Duane Jackson


Duane Jackson is the founder of Author Capital Partners, a private investment firm that provides long-term, flexible capital to founder- and family-led businesses with less than $20M in EBITDA.

Duane previously worked at BDT Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on larger founder- and family-led businesses. At BDT, he had broad responsibilities including sourcing and executing transactions, leading research initiatives, and developing the firm’s approach to ESG. Duane also served as a Toigo Private Equity Fellow at Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on software and technology businesses.

He came to appreciate the role families have in building businesses over the long-term by working alongside several notable families, supporting their direct investments ranging from pre-revenue angel stage companies to small but mature, lower middle market companies. Duane first learned to creatively address complex problems as a member of the Chief Investment Office for TARP at the US Treasury Department during the global financial crisis and as an investment banker to financial institutions at Merrill Lynch.

Duane earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was an MLT Fellow and earned a BBA from the George Washington University. He serves as an investor-in-residence at Chicago Booth and serves as a trustee at Lake Forest Academy.

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