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Private equity insights for and with top business builders, including investors, operators, executives and industry thought leaders. The Karma School of Business Podcast goes behind the scenes of PE, talking about business best practices and real-time industry trends. You'll learn from leading professionals and visionary business executives who will help you take action and enhance your life, whether you’re at a PE firm, a portco or a private or public company.

BluWave Founder & CEO Sean Mooney hosts the Private Equity Karma School of Business Podcast. BluWave is the business builders’ network for private equity grade due diligence and value creation needs.

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Join host Sean Mooney and Brian Bank, a seasoned strategy and client relations executive from Kirkland & Ellis, for an enlightening discussion on the private equity landscape. With over 25 years of experience as both an institutional limited partner and placement agent, Brian delves into the nuances of fundraising, the evolving role of ESG, and the transformation of annual meetings in the post-COVID era, leveraging his extensive background and deep network within the investment funds community. Key Highlights: 3:12 - Fundraising Dynamics: Insights into current trends and challenges. 5:32 - Mid-Market Success: The importance of LP relationships. 18:22 - Continuation Funds: Their reshaping role in private equity. 35:12 - ESG's Growing Influence: On investment strategies. 43:56 - Annual Meetings Evolved: Innovative approaches in a digital age. For more information on Kirkland & Ellis, go to https://www.kirkland.com For more information on Brian Bank, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/briandbank For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to https://www.bluwave.net/podcasts
In this insightful episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney welcomes Jessica Ginsberg, Managing Director at LFM Capital, for a deep dive into the world of private equity with a focus on the manufacturing sector. Jessica shares her accidental journey into private equity, the foundational story of LFM Capital, and the firm's unique approach to investing in and transforming manufacturing businesses. Episode Highlights: 1:25 - Jessica Ginsberg's Unintended Path into Private Equity: Jessica recounts her transition from an accounting and finance background to becoming a key player in the private equity space, emphasizing the serendipitous nature of her career path. 3:36 - The Genesis of LFM Capital: Jessica discusses the origins of LFM Capital, highlighting its focus on U.S. manufacturing and the significance of the firm's name, which stands for Leaders for Manufacturing. 6:00 - Jessica's Role in Business Development and LFM's Growth: Jessica talks about her role in shaping LFM Capital's business development strategy and the firm's evolution in the Nashville private equity scene. 7:46 - LFM's Investment Philosophy and Manufacturing Passion: Jessica outlines LFM Capital's investment philosophy, rooted in a deep passion for supporting and enhancing U.S. manufacturing companies. 10:29 - Jessica's Personal Anecdotes and Leadership Style: Jessica shares personal stories that illustrate her approach to leadership, humor, and building a positive workplace culture. 12:31 - Key Factors in Evaluating Investment Opportunities: Jessica reveals the critical aspects LFM Capital considers when assessing potential investments, including the company's moat, growth levers, and the strategic fit with LFM. 17:34 - Collaborative Approach to Value Creation: Jessica explains how LFM Capital integrates operations, business development, and deal teams from the outset to ensure alignment and maximize value creation. 23:51 - The Importance of People, Leadership, and Culture: Jessica emphasizes the central role of leadership development, employee engagement, and culture in driving the success of LFM Capital's investments. For more information on LFM Capital, go to https://www.lfmcapital.com/ For more information on Jessica Ginsberg, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicalginsberg/ For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to https://www.bluwave.net/podcasts/ This episode provides a comprehensive overview of Jessica Ginsberg's journey in private equity, the innovative strategies of LFM Capital, and the critical role of people and culture in the success of manufacturing investments. Whether you're an investor, entrepreneur, or someone interested in the intricacies of private equity in the manufacturing sector, Jessica's insights offer valuable lessons and inspiration.
In this engaging episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney sits down with Cory Eaves, Partner and Head of Portfolio Operations at Baypine, to delve into the transformative journey of private equity from its traditional roots to its current innovative practices. Cory shares his unique path from a software engineering background on a farm in Iowa to becoming a trailblazer in operationalizing private equity at General Atlantic and now embarking on a new venture with Baypine. Episode Highlights: 1:16 - Cory Eaves' Unconventional Journey into Private Equity: Cory recounts his transition from a software engineer to a pivotal figure in the private equity world, emphasizing the serendipitous path that led him to his current role at Baypine. 4:04 - From Operational Expert to Private Equity Innovator: Cory discusses his significant contributions to operational excellence within private equity firms, highlighting his tenure at General Atlantic and his recent move to Baypine to leverage technology in transforming traditional businesses. 5:54 - Baypine's Unique Investment Philosophy: Cory outlines Baypine's strategy of applying technology to non-technology businesses, aiming to revolutionize sectors through digital transformation and operational improvements. 8:31 - Identifying Potential in Companies: Cory shares the key factors he considers when evaluating potential investments, such as leadership quality, strategic clarity, and product orientation, providing insights into what makes a company stand out. 14:56 - Value Creation at Baypine: Cory details Baypine's approach to value creation, focusing on digital transformation and leveraging technology to enhance business performance, setting Baypine apart in the private equity landscape. 20:04 - Embracing Data and AI for Future Success: Cory discusses the importance of data and AI in shaping the future of businesses, emphasizing the need for private equity firms to integrate these technologies into their investment strategies for sustained growth. 29:18 - Advice to Younger Self: Cory reflects on his career journey and shares personal advice he would give to his younger self, highlighting the importance of planning, pursuing passions, and maintaining a balanced perspective on career and personal life. For more information on Baypine, go to https://baypine.com/ For more information on Cory Eaves, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/ceaves For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to https://www.bluwave.net/podcasts/ This episode offers a comprehensive look into Cory Eaves' innovative contributions to the private equity industry and Baypine's forward-thinking investment strategy. Whether you're an investor, entrepreneur, or someone interested in the dynamics of operational excellence and technological transformation in private equity, Cory's story and insights are sure to inspire and inform.
