about me


IMG_3362I don’t subscribe to the adage that success is rooted largely in perspiration and only slightly correlated with inspiration.  I think now more than ever, success is tied to passion for what you do, and passion and inspiration are comfortable bedfellows.  When you are engaged in a labor of love, how hard you are working is often not a meaningful heuristic. This blog is an example of that in practice.  I started following the pet industry because I wanted the best for my two dogs; I am passionate about their well being.  It is that passion that has made me successful in covering this industry. Regrettably, a key source of my passion, my oldest dog, passed away last week. For lack of a better term, I have lost some inspiration. While I promise to find it in again, I wanted to share this news with my readers.  My wife has written a eulogy here. I could not have told her story any better.

Rest in peace Greta. We miss you.  You were the first. You will always be the greatest. Hopefully we will meet again.

/bryan

I’m a banker, no not that kind of banker. An investment banker. I help others raise money to grow their businesses. I help business owners monetize their investment. Along the way, I’ve learned some things that might help you…without having to pay me.

I’m also a husband, dog dad (Greta (my angel) & Tyr (my devil)), a triathlete, Walla Walla wine collector, locavour, bike commuter and wanna be gardener. However, that’s not why we are here.

In my 10 years of investment banking experience I have had the opportunity to work with companies across the size and industry continuum. I have sold all or portions of Fortune 500 companies and raised Series A capital for start-ups. I have worked on Wall Street and in a boutique investment banking environment. Along the way, successes have been enjoyed and some mistakes made. Through it all some patterns have emerged that I can now share. Hopefully, these can be of benefit to anyone who reads this blog.

On “i’m not that kind of banker”, I will be blogging about my insights as an investment banker in the market. My focus will be on the consumer, food, specialty retail and business services arenas where I am passionate. At times I will blog about market conditions, finance theory, investment banking products and process. Other times I expect this blog will be about cool products, health and wellness, recruiting advice and, honestly, about my dogs. I intend this to be modular — take what you like, leave what you don’t, but enjoy it either way.

/bryan jaffe

All opinions expressed herein are my own.  They do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer, and shall have no recourse thereto.