Category Archive: Random Musings

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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