Jim and Devin talk in detail about Daniel Pink's autonomy, mastery and purpose with a sidebar into "fairness".
Jim and Devin discuss the technology stack that we use to run our business
Jim talks to Joe Gorup about using eLearning in the middle market
Devin and Jim discuss Daniel Pink's "Drive" as it relates to their portfolio companies
Devin and Jim talk about Nassim Nicholas Taleb's gem, "Fooled by Randomness"
Jim talks to portfolio company CFO, Mike Welch about his initial experiences with our ongoing NetSuite implementation.
Devin, Ryan Harris, Ian Larkin and Brad Simmons make their predictions for 2015 ... and BEYOND!
Jim and Devin talk restaurants and cuisine with Chicago's own Chef John Caputo!
Jim and Dirk Shimpach talk through a complete NetSuite implementation at one of our portfolio companies, "serial podcast" style.
Jim and Devin talk shop with Troy Henikoff from TechStars Chicago
Devin and Jim give thanks for all of our listeners, colleagues and friends.
Jim and Devin talk about the various exit strategies for private equity-backed tech companies.
Devin and Jim talk with Tim Kelly on his research what makes a company "entreprenurial"
Tim Kelly is the President and Founder of Kelly Private Equity Consulting (aka OptiCulture Consulting; 2013 – Present). Kelly Private Equity Consulting focuses exclusively on helping private equity general and limited partners achieve maximum long-term financial performance and firm-level success. The company utilizes best-in-class competitive analysis to strengthen organizational dynamics, enhance risk and decision processes, focus brand messaging, and achieve firm-wide cultural symmetry. Previously, Tim was a Partner at Adams Street Partners, LLC (2003 – 2013) and a member of the Primary Partnership Investment Team before his retirement in 2013. In this position, he was a senior partnership investment team manager (AUM of approximately $25 billion) specializing in all facets of global, non-venture, fund investments. He was an active member on over 15 fund advisory boards, the primary monitor of over 20 fund relationships, and a member of the firm’s Primary Fund Investment Sub-Committee. As Partner, he developed a strong network of general partner, limited partner, and client relationships worldwide and was a frequent speaker at industry-wide conferences and general partner off-sites. He led Adams Street's partnership team in attributed portfolio investment performance and in sourcing secondary fund and co-investment opportunities. Most recently he served as an Advisor to the firm (2014). His industry expertise includes: financial services, manufacturing, business services, and consumer; additional expertise with distressed and partnerships employing complex investment strategies, risk management, firm governance, and private equity best practices. Previous professional experiences include: Managing Director, GE Commercial Finance – Global Investment Management at General Electric (1998 – 2003), Senior Investment Manager in the Investment Department at Allstate Insurance Company (1988 – 1998), and Associate Counsel, Corporate and Investment Law Teams at Allstate Insurance Company (1988 – 1994). Tim has his MBA in Economics and International Business from University of Chicago/Booth; his JD from The John Marshall Law School; and, is in the final stages of completing his PhD in Psychology (Organizational concentration).
Devin and Jim introduce their new firm, Parker Gale Capital
Devin and Jim discuss succcession planning for founders.
Milbery's Mazlow's Hierarchy of Software Needs
We are officially a year old today and have we got a gift for you. Jim and Devin spend an hour dissecting Jim's controversial hierarchy of software needs.
What happens when your relationship with management goes south?
This episode is by request How do relationships between the private equity guys and management go bad? Shocking! Yes, that happens some times. What causes it? And what can you do to fix it? Find out here.
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What we talk about when we talk about PE
As a follow-up to Devin's (surprisingly) popular PEHUB column from early August, Devin and Jim expound on the lingo inside a PE firm. This isn't sports talk or girl talk, this is private equity talk and it makes about as much sense as some of the wild stories in the Raymond Carver book we stole our title from. Sit back and enjoy, and just like an after school special starring Robbie Benson, there just might even be a lesson or two to learn in between all the laughing (or is that crying?).
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