How the VC Pitch Process Is Failing Female Entrepreneurs
In 2018, only 3% of venture capital in the U.S went to companies with a female CEO. Yet, the number of female-owned businesses has risen both in the U.S. and around the world, and the number of women intending to become entrepreneurs globally has increased even more sharply. Women who venture into entrepreneurship areMore Details
Has Venture Capital Strayed From Its Roots?
Take a step back in time to observe how Georges Doriot – the founder of both VC and INSEAD – set up a machine to fuel and fund innovation and development. “…I want money to do things that have never been done before,” proclaimed Georges Doriot, almost 75 years ago.More Details
Private Equity’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
Board members and senior managers can learn from the “structured crisis management” techniques PE firms are employing with their portfolio companies. COVID-19 has accelerated many long-brewing developments in the business world, such as the ascent into respectability of working from home. Private equity (PE) has not been immune to thisMore Details
What Distinguishes Europe’s Family Business Champions from the ...
Alexandra von Stauffenberg, Associate Director, INSEAD Global Private Equity Initiative, and Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise | February 5, 2020 Where do Europe’s family firms stand globally, in terms of creating sustainable, long-term value? Most family business founders aspire to buildMore Details
THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF FAMILY FIRMS
This report would have not been possible without the engagement of the 131 families who participated in our survey and the many more that we interviewed. Equally valuable was the expertise of all the private equity professionals who shared their experiences of investing in Latin America and helped frame our research questions.More Details
THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF FAMILY FIRMS
This report would have not been possible without the engagement of the 121 families who participated in our survey and the many more that we interviewed. Equally valuable was the expertise of all the private equity professionals who shared their experiences of investing in Europe and helped frame our research questions.More Details
The Changing Face of Family Offices in Europe
The tumultuous events of the last two decades have affected European family offices differently, in accordance with the continent’s diversity. Over the last 20 years, the family office (FO) concept has spread from the United States through Europe to Asia. In the process, FOs have been subject to the influence of localMore Details
Southeast Asia Exit Landscape
Southeast Asia (SEA) has a young and vibrant technology startup ecosystem. An ecosystem that is maturing at a rapid pace with capital increasingly allocated to up and coming tech startups.More Details
THE YEAR OF THE RED UNICORNS
This report was written by Alexandra Albers-Schoenberg, Research Associate at the INSEAD Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI), with input from Ian Potter, Distinguished Fellow at GPEI, and under the guidance of Claudia Zeisberger, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. China’s venture capital (VC) sector has moved into the fast lane.More Details
How PE and VC Are Closing the Gender Gap in Emerging Markets
If including women in senior private equity and venture capital leadership teams improves returns, why is the gender gap still so pervasive? Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) together have an increasingly important role in the economic development of emerging markets providing alternative funding opportunities for entrepreneurship development, start-upsMore Details
Trends: Tapping the opportunities offered by China unicorns
Although Silicon Valley has been a dominant force in the technology innovation and venture capital (VC) space, China is quickly catching up and its exponential growth is presenting investment opportunities. Nevertheless, it may be difficult for foreign investors to access this sector directly, say academics at INSEAD. According to ClaudiaMore Details
Why Venture Capitalists Should Invest Like Poker Players
The private equity (PE) model is well established. PE investors analyse hundreds of companies and opportunities in detail before buying a minority or majority stake in a good company, which they manage over a few years with the goal of achieving a profitable exit. Rarely do PE funds deal with write-offs, and PE-owned companies in distress are known to doMore Details
Can Private Equity Reinvent Itself as Patient Capital?
Private equity is seeing unprecedented capital inflows from institutional investors, amid sustained low-interest rates, return compression across traditional asset classes and concerns that the longest-running bull market in post-war history may soon end. A new product has attracted a meaningful slice of those allocations – private equity funds with a lifespan of 15-20 years.More Details
Business Model Innovation Comes to Private Equity
Many investment firms go beyond leveraged buyouts to build sector-specific investment ecosystems. When PE giant KKR created Emerald Media, a $300 million equity-based platform, in late 2015, its investment model exemplified a stark contrast to the traditional PE investment strategy of a standalone buyout, re-structure and exit. A “platform” consistsMore Details
This independent study project was authored by Kyle Lee and Konst...
