59 episodes

Private equity insights for and with top business builders, including investors, operators, executives and industry thought leaders. The Karma School of Business Podcast goes behind the scenes of PE, talking about business best practices and real-time industry trends. You'll learn from leading professionals and visionary business executives who will help you take action and enhance your life, whether you’re at a PE firm, a portco or a private or public company.

BluWave Founder & CEO Sean Mooney hosts the Private Equity Karma School of Business Podcast. BluWave is the business builders’ network for private equity grade due diligence and value creation needs.

To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3oPBjs8

Private Equity Podcast: Karma School of Business BluWave

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Private equity insights for and with top business builders, including investors, operators, executives and industry thought leaders. The Karma School of Business Podcast goes behind the scenes of PE, talking about business best practices and real-time industry trends. You'll learn from leading professionals and visionary business executives who will help you take action and enhance your life, whether you’re at a PE firm, a portco or a private or public company.

BluWave Founder & CEO Sean Mooney hosts the Private Equity Karma School of Business Podcast. BluWave is the business builders’ network for private equity grade due diligence and value creation needs.

To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3oPBjs8

    Private Equity Spotlight: The Art of the Deal with OpenGate's Josh Adams

    Private Equity Spotlight: The Art of the Deal with OpenGate's Josh Adams

    In this episode of the "Karma School of Business Podcast," host Sean Mooney sits down with Josh Adams, Partner at OpenGate Capital, to explore the intricacies of the private equity industry. This conversation sheds light on the strategic and operational approaches that drive success in private equity investments, particularly focusing on corporate carve-outs and global market navigation.
    Episode Highlights:
    1:05 - Josh Adams' Journey: Josh shares his unconventional path into private equity, from his beginnings in South Wales to becoming a partner at OpenGate Capital.
    07:59 - Personal Insights: Josh discusses his Welsh heritage and how it influences his professional outlook and approach to private equity.
    10:43 - Industry Challenges: The conversation turns to the current challenges in the private equity market, including capital raising and deployment strategies.
    18:00 - Strategic Focus: Josh elaborates on OpenGate Capital's focus on industrials and corporate carve-outs, detailing the importance of specialization and operational excellence.
    24:47 - Global Approach: Insights into OpenGate Capital's global strategy, emphasizing the benefits of an internationally experienced team and cross-border investments.
    29:40 - Adapting to Market Changes: Josh discusses how OpenGate Capital has refined its investment strategies to navigate a tough market environment effectively.
    For more information about OpenGate Capital, go to www.opengatecapital.com
    For more information on Josh, go to www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-m-adams-70602126
    For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts
    This episode provides a deep dive into the strategies, challenges, and successes that define the private equity landscape, offering valuable lessons for investors and industry professionals alike. Join us for a closer look at the operational and strategic excellence behind OpenGate Capital's success in the private equity sector.
    Listeners will gain actionable insights into navigating the complexities of private equity, making informed investment decisions, and understanding the critical role of operational expertise in achieving long-term success.

    • 36 min
    Private Equity Spotlight: Value and Vision with John Caple of Hidden Harbor

    Private Equity Spotlight: Value and Vision with John Caple of Hidden Harbor

    In this enlightening episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney welcomes John Caple, Partner at Hidden Harbor Capital Partners, for an in-depth discussion on the intricacies of private equity. With a career that spans from management consulting at Bain to pivotal roles at HIG Capital and now Hidden Harbor, John offers a comprehensive view of his journey into the heart of private equity. This episode sheds light on the critical aspects of identifying potential in companies, the discipline required in investment decisions, and the strategic approach to fostering growth and operational excellence within portfolio companies.
    Episode Highlights:
    1:14 - Path to Private Equity: John shares his transition from Bain's fast-paced consulting world to embracing the challenges and rewards of private equity, highlighting his tenure at HIG Capital and the move to Hidden Harbor.
    9:56 - Beyond the Boardroom: Dive into John's personal side, including his love for offshore fishing and the balance he finds between work and family life.
    21:06 - Blueprint for Value Creation: Explore Hidden Harbor's methodical approach to enhancing portfolio companies, focusing on team building, execution, and leveraging a comprehensive portfolio operations group.
    27:23 - Unlocking Growth Opportunities: John discusses targeted strategies for sales enhancement and system upgrades, alongside fostering a culture of employee engagement to drive sustainable growth.
    37:19 - John's advice to his younger self.
    For more information on Hidden Harbor Capital, go to www.hh-cp.com.
    For more information on John, go to www.linkedin.com/in/john-caple-969345.
    For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts.
    Join us as John Caple unravels the layers of strategy, discipline, and personal passion that define success in private equity. His insights offer valuable lessons for industry veterans and newcomers alike, emphasizing the importance of a balanced approach to professional challenges and life outside the office.
    Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more insightful episodes like this, and don't hesitate to leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we delve further into the elements that shape business success in the realm of private equity.

