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Hosted by Devin Mathews and Jim Milbery, partners at ParkerGale Capital, a middle-market private equity group. This bi-weekly show is a lively discussion of the uses of technology to improve business operations for companies with less than $100 million in revenue.

Private Equity Funcast Jim Milbery and Devin Mathews

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Hosted by Devin Mathews and Jim Milbery, partners at ParkerGale Capital, a middle-market private equity group. This bi-weekly show is a lively discussion of the uses of technology to improve business operations for companies with less than $100 million in revenue.

    Why does the PE firm care about your product roadmap?

    Why does the PE firm care about your product roadmap?

    In part 3 of a 3 part series on Product Strategy, Jim and Cici continue the discussion of how product strategy ties into value creation, and how specifically as a PE firm, we monitor our portfolio companies’ product strategy through taking a detailed look at their product roadmaps. We discuss how we conduct Product Strategy Reviews – the objectives, who’s in the room, and what we actually cover. We talk about why we’re focused on outcome-driven product roadmaps, how we work with our portfolio companies to prioritize what actually gets built and why that’s so critical when we’re allocating scarce resources to create value.

    • 42 min
    How we link Product Strategy to Value Creation

    How we link Product Strategy to Value Creation

    In part 2 of a 3 part series on Product Strategy, Jim is joined by Cici to discuss the private equity investor's perspective on how and why products get built. Living in a world of limited resources, we discuss the framework that we use to help shape the discussions with our portfolio companies about prioritizing their products and features. We talk about market segments versus markets, the Ansoff matrix and Geoffrey Moore's famous "Bowling Alley" strategy.

    • 41 min
    How we think about Value Creation - Risk Mitigation, Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth

    How we think about Value Creation - Risk Mitigation, Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth

    In part 1 of a 3 part series on Product Strategy, Jim is joined by Cici to discuss the three levers of value creation - risk mitigation, revenue growth, and cost reduction, and how we think about the three in the portfolio. Jimmy joins as well to add the People dimension.

    • 30 min
    Building Effective Teams and Healthy Organizations

    Building Effective Teams and Healthy Organizations

    On this episode, Keith Hadley from the Table Group joins Paul Stansik to chat about how we build aligned C-suite teams and healthy portfolio companies. We cover what healthy organizations do differently, why most team offsites are not time well spent, and how to tell if you're on (or leading) a dysfunctional team.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    2020 Predictions Show

    2020 Predictions Show

    Devin and Jim kick off the new year with our annual predictions episode.  Come have a listen as we opine on what 2020 has in store for Private Equity.

    • 46 min
    Interview with Stacey Kacek, CEO of OnePlus Systems

    Interview with Stacey Kacek, CEO of OnePlus Systems

    Jimmy Holloran talks with Stacey Kacek, OnePlus Systems CEO. They discuss her early career as an engineer at Motorola, her transition into leadership, and her perspective on being a CEO. Along the way, they cover key influences in her life, lessons learned, and as well as advice for aspiring CEOs.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

mlewicky ,

If PE excites you, then surely don’t hide it!

If you are outside PE and looking in, this is the most #reallife, actionable content you are going to find on mid-market private equity. If you want to learn about sourcing, buying, running, growing, and selling small technology companies, the Funcast is a treasure trove. If you ever wanted to pick a GP’s brain about PE for hours and hours, the Funcast is for you. If, however, you’re running low on bandwidth and already a good guy/gal with serious operational expertise who’s plugged into massive proprietary deal flow and able to proactively provide big-time value-add...then you may want to skip it!

Jdollaz829 ,

Funny, educational, insightful.

Even though my focus is on PE in the RE world, I can honestly say this is one of my favorite podcasts out. Learn a lot every show, get a lot of insight into spaces I’m not actively involved in AND Chicago was the first place I lived in America so big UPs to chi-town.

Laughj84 ,

It’s fun!

Great little podcast from some nifty folks in Chicago that give a great look into the industry. Production can be spotty on back catalog episodes, but the content is excellent!

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