Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Welcome to the Private equity Trader!

Welcome to the Private equity Trader!

Who is Justin Davidson?

Justin Davidson joined One Communications (formerly CTC Communications) during 2001. He has been actively involved in portfolio companies owned by Columbia Ventures Corp. He has participated in five M&A transactions and one Chapter 11 turnaround operationally. These transactions included CTC Communications, Lightship Communications, CTBroadband, Choice One Communications, and Conversent Communications. Throughout these transactions Justin has provided the systems architecture for telecom management systems allowing for unmatched operating leverage. Prior to One Communications, he was a key member of building out the IT infrastructure for Cignal Global Communications, an International startup that entered 26 countries in just a few years and was acquired by UPC Europe in 2000 and merged into a subsidiary named Priority Telecom. From 1994 to 1999 he was a registered securities financial associate in which he raised millions of dollars from clients across the United States. He successfully researched, recommended and executed complex trading strategies that included stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and options. In addition, he is also an active real estate investor in the northeast.

Justin has obtained numerous certifications in the past such as the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS), Series 7 and Series 63, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MSP). He has earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Management Information Systems, Summa Cum Laude, from Northeastern University. He was elected to the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society and The National Dean’s List.

Justin also has achieved an MBA in Finance, Summa Cum Laude, from Suffolk University and was also an elected member of many additional honor societies such as the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Financial Management Association National Honor Society, and one of only 20 to earn the Boardroom Scholar’s Round Table Award.

Justin is happily married with children.


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Here are a few interesting topics:

- What is the difference between Private equity and Venture Capital?
- What is Mezzanine capital?
- What is convertible debt?
- What is Preferred stock?
- What is a "term sheet"?
- Should I raise equity or debt financing?
- What is an asset based loan?
- What is a Hedge fund?
- Is DIP financing a good thing?
- What is a PIPE transaction?
- Should I use just VC or should I use a blend of the private capital lines? (see right)

Venture Debt - The Other Green Money
5 Reasons Convertible Debt Sucks
Should I raise debt or equity?
The Science & Art of Term Sheet Negotiation
Venture Debt for Startups
Top 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Piching VCs
Convertible Debt Jeopardy
Preferred Stock Term Sheet (sample)
Finders Fee Agreement (sample)
Private Equity

My ideal target:
- mid-sized company ($20mm - $250mm)
- intellectual property patents
- customers on contract
- maturing revenue
- large available growth market
- low productivity (rev/emp)
- fragmented industry
- high barriers to entry
- lack of organized information systems
- un-organized product lines
- confusing brand value proposition
- poor internal metrics
- low debt structure
- under capitalized
- poor leadership
- limited sales channels
- limited suppliers
- mis-incentivized corporate objectives
- some unprofitable customers

It's hard to improve something that is already perfect.

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