Free stuff from portfolio companies?

Associate 1 in PE - LBOs

One of my VPs needed to fix something in his house and emailed the management team of one of our portfolio companies (niche manufacturing/HVAC-related) asking if he could get a deal on a replacement part. I thought he was half kidding/half sincere, but they actually mailed him the component he needed for free. This got me thinking - what are some other examples of people getting free products and services from their portfolio companies? Are the Silver Lake offices outfitted with Dell computers? Is everyone at Cortec walking around with Yeti mugs? Obviously a lot of sponsor-backed businesses are serving commercial needs (so not really applicable to gifts), and most of the time it wouldn't be appropriate to just ask for free shit (and most senior PE guys and gals don't need a discount anyways), but would be interested to hear any fun or interesting stories.

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Aug 1, 2020

Candy and shit that hasn't been released that portcos are testing sometimes if they're more specialty brands. Random shit but I actually didn't get to be In office long cuz RONAAAA

  • Associate 3 in PE - LBOs
Aug 1, 2020

MidOcean's office is stacked with random food

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Aug 1, 2020

Does everyone at Permira has access to all of Cambrex's opiates and amphetamines?

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Aug 1, 2020

For some reason I always invest in brands whose product I have 0 use for.

  • Investment Analyst in HF - Event
Aug 2, 2020

Old office had car batteries

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  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Aug 2, 2020

A friend works in growth equity in CA, and they've pursued some cannabis investments. Apparently the targets will send samples to the office, so they have a fridge stocked with (hopefully clearly marked) edibles that people can take home and try

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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Aug 3, 2020

Ha - this is the answer I was looking for. That's awesome

  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Aug 2, 2020

We invest in physician practices, and I've gone to our portcos for free second opinions. It's not sexy, but definitely practical

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  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Aug 3, 2020
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