customer Lifetime Value, based on extensive past research in probablistic models for customer behavior. Webinar attendees will walk away from this session able to begin their own CLV calculations, which will help them target their highest-value customers.
Sentry Conference Center, New York, NY
The Revenue Generation Conference is an opportunity for revenue generation leaders across the portfolio to exchange ideas with domain experts and network with peers. This includes senior sales leaders, sales operation managers, marketing leaders, lead generation managers, and anyone responsible for your company's revenue generation efforts.
As always, the conference is intended to be practical, interactive and thought-provoking. Our agenda will include talks from outside experts along with your peers across the portfolio. They will be sharing their insights on topics ranging from solution selling, sales compensation, use of Salesforce.com and quota setting, to new forms of lead generation, PR, and use of social media. We'll also leave plenty of time for networking and discussion.
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Sentry Conference Center, New York, NY
Fund performance update to Insight's Limited Partners.
Insight's managing directors will present an overview of the performance of all current Funds, active portfolio companies and their future growth prospects.
Insight Onsite will provide an update on the collaborate strategy and operations expertise provided to portfolio companies throughout the year.
Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to two portfolio company CEOs speak about their businesses.
By Paul Dix
Ruby on Rails deployments are growing, and Rails is increasingly being adopted in larger environments. Today, Rails developers and architects need better ways to interface with legacy systems, move into the cloud, and scale to handle higher volumes and greater complexity.
In Service-Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails, Paul Dix introduces a powerful, services-based design approach geared toward overcoming all these challenges. Using Dix’s techniques as a basis for discussion, Steve Rabin, Insight Onsite's lead technology expert and CTO, discusses how companies can leverage the full benefits of both Ruby and Rails, while overcoming the difficulties of working with larger codebases and teams. Key concepts will be discussed, including are explained with detailed Ruby code built using open source libraries such as ActiveRecord, Sinatra, Nokogiri, and Typhoeus. The book concludes with coverage of security, scaling, messaging, and interfacing with third-party services.
Invitees: Technology teams across Insight's portfolio companies, as well as any tech execs or dev guys interested in learning more about Ruby and Rails.
Sentry Conference Center, New York, NY
The R&D Forum is targeted at resources involved with software development and product management. This includes technology managers, developers, architects, QA and product management, as well as those involved with network administration. As always, the forum is intended to be practical, interactive and thought-provoking.
Our agenda includes outside experts along with individuals from across the portfolio sharing their insight on topics ranging from agile best practices to development productivity to cloud computing. As with our previous forums, there will be plenty of time for networking and discussion.
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How To Increase Retention, Drive Lifetime Revenue and Make Better Business Decisions
Recurring revenue, SaaS and E-commerce companies produce tons of data – analyzing and understanding it can be a huge challenge. This interactive webinar is designed for marketing executives, CFOs and senior operating executives who are interested in understanding the decision-making value of some of their big data.
Data should yield useful business insights and provide digestible and practical ideas for improving marketing effectiveness.
Robert Moore, CEO and founder of RJMetrics, will lead this webinar and discuss real examples of company data to illustrate:
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By Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
It is a well-known fact that people are hired for skills and experience but leave or underperform because they do not fit into their roles or environment. This interactive workshop is designed for senior executives, business founders, and hiring managers who need to build high performance teams but are frustrated that their current or past hiring practices have not resulted in the hiring of superstars. Very few managers and executives have been shown the keys to effective hiring.
"Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people into the right seats"
In this webinar, led by Lori Dernavich, an experienced employee performance advisor to management teams, the following topics were covered:
Fred Brooks discussed his book, The Design of Designs.
Sentry Conference Center, New York, NY
Capers Jones discussed his book, The Economics of Software Quality, at today's book club. He presented real world and compelling arguments for implementing a software quality program. The talk included prioritizing what to test, methods to use, and key metrics to include in a quality dashboard.
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Sentry Conference Center, New York, NY
This Summit is an opportunity for the CEOs, CFOs, COOs & Presidents of Insight's portfolio companies to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with leading high-growth technology and internet companies, to meet and network with each other, and hear from Insight and other experts about the most current trends and market outlook.
Insight Onsite has partnered with leading industry experts to bring you a series of webinars on important topics for growing businesses. Frank Belzer from Kurlan Associates co-hosted this webinar with us.
CEOs, VPs of Sales and VPs of HR all struggle when it comes to filling their ranks with "A" players, Top Performers and Over Achievers. Many can't quite understand why they can have so much success in hiring elsewhere in their organization - operations, technical and administrative people and yet still be so behind the curve when it comes to sales. This is especially frustrating to cutting-edge technology companies who have a unique and exciting product that needs to get to the market quickly.
In this webinar, we covered some of the most common mistakes and introduced the unique STAR methodology for hiring and maintaining only A players.
This was the first in a series of R&D / Technology book club meetings. Technology engineering teams across the portfolio discussed the principals outlined in the book The Innovator's Dilemma, by Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School.
Sentry Conference Center, New York, NY
The R&D Forum is targeted at resources involved with software development and product management. This includes technology managers, developers, architects, QA and product management, as well as those involved with network administration. As always, the forum is intended to be practical, interactive and thought provoking.
Our agenda includes outside experts along with individuals from across the portfolio sharing their insight on topics ranging from agile best practices to development productivity to cloud computing. As with our previous forums, there is plenty of time for networking and discussion.
Sentry Conference Center, New York, NY
Fund performance update to Insight's Limited Partners.
Insight's managing directors provided an overview of the performance of the current Funds, active portfolio companies and their future growth prospects.
Insight Onsite gave an update on the collaborate strategy and operations expertise that had been provided to portfolio companies throughout the prior year.
CEOs from two portfolio companies: Shutterstock, Inc., and OverDrive Inc., spoke about their markets, value proposition to customers and strategies for growth. Henry Blodgett, editor and CEO of The Business Insider, was the luncheon speaker, sharing interesting technology-market insights.
Each year, Insight Onsite surveys marketing departments at all of our companies and compiles a list of best-in-class marketing systems used across the Insight portfolio. The Survey spans the globe, and gives portfolio companies the opportunity to share experiences and suggestions with each other when growing their own marketing capabilities.
The survey covers preferred marketing systems and vendors across: SEO & SEM, Campaign Management & Lead Gen, Content Creation, Website Hosting and Design, and MarCom.