Apr 26 • 53M

Fundraising best practices for managers, strategic LP management, and LPACs with Meghan Reynolds of Altimeter

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Follow me @samirkaji for my thoughts on the venture market, with a focus on the continued evolution of the VC landscape.

This week on the show we’re joined by Meghan Reynolds, partner and head of capital formation at Altimeter. Founded by Brad Gerstner in 2008, Altimeter has backed companies such as Snowflake, Unity, Gusto, and Modern Treasury. Prior to joining Altimer, Meghan worked in a variety of investor relations roles including TPG, Goldman Sachs, and JAZZ Ventures partners.

She’s also quite prolific on Twitter with her insights on the LP world. This conversation was great as she went through the system she uses to form and maintain relationships with world-class LPs.

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About Meghan Reynolds:
Meghan is the Head of VC Capital Formation and Fundraising for Altimeter, a lifecycle technology investment firm. Prior to joining Altimeter, Meghan was Managing Partner and Co-head of Fundraising at TPG. She began her career and spent nearly a decade in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Sh

Meghan is also currently a Venture Partner with JAZZ Venture Partners, an early stage Venture firm focused on the intersection of technology and human performance.

Meghan graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

In this episode we discuss:

(02:42) Meghan’s career path that led her to Altimeter
(05:40) How Meghan defines capital formation
(10:33) Making decisions that allow the investment team to thrive while balancing LP interests
(14:03) Building the right frameworks with LPs who may ultimately become long-term partners
(17:03) Ways managers can differentiate outside of returns
(19:44) Other factors that go into LP relationship management
(23:16) The importance of transparency with your LPs
(26:01) How LPs are reacting to current market trends
(29:17) Using an LP Advisory Committee strategically
(35:00) International sources of institutional capital
(40:14) Fundraising advice for solo GPs
(43:32) What to look for when hiring for a capital formation role
(47:16) Predicting the market over the next 5 to 10 years

I’d love to know what you took away from this conversation with Meghan. Follow me @SamirKaji and give me your insights and questions with the hashtag #ventureunlocked. If you’d like to be considered as a guest or have someone you’d like to hear from (GP or LP), drop me a direct message on Twitter.

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