Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 31

What is Private Equity? Part 1

Private equity (PE) deals, specifically leveraged buyouts (LBOs), have been in the news quite a bit recently. We can thank Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign: rivals like Newt Gingrich, as well as newshounds, have been scrutinizing his experience at Bain Capital, a PE firm. This has cast the PE industry in the (harsh) spotlight. For an …

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Jan 18

SOPA stands for Stupidly Organized, Pitiful Attempt

  I know, I know, everyone’s talking about it. I just have to say one thing: In my opinion, the worst thing about SOPA is that it proves that people completely out of touch with the current online economy are the ones responsible for crafting legislation governing the online economy. And that opinion reflects me …

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Jan 16

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I’d like to recognize the efforts of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Authorized in March 1863 by Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew, the 54th was among the first official black units in the United States during the Civil War. Governor Andrew hand-picked Colonel Robert Gould …

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Jan 10

The Grindstone Spins, Yea, Inexorably to my Nose

So, I’m back to it. 56 months, three homes, three continents, two novels, one startup, one independent film, and one beautiful baby boy later, and I’m back where I (basically) began my career: Nautic Partners, a private equity firm with $2.5 billion of equity capital under management. I suppose the time had come to rediscover …

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