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How Do You Call It? What! A deal Or What a deal! Deals getting complex – Are you ready? – Part 2

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Deal Management 2.0

In the previous post we had mentioned the challenges that Asset Managers Face as they reach out for the most lucrative deals in the market. The best asset managers are using deep learning technology as a differentiator for tracking, analyzing, and researching deals that they have in their pipelines. Pepper is intimately working with some of the leading deal makers to help them make better deal decisions. In this blog we provide a sampling of the some of the deal solutions that we are helping build for these managers. 

Dashboards that provide an overview of the Deal pipeline, providing a clear summary of all the deals, the various stages, the total size, expected close dates, strategies, partners being the critical parameters. This provides senior managers with a quick view of the current status of the pipeline and focuses their energies on the most critical tasks of managing this existing portfolio. From these dashboards the manager can do a deep dive into the specifics of any deal or strategy. This dashboard is the Swiss knife for every seasoned manager. 

Tracking key business parameters around a Deal is helping Portfolio managers quickly analyze which deals are more likely to close, which deals may potentially produce weak returns or which deals can be a cost hog. The signs for deals successes and failures can be recognized early in the process and savvy managers are using bespoke statistical measures to analyze the expected risks of a deal. Pepper is helping them create, track and put statistical measures into a learning system to make rapid decisions on which deals to focus on. 

A critical success factor for any successful deal is to get in early and create strong relationships with the deal counterparts. Pepper is helping design sophisticated Deal relationship models that can help reach these partners, even if no current relationships exist. The database can traverse multiple paths to any individual inside the relationship database and provides sophisticated relationship patterns. 

Less than 15% of all deals that are tracked actively by an asset manager are consummated. Most of the analysis that was done on these deals dies an Excel death. That is a lot of very critical information that is leaking and getting lost for Asset Managers. Pepper is providing a way to warehouse this highly researched set of information that can be summoned for future analysis. The dead deal tracking, mining and analysis provides key information on future strategies on how to approach and manage a deal. 

Pepper is creating some of the most advanced, powerful and creative solutions for the sophisticated Asset Manager to help make the most complex business decision, which Deal do I invest in.

Learn more how Pepper can help make more intelligent Investment decisions and transform your business by giving you a holistic view of your business encompassing investors investments and operations on one single platform which we fondly call your Digital Infrastructure for Alternative Asset Management! Book your live demo now!
We welcome your questions and queries Contact us




Author: Pulak Sinha
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On Pepper LLC

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Data N Deal Management

Deal Management 2.0

In the previous post we had mentioned the challenges that Asset Managers Face as they reach out for the most lucrative deals in the market. The best asset managers are using deep learning technology as a differentiator for tracking, analyzing, and researching deals that they have in their pipelines. Pepper is intimately working with some of the leading deal makers to help them make better deal decisions. In this blog we provide a sampling of the some of the deal solutions that we are helping build for these managers. 

Dashboards that provide an overview of the Deal pipeline, providing a clear summary of all the deals, the various stages, the total size, expected close dates, strategies, partners being the critical parameters. This provides senior managers with a quick view of the current status of the pipeline and focuses their energies on the most critical tasks of managing this existing portfolio. From these dashboards the manager can do a deep dive into the specifics of any deal or strategy. This dashboard is the Swiss knife for every seasoned manager. 

Tracking key business parameters around a Deal is helping Portfolio managers quickly analyze which deals are more likely to close, which deals may potentially produce weak returns or which deals can be a cost hog. The signs for deals successes and failures can be recognized early in the process and savvy managers are using bespoke statistical measures to analyze the expected risks of a deal. Pepper is helping them create, track and put statistical measures into a learning system to make rapid decisions on which deals to focus on. 

A critical success factor for any successful deal is to get in early and create strong relationships with the deal counterparts. Pepper is helping design sophisticated Deal relationship models that can help reach these partners, even if no current relationships exist. The database can traverse multiple paths to any individual inside the relationship database and provides sophisticated relationship patterns. 

Less than 15% of all deals that are tracked actively by an asset manager are consummated. Most of the analysis that was done on these deals dies an Excel death. That is a lot of very critical information that is leaking and getting lost for Asset Managers. Pepper is providing a way to warehouse this highly researched set of information that can be summoned for future analysis. The dead deal tracking, mining and analysis provides key information on future strategies on how to approach and manage a deal. 

Pepper is creating some of the most advanced, powerful and creative solutions for the sophisticated Asset Manager to help make the most complex business decision, which Deal do I invest in.

Learn more how Pepper can help make more intelligent Investment decisions and transform your business by giving you a holistic view of your business encompassing investors investments and operations on one single platform which we fondly call your Digital Infrastructure for Alternative Asset Management! Book your live demo now!
We welcome your questions and queries Contact us




Author: Pulak Sinha
Founder CEO
On Pepper LLC

Source: http://altassetmanagmentdisrupted.blogspot.com/2017/10/Deal-Management.html

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Venture Capital: AgTech Startup Benson Hill Lands $150M

Benson Hill, an agtech startup based in St. Louis, announced Thursday its close of a $150 million Series D round led by Wheatsheaf and GV (formerly Google Ventures). It uses biotechnology and data science to enhance the nutritional qualities and sustainability of crops.

