Graham Weaver is the CEO and Founder of Alpine Investors. In this podcast, he reflects on Alpine’s development, how it became a billion-dollar fund, and the people who helped shape it. This episode contains plenty of hard-won wisdom from Weaver on finding and coaching talent.
In the last decade, Graham Weaver has carved out a niche as a successful hedge fund manager. He has lectured at Stanford Business School and has nearly two hundred thousand followers on the social media site TikTok. He also founded Alpine Investors, which now has $8 billion in assets under management. The firm, which started in Weaver’s dorm room at Stanford Business School in 2001, has invested in more than 280 companies.
Graham Weaver is a seasoned private equity investor who has spent more than twenty years in the field. He started buying companies out of his dorm room while attending Stanford Graduate School of Business. The private equity industry fascinated him and he wanted to build a firm based on his core values. In 2001, he founded Alpine Investors. The firm focuses on software and service companies.
The firm has a people-centric approach and focuses on hiring the right people for a particular company. It views financial metrics as lagging indicators, while leading indicators are based on employee engagement, retention and net promoter scores. In addition, Alpine looks for grade-A leaders, and Weaver essentially acts as an executive coach.
Alpine Investors has an impressive track record. Its CIT program trains and develops future leaders to take over a company. The CITs are coached and come with a ready bench of people.
Stanford Graduate School of Business
During his studies at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Graham Weaver formed a private equity firm. His first acquisition was a label manufacturer, which he acquired in 1998. He eventually acquired six more companies. Today, he runs Alpine Ventures. His core services include idea generation, content strategy, and web copywriting.
Graham Weaver has over twenty years of experience in the private equity industry. In his dorm room at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he first started investing in companies. He loved the industry and wanted to build a PE firm that reflected his personal values. He decided to take the risk of founding a private equity firm, Alpine Investors. In 2001, he had two goals. First, he wanted to build a company that would be able to grow and thrive in the long term.