Category Archives: Private Equity

Better IT Diligence, Better Hold Period Value Creation

The only time a private equity firm may solicit outside advice regarding the technology of a new portfolio company is during diligence. That being the case, it’s a fine time to receive insight that goes beyond the standard IT diligence report card. When technologists dig into a company’s software, infrastructure, security posture and everything else […]

IT Diligence in the Age of COVID-19

With a speed that remains difficult to fully appreciate, we find ourselves transported to the surreal era of COVID-19.  General Motors now manufacturers ventilators, Tito’s produces hand sanitizer, and bidets have gone from vaguely strange to utterly reasonable. And while we struggle to maintain focus amidst the deluge of heartbreaking headlines, it is clear this […]

How To Actually Monetize Your Data

A few years ago, it seemed that every pitch – from early-stage VC decks to banker composed CIMs – ended with a proclamation that the firm’s core operations would generate a valuable data set that could be sold to others.  This was to be a soft of alchemical tailwind that made good business models great. […]

The Democratization of Warehouse Automation

Running a warehouse is an ongoing exercise in optimizing speed, efficiency and accuracy.  Achieving concurrent excellence in all three has always been elusive, a dynamic exacerbated by the precipitous growth of ecommerce and, more recently, the implications of social distancing. Adding additional complexity is the fact retail locations are now pulling double duty as both […]