A Day in the Life of Ian
Ian aids clients with strategy development and value capture. His work ranges from analyzing opportunities for growth to providing due diligence to support M&A activity.
Prior to Avascent, Ian worked at 100 Resilient Cities, a non-profit supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, where he worked on financing “resilient” infrastructure projects throughout the world. Ian also worked as a consulting analyst at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he built a system to track defendants’ progress through alternative programs to incarceration.
Ian is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Environmental Science & Public Policy, and a secondary in Economics.
I wake up, take a quick shower, and grab myself a banana and the coffee I put in the fridge last night. I hustle upstairs and gather my notes to prep for an early morning check-in call.
I hop on an informal call for my first project – we’re looking at the energy storage market! It may not sound all that interesting, but I promise you, it’s actually a fascinating topic.
We’re teaming with an international partner overseas, so we’ve been getting up bright and early for team calls throughout the week. That coffee is coming in handy!
After the call, I exchange emails with a professor in Italy to finalize a time for a “primary” call later that morning.
Sometimes, when we’re learning a new market, we’ll conduct “primary” research by reaching out to experts in a given field. For example, this professor knows the ins and outs of a battery technology we’re analyzing.
I switch gears and begin inputting data into a model we’re building on the energy storage market. It’s a 10-year global market forecast, breaking out spending on distinct applications for energy storage technology (e.g., helping integrate renewable energy sources into the grid).
I order coffee online from my favorite local cafe, Big Bear. Over the past two months, they’ve switched to solely offering take out. I’m telling you – it’s good enough that there’s an hour long wait. Have to plan ahead!
I have a great discussion with the professor in Italy. Speaking with professors about the topic they love is always a highlight of primary. If they had it their way, they would talk about it all day!
I head over to Big Bear and grab my coffee. When I get back, I heat up a quick lunch with my roommates.
It is time to shift my focus to my second project, which is examining federal early childhood development programs. I gather my notes prior to a collaborative workshop we’re leading this afternoon.
We’re helping the client think about how they might want to update their current offering to better address evolving customer requirements.
The workshop begins. The Managing Director (MD) facilitates the session, running the client through a wide range of discussion topics we’ve prepared. The conversation ends up centering on our client’s likely advantages over potential competitors.
The workshop wraps up. I comb through my notes, write up a quick summary and circulate it to the rest of the team.
The day is starting to wind down. I turn back to my energy storage project.
I reach out to a primary contact from a national lab to finalize a time for another primary call in the morning.
I circle back to the global market model and continue filling in inputs.
It’s dinner time! I am incredibly lucky to have phenomenal cooks as roommates. They’ve grilled up some corn, chicken and brussels sprouts. We end up eating in our backyard.
We watch an episode of Homeland. Don’t tell me what happens, I’m only on the third season.