Nathan Sykes

April 13, 2021

There's Lots Of Money Sloshing Around

This thing we call finance is quite a beast. $5,100,000,000,000 (that's $5 trillion dollars) is traded between folks each and every single day, according to the Bank of International Settlements. There's so much money sloshing around our systems each and every day, that we've had to create brand new asset classes to handle it all. And ...
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April 12, 2021

The Risk Of Having Big Clients

I read a lot of Jason Fried and DHH's writing, but one article I love in particular is their SvN classic, "Don't let anyone overpay you". It's part of what inspired our acquisition strategy at Howdy Interactive - we do our best to stay away from companies that have a single customer representing 2% or more of their global sales (statis...
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April 11, 2021

Happy birthday

Happy Sunday! Short post today. I turned 18 at 12:00am on April 11th, 2021. I happened to be watching SNL, which was perfect! I've received lots of birthday congrats and wishes, and a big thank you for those. Seth Godin has a great blog post on titled "Happy birthday" where he asks his readers to donate to charity. I'm not g...
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April 10, 2021

Digital Continuity Programs

Happy Saturday! Short post today. Recurring revenue is rightfully a huge deal when it comes to eventually selling or buying a company. Something like a SaaS company will fetch a larger price tag because of the cash flow it's producing on a monthly basis. That's why there are entire PE firms that solely exist to buy, manage, and eventua...
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April 9, 2021

Joe Polish's Sabbatical

I've had the pleasure of speaking and being in the company of Joe Polish a handful of times, usually at his mastermind group, Genius Network. I promise the community is better than what the name implies. Joe is an excellent connector, communicator, and host of events that connect high level entrepreneurs. His commitment to also hosting...
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April 8, 2021

My Productivity Workflow With Todoist

I like to keep things simple when it comes to productivity. You can spend so much time trying to "figure out what works best for you" when it comes to productivity and time management, you don't reserve any time to actually do the work! It's a trap lots of folks fall into - just look at r/productivity. A lot of conversations on that su...
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April 7, 2021

My Thoughts On The Ivy League

The results are in! Of the eight Ivy League schools I applied to, I learned last night that none of them would be offering me admission to the Class of 2025. 🥳 (As a side note, I didn't know what to write today until those results are in, so I do apologize for the late post. It'll probably come out closer to 9:00am today, but I'm back ...
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April 6, 2021

Filling Your PE Pipeline Using Acquisition Marketplaces

For private equity firms that actively take on new investors as a part of an ongoing fund, a large part of convincing limited partners (folks who supply the money that PE firms use to buy companies) to park their money with this particular firm is by having as much proprietary deal flow as possible. Proprietary deal flow is basically g...
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April 5, 2021

Adding Leveraged Buyouts To A PE Investment Strategy

I turn 18 in six days. Hooray! I'm super excited for a number of reasons. I'm excited to finally be able to use CLEAR when I travel in airports, find my own therapist who isn't legally obligated to turn over information to parents or guardians, and open a bank account in the United States (I've had to bank in countries that are more fr...
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April 4, 2021

30 Days of HEY World

Happy Easter! Today marks a huge milestone - I've officially posted 30 days in a row on HEY World! It's the first time I've ever been able to successfully post for such a consistent timeframe, and I'm incredibly proud of how my writing is starting to turn out. I'm going to maintain this for as long as possible, but I wanted to share so...
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