On February 1, GT Entrepreneurs hosted Greg Martin for lunch and a discussion about his career, venture capital & private equity, and current attractive industries. Greg is a Vice President at 3 Rivers Capital. He is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia. From there he went on to attend University of California – School of Law where he got his J.D. He then began working at Winston & Strawn LLP as an Associate Attorney. He then attended Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business to receive his MBA with concentrations in finance, economics and entrepreneurship. While at Tepper, Greg worked at Ravel Law as a Business Strategy & Development Intern and founded CaseTree and served as CEO. He then became Director and Turnaround Management Consultant at Compass Advisory Partners LLC. Later, Greg became a Senior Associate at 3 Rivers Capital.
Greg shared some insights into the many different paths to Private Equity, such as consulting vs investment banks. He talked about the different types of challenges he has faced when working with small businesses and where he finds the most initial value is. He also spoke about the ideal industries he would like to move into. He also compared the different roles he has had from practicing law to work he has done post-MBA. He talked about how his legal education has wired his brain differently to attack issues a different way which proves to be a current asset when communicating with attorneys. He also touched about the differences that he has found having worked in a large firm setting versus a small boutique firm setting. He talked about the importance of networking as it has opened many opportunities for him.
Greg was adamant that he is willing to talk with anybody about their careers and to answer any questions that they might have. We thank Greg for joining us and his wonderful talk and advice.