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Hg sits at the centre of a universe of tech and software knowledge and expertise. We are constantly surprised by the ideas generated by these satellite minds and we want to share some of it with you.

The Orbit podcast is a series of conversations between members of the Hg team and the great minds with which we surround ourselves. Share, subscribe and listen closely!

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Series 4

Tim Harrison, Data Science & Analytics Specialist at Hg, speaks to Yali Sassoon, co-founder at Snowplow Analytics

Today, nearly all businesses are using some form behavioral customer data to drive insight. There is a wide spectrum of sophistication emerging, from small businesses using basic website analytics to understand customer journeys, to SaaS businesses putting behavioral data in the heart of their product, processes and decision-making.

The emerging trends show more sophisticated businesses looking at real-time data insight on their customers. Organizations are getting more comfortable with leveraging customer behaviour data for churn models, constantly identifying who is at risk of leaving, and using how customer’s interact with their platform to personalize the experience. The future will be less about analytics and reporting, and more about using the data proactively to improve our customer experience. Read more

Series 3

Matt Brockman, Managing Partner at Hg, speaks to David Toms, Hg’s Head of Tech Research

“Tech is deflationary in an inflationary world…” in an Hg Orbit Podcast Special and the first of a quarterly conversation, Matthew Brockman and David Toms review trends observed across the tech sector during another eventful period in the world.

They discuss a clear divergence of sentiment in tech markets, during which growth in earnings has proved to be powerful protection against the volatility. Both guests also reflect on the longer-term secular tailwinds in enterprise software & services, with digital transformation of business activity continuing at apace.

Nic Humphries, Senior Partner at Hg, speaks to Øystein Moan, Executive Chairman of Visma

Part 2 of our miniseries: ‘The Future of SaaS’

The benefits of the SaaS model is increasingly well recognised and is well placed to be the next move for the majority of B2B software. In this episode, Øystein Moan, Executive Chairman of Visma and an Industry Advisor to Hg, discusses the trend of the immediate future: automation. With over 80% of software inputs already coming from APIs, the subjects of machine learning, optimisation and NLP are just the tip of the iceberg in removing human error and human effort from our systems.

This podcast was recorded a part of Hg’s 2021 AGM. Part 1 can be found in Series 2 of the Orbit Podcast

Joris Van Gool, Partner at Hg, speaks to Jonas Dhaenens, Founder and CEO of team.blue

Having founded Benelux-based web services group, team.blue (then Combell), at the age of 16, Jonas Dhaenens has stayed with his business through growth, outside investment, international expansion and industry consolidation.

In this episode, Jonas talks to Hg’s Joris Van Gool about the development of his initial ideas, how local knowledge is key to international success and his model of bringing together founders and entrepreneurs to share experience and resources. Hg invested in team.blue in 2019.

Florian Wolff, Partner at Hg, speaks to Soeren Brogaard, CEO of Trackunit

Trackunit is quietly revolutionising and illuminating the construction industry. By bringing data and analysis to a world where high levels of uncertainty and unpredictability lead to low margins, operators can finally see where their inefficiencies lie and even increase safety levels.

In this episode, Soeren Brogaard, CEO, talks to Hg’s Florian Wolff about the internet of things, sudden international expansion and the ways that transparency and connection drive the success of both their products and their company culture. Hg invested in Trackunit in 2021.

Jason Richards, Head of Portfolio Technology at Hg, speaks to Cal Henderson, Co-Founder and CTO of Slack

Initially developed as a direct digitisation of the inter-departmental memo, email has been long embedded into our work lives. The emergence of a new generation of workplace communication tools aim to get closer to how human beings actually interact and the exceptional growth of these solutions brings a host of challenges for their creators.

This episode sees Cal Henderson, Co-Founder and CTO of Slack, talk to Hg’s Jason Richards about the unlikely birth story of the app, the value of knowing how your customers actually use your product, the gear shifts required in both your code and your organisation as you grow quickly and the support that comes from being part of a tech community (in this case the Bay Area).

This podcast was recorded as part of Hg’s Technology Leaders Summit 2021.

Jason Richards, Head of Portfolio Technology at Hg, speaks to Cal Henderson, Co-Founder and CTO of Slack

An incredibly reactive and evolutionary software, Slack is constantly learning from its users and challenging its creators’ view of how it is used. Changes between different types of customer layered over changes in the wider world means continual vigilance and a continually refreshed approach.

This episode sees Cal Henderson, Co-Founder and CTO of Slack, talk to Hg’s Jason Richards about how to judge the success of innovation, the explosion of feedback enabled by Twitter and how playfulness is not antithetical to work.

This podcast was recorded as part of Hg’s Technology Leaders Summit 2021. Listen to Part 1 now in series 3 of Orbit.

Series 2

Nic Humphries, Senior Partner at Hg, speaks to Bryan de Lottinville, Founder & Executive Chairperson of Benevity

As the lines between our professional and personal lives increasingly blur, the desire to connect with something bigger than ourselves through our work is rising. Purpose needs to become part of the fabric of your company to attract and retain both employees and customers.

In this episode, Bryan de Lottinville, Founder & Executive Chairperson, Benevity discusses with Hg’s Nic Humphries, the role of purpose in a tech or software business and how company leaders can balance focussing on growth, profit or purpose.

Elizabeth Wallace, Head of Portfolio Talent at Hg, speaks to Tonia Morris, Founder & CEO of Simply HR

With the workplace currently containing at least five different generations of employees, each with their own priorities and expectations, how can businesses attract and hold on to the leaders of the future?

Everyone has heard about The Great Resignation and how Gen Z is re-evaluating their life in light of the pandemic, the gig economy and increasing demands for authenticity, inclusivity and entrepreneurship. But did you know that they already outnumber Gen X?

