Karma School

Episode 068

Private Equity Spotlight: The Independent Sponsor Model with Doug Song and Erik Ginsberg

In this episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney engages in a fascinating discussion with Doug Song and Erik Ginsberg, pioneers in the independent sponsor space within private equity. They delve into the evolution of independent sponsors, sharing personal journeys, insights on building successful partnerships, and the importance of respect and humility in business.

Episode Highlights:

1:43 - Erik Ginsberg's Journey: Erik shares his transition from law to private equity, emphasizing the serendipitous nature of his career path and the founding of Slate Capital.

5:39 - Douglas Song's Background: Douglas recounts his early career in investment banking and restructuring, leading to his passion for working with entrepreneurial, smaller companies and co-founding Prodos Capital.

18:40 - The Evolution of Independent Sponsors: Douglas discusses the growth and acceptance of the independent sponsor model in the private equity landscape, highlighting the increase in collaboration and quality within the industry.

33:12 - Communicating with Business Owners: Erik and Douglas talk about the benefits of partnering with an independent sponsor, focusing on flexibility, commitment, and the ability to tailor investment strategies to each business's unique needs.

For more information on Prodos Capital, go to https://www.prodoscapital.com/
For more information on Slate Capital, go to https://www.slatecap.com/
For more information on Doug Song, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-song-9415045
For more information on Erik Ginsberg, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/erik-ginsberg-85b22
For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to https://www.bluwave.net/podcasts

This episode offers a deep dive into the world of independent sponsors in private equity, providing valuable lessons on collaboration, respect, and the power of a people-first approach in business.

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