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Best of 2022: 8 Top Private Equity Podcasts Worth Making Time For

 

Private equity firms, portfolio companies and investment funds are facing complex challenges. Amid unprecedented economic and geopolitical uncertainty, increased competition and rising stakeholder expectations, firms are under exceptional pressure to deploy capital and deliver returns. With an endless number of possible strategies and techniques, it can be difficult to know what the right approach is for each transaction.

If you’re looking to get advice, stay on top of trends and hear what’s worked for others, podcasts are a helpful resource. But most people in the PE space can’t risk wasting valuable time listening to episodes that aren’t applicable to their situation or don’t have actionable takeaways.

To save you time, we’ve put together a list of 8 private equity podcasts that are packed with valuable insights and are worth taking the time to listen to. Plus, we break down the topics you can expect each podcast to cover so it’s easy to pick which is the best fit for you.

 

1. Acquired

2. Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze

3. DryPowder: The Private Equity Podcast

4. M&A Science

5. NextWave Private Equity

6. Private Equity Fast Pitch

7. Private Equity Funcast

8. The Tech M&A Podcast

 

1. Acquired

Summary from Apple Podcasts: Every company has a story. Learn the playbooks that built the world’s greatest companies — and how you can apply them as a founder, operator, or investor.

Apple Podcasts Rating: 4.9

Why it’s worth listening to: The Acquired podcast covers the latest mega tech transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs. They take a deep dive into companies like Amazon, Nvidia, Netflix and SpaceX, among others.

This documentary-style podcast not only covers what the company is doing today, but also how it reached that point, breaking down the company’s history and decisions the team made. Each episode ranges from 1 to 4 hours, and some topics even span several episodes, but you’ll get a level of detail that makes the time investment worthwhile.

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2. Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze

Summary from Apple Podcasts: PEPTalks: Map of the Maze is a podcast all about Private Equity Leadership. Each episode will explore a theme related specifically to Private Equity backed and entrepreneurial companies with a PE backed CEO or subject matter expert.

Apple Podcasts Rating: N/A

Why it’s worth listening to: The PEPTalks: Map of the Maze podcast interviews some of the most experienced leaders of PE-backed companies in the UK. Each episode unlocks their insight, experience and know-how to help listeners accelerate their understanding of the private equity playing field.

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3. Dry Powder: The Private Equity Podcast

Summary from Apple Podcasts: Hugh MacArthur, head of Bain & Company's Global Private Equity practice, interviews leading experts on the trends and opportunities that will redefine the private equity industry.

Apple Podcasts Rating: 5.0

Why it’s worth listening to: As one of the world’s leading private investment firms, Bain & Company has approximately $160 billion of assets under management. Hugh MacArthur is the global head of Bain & Company’s Private Equity practice and shares his insights in 20 minutes or less.

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4. M&A Science

Summary from Apple Podcasts: M&A Science is an educational podcast exploring the intricate world of M&A with industry leaders and practitioners.

Apple Podcasts Rating: 5.0

Why it’s worth listening to: Tune in to the M&A Science podcast for useful insight into complicated problems relating to mergers and acquisitions. The show features behind-the-scenes stories and proven techniques from practitioners and industry leaders.

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5. NextWave Private Equity

Summary from Apple Podcasts: The future of PE is inspired by purpose and transparency, focused on digital transformation, fueled by value creation and driven by a diverse workforce.

Apple Podcasts Rating: 4.8

Why it’s worth listening to: The podcast explores the emergence of firms that drive meaningful impact across their portfolios by helping create long-term value in an actionable, sustainable and transparent manner.

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6. Private Equity Fast Pitch


Summary from
Apple Podcasts: Private Equity Fast Pitch podcast episodes are meaningful and insightful, and provide actionable information from leaders in the Private Equity community. Jeff Henningsen from Lockton will spend time talking with his friends in the private equity community while they share insight into their world. 

Apple Podcasts Rating: 5.0

Why it’s worth listening to: Each episode is similar to an introductory meeting. Guests from the private equity and investment banking sphere talk about their firm’s recent activities, target industries, desired acquisition profile or companies they are prepping for sale, advice to aspiring professionals and their “closing pitch”.

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7. Private Equity Funcast

Summary from Apple Podcasts: Hosted by Devin Mathews and Jim Milbery, partners at ParkerGale Capital, a middle-market private equity group. This bi-weekly show is a lively discussion of the uses of technology to improve business operations for companies with less than $100 million in revenue.

Apple Podcasts Rating: 4.8

Why it’s worth listening to: The Private Equity Funcast provides more than just how-to's on financial modeling and fundraising - it goes in-depth on everything from deal documents, service providers, due diligence, and business model analysis. This podcast is an informative listen whether you’re a seasoned PE investor or a casual investor.

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8. The Tech M&A Podcast

Summary from Apple Podcasts: The Tech M&A Podcast pulls from the best of the Tech M&A Monthly webcast, hosted by Corum Group, the global leader in technology mergers and acquisitions.

Apple Podcasts Rating: 5

Why it’s worth listening to: Tech M&A Podcast features special reports on sectors, buyers, trends and M&A processes. You’ll also hear panel discussions and interviews with both recent sellers and major tech buyers like Google, Microsoft and Salesforce to name a few.

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