As 2019 draws to an end, it is the time of year for us to review the most popular articles of the year on the SuperReturn community site, and what topics people have been most interested in.
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your support, participation, and engagement with the SuperReturn community in 2019. As our SuperReturn365 digital community home changes to Private Capital, we look to bring you more thought-leadership content, from articles to emagazines and interviews to session recordings, in the year to come.
Without further ado, here are the top articles in 2019 read by your peers in the industry, counting down from #10.
#10: Will the technology sector always be a winner?
Technology has always been a popular sector for investments - but does it really live up to its reputation? CEPRES' Christopher Godfrey and Jinfang Shi gives us a deep dive into the stats and analyse the performance of deals and exits within the sector to reveal the true picture.
#9: Technology in the private debt market: new opportunities for value creation
The availability of big data, new technologies and increasing connectivity are changing the market dynamics across different industries. Gabriella Kindert, Expert in Alternative Lending and Board Member at Mizuho Europe, shares her research on the role and impact of technology in the private debt market.
#8: "Confront unconscious bias, map your skills to the job and unlock your full potential"
There may be many barriers before you, but you have to go full steam ahead. Deborah Zurkow, Global Head of Alternatives at Allianz Global Investors, shares her thoughts with us on how women shouldn't be hindered by pressures brought by unconscious bias and, instead, should use the skills and qualities unique to themselves with confidence in the workplace.
#7: Creating value through digitalisation: how and where do you start?
As we head further into the era for digital transformation, what strategies should companies employ and how can they be implemented into the investment process, as well as within your own team? We spoke to Olof Hernell, Chief Digital Officer at EQT, to find out more.
#6: "Africa private equity remains a tale of two sides"
Private equity is enjoying an historic five-year record performance stretch. Bain & Company’s Andrei Vorobyov outlines the drivers of such PE performance, as well as some issues the industry faces, and how PE funds are reacting – both globally and in Africa.
#5: What are the key economic and investment trends in 2019?
Naturally, one of the topics people were most interested in was the economic and investment trends of the year ahead. The first article of 2019 on the community site looked at the key themes in the global economy that will be influential for private equity and venture capital, featuring the full session recording of Linda Yueh’s presentation at SuperInvestor.
#4: ESG and Impact Investing: how to create value with sustainability
How can firms really engage with internal teams and external investors to truly fulfil the ESG agenda? We spoke to The Carlyle Group's first Chief Sustainability Officer, Jackie Roberts, to go through the challenges and opportunities involved and explore her thoughts on the future of ESG and Impact Investing.
#3: Venture capital in Japan: the current start-up ecosystem
It’s been 20 years since the full-blown start-up phenomenon in Japan, starting back in the late 1990s when the Internet was penetrating Japan. Of course, there were lots of ups & downs along the way, and the Japanese start-up ecosystem has matured through the days. Ikuo Hiraishi, CEO/Co-Founder at DreamVision Inc. shares his narrative on the current state of the start-up ecosystem in Japan.
This is part two of Ikuo’s articles on Venture Capital in Japan. Read part one here.
#2: David Rubenstein in conversation with Leon Black at SuperReturn International 2019
This was THE interview everyone was waiting to see. The two giants of the private equity industry came face to face at SuperReturn International 2019. Leon Black joins David Rubenstein for a conversation on the growth and development of Apollo and where they see the drivers of growth and opportunity are across market cycles. Missed it at the event? Watch it now.
#1: Ten powerful language techniques you need to know
What could have possibly been more popular than the most anticipated interview of the year? The top article for 2019 focuses on the power of language and the techniques you should use to make your speech more engaging, memorable and persuasive. Whether you are pitching to prospective clients, or addressing your team as a leader, this is a useful piece of best practice guidance you should read.
What can we expect for 2020? Let us know your thoughts.