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#185: Absolute Return Podcast: Leadership Chat: Procaps CEO Ruben Minski

On today’s podcast we welcome special guest, Ruben Minski. Ruben is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Procaps Group, a developer of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical solutions, medicines, and hospital supplies that reach more than 50 countries in all five continents.


On the podcast, Ruben discusses:

-How Procaps has evolved over the past 44 years since its founding

-The macro case for Latin American health care as a sector to invest in

-Procaps growth strategy and approach to M&A

-Insights into the recent SPAC merger

-And more


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#184: Wealth Management with Todd Degelman and Chad Pruden of Wellington-Altus

On today’s podcast we welcome special guests Todd Degelman and Chad Pruden of Wellington-Altus Private Wealth where Todd is Founder, Senior Investment Advisor, and Vice-Chairman, and Chad is Senior Investment Advisor. Wellington-Altus is one of the fastest-growing wealth advisory companies in Canada.


On the show, Todd and Chad discuss:

-Their career backgrounds and keys to success in wealth management

-Their outlook for equity markets, bonds and inflation

-Asset allocation and what is top of mind for high-net worth investors

-What differentiates Wellington-Altus from the big banks

-And more

#183: Leadership Chat: EO Charging CEO Charlie Jardine

On today’s podcast we welcome special guest, Charlie Jardine, Founder & CEO of EO Charging.

EO Charging is a leading provider of technology-enabled turnkey solutions for electric vehicle fleets.


On the podcast, Charlie discusses:

  • His entrepreneurial journey and the idea behind EO Charging
  • EO’s business model, customers and unit economics
  • Key differences between EO and its competitors
  • Insights into its growth plan as a public company
  • And more

#182: Live from the Trading Desk: Julian and the SPAC Squad Discuss DWAC

Today we have a special Live from the Trading Desk episode, in which Julian and a group of SPAC experts discuss the Digital World Acquisition / Trump Media deal. On the podcast, we discuss:


-Why did DWAC surge as much as 1,600%?

-What is next for the SPAC?

-Why do traders and speculators like this deal?

-Key insights into the SPAC

-And more

#181: Leadership Chat: Sarcos CEO Ben Wolff

On today’s podcast we welcome special guest, Sarcos CEO Ben Wolff. Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation is a leader in the development of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety.


On the show, Ben discusses:

  • Why Time Magazine named the Sarcos Guardian exoskeleton one of the “Best Inventions of 2020”
  • Their “Robot as a Service” business model
  • How robotics are going to change the future of work
  • Key insights from the recent going-public process and advice for CEOs considering taking their company public
  • And more

#180: Leadership Chat: ServiceMax CEO Neil Barua

Today’s podcast features special guest, ServiceMax CEO Neil Barua. ServiceMax is a leader in asset-centric field service management software.

On the podcast, Neil discusses:

-Private equity firm Silver Lake’s role in the evolution of ServiceMax

-Why the company’s SaaS business model may be attractive for investors

-Details regarding its $1.4 billion merger with SPAC Pathfinder Acquisition

-Key opportunities in its future growth plan

-And more

#179: Leadership Chat: AdTheorent CEO Jim Lawson

On today’s podcast we welcome special guest AdTheorent CEO Jim Lawson. AdTheorent is a programmatic digital advertising leader using advanced machine learning technology and solutions to deliver real-world value for advertisers and marketers.


On the show, Jim discusses:

- His journey from practicing law to becoming an entrepreneur and CEO

- How AdTheorent’s machine learning advertising technology platform works

- Why the two most prevalent ad targeting methods, cookie-based retargeting and segment-based audiences, are less effective

- Insights into the merger with MCAP Acquisition Corporation

- And more

#178: Leadership Chat: Energy Vault CEO Robert Piconi

On today’s podcast we welcome special guest, Energy Vault Co-Founder and CEO Robert Piconi. Energy Vault creates gravity-based, grid-scale energy storage solutions with its proprietary technology.


On the show, Rob discusses:

-The initial idea behind the founding of Energy Vault

-How Energy Vault’s energy storage systems work

-Insights into the company’s recent going public transaction

-How Energy Vault differs from the competition

-And more

#177: State of the Markets 3 with SPACGuru, SPACInsider and SPACWarrants

On today’s podcast we have a discussion between Julian and three market experts, SPACGuru (G), SPACInsider (Kristi) and SPACWarrants (Jeff), for an in-depth discussion on the state of the blank check market:

- What to make of high redemption rates and low float meme stock short squeezes?

- How are IPO terms evolving?

- What will be the future of PSTH and the SPARC structure?

- Lawsuits, the SEC and the future of SPACs

- And more

#176: Leadership Chat: Altus Power Co-CEOs Gregg Felton and Lars Norell

On today’s podcast we welcome special guests, Altus Power Co-CEOs 

Gregg Felton and Lars Norell. Altus Power is a market-leading clean electrification company focused on solar power.


On the show, Gregg and Lars discuss:

-The major skills and resources gained in law and investment banking that gave them the confidence to start Altus

-The company’s current portfolio assets and growth pipeline

-The macro thesis behind clean electrification

-Why CBRE holdings was an ideal merger partner in going public

-And more

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