    • 45 min
    Elevating Everyday: Private Equity Pros Share Transformative Life Hacks

    Elevating Everyday: Private Equity Pros Share Transformative Life Hacks

    In this standout episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney compiles an array of life hacks shared by prominent figures in the private equity world. As we navigate the complexities of both the private equity industry and our personal lives, finding ways to streamline our daily routines is invaluable. This episode brings together the best tips and tricks from our esteemed guests, offering listeners practical solutions to enhance efficiency, improve wellbeing, and make the most out of every day. Dive into these curated insights and discover how small changes can lead to significant improvements in your life and work within the private equity sector.
    Episode Highlights:
    01:23 - Erica Blob on Sleep Solutions for Travel: Erica introduces a game-changing pillow that promises better sleep during travel, a must-have for the frequent private equity traveler. (Listen to Erica's episode)
    04:33 - Andrew Joy's Foundation for Success: Andrew advocates for a return to basics, emphasizing hard work and dedication as the true "life hack" for success in private equity. (Listen to Andrew's episode)
    06:21 - Dave Feierstein's Wardrobe Efficiency: Dave reveals his strategy for simplifying daily attire decisions, a time-saving approach valued by private equity professionals. (Listen to Dave's episode)
    11:08 - Gabe Mesanza on Effective Note-Taking: Gabe shares how transitioning to digital note-taking has revolutionized his organization and memory retention. (Listen to Gabe's episode)
    13:46 - David Hellier's Coffee Prep Hack: David offers a simple yet brilliant tip for a hassle-free coffee experience, perfect for the private equity morning routine. (Listen to David's episode)
    15:46 - Charlie Gifford on Wine Aeration Technique: Charlie introduces a unique method for aerating wine, enhancing the private equity dining experience. (Listen to Charlie's episode)
    17:48 - Doug Horn on Tranquil Travel: Doug discusses how noise-canceling earphones have become his essential travel companion, offering peace amidst the bustling life of a private equity investor. (Listen to Doug's episode)
    For more info on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts.
    Join us as Sean Mooney delves into these transformative life hacks shared by private equity leaders, demonstrating that efficiency, wellbeing, and enjoyment can coexist seamlessly in the fast-paced world of private equity.
    Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more episodes like this, and leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to explore key elements of business success in the realm of private equity.

    • 19 min
    Private Equity Spotlight: Doron Grosman on Shaping Success Across Sectors

    Private Equity Spotlight: Doron Grosman on Shaping Success Across Sectors

    In this insightful episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, special guest host Rena Frackt, Managing Director and Head of Client Coverage at BluWave, engages in a profound conversation with Doron Grosman, a seasoned figure in the private equity landscape. Grosman, known for his roles as a serial CEO, private equity operating partner, and investor, shares his journey through the evolving world of private equity, venture capital, and angel investing. With a career that spans leading businesses in both public and private domains and holding significant positions in companies with EBITDA ranging from 50 to 500 million, Grosman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table.
    Episode Highlights:
    01:01 - Doron Grosman's Diverse Career Journey
    02:25 - Influencing and Guiding Management Teams
    04:45 - Challenges of Leading as a Private Equity CEO
    06:39 - The Role of Board Engagement in Private Equity
    08:37 - Leveraging Board Positions for Strategy and Governance
    11:45 - Overcoming Challenges in Private Equity
    15:08 - Essential Skills and Experiences for Private Equity Success
    20:15 - Final Thoughts and Advice for Aspiring Private Equity Professionals
    For more information on Doron, go to www.linkedin.com/in/dorongrosman
    For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts
    Join us for this episode as Doron Grosman shares invaluable lessons from his extensive experience in private equity, offering listeners a roadmap to mastering leadership, value creation, and strategic governance in the high-stakes world of investment.
    Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more episodes like this, and don't hesitate to leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to explore key elements of business success in the realm of private equity.

