Author's details

Name: Allan Petersen
Date registered: October 13, 2011


* Co-Founder of Memoir Tree, a family memory curation product. I am focused on business development, marketing, and finance * A member of the production team for Dead Man's Burden, an independent western produced by Stick! Pictures and award-winning filmmaker Jared Moshé * A fantasy novel writer seeking representation (Elder's Will + follow-up novel) * A short story writer with a focus on fantasy and science fiction (Tumblr) * ...and an occasional exhausted Mr. Mom and home chef.

Latest posts

  1. NY Times: Private Equity-Owned Companies Liquidate Less — June 27, 2012
  2. The best rage comic ever? — June 18, 2012
  3. Dale Hunter’s Washington Capitals are ALWAYS ready — May 10, 2012
  4. Dead Man’s Burden: Selected for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival! — May 6, 2012
  5. Has North American/European E-sports Reached an Inflection Point? — April 30, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. Elder’s Will: Wednesday Excerpt — 5 comments
  2. Black Friday Preparation — 5 comments
  3. Halloween Memories: The Story Behind a Pumpkin — 5 comments
  4. What is Private Equity, Part 2 — 3 comments
  5. What is Private Equity? Part 1 — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Feb 25

Don’t Take Truth in News For Granted

  Don’t take truth in news for granted, especially in this age of instant “journalism,” where any widely followed blogger can become a de facto trustworthy source for his or her readers. It’s on us, as consumers of news, to do our own research. We must self-curate all of the sources and determine for ourselves who …

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Feb 23

What is Private Equity, Part 3

  Delving into the Private Equity minutia, here’s a little analysis of President Barack Obama’s recent tax proposal. The proposed cut of corporate taxes from 35% to 28% has drawn all the headlines, but more important are the details in the fine print. A great example is the proposed change to interest deductions. Currently, companies …

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Feb 07

What is Private Equity, Part 2

What Is Equity, and How Does It Grow? A post in my ongoing series on “Explaining Private Equity” (cross-posted from Google+)  A week ago, I posted a tidbit of private equity (PE) news. The short story: PE has been in the spotlight thanks to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and in the midst of the public …

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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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Dec 25

Happy Holidays from Dead Man’s Burden!

We’ll see you in 2012! Visit us at for updates.

Dec 25

Happy Holidays from Memoir Tree!

Dec 13

Memories Tuesday: The Ford F-Series

At Memoir Tree, we want to make sure that we not only provide you with a fun and easy way to record your family stories, but also help spur more memories so that you can find some of those neat anecdotes that are hidden away. That’s why we’d like to introduce Memories Tuesday. On Memories Tuesday, we will …

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