An Amazing Year in Private Equity – Can 2020 Keep Things Going?

November 11, 2019

According to private equity data provider Pitchbook, 2019 has been an amazing year for private equity.  As of November 6, 2019, the total amount of capital raised by the private equity industry is at $246.3 billion.  Strong, incredibly strong.  In fact, according to Pitchbook, 2019 will be the largest private equity fundraising year ever. The […]

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Private Equity Valuations in Europe Are Taking a Breather

October 28, 2019

Private equity valuations in Europe are slowing, and the reason why is still up for speculation.  Some suggest that the breather in valuation growth stems from a slowing European economy; others suggest it has more to do with the private equity industry’s value proposition compared to competing financial investments.  A look follows.  Background The following […]

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Does Private Equity Really Not Boost Employment?

October 15, 2019

The American presidential election is a little over a year away.  With Democratic candidates trying to drum up support, they are again looking at the financial services industry.  And, perhaps the most common target within the broad financial services industry is private equity.  If one pays close attention, Democratic candidates have taken many shots at […]

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More Money Means More Private Equity Deals?

September 30, 2019

Private equity, the darling sector of the financial world, is affected by lots of things.  Among the many important factors that influence private equity is one very critical factor – interest rates. There are two things central banks around the world are doing that paint a rosy next two years for the private equity business […]

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Which Universities Produce the Most Entrepreneurs?

September 16, 2019

Entrepreneurship is the engine for American economic growth.  Although sometimes a hindrance, higher education can play an important role in developing individuals that become wildly successful entrepreneurs. The next two sections detail the top 10 undergraduate programs and the top 10 MBA programs for entrepreneurship.  Before looking, can you guess which universities show up on […]

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The Winners in the 2019 Rise in Valuations

September 3, 2019

In the venture capital and private equity universe, valuations are what matter.  Valuations determine, at least on paper, whether fund managers are doing their job and thereby whether their performance justifies further investments.  Given that 2019 has seen a fair share of massive valuation increases, the question here is as simple as possible – Which […]

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Venture Capital is Getting Huge

August 19, 2019

Venture Capital Fundraising According to data out of private equity and venture capital data provider Pitchbook, the first half of 2019 saw quite robust fundraising.  Although slightly slower than 2018’s massive fundraising year, the first half of 2019 saw almost $21 billion in total funding raised.  Behind the $21 billion were 103 funds closed, 9 […]

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The Booming VC World in Q2 2019

August 5, 2019

Venture capital (VC) investment is booming.  After a record year in 2018, many analysts thought 2019 would be a letdown.  There would be no way that VC could even come close to the massive 2018 investing.  Well, that view has changed.  A look at the state of VC activity in the U.S. follows. VC Pulls […]

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Private Equity Becomes a Political Issue – Again

July 23, 2019

If you’ve been around the private equity industry long enough, you know that presidential elections bring up strong feelings on the issue.  Based upon what has been said in the past couple of weeks, the private equity industry is again a lighting rod for political posturing.  A look at what some of the recent comments […]

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Startups Becoming VCs Themselves

July 8, 2019

When one thinks of a firm involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the idea of a startup generally does not come to mind.  Rather, when most people think of M&A, they likely think of large, multi-national corporations acquiring a company that has been through multiple rounds of funding and has proven successful at its craft. […]

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