In this insightful episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney sits down with John Stewart, the visionary founder and managing partner of MiddleGround Capital. With a background that breaks the conventional mold of private equity leadership, John shares his journey from a college dropout working the night shift at Toyota to spearheading a private equity firm that's redefining industry standards. This conversation delves into John's unique approach to private equity, emphasizing operational excellence and entrepreneurial spirit as key drivers of success. Episode Highlights: 1:24 - John Stewart's Unique Path to Private Equity: John recounts his unconventional entry into the private equity world, highlighting his early career at Toyota and the transition from an operational role to founding MiddleGround Capital. 4:22 - From Operational Expertise to Private Equity Innovation: John discusses how his hands-on experience in manufacturing and lean principles shaped his vision for MiddleGround Capital, focusing on operational improvements and strategic growth. 6:52 - Embracing Lean Principles in Private Equity: John shares insights into applying lean manufacturing concepts to private equity investment strategies, underscoring the importance of continuous improvement and efficiency. 9:12 - MiddleGround Capital's Approach to Value Creation: John elaborates on how MiddleGround Capital leverages its deep industry knowledge and operational expertise to drive value creation in portfolio companies, setting the firm apart as a leader in the private equity space. 16:40 - Navigating Challenges and Risks: John reflects on the personal and professional challenges faced during the entrepreneurial journey of building MiddleGround Capital, emphasizing resilience and the pursuit of excellence. 23:44 - Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Drawing from his own experiences, John offers advice to budding entrepreneurs and private equity professionals on overcoming obstacles and staying focused on long-term goals. 29:04 - Innovative Tools for Efficiency and Organization: John recommends "Building a Second Brain" by Tiago Forte, a book that has significantly influenced his approach to managing information and enhancing productivity both personally and professionally. For more information on MiddleGround Capital, go to https://middleground.com/ For more information on John Stewart, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnstewartky To purchase John's book, go to https://www.amazon.com/Toyota-Kaizen-Continuum-Practical-Implementing/dp/1439846049 For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to https://www.bluwave.net/podcasts/ This episode not only provides a glimpse into John Stewart's remarkable journey and the foundations of MiddleGround Capital but also offers valuable lessons on leadership, innovation, and the transformative power of operational focus in the private equity industry. Whether you're an investor, entrepreneur, or someone passionate about business growth and efficiency, John's story and insights are sure to inspire and inform.
In this compelling episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney engages with Joe McIlhattan and Ami Mehta, integral members of Periscope Equity, a firm celebrated for its innovative approach within the private equity landscape. This conversation dives into the harmonious collaboration between the deal and operations sides of private equity, showcasing how Periscope Equity exemplifies the power of teamwork in driving transformative success. Episode Highlights: 2:17 - Joe McIlhattan's Journey to Private Equity: Joe shares his transition from consulting to private equity, highlighting the pivotal role mentorship and hands-on experience played in shaping his career. 3:01 - Ami Mehta's Path to Operational Excellence: Ami recounts her evolution from auditing to embracing the operational side of private equity, emphasizing the importance of exposure and passion in finding one's niche within the industry. 5:49 - The Evolution from Investor to Value Creation: Ami discusses her shift from deal-making to focusing on the growth phase of investments, underscoring the critical role of operations in private equity success. 9:08 - Identifying Potential in Companies: Joe and Ami outline the traits they look for in potential investments, including strong value propositions, durable customer relationships, and the capacity for technological transformation. 23:29 - Managing the Symphony of PE Operations: Explore how Periscope Equity orchestrates the complex interplay between deal and ops teams to ensure seamless execution and maximized value creation across their portfolio. 33:51 - Fusing SaaS and Service: Joe and Ami discuss the nuanced approach to investing in tech-enabled service companies, balancing the human element with technological innovation to foster growth and differentiation. 41:04 - Cultivating Culture for Success: Insights into how Periscope Equity prioritizes culture both within its firm and portfolio companies, leveraging shared values to drive collective achievement. 48:52 - Wisdom for Aspiring PE Professionals: Joe and Ami share personal advice for those looking to make their mark in private equity, emphasizing the importance of patience, skill acquisition, and maintaining a growth mindset. For more information on Periscope Equity, go to https://periscopeequity.com/ For more information on Ami Mehta, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/ami-mehta/ For more information on Joe McIlhattan, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-mcilhattan-737b5820/ For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to https://www.bluwave.net/podcasts/ This episode not only provides a behind-the-scenes look at the strategic operations of Periscope Equity but also offers valuable lessons on leadership, innovation, and the transformative impact of operational focus in the private equity industry. Whether you're an investor, entrepreneur, or someone passionate about business growth and efficiency, Joe and Ami's story and insights are sure to inspire and inform.
