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Axial Radar: $50B PE Tech Frenzy

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Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Axial Radar!

Waymo, Zwift, Bright Health, – sweethearts of the venture capital world – and now the new recipients of major investment from private equity.

​PE’s aggressive pursuit of tech deals is nothing new. 2020, however, is on pace to break records, already attracting almost $50B of PE money across more than 800 VC transactions. What’s fueling the frenzy?

Head down to this week’s featured Industry Trends section of Radar to read more about why private equity is increasingly swimming outside of their traditional buyout / LBO lanes to compete at the negotiating tables once reserved exclusively for Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

Our featured buy-side members this week include an acquisitive crystal display manufacturer, a leading management and technology consulting firm, and a UK based acquirer of e-commerce brands. On the sell-side we’ll introduce you to a furniture focused investment bank and a boutique M&A advisory firm.

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Featured Members

HIG Capital


Polytronix, Inc., a Richardson, Texas based company, has been an innovator in design, manufacturing and marketing of liquid crystal displays for over 40 years. The company’s displays are used in a variety of applications, providing visual output for medical, aviation, aerospace, marine, automotive, industrial controls and defense related products.
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Kainos Capital

Stump & Company
M&A Advisory Firm

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Stump & Company is a family run investment bank focused on M&A within the furniture and home furnishings industries. The firm focuses on all market segments within the broader furniture space, including residential, hospitality, and the office/contract furniture channels and their suppliers. Stump & Company is part of The Stump Companies, which was founded in 1972 as an M&A Advisory and Real Estate Brokerage firm.
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The Leading Path

Leading Path is a people first, award-winning, minority owned (NMSDC / MBE) management and technology consulting company that brings top talent and creative solutions to its clients. CEO and Managing Director of Leading Path, Khai Chau, has significant experience in IT consulting, previously working at companies such as Comcast and Accenture. View Profile

FTI Consulting

Salt Creek Partners
​​​​​​M&A Advisory Firm

Salt Creek Partners is a boutique M&A advisory firm operating in the Southeast, New England, West Coast and Gulf Coast regions. The firm advises business leaders in the emerging growth and middle market stages, specifically those looking to be acquired or those looking to make acquisitions. Salt Creek provides strategic consulting to re-position and optimize the companies that they work with to ultimately increase their valuation.
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FTI Consulting

Olsam Group Ltd

Olsam is a UK based investment firm targeting e-commerce brands and businesses. The founders, a former FBA seller who exited his business and an ex-Deloitte M&A professional, ​​​​teamed up to leverage their first hand experience and know-how to acquire and scale category leading brands across global marketplaces, whilst creating a work place where people love what they do. View Profile

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Industry Trends

Mega-deals underscore PE’s growing embrace of VC deals in tech

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