Service — this is where best-in-class firms truly differentiate themselves from the competition. Instead of creating a more tactical management style, these savvy firms strategically position themselves to become less about “doing things right” and more about choosing the “right things to do” for their investors.
Once you’ve raised the money for the fund, you may feel that the hard work is over. But even though you’ve secured and committed the business, you’re still only halfway to a successful investor relationship. The truth is that the real work is just beginning. The worst thing a firm can do is behave like their job is done once they’ve closed an investor.
Dreamforce–Salesforce’s annual user conference–offers the rare opportunity to rub shoulders with 170,000 other Salesforce users in a downtown San Francisco five-block radius, an annual setting for the CRM giant to trumpet another year of innovation and growth to key groups of analysts, and a showcase of features, products, and ideas from all corners of the Salesforce ecosystem. For those of us attending from Altvia, Dreamforce provided time and space to reflect on the platform’s direction and to brainstorm about new ways to continue weaving Salesforce into the core of Altvia Care and our product suite.
As a GP during the closing stage, how you share, store, and sign key documents is an opportunity to provide excellent service and build a strong relationship with investors. Using technology to support all of the necessary back-and-forths when signing agreements and sharing documents can provide your firm with a competitive advantage. To build trust with your investors, this document-heavy stage must be as painless as possible.
Private equity success is highly dependent on the firm’s ability to successfully fundraise. In the past, much of the fundraising process and communications were managed manually. In recent years, the explosive growth in the private equity space has increased the volume of people, information, and activities there is to manage. You used to be able to hang your hat on past relationships and handshakes, but today, LPs are demanding more access to information, proactive communications and reporting, and seamless exchanges with their GPs.
As we discussed in a recent webinar with PE Hub, GPs are finding it increasingly difficult to differentiate themselves. Fund managers are vying for the same LP dollars and LPs are demanding a better experience—supported by increased transparency and real-time data. The key to differentiation is to create a stronger relationship, by providing a better investor experience. But how can firms, fund managers, and IR teams create an excellent LP experience to attract the top investors and opportunities?
PartnerConnect West is coming up next week, and we’re excited to be sponsoring the event this year. Now in its 11th year, this key industry event is expected to bring more than 300 LPs, GPs and service providers together to discuss what’s trending – and what’s working – in today’s marketplace. In addition, our CEO & Founder, Kevin Kelly, will be a panelist for the October 3rd, 4:30 PM session “LP Reporting: What is the Gold Standard and What are the Roadblocks in Achieving this Standard?”
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