In this episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney welcomes back Doug Horn, Managing Director at Clairvest, for an in-depth discussion on the evolving landscape of private equity. With over 30 years in the industry and a focus on partnering with owner-operators and entrepreneurs, Clairvest has carved out a niche for itself by specializing in minority or non-control investments. Doug shares insights into Clairvest's approach to identifying investment opportunities, the importance of industry focus, and the art of value creation through strategic partnerships. Episode Highlights: 1:34 - Reintroduction to Doug Horn: Doug provides a brief overview of Clairvest's philosophy and his role in the firm, emphasizing the company's long-standing commitment to backing entrepreneurs. 4:13 - Clairvest's Investment Criteria: Doug outlines the five key criteria Clairvest considers when evaluating potential investments: industry, company, management, timing, and price, offering a glimpse into the firm's strategic approach. 6:34 - Narrowing the Investment Focus: Discussion on how Clairvest narrows its focus to specific industry domains, enabling a deeper understanding and more meaningful partnerships with portfolio companies. 9:27 - Developing Industry Expertise: Doug shares the process Clairvest undergoes to become experts in chosen domains, including attending conferences, conducting research, and building networks within the industry. 14:08 - The Importance of Domain Expertise in Value Creation: Exploring how Clairvest's focused approach and deep industry knowledge contribute to successful value creation and investment outcomes. 17:05 - Case Study - Aerospace and Defense Investment: Doug provides a case study of Clairvest's investment in Nextech Solutions, highlighting how industry insights and strategic focus led to a successful partnership. 22:04 - Balancing Knowledge and Opportunity: A discussion on the balance between developing industry expertise and being open to new investment opportunities, emphasizing the dynamic nature of Clairvest's investment strategy. 26:48 - Impact of Focus on Success: Doug reflects on how Clairvest's focused approach has not only enhanced the firm's ability to source and secure investments but also bolstered its reputation and success in the private equity landscape. 30:14 - Advice to Younger Self: Doug shares a personal insight, drawing an analogy from tennis to life and business, emphasizing the importance of not holding on too tightly and the benefits of flexibility and adaptability. For more information on Clairvest, go to https://www.clairvest.com/ For more information on Doug Horn, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/horndouglas/ For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to https://www.bluwave.net/podcasts/ This episode offers a deep dive into the strategies that have propelled Clairvest to the forefront of the private equity industry, providing valuable lessons for both investors and entrepreneurs alike. Doug Horn's experience and insights shed light on the importance of industry focus, strategic partnerships, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge in driving successful investments.
In this episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney engages in a captivating discussion with Bob Belke, Managing Partner at Lovell Minnick Partners. From a small town in Northern Wisconsin to the forefront of the private equity industry, Bob shares his unique journey and the lessons learned along the way. This conversation delves deep into the evolution of private equity, the significance of specialized focus, and the art of value creation in today’s competitive landscape. Episode Highlights: 1:06 - Bob's Path into Private Equity: Tracing Bob’s steps from his beginnings in a small town to his pivotal role in shaping Lovell Minnick Partners, this segment explores the motivations and challenges that defined his entry into the private equity world. 4:33 - Tenacity and Vision: Bob reflects on the importance of persistence and having a clear goal, emphasizing how determination has been key to his success in the private equity industry. 6:00 - An Unexpected Achievement: Bob shares a surprising personal milestone - winning the state of Wisconsin spelling bee and participating in the National Spelling Bee, underscoring the value of hard work and preparation. 9:46 - Identifying Potential in Companies: Bob discusses what Lovell Minnick Partners looks for in potential investments, highlighting the importance of a focused strategy, operational potential, and the transformative impact of private equity partnership. 15:03 - Empowering CEOs and Building Teams: Insights into how Lovell Minnick Partners collaborates with CEOs and management teams to unlock growth and drive success, emphasizing the transformative changes that often occur within portfolio companies. 19:46 - Technology and Finance Function: Bob elaborates on the critical roles of technology and finance in value creation, sharing how Lovell Minnick Partners leverages expertise in these areas to enhance portfolio companies’ growth and operational efficiency. 22:20 - The State of the Private Equity Industry: Bob offers his perspective on the current state and future challenges of the private equity industry, including the importance of value creation and the potential impact of shifting capital flows. 33:35 - Life Lessons and Book Recommendations: Bob shares impactful book recommendations, including "Die With Zero" and "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari," offering insights into living a fulfilling life and the power of positive thinking. For more information on Lovell Minnick, go to www.lmpartners.com. For more information on Bob Belke, go to www.linkedin.com/in/robert-belke-a480a74a. For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts. This episode provides a comprehensive look into Bob Belke’s journey and the strategic insights that have guided Lovell Minnick Partners through the evolving landscape of private equity. Whether you're an investor, an entrepreneur, or someone interested in the dynamics of successful business growth and personal development, Bob’s story and the wisdom shared in this conversation offer valuable lessons and inspiration.
