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Private Equity Funcast

The PE Funcast is a weekly show featuring Devin Mathews and Jim Milbery -- partners at ParkerGale Capital. We discuss all things related to privately-owned middle market technology companies -- the kind of great businesses that are outside the sphere of venture capital.
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Sep 11, 2015

Alan and Jim talk about the ins and outs of making applications run faster and scale to handle lots of users.  We compare the two choices for scaling applications: Vertical scaling (adding more resources to existing machines), versus Horizontal scaling (spreading the load across multiple machines).  We also discuss Amazon's AWS and EC2 platforms versus Microsoft Azure.

Aug 31, 2015

Devin and Jim catalog all of the software that the ParkerGale team has been using on a daily basis over the past year.  We discuss the pros and cons of each, and tell you which apps have been moved to the trash bin.

Aug 21, 2015

Devin and Jim discuss the New York Times Amazon article.  Is driving your people into the ground the only way to build successful technology companies?  Is the CEO the last to know when it comes to company culture issues, or are they just turning a blind eye?

Aug 13, 2015

Jim talks with Ryan Milligan about all the different steps in closing a deal after the Letter of Intent gets signed.   Everything that a Founder needs to know, but was afraid to ask. Customer calls, references, accounting audits, purchase agreements and lender meetings -- we tackle it all and more.

Aug 6, 2015

Jim and Devin discuss the two types of companies that we see in the middle market.   You can either dominate a niche market (such as software targeted at specific verticals) or you can build a better mousetrap and try to capture the entire market.

Jul 30, 2015

Ryan Milligan joins Jim and Devin to talk about Unicorns and argue about whether the public markets are smarter than the private markets.  For the founder with a business between $3 - $5 million of EBITDA we answer the mult-million dollar question: Is it time to sell?   Ryan discloses that he'd invest in the next round of PiedPiper, while Devin would rather own Hooli stock.

Jul 24, 2015

Jim talks in detail with Grant Hunter about the Product Manager role in middle market companies.

Jul 16, 2015

A gentle introduction to product management with Grant Hunter.

Jun 30, 2015

Jim and Devin discuss the Innovator's Dilemma and Blue Ocean Strategy as it relates to middle market portfolio companies.

Jun 22, 2015

Jim talks with Evan Delaney about his trip to Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in SF.

Jun 12, 2015

Devin and Jim talk about the role of leveraging microservices development in middle market companies, mixing classic development with microservices -- with proper shout outs to Martin Fowler, Conway's Law and a small sidebar into Game of Thrones.

Jun 4, 2015

Devin and Jim discuss the corollary to Fred Wilson's "What VC can learn from Private Equity".

May 29, 2015

Jim talks about the role of the outside board member with Syapse CEO/Co-Founder and Emerson Street Partners founder Glenn Winokur.

May 15, 2015

Jim and Devin talk about Agile, SCRUM and our experiences with various engineering project management schemes.

May 7, 2015

Devin and Jim talk about applying Howard Marks' principles of value investing in technology buyouts.

Apr 28, 2015

Jim chats with Evan Delaney about the out-of-the-box experience with the Apple Watch as the first batch gets delivered.

Apr 16, 2015

Quinn grills Devin and Jim on everything from their backgrounds to which kinds of potatoes that they prefer.

Apr 10, 2015

Jim, Devin and the Commissioner For Life, Ryan Milligan run down our 2015 Final Four results.

Apr 2, 2015

Jim interviews FunCast Bracketology Commish, Ryan Milligan in preparation for next week's "Final Four".

Mar 27, 2015

Jim and Devin discuss the pros and cons of technical bootcamps.

Mar 16, 2015

Jim and Devin talk in detail about Daniel Pink's autonomy, mastery and purpose with a sidebar into "fairness".

Mar 5, 2015

Jim and Devin discuss the technology stack that we use to run our business.

Feb 27, 2015

Jim talks to Joe Gorup about using eLearning in the middle market.

Feb 20, 2015

Devin and Jim discuss Daniel Pink's "Drive" as it relates to their portfolio companies.

Feb 13, 2015

Devin and Jim talk about Nassim Nicholas Taleb's gem, "Fooled by Randomness"

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