KARMA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS PODCAST
The Business Builders’ Podcast
Cici Zheng, ParkerGale Capital | Private Equity Advice on Pricing, Human Capital and More
We're joined by Cici Zheng, a Partner from ParkerGale Capital to give her operations-focused perspective on many different private equity topics. Listen to the conversation as we discuss:
2:30 - Cici's path to private equity
8:19 - What traits show a company has potential
13:06 - Focusing on all facets of a company
17:18 - The strategy behind working with portco management teams
20:31 - Navigating uncertain economies
24:05 - Getting buy-in from portco sales teams on pricing changes
27:31 - Cici's advice to her younger self
To learn more about ParkerGale Capital, go to www.parkergale.com.
To learn more about BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcast.
David Hellier, Bertram Capital | Harnessing Data to Innovate, Differentiate and Evolve
We're joined by David Hellier, a partner at Bertram Capital, to discuss:
1:31 - His background and what brought him to private equity
5:40 - How private equity is evolving
9:18 - David's story about throwing out the first pitch
11:09 - Overcoming adversity and being differentiated
16:23 - Running private equity like a business
22:37 - How data and AI will impact productivity
27:50 - Finding opportunity admidst uncertainty
34:08 - David's life hack
For more information on Bertram Capital, go to their website: bertramcapital.com
For more information about this podcast, go to bluwave.net/podcast
Filling a Need: Unraveling the History and Growth of the Private Equity Industry
In this captivating episode, we delve into the history of private equity, exploring its origins, confronting industry stigmas, and witnessing its evolution into a dynamic force. Join us as we:
(0:54) Uncover the ideas that gave birth to the first private equity firms, laying the groundwork for an industry that would reshape the business landscape.
(5:37) Challenge the prevailing stigma personified by 1980s Wall Street movies, to explore how the industry has and continues to evolve.
(10:05) Highlight the shifting focus of private equity towards the people involved and the value they can create, from investors to management teams.
(13:18) Touch on the importance of being the best in private equity, engaging the right third party resources to help.
(15:20) Revisit the current state of PE and predict where it's going.
John Huhn, Compass Group Equity Partners | Unlocking Success: The Power of Persistence in PE
A managing partner from Compass Group Equity Partners, John Huhn, joins the Karma School of Business Podcast to discuss:
1:04 - John's background and path to private equity
9:28 - The most important traits to look for when evaluating a potential investment
13:50 - What makes Compass unique and how they approach value creation
21:34 - Advice to successfully manage a rocky economic period
26:52 - Important aspects of the portco-PE firm relationship
31:30 - John's advice to his younger self
And much more.
To learn more about Compass Group, go to https://www.cgep.com/.
To learn more about BluWave, go to www.bluwave.net.
Hernan Saenz, Bain & Company | A Glance into the Future of the Planet, the Power of Circular Transformation and the Role Private Equity Can Play
The Karma School of Business is joined by Bain and Company Global Head of Performance and Improvement, Harnan Saenz to take a deep dive on the future of the economy as it relates to sustainability, viewed through the lens of private equity. The conversation topics include:
2:30 "Remanufacturing" and forces applying pressure to traditional operations
5:21 What is the circular economy?
13:13 The current policies set up by the government related to the circular economy
16:03 Barriers to a circular economy
25:21 How can tech be leveraged to support the circular economy?
27:13 Measuring progress toward circularity
29:25 The role of private equity in promoting circularity
30:28 Incorporating circular principles into investment strategies
33:01 Investment opportunities and most promising sectors
35:46 Challenges a PE firm might face when investing in a circular economy
37:13 How can firms work with portcos to improve sustainability?
39:39 How PE can collaborate with governments and other stakeholders to promote the circular economy
HR, Tech Take Center Stage in Q1: Private Equity Industry Update
We share top private equity insights from our Q1 2023 Insights Report where we evaluate proprietary data from over 500 leading private equity firms across thousands of projects. We compare year over year activity from the BluWave Activity Index to share how private equity is reacting to the current economic state. Join BluWave Founder and CEO, Sean Mooney, as he discusses:
1:07 - Comparing the economy in 2023 to 2008
2:52 - The breakdown between due diligence and value creation
6:25 - How private equity is being strategic in diligence during the unsteady economic environment
8:35 - What is fueling the increase in value creation activity
11:58 - The top three functional areas in the BluWave Activity Index
16:06 - How to get additional insights and trends
Click here to get the report: http://bit.ly/3obXJXu
Charlie Gifford, New Heritage, Getting to Yes Through Differentiation in Private Equity
Private equity insights from Charlie Gifford, a senior partner at New Heritage Partner, in this episode relate to how PE firms can differentiate themselves from the competitors to win more often. Charlie speaks to BluWave Founder and CEO, Sean Mooney, about the following topics:
1:45 Charlie's background
7:00 Why did he get into private equity
9:02 How private equity reacts to change
13:22 The evolution of the private IPO
15:29 How New Heritage stands out to portcos
20:55 The future of private equity
25:30 Charlie's advice to aspiring business builders
29:49 Learning how to be successful
36:10 Pro tips about wine
SVB Bank Crisis: What Will Happen Next and How Private Equity Will Reframe Crisis into Opportunity
The Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank collapses of March 2023 are top of mind for many investors and business leaders. In this episode, Sean Mooney explains what happened and how if affects the private equity industry. Additionally, Sean predicts how private equity will react to the crisis and gives advice on how to turn the situation into an opportunity for growth, rather than a setback.
For more info, go to http://bit.ly/40hZQH2
0:52 What happened on the weekend of March 18, 2023
2:28 What happens next
4:35 How the bank collapses impact private equity
6:40 Turning crisis into opportunity
8:03 PE's reaction to crisis (Ooda Loops)
13:06 How all companies can learn from PE firms during a crisis
Colonel John Boyd's Ooda Loop concept: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop
Culture, Mental Health, Fundraising, Cash Flows, and more | Devin Mathews, ParkerGale
Host Sean Mooney sits down with ParkerGale's Partner, Devin Mathews, to discuss the value of culture, the importance of mental health, the economy's impact on fundraising, tips to weather the economic storm, the benefits of being yourself, and more.
Good Values and Work Ethic Win | Doug McCormick, HCI Equity Partners
Host Sean Mooney sits down with HCI Equity Partners Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Doug McCormick, to discuss building world-class teams, how to scale your leadership along with your business and company culture, how HCI Equity Partners helps entrepreneurs realize their vision, and more.
At the end of the day, good values and work ethic win.