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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Why Should We Care About The Private Equity Gender Gap?

A recent article from PE Hub reported the results of a survey done by Preqin that reported that in North America, only 11 percent of senior positions at private equity (including venture capital) firms are held by women.  In July, Polaris made headlines when they named the only female partner currently at any of the […]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If Google Steps In It Regarding Independent Contractor vs. Employee, How Can You Protect Yourself?

If Google, a publicly-traded company with about $40 billion in annual revenue, can’t figure out if someone is an independent contractor or an employee, what does this mean for you? An article from Reuters last week, notes that Google is being sued by a former contractor, Jacob McPherson, alleging violation of federal labor standards, and that […]

Friday, November 07, 2014

5 Reasons Why Subscription-Based Data Services Are Hot

This week I had the opportunity to meet Mark Smith, the CEO of miEdge, a new subscription-based data service for insurance brokers selling group benefits to U.S. companies.  miEdge uses algorithms to index and scrub publicly available data filed with the U.S. Department of Labor to identify and quantify sales prospects.  Mark demonstrated for example how […]

Thursday, May 22, 2014

There’s A Skills Gap, But It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Where is the gap? In Adecco’s 2013 State of Economy and Employment Survey, they asked 500 senior executives where they feel the biggest skills “gap” is.  Their results are a little surprising – 44% believe that the biggest gap is in soft skills:  communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  The second highest gap they identified is […]

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What should business owners learn from Friday’s ruling against RBC Capital Markets?

  Background:  RBC Capital Markets LLC, the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada, was representing Rural/Metro Corp. in the sale of their business.  Another team at the bank was trying to get the financing work from one of the buyers, Warburg Pincus LLC, a private equity firm.  According to a recent article in […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mobile Money M&A

Mobile money is happening and it’s happening big. This opportunity reflects the explosion of connected mobile devices, which is estimated to reach 2 billion devices by 2015, according to IDC. The size of the mobile money market is expected to reach $323B in 2013 and to grow to $617B-$1T in 2017, depending on the source. […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Partner Ecosystem

The qualitative KPI I’d like to discuss is Partner Ecosystem. The term Partner Ecosystem has become ubiquitous and increasingly strategic, along with the acceleration of companies to embrace cloud computing technologies. One high profile example of a partner ecosystem is Saleforce.com’s K-force ecosystem. So what’s the strategic rationale for their investment in this ecosystem? I […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Liquidity Planning and Mirus’ Maturity Model

In the current business environment, where volatility is the new normal, preparedness for both unexpected and significantly impactful strategic events can make the difference between meaningful wealth creation or destruction. Mirus has witnessed how this “new normal” has inhibited liquidity for the unprepared but has also created windfalls for companies that were prepared to exploit […]