36 episodes

At the core of every business either owned by or being evaluated by Private Equity is technology. Yet many in the Private Equity world don't have a grasp on the magnitude of impact that technology can have on their investments. The Private Equity Technology Podcast will explore the inner workings of the technology applications and people running your potential acquisitions or portfolio companies, providing you another lever to pull as you look to maximize returns. #privateequity #tech

Private Equity Technology Podcast Alex Agran

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At the core of every business either owned by or being evaluated by Private Equity is technology. Yet many in the Private Equity world don't have a grasp on the magnitude of impact that technology can have on their investments. The Private Equity Technology Podcast will explore the inner workings of the technology applications and people running your potential acquisitions or portfolio companies, providing you another lever to pull as you look to maximize returns. #privateequity #tech

    Episode 36 - The State Of Hiring Tech Talent

    Episode 36 - The State Of Hiring Tech Talent

    Few would debate the importance of technology talent, however its importance in successfully executing growth transformation of a portfolio company is sometimes underappreciated. Acquiring top talent can yield double-digit investment savings by accelerating the transformation process by even 20 to 30%. Of course, such talent is hard to find.


    We sit down with Emma Roderick who leads the La Fosse Private Equity Practice to understand:

    – talent trends
    – capabilities companies need to look for
    – how to find the right mix of skills
    – the importance of creating an environment in which tech skills can flourish
    – lessons from trailblazers

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    – Emma Roderick - https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-roderick-951906a2/
    – La Fosse Private Equity Practice: https://www.lafosse.com/private-equity

    • 27 min
    Episode 35 - Data 101

    Episode 35 - Data 101

    We get back to the basics in this episode to deliver an understanding of data and databases. If you're looking for a quick primer that will help contextualize conversations you're having with targets or portfolio companies regarding data, then listen in.

    Naveed Asem, Chief Data and Analytics Officer of Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), has devoted his career to building data and analytic solutions and takes us through an impressive coverage of architecture, tools, processes, products, and applications of data.

    In this episode you’ll learn about:

    * The difference between relational and non-relational databases
    * Data lakes, data warehouses and data marts
    * Data preparation and quality – what’s involved in cleaning, transforming and merging data sets
    * Exploration and insight reporting – which dashboards to use?

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    Naveed Asem - https://www.linkedin.com/in/naveedasem

    • 51 min
    Episode 34 - Pilot Growth

    Episode 34 - Pilot Growth

    There’s a lot of excitement about the potential value of artificial intelligence. And we are hearing a great deal about exciting demos in a variety of sectors. However, we are also in a phase where a lot of PE firms are somewhat skeptical as to whether or not it can actually help them. How do firms evaluate the opportunities and limitations? How best to handle the complexity of ethics, transparency, and bias?

    AI can be viewed as a cognitive prosthetic for business intelligence. Pioneer companies are already using AI to innovate and grow fast. William Lee and Neil Callahan of Pilot Growth Equity are here to share their insights on the implications of the AI paradigm shift in the transformation of all business processes within organizations, and their experience working with AI in portfolio companies. They are using their deep industry, analytics and technology expertise to help their portfolio companies get real value from these technologies – now. Will and Neil talk us through their experience of joining data science and investment expertise. We discuss what AI is, conditions required for success and how AI can be leveraged within portfolio companies.

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    Pilot Growth Equity - https://www.pilotgrowth.com
    William Lee - https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-lee-05a8091
    Neil Callahan - https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilcallahan
    r4 - r4.co/

    Thank you so much for joining us this week. This show was hosted by Lisa Weaver-Lambert.

    • 39 min
    Episode 33 - The Digital Transformation Payoff

    Episode 33 - The Digital Transformation Payoff

    “Investors should talk about their digital investments more and sooner,” advises Suraj Srinivasan, Professor at Harvard Business School, who joins us to discuss his recent article titled ‘Investors Reward Companies That Talk Up Their Digital Initiatives."

    Public companies talking about their digital investments on quarterly investment calls has grown 5x since 2010 and investors are paying up for those digital investments. Suraj discusses the importance of rethinking the growth strategy with a technology lens and how to value this, as well as the criticality of having the right level of talent within a portfolio business.

    In this episode you’ll learn:

    * How to think about the scope of a Digital Strategy
    * The impact on due diligence of disruption
    * The importance of tech talent at C-level
    * How digital investments should be valued

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    Suraj Srinivasan: https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=10700

    Article: https://hbr.org/2019/06/research-investors-reward-companies-that-talk-up-their-digital-initiatives

    Thank you so much for joining us this week. This show was co-hosted with Lisa Weaver-Lambert.

    • 40 min
    Episode 32 - The Importance Of Pricing

    Episode 32 - The Importance Of Pricing

    Despite evidence that pricing is the most critical predictor of profitability, the science of pricing is still relatively underdeveloped for most portfolio companies, and few have optimized their pricing to maximize profits. Pricing is therefore often one of the first levers Private Equity firms should be looking to look to optimize – gaining control over pricing strategy, processes and establishing the foundation for value-based pricing.

    Paul Hunt, Global President of Pricing Solutions, talks through the underlying technology required to optimize pricing. Pricing Solutions has worked with industry leaders implementing cross-pollination of best pricing research, management and intelligence practices across industries.

    In this episode you’ll learn:

    * The unique value of a pricing specialist versus other data analytics skills
    * The different levels of pricing expertise and technology and infrastructure requirements
    * Who should be accountable for pricing in a portfolio company
    * Benefits of pricing automation


    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    * Pricing Solutions - https://www.pricingsolutions.com/
    * Paul Hunt - https://www.linkedin.com/in/pspaulhunt


    Thank you so much for joining us this week. This show was co-hosted with Lisa Weaver-Lambert.

    • 36 min
    Episdoe 31 - Two Six Capital

    Episdoe 31 - Two Six Capital

    "We are at a moment of time. Humans and machines are coming together in an unprecedented way – I caution those that resist this change.” Sajjad Jaffer, Two Six Capital

    Two Six Capital was founded on two simple realizations: the Private Equity industry had predominantly focused on returns by cutting costs and leveraging up assets, and there had been very little attention paid to understanding revenue. Sajjad Jaffer and Ian Picache started Two Six Capital on a mission to transform investing through data science. Two Six, as it's affectionately known, has worked with over 20 Private Equity firms and pioneered data science for the sector over the past 6 years with a unique cultural combination of Silicon Valley engineering hoodies, seasoned investors and research developed at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

    In this episode you’ll learn:

    * How analytics and technology expertise help Private Equity get real business value from data science
    * How Two Six Capital has made data collection and analysis much faster, and relevant to the PE sector
    * How data science will create new opportunities – identify the best companies that can generate the best returns
    * The implications for portfolio companies

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    Two Six Capital - http://www.twosixcapital.com/
    Sajjad Jaffer – https://www.linkedin.com/in/sjaffer

    Thank you so much for joining us this week. This show was co-hosted with Lisa Weaver-Lambert.

    • 30 min

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