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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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Now displaying: 2014
Apr 4, 2014

Jim trades programming barbs, tips and opinions with the guru of application development, Alan Williamson.

Mar 27, 2014

Devin and Jim don't follow college basketball, but they have cooked up their own version of March Madness. 

Mar 17, 2014

Bring out your debt!  We've talked a lot about funding options for owners of mid sized companies but we haven't covered debt yet.  Well, here you go.  A detailed conversation with Ian Larkin, founder and Managing Partner of Maranon Capital.  Ian describes why you should look at debt in a business like a parfait sundae (seriously, he does!) and what all those layers mean to you as an owner.  He talks about the aversion most business owners have toward debt and why they might want to change their minds a little.  Then at the end we kind of ramble on about things that have nothing to do with debt, private equity or fancy deserts.

Mar 10, 2014

Interview with Dirk Shimpach, President of goVirtualOffice -- a "NetSuite Solution provider and cloud technology advisor that helps companies find the Cloud CRM, Cloud ERP and Cloud Accounting software".  Dirk and his team have worked with a number of our portfolio companies on configuring NetSuite to match our business needs.   In this interview we talk about the best fits for NetSuite and things to watch out for when you are selecting and implementing cloud-based ERP solutions.

Mar 3, 2014

The FunCast spends an hour with McDermott Will & Emery LLP Partner Ryan Harris talking about the legal traps founders fall into when setting up their companies and when they sell them. What's the best company structure -- C Corp, S Corp, LLC?  How do you handle employee equity?  Hear about the infamous "Cubs side letter."  What are the common issues Ryan sees when founders go to sell their business and how can you avoid them? Listening to this conversation won't make you stronger, but it sure will make you smarter!  Enjoy.

Feb 27, 2014

Microsoft isn't going away soon as an enterprise server and platform vendor.  So there's little risk in building your server platform on Microsoft in the middle market.   It's important to build client interfaces that span browsers and mobile platforms, but the server layer is reliable and safe.   Nadella is a good choice to move Microsoft more aggressively into the cloud with Azure -- and they've got plenty of money to do it.   Congrats to the WhatsApp team and Sequoia on the sale to Facebook.  There are some lessons to be learned here in the middle market.

Feb 20, 2014

What are the big boys thinking about tech?  What are they worried about?  Should you even care?  We dive into the big ideas coming out of the recent CIO conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal.

Feb 10, 2014

Do you want to know how private equity firms evaluate and develop talent in their portfolio companies?  Join the PEFunCast team and Brad Simmons from Applied Executive Insights to find out what matters for small company teams, how you find it, how you develop it and how you avoid the common traps in managing teams at growing companies.

Jan 27, 2014

What are the simple mental traps that PE investors fall into when making decisions about pursuing an investment.  Think Daniel Kahneman meets Private Equity.  Investment Banker David Sinyard recently wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the subject of the Affect Heuristic in PE and we talk about his research, what he found and why it helps to know these when selling your business.

 

Jan 20, 2014

PEFunCast Guest Ryan Milligan discusses investment returns for middle market technology companies and investing in vertical software.  

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