Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2010 (Revised December 2014)

Silver Lake

by David J. Collis and Elizabeth A. Kind


Dave Roux, co-founder and chairman of Silver Lake, a private equity (PE) firm specializing in technology investments, was meeting with the firm's investment committee via video conference to discuss options for Silver Lake's future growth. While the private equity market had suffered since the economic crisis in the fall of 2008, Roux believed a number of opportunities still existed. There was significant interest within the firm to continue to offer new asset class investment products and to open additional outposts in foreign countries. Nonetheless, questions had risen internally regarding how much and in which directions to grow. Roux wondered how the firm could take advantage of the market potential while continuing to remain true to its original vision.

Keywords: Business Growth and Maturation; Economic Slowdown and Stagnation; Private Equity; Investment; Financial Services Industry;


Collis, David J., and Elizabeth A. Kind. "Silver Lake." Harvard Business School Case 711-420, December 2010. (Revised December 2014.)