The Value of Time has Increased…So, What Now?

For a while now, I’ve had this feeling that the value of time has been increasing. At first, I just sensed a hastening in the pace of business.  Anyone who uses email can probably attest to this.  Did you know that if you don’t respond to a colleague’s email within four hours, you may be triggering anxiety within them based on an innate fear of social rejection?  Sad, but true. 
March 11, 2019/by Mark Gartner
Mark Gartner, Principal & Head of Investment Development

Private Equity Trends & Predictions for 2019

“Prediction is difficult – particularly when it involves the future.” (Mark Twain). I know all of the reasons I shouldn’t make predictions about the private equity industry or any other industry for that matter.
January 8, 2019/by Mark Gartner

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…To Sell Your Business

Yes, you read the title of this piece correctly. I’ve analogized the process of selling a business to childbirth...
November 30, 2018/by Mark Gartner

How to Make an M&A Conference Worth Your Time

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a very narrow field.” (Niels Bohr)
September 12, 2018/by Mark Gartner

Eight Powerful Quotes For Business and Life

In 2006, I started a Word document to capture lessons learned from various mistakes and accomplishments I had experienced in the earlier years of my career. I did this to help me do less of what didn’t work and more of what did. Over time, this document took on a life of its own and slowly evolved into a place to store quotes that resonated with me personally and professionally. Now that I’m over a decade into the process of trying to download the wisdom of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and business minds, I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes and reactions to them.
August 8, 2018/by Mark Gartner

From Bridesmaid to Bride Part II: Post-Pitch Tactics to Win a Sell-Side Mandate from a PE Fund

It’s a seller’s market and has been for a while now, which means a lot of pitching activity. So, I thought I’d expand on a prior blog post with some thoughts about post-pitch behaviors and tactics to best position your firm to win the mandate.
July 12, 2018/by Mark Gartner

Why is it Called Private Equity Anyway?

Words that we encounter frequently have a way of engraining themselves in our mind, often attached to a visceral feeling more so than an academic understanding of what they really mean.
June 7, 2018/by Mark Gartner

Reasons an Independent Sponsor Should Partner with a Private Equity Fund

There once was a need for a fund, to get a good deal or two done, but the fundless became independent, and closed deals until they ascended, respected they are now bar none.
April 18, 2018/by Mark Gartner

Private Equity Fund Seeks Talented CEOs for Long-Term Relationship

Great Industry + Great CEO = Great Investment Results. As a talented executive, you are a critical part of our investing strategy.
March 8, 2018/by Mark Gartner

Capital is a Commodity, but Trust is Not

Peter Drucker famously said, “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” That line is as true today as it was when he was first quoted.
February 1, 2018/by Mark Gartner
From Bridesmaid to Bride: How to Win a Sell-Side Mandate from a PE Fund

From Bridesmaid to Bride: How to Win a Sell-Side Mandate from a PE Fund

Here’s a brain teaser for you – if a private equity fund…
July 28, 2017/by Mark Gartner

The 3 Questions to Ask Someone Who Wants to Buy Your Business

There are lies, damned lies, and things people will tell you…
June 23, 2017/by Mark Gartner