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Welcome to the latest edition of Charged Up, a quarterly newsletter from the private equity
group at Battery Ventures. The group is an active, global investor in the software and industrial-
technology sectors, helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions. In Charged
Up, we regularly share news about our portfolio companies, exits, team and other activities.
In late 2016, Battery acquired UK-based Michell Instruments Group.
The company makes sensors and instruments to measure moisture, humidity
and oxygen throughout industrial processes. The acquisition will allow the
company to invest further in R&D and acquisitions. Battery executive-in-residence
Adam Markin joined Michell as chairman of the board and CEO of the
group. Read more here.
Battery portfolio company WebPT names Nancy Ham as CEO.
WebPT, which makes software for physical and rehab therapists, has named
longtime healthcare-IT executive Nancy Ham as CEO to guide the company
through its next phase of growth. Ham was previously the CEO of Healthagen
Population Health Solutions, an Aetna company. Read more here.
Battery portfolio company Clubessential hires Randy Eckels as CEO.
Eckels brings more than 30 years of technology and software leadership to
Clubessential, a club-management software company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Read more here.
On December 8, Battery hosted a dinner in London for a select group of senior
executives from leading European technology companies.
Guests at the 35-person dinner, held at The Thomas Cubitt restaurant,
discussed the current private equity climate in Europe, industry trends
and other topics.
• Many CEOs have “pivoted” away from bad decisions, or bad business plans, but in today’s economic environment,
bouncing back from a substantial failure can be extremely difficult.
• Russ’ advice: Fail fast, but small to avoid catastrophic failures. In your day-to-day management, don’t deliberate
excessively. Be thoughtful, but make key decision