39 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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    • 5.0, 10 Ratings

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 39 - Cost Optimization with Crosslake

    Episode 39 - Cost Optimization with Crosslake

    Russ Albright and Erik Larson of Crosslake Technologies join Alex and Lisa to talk through 5 cost optimization strategies for your portfolio companies' IT function. While the discussion is perhaps more relevant than ever, the topic is one that should always be on the minds of operating partners and portfolio company leadership.

    Crosslake is a technology due diligence, strategy, and execution consultancy based in Seattle, with offices in Canada and Europe.

    Website: https://crosslaketech.com/equity

    • 39 min
    Episode 38 - A Chat Amongst Ourselves

    Episode 38 - A Chat Amongst Ourselves

    Hosts Alex Agran and Lisa Weaver-Lambert catch up on what they've been seeing, hearing, and experiencing in the US and UK, respectively, since since being sheltered in place due to the SARS-CoV-2.

    • 31 min
    Episode 37 - Riccardo Basile, Permira, Portfolio Group

    Episode 37 - Riccardo Basile, Permira, Portfolio Group

    More firms are increasingly taking a proactive approach to how they integrate and plan technology across their portfolio to drive value. Riccardo Basile, Principal at Permira in the portfolio group, takes us through how to think about technology during due diligence through to the investments themselves. He covers the different approaches according to sector and how to leverage knowledge from software investments and apply to more traditional sectors. Staying ahead of disruption and protecting the value of the investment requires both a defensive and offensive approach.

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    Riccardo Basile - https://www.permira.com/people/riccardo-basile/

    • 43 min
    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

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Excellent content

Much needed perspective to assess PE firms holistically and leverage technology to change the game.

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