In this episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney sits down with Gretchen Perkins, Partner and Head of Business Development at Avance Investment Management, for an illuminating discussion on her unique journey into the private equity world. Gretchen shares insights from her transition from commercial lending to a pivotal role in shaping the business development landscape within private equity. This conversation delves into the evolution of the private equity industry, highlighting how specialized roles like business development have become crucial in driving firms' success. Episode Highlights: 0:54 - Gretchen's Entry into Private Equity: Gretchen recounts her path from commercial lending to becoming a trailblazer in private equity business development, emphasizing the serendipity and strategic networking that propelled her career forward. 6:02 - Learning from the Best: Discover how Gretchen honed her business development skills by shadowing industry pioneers, underscoring the importance of mentorship and community within private equity. 9:12 - Personal Influences: Gretchen reflects on how her upbringing as a minister's daughter and her mother's community involvement instilled in her the values of leadership and networking that have defined her professional ethos. 14:21 - Identifying Investment Opportunities: Gretchen discusses Avance Investment Management's thematic approach to investing, focusing on sectors with strong growth potential and management teams that exhibit coachability and vision. 24:17 - Value Creation and Team Dynamics: Explore Avance's strategic use of specialized functions, including research and human capital, to enhance portfolio companies' growth and operational efficiency from the outset. 27:21 - Navigating Market Trends: Gretchen shares her perspective on seizing value creation opportunities across various sectors by leveraging Avance's thematic investment strategy and operational expertise. 31:45 - Life Hacks for Balance and Efficiency: Gretchen offers personal insights into the benefits of meditation for managing stress and enhancing focus, as well as a practical tip for optimizing travel planning through Google Flights. For more information on Avance Investment Management, go to www.avanceinv.com For more information on Gretchen Perkins, go to www.linkedin.com/in/gretchenbperkins For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts This episode provides a comprehensive look at Gretchen Perkins' journey and contributions to the private equity industry, offering valuable lessons on business development, strategic investment, and personal growth. Whether you're a seasoned investor, an aspiring private equity professional, or simply interested in the mechanics of successful business strategies, Gretchen's story and insights offer inspiration and actionable advice.
In this episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney engages with Carl Press, a seasoned partner at Thoma Bravo, to delve into the intricate world of private equity within the software industry. This discussion offers a unique opportunity to understand Thoma Bravo's strategic approach to identifying potential, fostering leadership, and driving value creation across their portfolio companies. Listeners will gain insights into the critical factors that guide investment decisions and the methodologies that have solidified Thoma Bravo's reputation as a leader in the private equity space. Episode Highlights: [00:00:32] Carl's Journey into Private Equity: Carl Press shares his transition from an engineering background to a pivotal role in private equity, highlighting his passion for technology and finance. [00:03:59] Leadership in Focus: The conversation explores the paramount importance of strong leadership in private equity investments, providing Carl's perspective on the traits that define a great CEO. [00:07:39] Investment Philosophy of Thoma Bravo: Carl outlines the firm's dedicated focus on enterprise software and the key criteria that guide their investment decisions. [00:18:18] Strategies for Value Creation: An in-depth look at Thoma Bravo's comprehensive approach to value creation, emphasizing the role of operational support in driving portfolio company success. [00:27:55] Advice for Navigating Economic Uncertainty: Carl shares practical advice for portfolio companies to effectively manage through challenging economic periods. [00:37:24] Personal Growth and Influential Reads: Reflecting on personal growth, Carl shares impactful reading recommendations and the importance of trusting one's instincts. For more information on Thoma Bravo, go to www.thomabravo.com. For more information on Carl Press, go to www.linkedin.com/in/carlpress. For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts. This episode not only provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Thoma Bravo's strategic operations but also offers valuable lessons on leadership, decision-making, and customer-centric strategies in the software sector. Whether you're an investor, executive, or someone keen on understanding the dynamics of successful business growth in private equity, this conversation with Carl Press is packed with actionable insights and thoughtful reflections on navigating the complexities of the industry.