    • 24 min
    Private Equity Spotlight: The Art of Value Creation and Global Expansion with Livingbridge's Curt Kahn

    Private Equity Spotlight: The Art of Value Creation and Global Expansion with Livingbridge's Curt Kahn

    In this engaging episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave, sits down with Curt Kahn, Investor and Head of US Operations at Livingbridge. Curt shares his unconventional journey into the private equity world, starting from consulting roles at Booz Allen and PricewaterhouseCoopers to an operational leadership position at Ability Network, and finally, to pioneering Livingbridge's expansion into the US market.
    Episode Highlights:
    01:15 - Curt's Non-Traditional Route to Private Equity - Curt discusses his initial career in consulting and M&A advisory, leading to his operational experience at Ability Network and his transition to Livingbridge. 03:29 - Adapting to Private Equity from an Operating Role - Insights into Curt's adjustment to private equity and how his diverse background influences his approach to investments. 05:54 - Curt's Personal Passion: Paddle Tennis - Curt reveals his interest in paddle tennis, showcasing a side of him outside the professional realm. 08:19 - Key Traits for Successful Investments - Curt outlines the crucial factors he looks for in companies, emphasizing the importance of team, customer satisfaction, and scalability. 13:40 - Livingbridge's Approach to Value Creation - An exploration of how Livingbridge supports portfolio companies through its unique value strategy group and functional expertise. 17:49 - Navigating the 'Washing Machine Economy' - Curt discusses thematic value creation opportunities amid fluctuating economic conditions and the importance of data science in driving business outcomes. 21:54 - Advice to Curt's Younger Self - Curt reflects on the value of embracing uncomfortable situations early in one's career to pave the way for success. For more information on Livingbridge, go to www.livingbridge.com.
    For more information on Curt, go to www.linkedin.com/in/curt-kahn-611a3b9.
    For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts.
    This episode delves into the multifaceted career of Curt Kahn and his strategic contributions to Livingbridge, a middle-market private equity fund with a global footprint. Curt's journey highlights the importance of adaptability, the power of leveraging diverse experiences, and the critical role of team dynamics in driving investment success. With a focus on backing ambitious entrepreneurs and ensuring customer satisfaction, Curt shares insights into Livingbridge's approach to value creation, emphasizing the significance of scalability and data science in enhancing portfolio companies' growth.
    Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more insightful episodes like this. Leave us a review if you find our content valuable and stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to explore key elements of business success in the realm of private equity.

    • 26 min
    Private Equity Spotlight: Crafting the Independent Sponsor Model with Grant Kornman of Align Collaborate

    Private Equity Spotlight: Crafting the Independent Sponsor Model with Grant Kornman of Align Collaborate

    In this insightful episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, host Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave, engages in a fascinating dialogue with Grant Korman, Partner at Align Collaborate. As innovators within the private equity sector, both Sean and Grant share their unique journeys of creating segments that previously didn't exist, offering a deep dive into the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurial spirit within the industry.
    Episode Highlights:
    2:04 - Grant's Origin Story - From his formative years at Georgetown to an inspiring encounter that led him into the world of private equity, Grant recounts his early experiences and the entrepreneurial ventures that shaped his career. 4:07 - The Leap into Private Equity - Grant shares his unconventional path into private equity, bypassing traditional routes to dive headfirst into the industry right out of college, and the learning curve that accompanied this bold move. 8:11 - Evolving into an Independent Sponsor - The journey from Sterling Partners to becoming an independent sponsor with NCK Capital, exploring the challenges and serendipity involved in raising capital deal by deal. 14:45 - Creating Align Collaborate - The genesis of Align Collaborate, born from a desire to provide a more structured and supportive equity solution for independent sponsors in the lower middle market. 23:16 - The Growth of the Independent Sponsor Market - Grant discusses the factors contributing to the rise of the independent sponsor model and how Align Collaborate positions itself within this evolving landscape. 32:30 - Interplay Between Align Collaborate, Independent Sponsors, and Portfolio Companies - Understanding the dynamics of partnership and support that Align Collaborate offers to independent sponsors and their portfolio companies. 34:13 - Thematic Investment Opportunities - Grant outlines the investment themes and opportunities that Align Collaborate is currently exploring, with a focus on businesses with strong core attributes and potential for growth. 35:18 - Grant's advice to his younger self - make your own luck. For more information on Align Collaborate, go to www.aligncollaborate.com
    For more information on Grant, go to www.linkedin.com/in/grant-kornman-120305
    For more information on BluWave and this podcast, go to www.bluwave.net/podcasts
    Join us for a riveting discussion that traverses Grant Korman's remarkable journey from a young, ambitious entrepreneur to a key player in shaping the private equity industry. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intricacies of finance, the transformative impact of private equity, and the stories of industry veterans who've played a crucial role in shaping today's investment landscape.
    Please subscribe to the Karma School of Business Podcast for more episodes like this, and don't hesitate to leave us a review if you find our content valuable. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we continue to uncover the critical elements of business success in the realm of private equity.

    • 38 min

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