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The Private Equity Podcast, by Raw Selection

Author: Alex Rawlings

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Hosted by Alex Rawlings, Managing Partner of Raw Selection, a specialist executive search firm. Join us as we interview the leading experts in Private Equity, unlocking their secrets of success to share with you. 

Discover how some of the top Private Equity professionals got into Private Equity, how they rose to success and learn about some of the mistakes they made along the way.

Alex has strong connections to the Private Equity industry through his executive search firm, Raw Selection, which specialises in working with Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies across Europe and North America. Alex is straight talking and to the point and aims to unlock real gold you can build into your firm or portfolio companies. Find out more at www.raw-selection.com

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Send us a Text Message.Welcome to the Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, join us as we delve into intentional business growth strategies with Tim O'Reilly. Learn key insights for success. [00:11] Tim discusses the influence of certain books on shaping strategies.[01:19] Introduction to Tim O'Reilly and focus on intentional business growth strategy.[02:17] Reflections on Frontier Service Partners' successful exit and the importance of strategy.[03:17] Tim elaborates on the intentional st...
Send us a Text Message. Welcome to the Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings dives into a rich conversation with Nathan Sanders. From navigating financial constraints during the pandemic to tackling add-on acquisitions and integrating technology effectively, Nathan shares valuable insights gained from his extensive experience in leading Private Equity-backed businesses. Tune in to glean lessons on leadership, growth strategies, and the importance of a growth mindset...
Send us a Text Message. Welcome to the Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings engages in a dynamic discussion with Nick McLean, founder of Four Pillars Investors, on the topics of servant leadership and disruptive marketing in the Private Equity sector. Join us as we delve into Nick's insights and experiences in navigating the complexities of the industry. [00:00] Hosted by Alex Rawlings, featuring Nick McLean. Discussion on servant leadership and disruptive marketin...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings discusses the critical factors behind deal failures and how to steer clear of them. Brian Scanlon from DealGen Partners shares insights on deal origination and sales processes. He stresses prep and presentation, akin to staging a house for sale. Brian pinpoints reasons for deal failures: unprepared sellers, messy finances, and unrealistic valuations. He also covers effective deal structures, boos...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings is joined by Paul Swaney, Managing Director of Swaney Group Capital. Formerly with Partners Group and a veteran of McKinsey and Amazon, Paul dives into the intricate world of value creation from an operator turned investor perspective. He shares his journey from the military to the forefront of private equity, discusses the innovative use of media for business growth, and details the strategic op...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings talks with Chris Jamroz, CEO of Roadrunner and a former executive at Ascent Global Logistics. Chris shares his extensive experience in logistics and Private Equity, discussing the transition from investment banking to executive leadership. He highlights the common errors in Private Equity, such as focusing too heavily on past performance instead of potential growth, and offers advice on effective...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings chats with Dan Cremons, Founder of Accelera Partners, and discusses the integration of human capital into Private Equity value creation, emphasizing proactive talent management. He shares insights on optimizing teams, strategic hiring, and the significance of due diligence on leadership before acquisition. Cremons stresses learning from hiring mistakes, recognizing biases, and evolving human capi...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings engages with Chris Parisi, a partner at Carl Marks Advisors, to discuss how Private Equity firms can more effectively engage with business owners and founders to secure successful deals. Parisi shares insights from his extensive experience in middle-market investment banking, focusing on the nuances of working with family-owned and privately held businesses. He emphasizes the importance of unders...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings speaks with Rocío Heres, Partner at AltamarCam Partners and discusses the competitive nature of capital raising in Private Equity, stressing the value of talent development and succession planning for long-term success. She highlights the shift towards specialization in the industry and the importance of aligning with LP expectations in fundraising efforts. Rocío shares insights from her internat...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, we are joined by Sam Adams, Managing Director of Talent at Berkshire Partners. Sam shares invaluable insights into the importance of talent development and hiring beyond the conventional Private Equity norms. Discover Berkshire Partners' innovative approaches to nurturing talent, their unique selection processes, and the impact these strategies have on their overall success. Sam also discusses the cultural elements...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! This is the first episode in The Playbook Series. In this episode, host Alex Rawlings speaks with Carl Cox, the CEO of 40 Strategy. Carl shares insights on increasing exit multiples for private equity investments. Highlighting the gap in data-driven strategy, Cox introduces a software tool for strategic planning that focuses on business improvements to positively impact exit multiples. He emphasizes the importance of reducing busin...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings talks with Javar Avery, President at Sun and Moon Capital. They delve into micro-cap investing's potential and the essential role of operational playbooks. Avery discusses the rationale behind focusing on smaller, often overlooked companies, detailing the importance of detailed due diligence and strategic deal-making. He highlights overcoming key risks, like key man risk, and maintaining owner en...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings talks with James Mackey, the Managing Director of Climate Investment. They discuss the advantages of a focused investment strategy for boosting deal flow and addressing the climate crisis. James highlights the importance of precise investment criteria in attracting impactful projects, especially in hard-to-abate sectors like heavy industry and transportation. He stresses the need for realistic as...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, host Alex Rawlings chats with Reuben Munger of Vision Ridge Partners about the intersection of Private Equity and sustainable investments, focusing on the electric transportation revolution. Munger, a pioneer in sustainable real assets, shares insights into transitioning from hedge funds to Private Equity with a sustainability lens, and the impact of electric vehicles and infrastructure on the environment and inves...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, we delve into the world of ESG in infrastructure investment with Gwen Colin, ESG Director at Vauban Infrastructure Partners. Gwen shares insights on the differences between ESG practices in the US and Europe, the challenges of implementing ESG strategies, and the impact of long-term investment on sustainable growth. Discover actionable ESG strategies, learn from Gwen's journey, and explore how to integrate sustaina...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode we dive into the world of ESG with Cornelia Gomez, Global Head of ESG and Sustainability at General Atlantic. Cornelia brings a wealth of experience, sharing how to seamlessly integrate ESG into Private Equity, enhance business growth, and navigate sustainability challenges. Discover actionable ESG strategies that drive value and prepare companies for a sustainable future. Breakdown: [00:00] Introduction ...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! This episode provides valuable insights into the mindset and strategies of a successful entrepreneur who has founded and managed multiple businesses. Allan Draper's experiences offer lessons on leadership, the importance of delegation, and the value of aligning with passionate individuals, all crucial for Private Equity investors and portfolio executives aiming for growth and success.Breakdown: [00:00] Introduction to Allan Dr...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, Alex Rawlings has an insightful conversation with Maria Pacella, Managing Partner of Pender Ventures. Maria tells us about the critical mistakes made by investors in Private Equity and Venture Capital, the essence of investor discipline, and valuable learnings from her extensive experience in the investment world.Breakdown: [00:00] Introduction to the episode's theme on investor discipline and key mistakes made by ...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this insightful episode, host Alex Rawlings engages with Gregory Shepard, a distinguished entrepreneur, co-founder of BOSS Capital Partners, and a Forbes Books author. Shepard shares his remarkable journey from humble beginnings, growing up in a tent and facing challenges due to his neuro divergences, to becoming a serial entrepreneur with 14 liquidity events and multiple awards under his belt.Breakdown:[00:03] Gregory Shepard's...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to The Private Equity Podcast! In this episode, we discuss ESG strategies with Jennifer Wilson, CEO of Re:Co. We delve into how ESG transcends compliance, becoming a catalyst for innovation, risk management, and increased profitability. Our conversation addresses the critical issue of greenwashing and regulatory scrutiny, underscoring the importance of aligning company values with genuine ESG initiatives.We explore the integral role of ESG in the Private Equity ...
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