Explore the private equity landscape of early 2024 with Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave, in this insightful episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast." Utilizing BluWave's extensive data, Sean offers a deep dive into the latest trends, strategic shifts, and economic indicators shaping the private equity sector. This episode provides a detailed analysis of how private equity firms are positioning themselves for growth amidst evolving economic conditions. Episode Breakdown: 02:09 - The Buffalo Strategy: Sean explains the unique strategy of the American bison during storms as a metaphor for private equity firms' approach to economic challenges. 04:17 - Economic Indicators and Predictions: Examines key economic metrics such as GDP growth, inflation rates, and unemployment figures, shedding light on private equity's response. 07:18 - Sector-Specific Insights: Discusses the significant increase in activity within the manufacturing and healthcare sectors, signaling a strategic realignment towards previously less favored industries. 09:38 - Technology and Value Creation: Highlights the surge in technology investments, emphasizing ERP and CRM systems, as firms prepare for an AI-driven future. 11:55 - Human Capital Trends: Analyzes trends in hiring, with a focus on senior-level and growth-oriented executives, indicating a strategic pivot towards expansion. 13:39 - Looking Ahead: Reviews predictions for 2024, assessing their accuracy and outlining emerging trends and factors to watch in the private equity sector. 18:44 - Data Science in Private Equity: Sean discusses the growing importance of data scientists within private equity firms, driven by the need for advanced data analysis and predictive modeling. 21:19 - The Role of Marketing in PE: Explores the emerging trend of incorporating marketing expertise into private equity teams, highlighting its importance in brand building and deal sourcing. To request the report, go to www.bluwave.net/insights-report This episode is an essential listen for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of the private equity industry in 2024. Through a detailed analysis of economic indicators, sector trends, and strategic investments, Sean Mooney offers valuable insights into how private equity is adapting and thriving in a complex economic environment.
In this episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney sits down with Josh Adams, Partner at OpenGate Capital, to explore the intricacies of the private equity industry. This conversation sheds light on the strategic and operational approaches that drive success in private equity investments, particularly focusing on corporate carve-outs and global market navigation. Episode Highlights: 1:05 - Josh Adams' Journey: Josh shares his unconventional path into private equity, from his beginnings in South Wales to becoming a partner at OpenGate Capital. 07:59 - Personal Insights: Josh discusses his Welsh heritage and how it influences his professional outlook and approach to private equity. 10:43 - Industry Challenges: The conversation turns to the current challenges in the private equity market, including capital raising and deployment strategies. 18:00 - Strategic Focus: Josh elaborates on OpenGate Capital's focus on industrials and corporate carve-outs, detailing the importance of specialization and operational excellence. 24:47 - Global Approach: Insights into OpenGate Capital's global strategy, emphasizing the benefits of an internationally experienced team and cross-border investments. 29:40 - Adapting to Market Changes: Josh discusses how OpenGate Capital has refined its investment strategies to navigate a tough market environment effectively. For more information about OpenGate Capital, go to www.opengatecapital.com For more information on Josh, go to www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-m-adams-70602126 For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts This episode provides a deep dive into the strategies, challenges, and successes that define the private equity landscape, offering valuable lessons for investors and industry professionals alike. Join us for a closer look at the operational and strategic excellence behind OpenGate Capital's success in the private equity sector. Listeners will gain actionable insights into navigating the complexities of private equity, making informed investment decisions, and understanding the critical role of operational expertise in achieving long-term success.
In this enlightening episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney welcomes John Caple, Partner at Hidden Harbor Capital Partners, for an in-depth discussion on the intricacies of private equity. With a career that spans from management consulting at Bain to pivotal roles at HIG Capital and now Hidden Harbor, John offers a comprehensive view of his journey into the heart of private equity. This episode sheds light on the critical aspects of identifying potential in companies, the discipline required in investment decisions, and the strategic approach to fostering growth and operational excellence within portfolio companies. Episode Highlights: 1:14 - Path to Private Equity: John shares his transition from Bain's fast-paced consulting world to embracing the challenges and rewards of private equity, highlighting his tenure at HIG Capital and the move to Hidden Harbor. 9:56 - Beyond the Boardroom: Dive into John's personal side, including his love for offshore fishing and the balance he finds between work and family life. 21:06 - Blueprint for Value Creation: Explore Hidden Harbor's methodical approach to enhancing portfolio companies, focusing on team building, execution, and leveraging a comprehensive portfolio operations group. 27:23 - Unlocking Growth Opportunities: John discusses targeted strategies for sales enhancement and system upgrades, alongside fostering a culture of employee engagement to drive sustainable growth. 37:19 - John's advice to his younger self. For more information on Hidden Harbor Capital, go to www.hh-cp.com. For more information on John, go to www.linkedin.com/in/john-caple-969345. For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts. Join us as John Caple unravels the layers of strategy, discipline, and personal passion that define success in private equity. His insights offer valuable lessons for industry veterans and newcomers alike, emphasizing the importance of a balanced approach to professional challenges and life outside the office. Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more insightful episodes like this, and don't hesitate to leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we delve further into the elements that shape business success in the realm of private equity.
