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Re­vers­ing the Equa­tion and Mul­ti­ply­ing by Re­sults

- Mar­cus Meade Business · Investing · Scott · New York City · York City F.C. · New York · Scott Stevens

think I was prob­a­bly 10 years old when I started my first busi­ness – sell­ing candies to kids in school,” says Scott Stevens. Since then, Stevens has made the big move from candy to tech­nol­ogy and con­sumer with the launch of his global in­vest­ment firm, Grays Peak Cap­i­tal, in 2014. With over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the global in­vest­ment sec­tor, his de­vo­tion to ed­u­cat­ing and his en­trepreneur­ial spirit have pro­pelled him fur­ther into the world of in­vest­ment.

Stevens grew up in the ever-evolv­ing New York City, which he notes as a key fac­tor in his early de­vel­op­ment. “The pace of grow­ing up here is pretty fast so a lot of peo­ple grow up quicker than they ex­pect but I en­joyed it,” re­calls Stevens. This rapid ma­tu­rity along with his pas­sion for en­trepreneur­ship steered him fur­ther down a path to­wards a ca­reer in busi­ness; how­ever, it was not al­ways clear what area he would fo­cus on. “I was al­ways in­ter­ested in busi­ness. I was al­ways eval­u­at­ing dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries and com­pa­nies but I wasn’t sure which area of busi­ness would best fit me,” ex­plains Stevens.

Upon launch­ing Grays Peak Cap­i­tal, Stevens’ early con­cen­tra­tions fo­cused on the pub­lic mar­kets. Al­though there have been a num­ber of evo­lu­tions since, Stevens re­flects on his early de­ci­sions for the firm: “When we first started, we were fo­cused on one area,” he re­veals. “Since then, we came to the con­clu­sion that there were sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties in the pri­vate mar­ket. The stock mar­ket has be­come tax-in­ef­fi­cient for most of wealthy in­di­vid­u­als and fam­ily of­fices so we formed our pri­vate-eq­uity di­vi­sion in early 2018 and cap­i­tal­ized on the de­mand for that as­set class.”

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