BluWave’s 2018 Year in Review

By The BluWave Team | January 22, 2019 | Comments Off on BluWave’s 2018 Year in Review

A Year in Review In 2018 alone, BluWave supported over 700 private equity projects, providing due diligence, value creation, and private equity operations services to our clients. Upon review, we found that private equity funds and their portfolio companies are investing more and more resources in value creation initiatives. Due diligence services remain critical to…

PRESS: BluWave and Sean Mooney in Mergers & Acquisitions

By The BluWave Team | May 18, 2018 | Comments Off on PRESS: BluWave and Sean Mooney in Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions recently published an article titled “From fund administrators to VDRs, dozens of firms help M&A pros compete” that features BluWave and BluWave’s CEO, Sean Mooney.   From Mergers & Acquisitions:   “Think Gartner Inc. meets Angie’s List and there lies BluWave. The idea for BluWave grew over a 20-year span, while Sean Mooney was working in a private equity…

5 Value Creation Ideas for Private Equity Funds

By Sean Mooney | October 31, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 Value Creation Ideas for Private Equity Funds

The business of private equity is getting more business-like. Today, most private equity funds are largely managed like partnerships, not like the companies they own. However, many firms have realized the private equity industry has now matured into an industry and are starting to manage their own companies like their portfolio companies. Here are some…

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing A Company for Sale

By Sean Mooney | July 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Common Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing A Company for Sale

After a nearly 20-year career in private equity, I’ve learned to appreciate that it takes just as much work to effectively sell a company as it does to excellently buy a company. It’s also easy to slip up or not pay enough attention to vital steps that could profoundly change the final price upon sale.…

Why Your Company Needs a Fully Realized Digital Marketing Strategy

By Sean Mooney | July 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Why Your Company Needs a Fully Realized Digital Marketing Strategy

As a player in the private equity space, you know the struggles of growing a company under tight deadlines and budgets. While you may think that digital marketing is better suited for “the other guys,” e.g. B2C firms, larger companies, groups targeting millennials, this isn’t the case. Middle market businesses across verticals can harness the…

Top 8 Best Practices for Preparing for a Value Maximizing Sale

By Sean Mooney | June 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Top 8 Best Practices for Preparing for a Value Maximizing Sale

In today’s competitive markets, private equity companies and their partners are being forced to pay record-high prices for investments in companies. To generate attractive returns, the private equity companies and their managers must create substantial value after closing. One effective way to create value is by running a highly prepared, efficient, and focused sales process.…

3 Ways to Increase Your Company’s Value

By Sean Mooney | June 6, 2018 | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Increase Your Company’s Value

After nearly 20 years in private equity, I appreciate how hard it is to build and grow businesses in a constrained environment.  Nothing is easy, but most things are possible with the right people and resources. Top private equity funds regularly ask us about ideas to help drive growth and reduce costs.  Here are a…

How to Run Your PE Fund Like a Business

By Sean Mooney | May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Run Your PE Fund Like a Business

  There are currently more than 4,000 private equity funds competing for limited opportunities. Economics 101 is hitting the PE industry hard: since the demand for investment opportunities has been growing and the actual number of opportunities has stayed consistent over time, PE investors are facing an uphill battle. To succeed in a crowded field,…

What to Look for in an Interim CFO

By Sean Mooney | April 17, 2018 | Comments Off on What to Look for in an Interim CFO

One of the biggest mistakes private equity funds make when searching for an interim CFO for their portfolio company is looking for someone who can do everything a full-time CFO would. Searching for this diamond-in-the-rough candidate ends up taking just as long as it would take to find a full-time candidate, and in the meantime,…

How You Should Be Selecting the Right Service Providers

By Sean Mooney | April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on How You Should Be Selecting the Right Service Providers

When used correctly, service providers can meaningfully improve the efficiency and productivity of your business and can dramatically help increase value. In a perfect world, your service providers work autonomously and efficiently to make universal improvements to your business. But that’s not often the case. Service providers not only need the right capabilities, but also…