Private Equity: Is the Edge Still There?

February 18, 2019

Private equity: is the edge still there? If you’re a private equity professional, this question is probably instills one of two feelings inside you. First, it could strike fear into your heart as you attempt to raise funds for new investments.  Why would people invest in an illiquid asset class if the promised return is […]

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Taking Stock of Where VC was at the End of 2018

February 4, 2019

If you were asked how the venture capital (VC) industry performed in 2018, what would you say? Red hot? Slowing? Just starting to boom? Sick of San Francisco? Private equity and venture capital data provider Pitchbook recently released their accounting of the state of the VC industry at the end of 2018. Here’s a look. […]

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2018 was a Massive Year for Buyouts

January 24, 2019

2018 was lots of things to lots of people.  Some may remember the year as the year America gained back respect from China by addressing its unfair trade practices.  Others may focus on the terrible fires in California.  Others may wish to focus on the positive, such as the amazing PyeongChang Winter Olympics.  Still others […]

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Who are the 25 Most Valuable Startups in the U.S.?

January 7, 2019

Every now and then we enjoy looking at the most valuable startups in the U.S.  It provides perspective and sometimes inspires awe at the state of American ingenuity.  Without further adieu, the list follows. But, before looking, can you guess which companies show up in the top 5?  Where would you guess the most valuable […]

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Could Take-Privates Spike in 2019?

December 24, 2018

In an interesting speculation on the state of the private equity universe, Adam Lewis of private-equity data provider Pitchbook is out with an interesting look take on the “take-privates” activity.  In particular, he speculates that the take-private activity will spike in 2019. Some Background Before getting into the reasons why take-private activity could spike in […]

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How Did Financial Employment Do in 2018?

December 10, 2018

The year is almost over.  As such, now seem like a good time to review how financial employment did in 2018. There are two charts here.  The first compares growth in financial employment with other major sectors.  The second compares growth in financial industry employment by president for the first almost 2 years in office. […]

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Who are the Top 11 PE investors in the US Midwest?

November 27, 2018

Private equity data provider Pitchbook recently released some interesting data on the top 11 private equity (PE) investors in the U.S. Midwest.  Which entities would you guess show up on top? Would you guess the big entities – Canadian Pension Plan Investment Fund, AlpInvest Partners, Hamilton Lane, HarbourVest Partners, or Washington State Investment Board show […]

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The Top 9 Trends in US Private Equity Right Now

November 12, 2018

One of the most well-known data providers used by private equity professionals is Pitchbook.  They’re out with their take on the top 9 trends in US-based private equity activity right now. Before looking at the list, which topics would you guess show up?  Take your guess now – the top 9 list follows. #1: 2018 […]

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A Look at Pitchbook’s 2018 Startup Graveyard

October 29, 2018

In an almost interesting fashion, Pitchbook, the private equity data provider, is out with a look at the 2018 startup graveyard.  The tally reviews companies that died in the year of 2018. Before looking at the list, which companies would you guess are on the list?  Does a certain blood-testing company come to mind?  Perhaps […]

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Looking at the Most Valuable Startups in Each State

October 15, 2018

Private equity data provider Pitchbook is out with a fascinating new look at the most valuable startups by U.S. state. Before looking at the results, take a guess.  Would you guess the most valuable startup is headquartered in Massachusetts, with its biotechnology-centered cluster?  What about California?  Silicon Valley certainly has some very valuable startups.  Perhaps […]

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