Emerging managers can mean top-tier returns, but how do you convince an LP?

More emerging managers than ever seem to be raising venture funds. So how do you stand out in a crowded fundraising market where re-upping is often the default LP option?

Our LP Beezer Clarkson of Sapphire Ventures will answer your questions on the topic in this month’s Ask An LP column. So leave them in comments section below or e-mail VCJ Senior Editor Mark Boslet at mboslet@buyoutsinsider.com. You can send a question anonymously or with your name.

Consider this: over the last 10 years, emerging managers have generated some of venture’s best returns, including powerhouse firms such as Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group, Spark Capital and Emergence Capital.

But knowing which emerging manager to bet on is difficult. More than 500 new firms have raised money in the past 10 years, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

In this month’s column, Clarkson will answer your questions on how LPs allocate to emerging funds, on what makes for a warm, successful introduction to an LP, on how LPs look at emerging managers through the lens of portfolio construction (whether by sector, geography, or stage) or on any other topic.

So send your questions to us and we will make sure they are answered in this month’s Ask An LP.

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