Our Community Focus

While most of our posts focus on the the clients and business of Northwestern Capital Partners, we relish being a part of our community. Yesterday, we spent the day at the Alexander Youth Network, serving ice-cream to young at risk children. Today, I want to tell you about another great opportunity. Chad Jukes is a Retired Staff Sergeant Chad Jukes, and has had many battles with post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and is a single-leg amputee on the USX climbing team whom if successful, will be the first...

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Urban Mobility

The attached study and piece by McKinsey is precisely why we support SPLT. The future of cities and the population at large will be based largely on the ability to move (via roads, fiber optic cable, rail, etc) – people, ideas, goods and services, healthcare, etc. Mobility is wide-ranging, though this article focused mostly on urban transport. The upshot of the use of new technology and mobility solutions is greater physical health for the populace at large by a reduction in accidents,...

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Creativity and the New Renaissance

The world moves incredibly fast today, and creativity is the new working capital and the currency by which companies leverage their core competencies and brand, whether in manufacturing, medicine, technology, or advisory work. There has been much talk of the creative class in new urbanism, but creativity knows no boundaries, and is not secularly found in large urban cores (though it does tend to cluster there). Creativity can be found in verticals as diverse as supply chains, auto manufacturing,...

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Immigration and Driving Economic Growth

We have never weighed in on the immigration debate, because both sides of the debate parse the story for their own ends. The reality is that sensible, legal immigration benefits the US economy by providing more workers – at this point in our growth cycle, we have unfilled jobs due to either a lack of willingness to work or a skills gap. With an aging population, we need more legal immigrants – this does not speak to illegal immigration, but rather an immigration system that vets thoroughly...

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Midwestern Rebirth

Northwestern Capital Partners, LLC has been an active investor and investment banker in the Midwest since 2008.  Though we have worked all over the United States, our focus has been on the under-appreciated opportunities for high technology investing in the Midwest. The area has a plethora of great universities, a skilled workforce, large companies that spin out technology, and a desire to change the economy from a smokestack to a chip and test tube economy. Two of our Michigan-based investments,...

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Mentorship

Alison here taking over the NCP blog, I’m the executive assistant for NCP and in honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to talk about something that I feel is very important for everyone, but especially women to be successful in business – a good mentor. A good mentor can make all the difference in one’s career, even if you are a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to “fake it till you make it.” I can honestly say that I have had three strong mentors so far in my professional...

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Productivity and Economic Growth in the Old and New Economy

It is easy to look at the pending Snapchat IPO, and either feel very confident that capital is being rightly allocated to the “New Economy,” or lament a possible $22 billion IPO valuation for a company with no profits and 330 employees. For comparison, Ford, an “Old Economy” bellwether, has $50 billion in revenues, $6.8 billion in pre-tax profit, and employees 201,000 people that pay taxes and support their local economies. The truth about relative value lies between the Old and New Economy. Snapchat...

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