Acquisitions with deal makers, analysts and lawyers are typically called by mentioning private equity and other individuals. There is, however, an immense change immediately occurring in private equity that is going to leave certain funds very far behind – the Digital Strategist’s rise.
Do you remember when you were 13 and your mates and you rode our bikes around feeling just like the neighborhood kings? Did you feel like there was nothing that you didn’t know about? That’s thirteen. In what was a very tiny kingdom, though you felt like a kind of king, there were a bunch of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds who were moving further and faster because they were driving cars? We will look at this example with an amusing smile on our face arising from a spring of nostalgia that says, “Wow, ignorance really was bliss.” Youthful ignorance is acceptable and even funny, but not when you run a fund.
Not many private equity firms have the expertise to understand a digital company right now. The acquisition route suffers from the inexperienced (boys on bikes) fleeing the road through funds with an experienced digital strategist (big boys in cars). The root of this dilemma is that most PE businesses feel they need in-house digital talent because they need an I.T. Dept. Department. A monumental disparity exists between the I.T. And a digital strategist – enough so that a separate article is needed. What you would like to understand is that a multi-disciplined orchestra can be digital, and that the conductor is also the digital strategist Toronto. No conductor = lots of music and no tone at all.
Digital is big, and you can’t understand all its dimensions unless you’re up to your ears. For instance, we’re a PE fund, for example, and we’re considering buying a company that has developed an excellent gee whiz app. This app looks like it’s going to be massive and with visions of EBITDA north of 10x and vaulting over your hurdle like a vaulted on Red Bull, there’s plenty of pleasure. Digital gets people excited, and even more so once they’re not experts-funny how a primary time entrepreneur watching potential investment and/or a liquidity case is the same pretty enthusiasm. Are there similarities you see here?
As the company’s partners and analysts check out the potential of the super gee whiz app, they can ask a range of these questions:
Do we understand what this app does, really?
Are we mindful of who it serves?
Do we know who it was meant to serve?
Does the app have space for growth, and if so, what?
Within the next 3-5 years, will this app be relevant?
Has it been developed on a scalable platform?
If possible, can the app extract the full amount of sales potential on the current platform, and if not, what needs to be done to try to do so?
Will the new management understand the manner in which the app should be marketed?
Did management understand their digital cost per purchase?
Does the established leadership have the skills to continue development?
Can we understand this app’s social aspects?
Can we grasp the business environment of rivals who are not competing at present? (Maybe this one is a doozy!)
The list goes on and on, but you might realize that you have a digital strategist void in your team if you took time to really believe those questions rather than just skimming. It is important to stress that these issues start high on the conceptual side, but return to the top in cold hard numbers. Half an artist, half a scientist, half an honest digital strategist.
Each PE fund needs to understand what a digital strategist is so that you can understand when to bring them in as a fund. Below, a description is given. You almost definitely have a digital consultant working for you now if you feel that you can describe it before reading any more – good for you. But if you don’t think you’re going to – read the following really carefully and then ask yourself – is my fund doing all that? And it is time to lose the bicycle and find a car if they are not.
Digital Leader: A strategist with a high degree of digital experience and expertise in online tools to consider, conceptualize, and guide operational execution of an overall digital strategy.
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