📖 Weekend Time = Reading Time 📖

Breaking down the Bloom team's favorite reads

Happy Friday, founders and friends!

The summer weather is getting hot and so are the private markets 🔥. So far in 2021, private equity firms have struck 13 deals in the US worth $5 billion or more, surpassing last year's total of 11. Additionally, cheap debt has allowed firms to put more leverage into deals, a potential cause for concern.

Top Reads 📚

In this week's newsletter, we are breaking down the Bloom team’s top 5 private markets investing-related reads from recent years. (No specific order)

  1. The Gambler, By William C. Rempel.

  1. The Private Equity Playbook, By Adam Coffey.

    • A great read for operators as this is written from the perspective of PE-backed management

  1. King of Capital, By David Carey & John E. Morris

    • One of the best books on finance history

  2. Barbarians at the Gate, By Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

    • An oldie but a classic and entertaining read

  3. The New Tycoons, By Jason Kelly

    • A behind the scenes look into some of the globe’s largest PE shops

    What are your favorite reads from recent years? Let us know!

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What We’re Reading and Listening To…

📚 SaaS Metrics That Matter

🎧 How to Build Trust Between Private Equity Firms and Portfolio Companies

📚 Calculating Working Capital

🎧 Private Equity Masters: Paul Salem- Providence Equity Partners

Favorites from the Ecosystem




News from the Industry: deals, deals, and more deals 💰

Valsoft Acquires Telematel

Cloudera to go private as KKR & CD&R grab it for $5.3B

Blackstone acquires tech publisher IDG for $1.3B

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