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Benson Hill uses biotechnology and data science to enhance the nutritional qualities and sustainability of crops.

Benson Hill, an agtech startup based in St. Louis, announced Thursday its close of a $150 million Series D round led by Wheatsheaf and GV (formerly Google Ventures).

The company said other strategic and ESG focused investors also participated. These included Argonautic Ventures, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Emart, GS Group, Louis Dreyfus Company, iSelect Fund, Fall Line Capital, Mercury Fund, Prelude Ventures, Prolog Ventures, S2G Ventures, and additional strategic and family office investors.  (FOOD navigator-USA.com)

Benson Hill technology

Benson Hill uses biotechnology, data science, and AI to enhance the nutritional qualities, flavor, and sustainability of crops and vegetables.

The firm’s “Cloud Biology” is the fusion of data, machine learning, and AI techniques with biology. Its “CropOS” is a proprietary platform that facilitates the accessibility and actionability of Cloud Biology.

The CropOs platform uses plant phenotyping, predictive breeding, and environmental modeling algorithms to better control the plant breeding process and realize these advantages:

  • Produces plants that are highly productive, highly nutritious, and better tasting
  • Better texture
  • Reduce the number of processing steps
  • Reduce the need for additives
  • Grow plants that “do more with less,” thus boosting sustainability

The company’s work so far has been concentrated around soybeans.

Its new, ultra-high-protein (UHP) soy products spiked the interest of investors. They come from a highly productive non-GMO soybean that is rich in oleic oil content.

Use of funds

Benson Hill plans the commercial launch of the first Ultra-High Protein soybean varieties in 2021, among other product launches.

It also plans to expand its team by adding top talent and continue the development of Cloud Biology and CropOS.

“As a society, we’re at a crossroads made more evident as the pandemic has revealed strengths and vulnerabilities in our food system,” said Matt Crisp, Benson Hill CEO. “Food choices that create enjoyment, make us stronger, and help preserve our environment need to be accessible to everyone, and the power of plant diversity and technology innovation can help fuel that evolution.

Related Story:   Smart Farm Technology To Take The Drudge Out of Plant Breeding

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FinTech: Alliance Data Buys BNPL Fintech Bread For $450M

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS) said Thursday that it will acquire Bread and its digital platform for $450 million of which $100 will be paid through Alliance stock. The transaction would expand Alliance Data’s own digital offerings by including buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) products.

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FinTech: Alliance Data Buys BNPL Fintech Bread For $450M

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Alliance Data will pay in cash and stock for the acquisition.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS) said Thursday that it will acquire Bread and its digital buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) platform for $450 million of which $100 will be paid through Alliance stock.

The transaction would expand Alliance Data’s own digital offerings by including BNPL products. BNPL is a major trend now that consumers have embraced the interest-free, zero-fee facility to pay in installments. Alliance is a provider of data-driven marketing, loyalty, and payment solutions. (Alliance)

Digital BNPL is particularly popular with millennials and the younger set. They prefer not to run up credit card debt and like the speed and convenience. The technology and products acquired from Bread will address this segment of the population.

Bread already has tie-ups with merchants such as online jewelry seller Noémie, the luxury watch seller Hublot and Newton Baby, the crib mattress provider.

BNPL customer experience

“Bread’s flexible, easily-integrated payment solutions, coupled with Alliance Data’s Enhanced Digital Suite, will improve the digital customer experience and support increased acquisition and checkout rates, offering the best payment product to the right consumer at pivotal moments in the customer’s online shopping journey,” Alliance said in a statement.

Alliance intends to leverage Bread’s solutions along with its own existing private label, general-purpose and commercial products.

COVID-19

Its brand partners will therefore get another advantage in the eCommerce channel, with online businesses already getting a boost from COVID-19.

“With the timing of the holiday season upon us, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, and perhaps nowhere as significantly as in financial services and payments,” said Val Greer, chief commercial officer, Alliance Data.

BNPL is now crowded with cash-rich players

Payments giant PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) announced in August that it would begin offering BNPL services, recognizing that COVID-19 had triggered a dramatic increase in their popularity.

Other players in the BNPL field include Klarna, Affirm, Afterpay, and Quadpay.

In a recent study, Tech Crunch found that PayPal had the highest retailer coverage with a presence of 65% retailers. Afterpay was a distant second at 10%, then Affirm 6%, Klarna 5%, and QuadPay 2%.

The study concluded that PayPal was primed to dominate the BNPL wars.

Related Story:   PayPal Challenges Klarna In U.K. BNPL Tussle                                                

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Morgan Stanley Capital Partners completes investment into US Healthconnect

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners has completed an investment into US HealthConnect, a digital education strategies and engagement data solutions provider for the healthcare industry.

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