In this standout episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney compiles an array of life hacks shared by prominent figures in the private equity world. As we navigate the complexities of both the private equity industry and our personal lives, finding ways to streamline our daily routines is invaluable. This episode brings together the best tips and tricks from our esteemed guests, offering listeners practical solutions to enhance efficiency, improve wellbeing, and make the most out of every day. Dive into these curated insights and discover how small changes can lead to significant improvements in your life and work within the private equity sector. Episode Highlights: 01:23 - Erica Blob on Sleep Solutions for Travel: Erica introduces a game-changing pillow that promises better sleep during travel, a must-have for the frequent private equity traveler. (Listen to Erica's episode) 04:33 - Andrew Joy's Foundation for Success: Andrew advocates for a return to basics, emphasizing hard work and dedication as the true "life hack" for success in private equity. (Listen to Andrew's episode) 06:21 - Dave Feierstein's Wardrobe Efficiency: Dave reveals his strategy for simplifying daily attire decisions, a time-saving approach valued by private equity professionals. (Listen to Dave's episode) 11:08 - Gabe Mesanza on Effective Note-Taking: Gabe shares how transitioning to digital note-taking has revolutionized his organization and memory retention. (Listen to Gabe's episode) 13:46 - David Hellier's Coffee Prep Hack: David offers a simple yet brilliant tip for a hassle-free coffee experience, perfect for the private equity morning routine. (Listen to David's episode) 15:46 - Charlie Gifford on Wine Aeration Technique: Charlie introduces a unique method for aerating wine, enhancing the private equity dining experience. (Listen to Charlie's episode) 17:48 - Doug Horn on Tranquil Travel: Doug discusses how noise-canceling earphones have become his essential travel companion, offering peace amidst the bustling life of a private equity investor. (Listen to Doug's episode) For more info on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts. Join us as Sean Mooney delves into these transformative life hacks shared by private equity leaders, demonstrating that efficiency, wellbeing, and enjoyment can coexist seamlessly in the fast-paced world of private equity. Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more episodes like this, and leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to explore key elements of business success in the realm of private equity.
In this insightful episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, special guest host Rena Frackt, Managing Director and Head of Client Coverage at BluWave, engages in a profound conversation with Doron Grosman, a seasoned figure in the private equity landscape. Grosman, known for his roles as a serial CEO, private equity operating partner, and investor, shares his journey through the evolving world of private equity, venture capital, and angel investing. With a career that spans leading businesses in both public and private domains and holding significant positions in companies with EBITDA ranging from 50 to 500 million, Grosman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Episode Highlights: 01:01 - Doron Grosman's Diverse Career Journey 02:25 - Influencing and Guiding Management Teams 04:45 - Challenges of Leading as a Private Equity CEO 06:39 - The Role of Board Engagement in Private Equity 08:37 - Leveraging Board Positions for Strategy and Governance 11:45 - Overcoming Challenges in Private Equity 15:08 - Essential Skills and Experiences for Private Equity Success 20:15 - Final Thoughts and Advice for Aspiring Private Equity Professionals For more information on Doron, go to www.linkedin.com/in/dorongrosman For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts Join us for this episode as Doron Grosman shares invaluable lessons from his extensive experience in private equity, offering listeners a roadmap to mastering leadership, value creation, and strategic governance in the high-stakes world of investment. Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more episodes like this, and don't hesitate to leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to explore key elements of business success in the realm of private equity.
In this engaging episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave, sits down with Curt Kahn, Investor and Head of US Operations at Livingbridge. Curt shares his unconventional journey into the private equity world, starting from consulting roles at Booz Allen and PricewaterhouseCoopers to an operational leadership position at Ability Network, and finally, to pioneering Livingbridge's expansion into the US market. Episode Highlights: 01:15 - Curt's Non-Traditional Route to Private Equity - Curt discusses his initial career in consulting and M&A advisory, leading to his operational experience at Ability Network and his transition to Livingbridge. 03:29 - Adapting to Private Equity from an Operating Role - Insights into Curt's adjustment to private equity and how his diverse background influences his approach to investments. 05:54 - Curt's Personal Passion: Paddle Tennis - Curt reveals his interest in paddle tennis, showcasing a side of him outside the professional realm. 08:19 - Key Traits for Successful Investments - Curt outlines the crucial factors he looks for in companies, emphasizing the importance of team, customer satisfaction, and scalability. 13:40 - Livingbridge's Approach to Value Creation - An exploration of how Livingbridge supports portfolio companies through its unique value strategy group and functional expertise. 17:49 - Navigating the 'Washing Machine Economy' - Curt discusses thematic value creation opportunities amid fluctuating economic conditions and the importance of data science in driving business outcomes. 21:54 - Advice to Curt's Younger Self - Curt reflects on the value of embracing uncomfortable situations early in one's career to pave the way for success. For more information on Livingbridge, go to www.livingbridge.com. For more information on Curt, go to www.linkedin.com/in/curt-kahn-611a3b9. For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts. This episode delves into the multifaceted career of Curt Kahn and his strategic contributions to Livingbridge, a middle-market private equity fund with a global footprint. Curt's journey highlights the importance of adaptability, the power of leveraging diverse experiences, and the critical role of team dynamics in driving investment success. With a focus on backing ambitious entrepreneurs and ensuring customer satisfaction, Curt shares insights into Livingbridge's approach to value creation, emphasizing the significance of scalability and data science in enhancing portfolio companies' growth. Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more insightful episodes like this. Leave us a review if you find our content valuable and stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to explore key elements of business success in the realm of private equity.
