Mercatus is excited to welcome Alex Borland to our growing team. Alex is a Boston-based Product Manager and he was most recently a Senior Business Systems Analyst at Bain Capital. We recently sat down with him to learn more about his new role and what brought him to Mercatus.
What is your role at Mercatus (what are you hoping to accomplish)?
I am joining as a Product Manager, and I will be working with the rest of the Product and Engineering teams to translate customer needs and feedback into new capabilities for the platform.
What is your career background?
My background is mostly in business intelligence and data analytics. I have worked at two banks and one asset manager, but I also spent two years doing business intelligence for a steel company in Pittsburgh, where I am from.
In your past role(s) what are some unmet needs from private market investors around data management technology?
Private asset managers, especially large ones, manage a lot of systems and produce a lot of data. Questions about their business that should be simple can be incredibly complicated to answer. Staff at these firms know their business, but they need help organizing their data so they know where to look when they need information.
What excites you about Mercatus?
I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is to scale data processes up as a firm grows. I’m excited to help deliver a product that I know can solve these challenges and keep customers focused on their real work.
How do you see private market technology evolving over the next decade?
Many of the biggest asset managers work very differently from one another, and they’re doing their work using legacy or custom systems. Private market technologies need to walk a line between standardizing where possible, but still letting customers keep their point of view about what makes them different from their competition.
What is your favorite / go-to Karaoke song? (No, you can’t say I don’t do Karaoke)
My wife and I sing No Children by the Mountain Goats nearly every time we’re in a car together.