Private Equity Lingo: The Podcast

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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The Haiku Episode

Matthew Craig-Greene's Haiku

A Series of PE Haikus for the sophisticated listener

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A light-hearted conversation with Matthew Craig-Greene of Pivot Partners Ltd -- our Thursday gift from us, to you!

We are but flotsam
Swept away on the tall waves
Of carried interest

SJBerwin is 
Now king and wood mallesons
SJ Berwin K?

New fund manager
Seeks pensions, sovereigns, banks for
Long walks, Co-investment

Fund of funds mergers:
We should have seen it coming: 
Mis’ry loves comp’ny

Yo! Alternative
Investment Fund Manager
Directive: What up?

After barren years
LPs are putting the “fun”
Back in fundraising

Do you charge bogus
portfolio fees, GP? 
Not me, dear LP

Is bigger better?
According to Bane

Yo! Private debt funds
Equity should give credit 
where credit is due:

So much love for mezz 
But the question still remains:
Is it warranted?

Roadside MBA : Product Differentiation and Price

Michael Mazzeo Interview

Product Differentiation and Price

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Devin and Jim sit down with Northwestern Kellogg School of Management Professor Michael Mazzeo to discuss his upcoming book: Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners.   In this second episode with Professor Mazzeo we discuss product differentiation and price.

The Mind of the CEO

Steve Julius Interview

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Show Notes

Devin and Uber-Associate Kevin Fitzgerald sit down with Steve Julius, PhD aka "Dr. J" to talk about organizational behavior and team dynamics.   Dr. Julius opines on human behavior, organizational dynamics and business development.  Listen in and get insight on creating practical strategies and easy-to-use tools for resolving a wide range of business and human resource needs. 

Life and Times of a Private Equity Associate

Kevin Fitzgerald Interview

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Show Notes

We sit down with a real life Associate from a real life private equity fund. Removed from his natural habitat and placed in captivity in Chicago, Kevin Fitzgerald shares with us what he did to get the job, what he does on a daily basis and where he's taking the experience next (hint: it's in Cambridge, MA).

The Mid Roll Chat

Lex Friedman Interview

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Show Notes

The FunCast spends an hour with Macworld writer and podcast impresario Lex Friedman from The Midroll -- home of 130+ podcasts.   Everything that you need to know about advertising on podcasts including listener demographics and getting started.

The Art (and Science?) of the LOI

Ryan Harris Interview

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Show Notes

The FunCast spends another hour with McDermott Will & Emery LLP Partner Ryan Harris breaking down an actual private equity letter of intent.  We go term by term with one of the best transaction lawyers in the business.  Founders will learn all the tricks of the trade to even the playing field in their negotiation.  Devin says "You are welcome".

Letter of Intent Markup

Game of Pivots

If you're doing it right there is no need to pivot

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Show Notes

Jim and Devin discuss the vaunted venture "pivot" and its applicability, or lack there-of in the private equity business.

Parfait Sundae: Lending to Middle Market Companies

Interview with Ian Larkin of Maranon Capital

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Show Notes

Bring out your debt!  We've talked a lot about funding options for owners of mid sized companies but we haven't covered debt yet.  Well, here you go.  A detailed conversation with Ian Larkin, founder and Managing Partner of Maranon Capital.  Ian describes why you should look at debt in a business like a parfait sundae (seriously, he does!) and what all those layers mean to you as an owner.  He talks about the aversion most business owners have toward debt and why they might want to change their minds a little.  Then at the end we kind of ramble on about things that have nothing to do with debt, private equity or fancy deserts.