Insights from the world of private equity, strategic consulting, and business intelligence.
How We Did It: Executive Search Case Study
Finding specialized executive search firms is an area PE funds often seek our assistance, because instead of spending countless hours trying to find the right fit we can quickly match the funds with a series of vetted candidates. So, when our PE fund client acquired a founder-owned business that provides services to the niche power […]
Industry Insights: An Interview with ParkerGale’s Devin Mathews
This is an unprecedented time for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. As the economy begins to show signs of a tenuous post-COVID-19 recovery, there is no telling how the business landscape will be impacted. But one thing is clear: PE will be a major factor in the recovery. Devin Mathews is a partner at ParkerGale, and […]
How to find and leverage expertise
The COVID-19 pandemic won’t last forever, and companies need to be thinking about how to best position themselves to not only maintain their operations, but also seize upon opportunities and prepare for an uncertain future. This means they’ll have to be agile, getting the right people with the right skills at the right time. Our […]
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
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 […]
REDIRECTED 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: Post-COVID Strategy
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 is that, […]
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
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
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
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
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.
Fractional CFOs: What They Do, Why You Might Need an Interim CFO Instead
The chief financial officer is crucial role. But not all businesses can afford – or are ready – for one. One alternative to committing to a full-time (and expensive) C-suite financial executive is a fractional CFO. “The biggest role of a fractional CFO is going to be high-level overview. The business is typically not going […]
A Wave of Deals is Coming: Commercial Due Diligence Webinar
The private equity deal market has been slow in 2023. There are signs, however, that that could change soon. In fact, BluWave founder and CEO Sean Mooney believes PE is ready to “call a bottom” based on proprietary internal data. That means that firms must have their due diligence resources lined up ahead of the […]
Matt Cole’s Route to SBJ Capital ‘A Bit Circuitous’
Matt Cole recently joined the Karma School of Business podcast to talk private equity. The managing director at SBJ Capital spoke with host Sean Mooney about data-based decisions, how he got his start in PE and much more. Here are some of the top takeaways from their conversation. 3 Takeaways from Matt 1. An Unconventional […]