This independent study project was authored by Kyle Lee and Konstantin Synetos (INSEAD MBA Candidates, Class of July 2018) under the supervision of Claudia Zeisberger, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD and Academic Director of its Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI).More Details
Q&A: Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD
Claudia Zeisberger, a professor focused on private equity at French business school INSEAD, discusses her work and how a new generation entering private equity might change the industry. Last year you published Mastering Private Equity: Transformation via Venture Capital, Minority Investments and Buyouts. Who is the book for and why wasMore Details
Impact Investing Comes Into Its Own
A discussion with Kevin Lu, Chairman for Asia at Partners Group and Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD’s GPEI. In 2010, INSEAD’s Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) started to explore the nascent trend of responsible investing. In 2014, it published its first report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors within the private equityMore Details
INSEAD Celebrates Women - Claudia Zeisberger
The right private equity partner can play a significant role in this process by opening doors, improving processes and facilitating a smooth generational handover. Family firms account for 70% of GDP globally and 60% of global employment and are key drivers of economic growth and business innovation.More Details
Mastering Private Equity - New Book from INSEAD leads the way in ...
Claudia Zeisberger, an award-winning professor at world-renowned business school INSEAD, initiated the launch of the school’s Global Private Equity Initiative in 2008. Now, the Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship—who teaches in the school’s MBA and EMBA programs as well as in multiple executive education programs—has released aMore Details
Research: The Institutionalization of Family Firms from Asia-Paci...
As family offices grow in Asia, issues such as institutionalization and succession planning are becoming more important in the region, according to recent findings from INSEAD.More Details
Time for Boards to see Private Equity as more than a financial in...
The model and workings of the Private Equity (PE) has evolved over the years. The image of vultures seeking to prey on underperforming companies with steady cash flows in heavily leveraged transactions and riding the investment out to a successful exit has developed to one of highly proficient transformation agents seeking to impact businesses at critical junctures of their development.More Details
From “Barbarians” to Skilled Industrialists
Some 41 years ago, George Roberts, Jerry Kohlberg and Henry Kravis pulled together US$120,000 to form their first private equity (PE) fund. There were no such funds in those days and nobody else appeared to be doing what was then called leveraged buyouts. Little did they know that they were starting an industry.More Details
Selling the family business in S-E Asia - pitfalls and a roadmap
GOOD investment opportunities are extremely sought after and privately-owned businesses make increasingly attractive targets. For family businesses in South-east Asia, the option of “cashing out” or (partially) selling the business has become an intriguing option worthwhile exploring.More Details
Podcast: Institutionalization of Family Firms — Claudia Zeisber...
The question seems simple: How Can Family Firms Ensure Long-Term Value Creation? But as a new report – based on interviews 123 Asia-based family firms and 14 private equity professionals – shows, the answer may be more complicated. The report is titled “The Institutionalization of Family Firms,” and it covers aMore Details
Can Asean compete with China and India for private capital?
If a California venture capitalist were to take a New Yorker’s view of Asia, it might look something like this – Japan in the foreground, China looming at the top, India rising in the far distance and then the “flyover” states of Asean dotting the middle ground.More Details
Podcast: Mastering Private Equity & What’s Next — Claudia Zei...
For years, Claudia Zeisberger has found herself being asked what might seem like a straightforward question: What is Private Equity. It also might seem like a surprising question, given that global private equity assets under management run at about $2.5 trillion. It’s not like we’re talking about some hidden asset class. ButMore Details
Success attracts new players to private equity
Private Equity is a fringe asset class no more; it has evolved, matured and refined its way into the mainstream. Yet, I foresee major changes for the industry and, fully aware that forward-looking statements have a tendency to dramatically stray from future reality, wish to dare a glimpse of what may come.More Details
PE investments in emerging markets
Private Equity in Action takes you on a tour of the PE investment world through a series of case studies written by INSEAD faculty and taught at the world’s leading business schools. This is an excerpt from a case study on PE investments in Asia. On a balmy eveningMore Details