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02

Aug

2012

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Carl Schramm, former CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and author of Better Capitalism, lauded LaunchPad as one of two entrepreneurship programs in the nation that “show what does work”. (more...)
01

Aug

2012

A Pensions & Investments article from July 9, 2012, underscored the challenges facing U.S. state pension plans and the better returns realized by those with higher allocations to alternative investments. (more...)
12

Jul

2012

Today, the New York Times featured Blackstone’s Portfolio Operations team in “Private Equity Giants Use Size to Lean on Suppliers”. The article underscored how Blackstone implements strategies such as group purchasing programs to help its portfolio streamline operations and cut costs. (more...)
09

Jul

2012

Property Week asked more than 100 top investors to name stand out deals that occurred after 2007 in the UK. (more...)
22

Jun

2012

In an interview with Japan’s Nikkei Veritas, Blackstone’s Byron Wien discussed his views on the U.S. and Japanese economy. (more...)
21

Jun

2012

For the 7th year in a row, Blackstone joined City Harvest to combat hunger in New York City, raising a total of $57,886 for the ‘Skip Lunch Fight Hunger’ campaign. (more...)
15

Jun

2012

John Studzinski is interviewed on how Blackstone Advisory Partners has evolved since its inception, and what he expects to see in the second half of 2012. (more...)
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May

2012

SeaWorld, a Blackstone portfolio company, today announced the opening of its newest waterpark, Aquatica San Antonia, in Texas. Construction of Aquatica San Antonio began in May 2011 and it is the single largest investment the company has made since 1988. (more...)
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May

2012

My colleagues and I in Blackstone’s Technology Advisory group recently hosted a series of dinners in San Francisco and New York to discuss the trends du jour with many of the thought leaders in the tech sector.  Invariably, given all of the excitement around the Facebook IPO, much of the discussion ended up focusing on this topic.  Facebook’s IPO, the third largest in U.S. history behind Visa and GM, is certainly cause for much discussion.  Here we have a company with $3.7 billion in revenues that last traded in the private markets at a valuation north of $100 billion.  That implies a trailing revenue multiple of over 27x, for those doing the math.  As such, Facebook, at eight years old, has eclipsed the valuation of such venerable U.S. brands as McDonald’s, Caterpillar, Boeing, American Express, and Amazon, and at pricing is expected to have a valuation higher than Dell, HP, and Adobe, combined. (more...)
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Apr

2012

Yesterday TV and online ad platform DG announced the acquisition of semantic technology firm, Peer39. AdExchanger asked Ken Allen, Director, Head of Digital Media and Internet Advisory with Blackstone Advisory Partners, LP, his reaction to the deal and the opportunity with digital ad, targeting data. The article can be found here. (more...)
 

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