OODA Loop Offers a Solid Framework for Agile, Fast-Moving Companies

By Sean Mooney | June 12, 2020 | Comments Off on OODA Loop Offers a Solid Framework for Agile, Fast-Moving Companies

When I left my partner position at a PE fund to start BluWave, I sought an operating framework to help us build the company in an agile and customer-centric way. I embraced a model conceived by Air Force Colonel John Boyd called the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act). This framework has been extremely helpful as we’ve grown to serving more than 350 PE funds in a short period…

Research Finds PE-backed Companies More Resilient Than Others During Economic Contractions

By Sean Mooney | June 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Research Finds PE-backed Companies More Resilient Than Others During Economic Contractions

Although states and businesses are beginning to reopen amid progress in the fight against COVID-19, the economic fallout has been devastating. Over the past nine weeks, almost 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment while the unemployment rate reached almost 15 percent in April – a number that has steadily increased since then. The private…

Katie Marchetti Joins BluWave As Managing Director

By Sean Mooney | May 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Katie Marchetti Joins BluWave As Managing Director

This week, we officially announced the addition of Katie Marchetti as Managing Director, a vital leadership role for our expanding firm. Katie is a Nashville native (a rare breed these days!), and joins us from Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) where she most recently served as Chief of Staff, coordinating the execution of strategic priorities with senior…

What We See Now

By Sean Mooney | May 27, 2020 | Comments Off on What We See Now

As Yogi Berra once said: “The future ain’t what it used to be.”   Those words ring particularly true now, as everyone—from investors and business owners to teachers and healthcare workers—transition to living in a world with COVID-19. The numbers are in, and realistically this isn’t going away any time soon.   The good news…

How Companies Can Leverage Interim Leadership for a World in Flux

By Sean Mooney | May 7, 2020 | Comments Off on How Companies Can Leverage Interim Leadership for a World in Flux

A rapid transformation of the global workforce has been taking place, fueled by digital transformation, specialization, and an increasingly on-demand labor pool. This transformation will only accelerate in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Your company can’t afford to be paralyzed. In fact, when the world starts rotating again, now more than ever you and global…

Bain’s Global PE Report 2020: High Prices and Higher Stakes

By Sean Mooney | April 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Bain’s Global PE Report 2020: High Prices and Higher Stakes

Every year, Bain & Company, one of the leading private equity consulting companies, releases its annual “Global Private Equity Report” to provide context and insights for the current year. While these reports often top 100 pages (which makes them somewhat cumbersome to digest), they are filled to the brim with useful information.

How the alternative workforce fits into the future

By Sean Mooney | March 27, 2020 | Comments Off on How the alternative workforce fits into the future

A few weeks ago, before the world seemingly imploded with the Nashville tornado and news that the coronavirus was on the move and spreading fast, BluWave was tapped for an Inc. Magazine article about how the “alternative workforce” fits into the future of work.

In retrospect, and without knowing it at the time, the insights we gave couldn’t be more true—particularly now that millions of companies have been upended and will rely on fast-moving, highly-skilled experts to help them rebuild and steer their ships in the right direction.

What you need to know about the CARES Act

By Sean Mooney | March 27, 2020 | Comments Off on What you need to know about the CARES Act

Yesterday, we hosted a live “CARES Act” session in conjunction with The Cypress Group, a leading Washington DC advisory firm that advocates for the private equity industry and a member of the BluWave network. Our goal was to offer an up-to-the-minute, inside look into how the proposed bill would likely affect private equity and its portcos.

8 Tips for Weathering the Storm

By Sean Mooney | March 17, 2020 | Comments Off on 8 Tips for Weathering the Storm

This has to be the strangest St. Patrick’s Day on record.  To me, the business world feels a lot like the fog during the few weeks after 9/11 and when the bank meltdowns reached a fever pitch in 2008.  Just like then, I’m quite sure that calm will prevail and that “this too shall pass.” 

We’ve been getting all sorts of calls the last two weeks from fellow PE fund and portco clients to help understand how they can best get ahead during uncertain times.  If nothing else, it feels good having contingency plans in process versus waiting to see what fate has in store. 

COVID-19 According to BluWave Network Experts

By Sean Mooney | March 11, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID-19 According to BluWave Network Experts

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, we hosted a COVID-19 Intel Session for our PE fund stakeholders featuring leading experts from healthcare, government, and supply chain risks. For those who missed it, or perhaps aren’t officially part of our network yet, we wanted to provide the key takeaways on this important and rapidly-evolving topic.