In this insightful episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave, engages in a fascinating dialogue with Grant Korman, Partner at Align Collaborate. As innovators within the private equity sector, both Sean and Grant share their unique journeys of creating segments that previously didn't exist, offering a deep dive into the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurial spirit within the industry. Episode Highlights: 2:04 - Grant's Origin Story - From his formative years at Georgetown to an inspiring encounter that led him into the world of private equity, Grant recounts his early experiences and the entrepreneurial ventures that shaped his career. 4:07 - The Leap into Private Equity - Grant shares his unconventional path into private equity, bypassing traditional routes to dive headfirst into the industry right out of college, and the learning curve that accompanied this bold move. 8:11 - Evolving into an Independent Sponsor - The journey from Sterling Partners to becoming an independent sponsor with NCK Capital, exploring the challenges and serendipity involved in raising capital deal by deal. 14:45 - Creating Align Collaborate - The genesis of Align Collaborate, born from a desire to provide a more structured and supportive equity solution for independent sponsors in the lower middle market. 23:16 - The Growth of the Independent Sponsor Market - Grant discusses the factors contributing to the rise of the independent sponsor model and how Align Collaborate positions itself within this evolving landscape. 32:30 - Interplay Between Align Collaborate, Independent Sponsors, and Portfolio Companies - Understanding the dynamics of partnership and support that Align Collaborate offers to independent sponsors and their portfolio companies. 34:13 - Thematic Investment Opportunities - Grant outlines the investment themes and opportunities that Align Collaborate is currently exploring, with a focus on businesses with strong core attributes and potential for growth. 35:18 - Grant's advice to his younger self - make your own luck. For more information on Align Collaborate, go to www.aligncollaborate.com For more information on Grant, go to www.linkedin.com/in/grant-kornman-120305 For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts Join us for a riveting discussion that traverses Grant Korman's remarkable journey from a young, ambitious entrepreneur to a key player in shaping the private equity industry. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intricacies of finance, the transformative impact of private equity, and the stories of industry veterans who've played a crucial role in shaping today's investment landscape. Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more episodes like this, and don't hesitate to leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to uncover the critical elements of business success in the realm of private equity.
In this engaging episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave, sits down with Eric Hansen, a partner at Blue Sea Capital and a significant figure in the development of the middle market within the private equity industry. This conversation offers an in-depth look at Eric's unconventional journey from the private debt sector to his influential role in private equity, along with the insights and experiences that have shaped his career. Episode Highlights: 01:34 - Eric's Unique Path into Finance - Eric shares the story of his early life in Peoria, Illinois, his initial career aspirations, and the series of roles that led him to establish Antares Capital and later join Blue Sea Capital. 06:29 - Founding of Antares Capital - Eric recounts the creation of Antares Capital, its pioneering approach to private credit, and the strategic vision that drove its success. 09:23 - Innovations in Private Credit - Discussion on the innovative financing solutions introduced by Antares, including sponsor-focused lending and the development of the Unitranche loan structure. 15:41 - Transition to Blue Sea Capital - Eric talks about his decision to retire, the interim consulting period, and what ultimately led him to accept a partner role at Blue Sea Capital, focusing on industrial growth. 25:05 - Value Creation at Blue Sea Capital - Learn about Blue Sea Capital's approach to driving growth in portfolio companies, including the development of an executive network and leveraging strategic acquisitions. 31:06 - Eric's Personal Reading Recommendations - Eric shares his personal reading preferences, emphasizing the importance of leisure reading alongside professional studies to stimulate different parts of the brain. For more information about Blue Sea Capital, go to www.blueseacapital.com. For more information about Eric Hansen, go to www.linkedin.com/in/eric-hansen510. For more information about BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts. This episode is a treasure trove of insights for anyone interested in the dynamics of finance, the transformative impact of private equity, and the career trajectories of industry veterans who have significantly influenced today's investment landscape. Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more episodes like this, and leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to uncover the critical elements of business success in the realm of private equity.
Dive into the transformative world of private equity in this insightful episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, featuring Kevin McAllister, the visionary Founder and Managing Partner at Access Holdings. Honored as BluWave's 2024 Private Equity Innovator of the Year, Kevin discusses the innovative strategies that propel Access Holdings to industry leadership. Episode Highlights: [00:01:22] - Exploring the Access Acceleration Center - Kevin provides a glimpse into their high-tech private equity office, where technology and data analytics drive value creation. [00:10:28] - Evolution from Fundless Sponsor to Market Leader - Learn about the growth trajectory of Access Holdings and the strategic vision that guided their rise to prominence. [00:20:38] - Commitment to Corporate Citizenship - Kevin delves into how Access Holdings embeds social responsibility into their ethos, aligning business success with community impact. [00:30:01] - Fueling Growth and Employment - A conversation on the targeted growth strategies Access Holdings employs to support their portfolio companies and stimulate job creation. [00:37:53] - The Culture of Learning and Innovation - Kevin speaks on the importance of nurturing a learning environment that encourages innovation and keeps the firm agile in a competitive landscape. To learn more about Access Holdings, go to www.accessholdings.com To learn more about BluWave's 2024 Top Private Equity Innovator Awards, and Access Holdings as our Innovator of the Year, go to www.bluwave.net/awards To learn more about Kevin McAllister, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-mcallister-5979347 To learn more about BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcast Key Insights & Takeaways: In this episode, Kevin McAllister shares a wealth of knowledge on how Access Holdings' commitment to research, technology, and data analytics has redefined their approach to private equity. Listeners will learn about the importance of selecting markets with persistent tailwinds and the strategic deployment of resources to build competitive advantages within portfolio companies. Kevin also emphasizes the significance of corporate social responsibility, not just as a mandate, but as a core component of building a sustainable and successful business. By focusing on job creation and supporting Main Street America, Access Holdings exemplifies how private equity can be a force for positive economic change. Furthermore, Kevin's insights into fostering a culture of continuous learning underscore the firm's ability to remain at the cutting edge of private equity innovation. Enjoy!
