Our panelists and moderators offered thought-provoking insights into volatility and entrepreneurship worldwide, and over 120 CEOs, thought-leaders, PE, VC, and Corporate Development executives gathered to join the conversation.
Our first panel, moderated by Leslie Picker of The New York Times’ DealBook, brought together leading figures in private equity, venture capital and corporate development to discuss how best to identify and discover value in today’s economic climate. Panelists Christopher Gaffney of Great Hill Partners, Mark Colodny of Warburg Pincus, Matt Harris of Bain Capital Ventures, and Sheila Spence of WPP considered issues in valuation and compliance as tech companies expand into regulated industries, such as transportation and finance; the evolution of content-generation as social media platforms become many Americans’ main news source; and the future of ad-supported content in a world of ad-blockers and programmatic advertising.
In an interview with our own Joanna Stone Herman, David Levin of McGraw-Hill Education reflected on how to grow a business with dynamism and purpose in the 21st century. Mr. Levin discussed his experiences transforming businesses through acquisitions and scenario planning to ensure a business is prepared for the future. And he explained how he has built upon this experience to transform McGraw-Hill from a traditional textbook publisher to a learning science company with a vision of unlocking the full potential of each learner, leveraging technology to optimize rather than replace the instructor-led classroom.
Mark Gerson of the Gerson Lehrman Group moderated our second panel, which discussed the mission and pitfalls of entrepreneurship as we move into the future. Scott Kirkpatrick of General Assembly, Heather Marie of Shoppable, Scott Meyer of Ghostery, and Jeremy Levine of Bessemer Venture Partners presented their experience and perspective on how millennials are emerging as decision-makers in hiring and policy, and how the explosion of jobs in data analysis and cybersecurity challenges the prevailing paradigm of career training.
About the Dealmakers Series:
The Dealmakers Series events are topical, invitation-only discussions for the top dealmakers and operators in the Media, Advertising & Marketing, Information, Education, Technology and Healthcare Communications industries. The events approach the discussion through the lens of M&A. They feature industry experts discussing the future of the media and technology industries, specifically focusing on recent and imminent notable transactions, as well as emerging trends and opportunities in our space. We bring together influential leaders for stimulating discussions, valuable networking opportunities and engaging programming.
Great Hill Partners
Bain Capital Ventures
Bessemer Venture Partners