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Getting the Tech Team Right

Plotting the correct technology strategy is critical for any business. But how do you identify people who can take private equity portfolio companies to the next level of tech sophistication?
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HUMAN CAPITAL IN PRIVATE EQUITY / Sponsored by: Tatum

Getting the Tech Team Right

Interviewed by: David Snow

September 1, 2012

Plotting the correct technology strategy is critical for any business. But how do you identify people who can take private equity portfolio companies to the next level of tech sophistication?

“In terms of the talent itself, past is prologue,” observes Robert Nolan, Managing Partner at Halyard Capital. “If you can find out whether these individuals have delivered on time and on budget, that will give you a good indication.” Joining Nolan in this discussion of how to assemble a tech team are John Brittain, Senior Partner at Tatum, and Lewis Raibley, Senior Managing Director of portfolio operations at Castle Harlan.

Other topics covered include when to make the investment in better technology and better people and when to stand pat with what you already have, the differences between technological know-how and managerial savvy, and tips for recruiting the most appropriate technology talent for portfolio companies.

This is the third segment in a three-part Privcap thought-leadership series on human capital in private equity.  This program also includes an expert Q&A with James Dimitriou, National Practice Director, Tatum.