Two Votes For Greatness

Two Votes For Greatness
news on 13 Jul , 2016
By Keith Danko From The Family Office Alpha Report, May-June 2016 In May I attended the graduation ceremonies at Duke University, where I was treated to legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski giving his first ever commencement speech. As a complement to this, on the trip down to Durham I read investor and technologist Peter Thiel’s Zero to One. Both Coach K’s speech and Theil’s book offer so...
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Postcard from Asia

Postcard from Asia
news on 19 Apr , 2016
By Keith Danko From The Family Office Alpha Report, March-April 2016 I recently traveled to Asia to meet with investors and other finance professionals. The 16-hour flight from New York to Hong Kong reminded me that while it may be a small world, it still takes a long time to travel across it. It also gave me time on the return trip to reflect on the interesting dynamics prevalent in the...
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Accentuating the Positive: A Show of Strength

Accentuating the Positive: A Show of Strength
news on 17 Feb , 2016
Originally posted on SmartBlogs on Leadership Are today’s leaders introspective? Self reflective? Perhaps. But do they regularly concern themselves with what qualities they might be lacking, or second-guess the positive traits they possess? Probably not. People of influence have not reached success by falling into the weakness trap. They instead focus on leveraging their inherent gifts. ...
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Leading to Liberate: Freedom Through Discipline

Leading to Liberate: Freedom Through Discipline
news on 10 Nov , 2015
Originally posted on SmartBlogs on Leadership The most effective leaders know how to teach their employees the value of one powerful quality, one that most likely helped them rise to the top themselves: Discipline. The great sports coaches are transparent examples of this. Teaching and emphasizing discipline to prepare for the contests to come is what best guarantees that under the pressur...
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Operating Partners: The Value of Boots on the Ground

Operating Partners: The Value of Boots on the Ground
news on 23 Sep , 2015
By Keith Danko From The Family Office Alpha Report, September-October 2015 The lower middle market in private equity is brimming with opportunity, with an abundant supply of small- to medium-size private businesses available for potential acquisition (see our July-August 2015 issue of The Family Office Alpha Report, which discussed direct private equity investing opportunities). It...
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The Unexceptional Outweighs the Unbelievable

The Unexceptional Outweighs the Unbelievable
news on 9 Sep , 2015
Originally posted for SmartBlogs on Leadership Leadership success stories about superstar managers, brilliant visionaries, and transformative role models proliferate in the media to a point where it appears that industry leaders are minted every moment, and the exceptions are almost the norm. We are subliminally encouraged to emulate their glory. Inspirational stories can help motiva...
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Only the Sharks Survive? The Risks of Confrontation

Only the Sharks Survive? The Risks of Confrontation
news on 31 Jul , 2015
Originally posted for Smart Blogs on Leadership The show “Shark Tank,” like much of the media, perpetuates the myth that you have to be aggressive, assertive, even confrontational to advance your career and become a leader; that thoughtfulness, politeness, and the inability to summarize an important idea in less than a minute are crippling diseases; and that the business world is akin t...
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Incubating the Most Viable Nest Eggs: Direct Private Equity Investing

Incubating the Most Viable Nest Eggs: Direct Private Equity Investing
news on 17 Jul , 2015
By Keith Danko From The Family Office Alpha Report, July-August 2015 The trend started several years ago. Spurred on by the astounding private valuations of companies like Facebook, Groupon, and Twitter, the idea of incubating startups took hold, and soon enough hundreds of “incubators” or “business accelerators” sprang up around the country. Today they are usually found near major...
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May 2015 Family Office Alpha Report by Keith Danko

May 2015 Family Office Alpha Report by Keith Danko
news on 20 May , 2015
The Continuing Evolution of Hedge Funds From The Family Office Alpha Report by Witherpoon Partners, May 2015 By Keith Danko In their earliest days, they were an investment for well-connected high-net-worth individuals, particularly Europeans and others with access to offshore accounts. Today, hedge funds have evolved into primarily an institutional investment, w...
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