In this episode of Orbit, Tonia Morris, Founder & CEO of Simply HR and Intergenerational Connector, talks to Hg’s Elizabeth Wallace about transforming culture by embracing all the generations across an organisation.

Jason Richards & Calum Thomson of Hg, speak to Espen Agnalt Johansen of Visma and John Strasser of Sovos

As software companies come together, often across geographical lines where different rules may apply, the spectre of cybersecurity issues often raises its head. Even if your own house is in order, how can defend yourself against problems that may be lying dormant in your new partner?

With the possibility of undisclosed attacks in the past, data breach fines in the future and a potential present where a criminal organisation may already be opportunistically present in a system, waiting for just such a moment, this is an area which rewards careful preparation.

In this episode of Orbit, Hg’s Jason Richards and Calum Thomson speak to Espen Agnalt Johansen of Visma and John Strasser of Sovos – all experts on cybersecurity – who share their experiences and learn a few things from each other in the process.

Chris Kindt, Head of Portfolio Value Creation at Hg, speaks to Peter Sherlock, Group Commercial Director of The Citation Group

As a fast-growing business, with many business units newly added through M&A, Citation had huge cross-selling opportunities. But taking cross-selling from opportunistic to strategic took a whole host of measures to set up their teams for success.

In this episode, Hg’s Chris Kindt speaks to Peter Sherlock, Group Commercial Director of The Citation Group, discussing their journey to creating a winning cross-sell strategy and gives some advice to companies looking to do the same.

Amr Ellabban, Head of the Data Team at Hg, speaks to Jon Moser, SVP, Innovation, Research & Development at Evaluate

The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly disruptive for people all across the world, but has really thrown the spotlight on pharma companies. We’ve seen drugs designed and developed in record times. We’ve seen more collaboration between scientists, pharma companies and regulators than ever before – collaboration that has seen sharing of science, approaches and data.

This has accelerated an ongoing trend in pharma, as pharma companies have become more and more data-centric and data-savvy. In this episode, Hg’s Amr Ellabban speaks with Jon Moser, SVP, Innovation, Research & Development at Evaluate, and explains how biopharma’s approach to data science has changed and what we’re likely to see going forward.

Nic Humphries, Senior Partner at Hg, speaks to Øystein Moan, Executive Chairman of Visma

Part 1 of our miniseries: ‘The Future of SaaS’

The benefits of the SaaS model is increasingly well recognised, but the pain and challenges to successfully achieve a SaaS transition is now being felt by the millions of businesses who are still in the early stages of this journey.

In this episode, Øystein Moan, Executive Chairman of Visma and an Industry Advisor to Hg, reflects on Visma’s multi-year journey to SaaS, discussing with Hg’s Nic Humphries, who joined this journey on every step of the way. This podcast was recorded a part of Hg’s 2021 AGM.

Part 2 coming in series 3!

Series 1

Nic Humphries, Senior Partner at Hg, speaks to Merete Hverven, CEO of Visma.

The last century has seen Scandinavia switch from a fishing and oil economy to become a major centre of innovation in tech and software. Is there something in the water? Merete Hverven is the CEO of Visma, one of Europe’s foremost software companies and one of Hg’s longest and most successful investments. She speaks to Nic Humphries, Senior Partner at Hg, on what’s behind this success, reflecting on her HR background and what it’s like to grow up Scandinavian.

Joris Van Gool, Partner at Hg, speaks to Joris van der Gucht & Tim Vandecasteele, Co-Founders of Silverfin.

To be ‘born in the cloud’ is a status to be envied in the software sector. But what real advantages does it have, and are there any downsides? How difficult is it to create a competitive and disruptive business in the cloud today? Joris van der Gucht & Tim Vandecasteele are true software entrepreneurs, having co-founded Silverfin, a leading cloud platform for accountants. Joris and Tim speak to Joris Van Gool, Partner at Hg, about tech entrepreneurship, whilst also discussing the benefits of being ‘born in the cloud’, and how SaaS tech is disrupting the accounting sector.

Andrew Land, Partner at Hg, speaks to Charlie Langdale, Head of Financial Lines at Howden Group.

The convergence of technology and data with traditional insurance activity, and the appetite from institutional investors in the non-correlated returns on offer from insurance, has created a range of innovative ‘risk-transfer’ products in recent years. Hg’s Andrew Land is joined by Charlie Langdale, Head of Financial Lines for Howden Group Holdings and a leading innovator in the insurance sector, to discuss the latest trends in areas such as parametric insurance, insurance for ESG and sustainability, and blockchain technology.

Dawn Marriot, Partner and Head of the Portfolio Team at Hg, speaks to Andy Hovancik, CEO of Sovos.

The last year in the United States has been a year unlike any other. As software businesses dealt with a changing landscape, the importance of purpose was brought sharply into focus by the pandemic and social justice movements. Andy Hovancik has navigated this period of change as President and CEO of leading US-based tax software company, Sovos. In this episode of Orbit, Andy speaks to Dawn Marriott, head of Hg’s Portfolio Team about what has changed over the past year, what will last, and what effect it will have on Sovos and other software businesses.

Jason Richards, Head of Portfolio Technology at Hg, speaks to Phil Le-Brun, Enterprise Strategist at AWS.

Now an Enterprise Strategist at AWS, Phil Le-Brun’s previous role saw him tackle transforming the technology landscape at the global fast food behemoth, McDonald’s. Phil took some time to speak to Hg’s Head of Portfolio Technology, Jason Richards, and reveals that the experience of deploying 20,000 e-commerce restaurants in one year is as much about people as it is about the tech. You can also see them in the flesh when they spoke on the subject at our 2021 Hg Technology Summit (via Zoom of course).

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