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Where are the Smart Money Players Putting Their Chips? A Look at Today’s Hot Investment Areas for Operating Partners

The investment landscape is constantly shifting, and for Operating Partners in Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity (PE) firms, staying ahead of the curve is crucial. We’re seeing a fascinating trend in where capital is being deployed, and understanding these hot areas can inform your strategic decision-making within your portfolio companies. Here’s a breakdown of where the “smart money” is…

One Quarter into 2024: Commercial Banking and Commercial Finance Recruiting Overview 

For most of our Commercial Banking and Commercial Finance recruiters, 2023 was slower than usual. High interest rates, demand for deposits, and suppressed credit appetites stifled growth. This year, though firms are still facing the same uncertainties, they are beginning to make some strategic hires.   This article is a high-level, brief overview of the current hiring conditions of each sector…

How To Resign

Resignations can be difficult and a little awkward, but—like growing pains—they are the necessary first step toward beginning a better opportunity. As you prepare to resign, here are a few steps to follow.  Gather your thoughts and remember your ‘why’:  Take some time to reflect. Write down your reasons for leaving your current job and for taking a new job.…

How To Spot An Ethical Recruiter

Elise Gay just received the 2023 Ralph Mosley Award, ThinkingAhead’s highest honor given to one recruiter who truly exemplifies integrity (check out our core values for how we define integrity in recruiting). A 6-year veteran in our Life Sciences Practice, Elise represents our shared commitment to the highest standard of ethics in recruiting.   But as a jobseeker or hirer, how…

AI And The Human Touch In Life Sciences Recruiting

The Life Sciences industry witnessed a tumultuous year in 2023, marked by mergers, acquisitions, and financial setbacks. This upheaval resulted in over 9000 professionals finding themselves unexpectedly in the job market, navigating a landscape shaped by automation and AI-driven hiring processes. As AI embeds itself deeper into the hiring landscape, both job seekers and hirers alike are experimenting with cutting…