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It’s one thing to land a job at a private-equity shop as an analyst or associate. It’s another to make the heady climb to partner in a decade or less.
So I took the question of how to become a rising star to Ian Li, vice president at 1315 Capital, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based specialist in healthcare growth equity. Earlier this year Li spoke eloquently on a panel I moderated on opportunities in private equity at the Toigo Foundation’s Catapult event in Jersey City. Li wrote up the following six tips, reproduced verbatim with a few minor edits for style:
On the anniversary of 9/11 this week I had the opportunity to talk to Air Force veteran Ryan Brown, who served in the Iraq War, about his goal of building a private-equity business.
“I am on the entrepreneurship journey and my mission is to create jobs for veterans by way of buying and building a portfolio of companies,” Brown wrote me earlier this summer in introducing himself via LinkedIn. “It’s a very ambitious goal, but I know it’s possible.”
When I caught up by phone with Brown on Wednesday, he was in Orlando looking to meet up with hospitality executives at the Hilton Americas Owner Conference. Hospitality is one of the services sectors that he has his eye on to buy businesses in through his firm, Patriot Investment Partners. Brown, who’s active in ACG, recruiting businesses in the Melbourne, Florida area, also works as a turnaround management consultant.
Below is more about Brown, who shares my predilection for bullet points, from a written Q&A lightly edited: