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Synergist started 2018 on a strong note, officially launching the San Francisco chapter with a kick-off event featuring guest speaker Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder and Partner of Scale Venture Partners. Shout-out to the extremely supportive senior women - Karen Derr Gilbert of FTV Capital and Jennifer James of Thoma Bravo - for making this event possible. See below for details on the SF kick-off event as well as an interview with Aly Lovett, Partner at Radian Capital.

Senior Sound Bites - January 2018:
Aly Lovett

Partner, Radian Capital
Yale University
Background
Aly is a Partner at Radian Capital, a NYC-based growth equity firm focused on enterprise software and technology-enabled services investments. Prior to Radian, Aly worked at FTV Capital, TA Associates, Centerview Partners, and UBS. Aly received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

Please describe your day-to-day responsibilities in your current role
Every day I’m focused on researching markets to find potential investment opportunities, executing deals, supporting our portfolio companies, and building our network and the Radian brand. As a new firm, recruiting and training an incredible team are also important parts of my responsibility.


Favorite aspect of your role
As a technology investor, I have the opportunity to learn from incredibly passionate and talented entrepreneurs defining their industries, each and every day. As a new firm, we have the creative flexibility to establish our investment approach and work hand-in-hand with our portfolio companies to help them further innovate and push the boundaries.


Most challenging aspect of your role
Time management – when identifying investment opportunities is a component of your job, there is always another company to call, person to meet, or theme to pursue. You need to prioritize your efforts and learn how to shut it down at the end of the day.

Something you wish you knew at the start of your career
Early on in my career, I rarely had the opportunity to present to large groups or communicate an investment thesis to the entire investment team – this was reserved for more senior team members. As a result, as soon as I was expected to perform in this capacity, I felt ill-prepared and extremely nervous. I worked hard and practiced often to overcome this challenge. Looking back, I wish I had spent more time, perhaps with a coach, early on in my career honing these communication skills in order to more effectively and succinctly convey an investment thesis and build conviction around a deal. As a female investor, I often have a different perspective than my male counterparts and it’s essential that I can communicate it effectively so we make the best investment decisions as a team.

Please describe your biggest accomplishment, professional or personal
Professionally – partnering with Jordan and Weston to build Radian. The culture, brand, and reputation of any firm are incredibly important to me, so the notion that I could help shape these from day one, while doing what I love – investing – was exciting. I’m exceptionally proud of the team we’ve built and culture we’ve created thus far. Personally – figuring out how to compartmentalize work so when I’m home spending time with my family, they have my undivided attention.


What has starting your own fund been like? What is the most exciting aspect? The most challenging?
Joining Radian was hands down the best professional decision I’ve ever made. Partnering with two talented investors I trust and respect implicitly, building a brand and culture from scratch, recruiting amazing talent, shaping our investment strategy, developing relationships with LPs, owning where I want to spend my time from a theme and deal perspective – all of these aspects of my current job make it extremely exciting. Unfortunately, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done!


What’s something you like to do to unwind outside of work?
Dinner and drinks with friends and family, exercise – preferably Soul Cycle or Barry’s when I can squeeze it in, fiction, podcasts – More Perfect and S-Town most recently, and playing soccer with my son.

Something you can’t live without
My babysitter! As a mother of two with a husband who also works long hours and travels frequently, she helps keep our family organized and well cared for.

If you weren’t doing your current job, you would…
Like to be a surgeon, or some other practicing physician. I have several family members who have pursued careers in medicine and I have always been intrigued by the healthcare industry.


What advice do you have for women in investing?
Own your differences as a female and leverage the unique perspective you bring to the table in an otherwise male-dominated industry. For example, I believe women tend to be more perceptive than men, are often a better judge of character, and can more effectively assess interpersonal relationships between management team members and boards – use this to your advantage. Also, be supportive of one another – we’re not going to inspire more females in senior investing roles if we hold women to a higher standard than men.