Welcome to the 228th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s editor in chief, James Ledbetter.

First, senior editor Graham Winfrey makes his Uncensored debut by introducing Inc.'s inaugural list of the Top 50 Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms. PE investors have gotten a nasty reputation over the years for being corporate raiders and vulture capitalists. But that's a dramatic overgeneralization. Now, an increasing number of companies are finding private equity to be a welcome funding option.

Next, editor-at-large Maria Aspan delves into a private equity deal that dramatically benefited a startup: Blaze Pizza, based in Pasadena, California. The so-called "Chipotle of pizza" used a large minority investment from Brentwood Associates in Los Angeles to prepare for its IPO. Since inking the deal, Blaze's founders have found Brentwood's strategic counsel to be significantly more valuable than its money.

Finally, I take a look at diversity training, an increasingly common strategy for companies that find themselves in hot water over employee racial profiling and bias. Last month, Sephora closed its U.S. stores and offices for an hour to conduct training following an April incident where an employee called security on R&B star SZA. Does this method work? Probably not, suggests research from Harvard University, but it's a good place to start.

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Published on: Jul 5, 2019