The Evolution of Private Investing with Griffith Norville of Hamilton Lane + Cobalt LP

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In today’s episode, I sat down with Griffith Norville, Managing Director at Hamilton Lane to learn about the recent evolution of private investing.

Over the last decade, the scope of private investments has exploded across products, asset classes, and geographies. LPs, often equipped with just a small investment team, are facing greater difficulty sorting through droves of funds, managers, and trends. In addition, LPs are needing stronger analytics platforms, management software, and access to data than ever before. Hamilton Lane and its cutting-edge product, Cobalt LP, are tackling this problem head-on.

Griff leads Cobalt LP, a software solution that helps LPs with portfolio construction, benchmarking, and investment selection focused on the private markets. Cobalt also offers front-office analytics and back-office managed services solutions, all backed by Hamilton Lane’s first-class historical data and insights. In addition to this role, Griff helps run strategic technology investments for the firm.

In this episode, Griff & I cover:

  • The current state of Private Markets investing and how it compares to the 1990’s and 2000’s
  • His whitepaper ‘Digital Transformation in Private Equity
  • How the explosive growth of private markets has created such a need for Cobalt LP
  • The new challenges both LPs and GPs face in private investing
  • His role in strategic tech investing, including how he sourced a deal from a fishbowl (don’t you miss in-person conferences?).

…and much more.

Hamilton Lane is an alternative investment management firm that provides private markets solutions to investors around the world with over $500B total assets under management and supervision as of September 30, 2020 (Inclusive of $73.1B in assets under management and $474.1B in assets under supervision as of September 30, 2020).

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Ryan Zauk is an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School, where he runs the Wharton FinTech Podcast. He currently works with the US International Development Finance Corp looking at tech impact investments in developing markets. After graduation, Ryan will join Morgan Stanley’s Menlo Park Office working with the world’s largest technology companies. He has a passion for music, media, and all things FinTech.

You can reach him at rzauk@wharton.upenn.edu or on Twitter.

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