Virginia Tech Gets Epica’s Pagaso

Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg, Virginia, enhanced its imaging capabilities for equine patients with new state-of-the-art technology in the fall of 2016. The Pegaso High-Definition CT, which is the first of its kind on the East Coast, allows veterinarians and staff at the center to perform high-definition CT scans […]

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Familiarity Breeds Debt

Garrett James Black October 10, 2016 Based on PitchBook and aggregated survey data, average debt levels in 2Q were much higher for transactions with smaller companies than they were for their larger counterparts. In fact, businesses with enterprise values of up to $25 million averaged 53% in debt usage, while those with EVs exceeding $250 […]

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Private Equity’s New Phase

A silent, seismic shift has dramatically altered corporate ownership and business governance globally. From 1996 to 2015, the number of publicly traded companies in the United States alone dropped nearly 50%. Some of this ownership shift includes failure of firms or acquisition of firms into larger conglomerates (either domestic or foreign), but much of the […]

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A Deficit of Leadership

Our age is not short of great ideas — of ways new technology can be applied to fix global industries and increase prosperity. But we are starting to notice a serious deficit in Silicon Valley: a shortage of great leaders. A common refrain from startup entrepreneurs is that they have no problem attracting high-energy contributors, but are […]

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Companies Can’t be Great Unless They’ve Almost Failed

Harvard Business Review by Bill Taylor MARCH 21, 2016 The Wall Street Journal recently published a fascinating column on the best-performing stocks of the last 30 years. One intriguing feature of these enormous success stories is that so many of them are little-known companies in ordinary, sometimes downright boring industries: railroads, health insurance, back-office automation. […]

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How Angel Investors Value Companies

by ALEJANDRO CREMADES We currently are experiencing an industry with over $24B in transactions according to several reports where over 50,000 startups receive financing at an early stage. Additionally, the number of active angel investors has been increasing and currently surpassing 316,000 active investors according to the Center for Venture Research. For the most part […]

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How private-equity owners lean into turnarounds

Article|McKinsey Quarterly January 2016 | byHyder Kazimi and Tao Tan PE-backed companies outperform their public counterparts during periods of distress because the owners play a more active role in management. It’s well known that the boards of the best private-equity (PE) firms create value by using financial leverage to increase their returns on equity, by […]

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