Join the Karma School of Business Podcast, as host Sean Mooney sits down with Tim Schulte, Partner at Council Capital, to explore the nuanced world of private equity and the art of business growth. Tim's diverse background, from consulting to startups, has shaped his approach to value creation and investment in the healthcare sector. 1:37 - From History Major to PE Partner: Tim Schulte's Unique Journey 8:41 - Key Traits for Investment: Council Capital's Market-Team-Company Framework 12:46 - Value Creation: Council Capital's Collaborative and Respectful Approach 19:41 - Innovating PE Deal Sourcing: Executive in Residence and AI Tools 23:58 - Life Lessons from Literature: Tim's Influential Book Recommendations For more information on Council Capital, go to www.councilcapital.com. For more information on Tim Schulte, go to www.linkedin.com/in/timothyrobertschulte. For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcast. In this enriching episode, Tim delves into the significance of market selection, the power of teamwork, and the strategic role of company potential in achieving long-term success. He also sheds light on Council Capital's CEO Council, Executive in Residence program, and their forward-thinking use of AI to streamline the investment process. Beyond business acumen, Tim shares personal insights, including his commitment to community through Nashville Classical and his affectionately earned nickname. He also offers book recommendations that provide profound reflections on life's finite resources and the importance of balancing wealth, health, and time. Join us for a conversation that not only charts Tim Schulte's path through the financial sector but also imparts actionable wisdom for business builders and investors alike. Whether you're a seasoned PE professional or an entrepreneur seeking growth, this episode is filled with valuable takeaways and inspiring ideas for the future.
In this must-listen episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney is joined by Erica Blob, Partner at Brighton Park Capital, for an insightful discussion that delves into the intricate world of growth-stage investing. Erica brings a wealth of experience from her dynamic journey through the finance sector, from investment banking to her pivotal role at Brighton Park Capital, where she focuses on nurturing high-potential growth-stage companies. Erica shares her transition from the fast-paced environment of capital markets to the operational side of e-commerce at Walmart.com, and how this experience shaped her nuanced understanding of what it takes to drive a company forward. Her return to investment banking during the tumultuous period of 2007 set the stage for a decade working with two of the investment world's most influential Steves - Steve Cohen and Steve Klinsky - where she honed her investment philosophy and developed a deep appreciation for building transformative businesses. The conversation takes a turn to explore the creation of Brighton Park Capital, where Erica and her team are redefining the private equity landscape by combining operational expertise with an entrepreneurial spirit to support growth-stage companies. They discuss the firm's commitment to transparency and partnership with their LPs, offering them real-time insights into the performance and potential of their investments. Erica also provides a glimpse into the current strategic initiatives at Brighton Park Capital, highlighting the importance of M&A opportunities, offshoring for talent acquisition, and the transformative impact of AI on software development productivity. She emphasizes the significance of experienced, low-ego entrepreneurs and the value of operational executives in scaling businesses from tens to hundreds of millions in revenue. Listeners will walk away with a mini-MBA's worth of knowledge as Erica distills her approach to identifying operationally excellent companies, the intricacies of value creation, and the critical role of customer-centricity. Her personal anecdotes, including a unique travel life hack involving a sleep-inducing pillow, add a relatable touch to the discussion. Tune in for an engaging and educational conversation that not only charts Erica Blob's path through the financial sector but also offers actionable insights into the strategies that are propelling Brighton Park Capital and their portfolio companies to new heights. 1:38 - Erica's path to private equity including learning from some industry legends 14:14 - The challenges and triumphs of establishing Brighton Park Capital during the pandemic 20:01 - Key traits Brighton Park Capital looks for in growth-stage companies and their strategic approach to fostering operational excellence 30:54 - An innovative approach to engaging with Limited Partners, emphasizing transparency and real-time information sharing 34:24 - The current thematic focuses for value creation within the portfolio, including M&A, offshoring for talent, and leveraging AI for software development productivity 42:16 - A life-hack for frequent travelers For more information on Brighton Park Capital, go to www.bpc.com For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts
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