While podcasts have rapidly gained popularity in the last decade, pandemic-induced lockdowns further accelerated that growth. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of Americans have listened to at least one podcast. Because of this, they’ve become an invaluable tool for businesses—as a tool for content marketing, brand building, resource gathering, and advertising. Private equity is no exception. Here are 10 of the best podcasts dedicated to private equity investing and links for you to listen.
Top 10 private equity podcasts
- Private Equity FunCast
- The Tech M&A Podcast
- The Private Equity Podcast
- Privcap Private Equity & Real Estate Podcast
- BDO Private Equity PErespctives Podcast
- Capital Allocators Podcast
- Dry Powder: The Private Equity Podcast
- Private Equity 360
- The Alternative Investor Podcast
- Deal of the Week Podcast
1. Private Equity Funcast
Private Equity FunCast is hosted by Devin Mathews and Jim Milbery, partners at the private equity firm ParkerGale Capital, as they do a deep dive into the inner workings of PE firms with a focus on middle-market technology companies. This also includes ways firms can use their technology to improve business performance and operations.
From dev ops tips to prospecting to interviews with portfolio companies such as CultureIQ CEO Greg Besner who pulls back the curtain and discusses his experiences working for PE-backed company.
Earlier episodes go behind the scenes of private equity from the seller's perspective, investigate key questions such as how to select a PE buyer, and how to conduct PE due diligence.
2. The Tech M&A Podcast
The Tech M&A podcast is led and hosted by Corum Group, the global leader in tech M&A. This podcast focuses on the top trends and news stories related specifically to technology M&A. Episodes range from roundtable discussions on the current and future direction of the private equity market to seller panels with company leaders from the likes of GoDaddy and LeaseEagle.
You can also expect tips on due diligence navigation, deal negotiation tactics, and broader technology industry trends. If you’re looking to keep abreast of the tech M&A world, the Tech M&A Podcast should be your go-to source.
3. The Private Equity Podcast
The Private Equity Podcast is hosted by Alex Rawlings, Managing Partner at Raw Selection, an executive search firm for PE firms and their portfolio companies. By banking on his knowledge and network within the PE space, Alex gathers industry experts to share insider tips from their biggest deals.
Previous guests include Nevin Raj, Co-founder and COO of Grata, Dr. Ola Brown, founder of Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company, and Teresa Farmaki is the Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Astarte Capital Partners. Topics include tactics for managing and differentiating your firm, building relationships with portfolio company leadership, and more.
4. Privcap Private Equity & Real Estate Podcast
The Privcap Private Equity & Real Estate podcast features conversations with experts spanning private equity and real estate. Conversations cover a wide range of subtopics from fundraising to sector-specific strategies. So specific, in fact, that many episodes also dive into sector-specific data. One such episode focused on the state of PE in health care, as the industry started to move from a volume-based to a value-based system. It details the sharp increase in private equity activity over the past decade.
And it doesn’t end there. The series also includes conversations about the state of the industry itself and efforts toward building a more diverse private equity market. This includes larger conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in PE and what role leaders play in promoting the influence of women in the industry.
5. BDO Private Equity PErespctives Podcast
The PErspectives Podcast, produced by BDO USA, LLP (the US member of BDO International, a global accounting network) is a forum-style podcast for private equity dealmakers to discuss navigating current market trends. These conversations can include suggestions for preparing for new challenges, predictions for the future, and deep dives into specific areas of the PE deal management process.
6. Capital Allocators Podcast
Ted Seides the Founder of Capital Allocators LLC, which he created in 2016 to explore best practices in the asset management industry from the perspective of asset owners, asset managers, and other relevant players. He created and hosts the Capital Allocators podcast and serves as an advisor and consultant to allocators and asset managers.
With more than 400 episodes available ranging from 30 to 60 minutes long, there is more than enough content to keep anyone interested in the world of private equity trends busy. Weekly interviews with hedge fund managers, PE investors, C-suite portco leadership, and more offer an expansive range of perspectives and topics.
You can also explore more of Seides work with his Private Equity Deals podcast.
7. Dry Powder: The Private Equity Podcast
In Dry Powder, Hugh MacArthur, head of Bain Capital's global private equity practice, interviews leading experts on the trends and opportunities that will redefine the private equity industry.
With more than 25 years of experience in private equity Hugh dives into technological innovations in the industry, global trend reports, and more sector-specific suggestions. These podcast episodes are generally under 20 minutes and can be as short as seven minutes which make them perfect for quickly absorbing new insights from a tenured PE investor.
8. Private Equity 360
Hosted by Bob Woosley, National Practice Leader of Private Equity Services at Frazier & Deeter, Private Equity 360 is an interview format podcast series focused on regulatory changes in the private equity market. The series’ expertise comes from guests of PE firms and in-house talent at Frazier and Deeter, a top 100 CPA and advisory services firm that works with private equity clients around the world.
Several decades of team experience provide deep insights into specific regulation changes and trends in regulatory environments that offer some behind-the-scenes insights for dealmakers typically focused on front office and deal flow management.
9. The Alternative Investor Podcast (now off-air)
The alternative investor podcast was dedicated to investing outside of the stock market—from PE to VC, real estate, and beyond. Grayson Morris, Managing Director at Stables Partners (a software-focused PE firm) and Brad Johnson, Founder and Managing Partner of Evergreen Capital, guided listeners through the “how-tos” of expanding their investment portfolio. Even seasoned investors can get some insights from Grayson and Brad’s joint decades of investment experience.
10. Deal of the Week Podcast (now off-air)
Deal of the Week was a go-to source for staying in the know on all M&A deals. Hosted by Bloomberg M&A reporters, outlined the biggest deals in the marketplace. The episodes pair news reporting with thought leadership to create a well-rounded, expert-focused story.
While now off the air, past episodes still offer a trove of insights into some of the biggest deals of the late 2010s. One episode offered an inside look into Blackstone, the largest alternative investment firm in the world. Another takes a deep dive into both sides of the acquisition process. They may not be producing new content, but most of their backlog offers evergreen insights into the inner workings of major players in the private equity space.
Keeping in the loop with the best private equity podcasts
Podcasts are a great, easily-digestible way to stay in the know on all things private equity. Add these 10 private equity podcasts to stay on the cutting edge of private equity whether you’re a first-time investor or a seasoned partner.
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