Meet the reporters and editors who produce Buyouts, VCJ, Active LPs, the PE Hub Wire and all other Buyouts Insider editorial products. Feel free to reach out to us with story tips or suggestions. If you want to leave an anonymous tip, click here.
David Toll, Executive Editor
David Toll is the executive director of Buyouts Insider, publisher of online information services Buyouts, VCJ and The PE Hub Network. David’s expertise includes the management, production and design of business-to-business magazines, newsletters, reports, directories, events and subscription Web sites; he is especially well-versed in venture capital, leveraged buyouts, bankruptcy and institutional money management. An accomplished columnist, cartoonist and creator of new products, David is the co-winner in 2017 of a first-place award from the Specialized Information Publishers Association for best marketing-editorial collaboration for his work on the Buyouts Insider Guide to Family Offices. He earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Lawrence Aragon, Editor-in-Chief
Lawrence Aragon is an award-winning business journalist who primarily writes about venture capital and technology startups. He has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Buyouts Insider, where he oversees the teams that produce PEHub.com, PE Hub Wire, Buyouts and Venture Capital Journal. Previously, Aragon worked at Thomson Reuters as Digital Editor for Reuters Deals Group. Prior to that, served as Editor-in-Chief of Reuters Venture Capital Journal. Before Thomson Reuters, he held editing and writing positions with Red Herring, PC Week, VAR Business and the San Jose Business Journal.
Chris Witkowsky, Private Equity Editor
Chris Witkowsky is private equity editor for Buyouts Insider. He runs PE HUB, Buyouts website and magazine and oversees PE HUB Wire. Along with managing a team of five reporters, Chris also reports daily on private equity firms, mostly from the LP side of the business. Chris organized and ran a project article called “Trailblazers: Ten women pioneering new paths in private equity” that won a second place SIPA award for Best Series of Articles on One Topic: Business/Marketing/Other.
Chris joined Buyouts Insider in 2013, while it was still part of Thomson Reuters. Prior, he worked for five years at Private Equity International as Web editor running a team of reporters out of New York City. Before, he worked at Dow Jones covering bankruptcy, and Money-Media, now a Financial Times Company, covering the boards of directors of Fortune 500 companies. In an earlier life Chris worked at community newspapers in suburban Philadelphia.
Chris is father to two beautiful daughters, husband to a beautiful wife, and enjoys working outside on his small yard. In his spare time, Chris is a voracious reader, tries to go fishing and loves a good single malt on Friday nights.
Alastair Goldfisher, Venture Capital Editor
Alastair Goldfisher is venture capital editor for Buyouts Insider, contributing to VCJ and PE Hub. Alastair reports on venture firms and their startups, anything to do with fundraising, trends, sector analysis, personnel news and other topics regarding the worldwide VC industry. Alastair has worked as a business journalist since 1994, and he’s been with the Buyouts Insider group since 2003. Previously, he was founding editor of California CEO and before that was a reporter with the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s in magazine journalism and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, sons and pets. Alastair is a vegan, likes to exercise, takes lots of photos, and his two favorite drinks are espresso and beer.
Robert Daniel, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Robert Daniel joined Buyouts Insider as managing editor in March 2016. His background is more than three decades in business media, including reporting and editing tenures with The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and MarketWatch.com. He holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Luisa Beltran, Senior Editor, Private Equity
Luisa Beltran is a senior editor for Buyouts magazine and PE HUB. She has been a business reporter for nearly two decades. Luisa has covered everything from Martha Stewart going to jail, the failure of Enron, the biggest fintech deals hitting the market and even the best dressed executives in private equity. She’s worked for nearly everyone including CNN, CBS MarketWatch and The Deal.
When she’s not running or playing tennis, Luisa is the eternal optimist. In 2016, her lifelong wish was granted when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. She also refuses to put ketchup on her hot dogs (but relish is okay). Seriously, though, Luisa’s focus is on scoops, particularly those involving M&A deals or anything in private equity.
Mark Boslet, Senior Editor, Venture Capital
Mark Boslet is a senior editor at VCJ and a longtime technology and financial journalist whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, The Industry Standard, Greentech Media and newspapers nationwide. Before joining the Venture Capital Journal, he was a senior writer at Dow Jones. He has received numerous awards for his work, including three Specialized Information Publishers Awards for investigative and analytical reporting in 2017 and 2015. He won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers 2008 Best in Business award and a Computer Press award in 1998. He is rated among the nation’s top three venture capital reporters by Midas List VCs. Prior to covering technology, he served as a business and general-news reporter at newspapers including The Times Union of Jacksonville Florida and The Waterbury (CT) Republican-American.
Kirk Falconer, Senior Editor, Canada
Kirk Falconer is senior editor of Canada coverage for Buyouts Insider. In 2013, he helped launch PE Hub Canada, a publication he now leads. He also writes about the Canadian private equity and venture capital markets for Buyouts and VCJ. Falconer was formerly research director, private equity, at Thomson Reuters. He conducted advisory services, authoring numerous reports, including the 10-year series Private Equity Canada, done in partnership with McKinsey & Company. Thomson Reuters in 2005 acquired Macdonald & Associates, then Canada’s primary source of venture capital and private equity data. Falconer managed the company’s survey work, research and market reporting. Prior to then, Falconer was for 10 years a senior economist at the Canadian Labour Market and Productivity Centre and served in various roles at the House of Commons. He studied at Carleton University.
Dietrich Knauth, Reporter, Private Equity
Dietrich Knauth is a reporter covering large institutional investors and other LPs for Buyouts. Previously, he was a reporter at Money Management Report, managing editor at PubKLaw and a reporter for Portfolio Media, which publishes the Law360 Newswire. Read more about Dietrich on his blog here: https://dietrichknauth.com.
Iris Dorbian, Reporter
Iris Dorbian writes about private equity and venture capital for the PE Hub Network, Buyouts and VCJ. As a business and arts journalist, she has published articles in a wide number of outlets that include the Wall Street Journal, Investopedia, CFO.com, Backstage, Stage Directions, PR News and Media Industry Newsletter. Currently, she’s a monthly columnist for the Clyde Fitch Report where she gripes about bad TV and politics. She is the author of “Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater” (Allworth Press, August 2008) and “An Epiphany in Lilacs: In the Aftermath of the Camps” (Mazo Publishers, January 2017.) Her most significant award was for “Most Promising Hebrew School Student.” A lover of Mexican takeout, Iris has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Sarah Pringle, Reporter, Private Equity
Sarah Pringle is a senior reporter for Buyouts, where she spends most of her time writing about healthcare deals and private equity. Before joining in February 2017, Sarah wrote for The Deal, Bloomberg and MarketWatch.
Sarah got her MMC, specializing in business journalism, from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. She received her B.S. in Business Economics at the University of Arizona, where she also learned to speak some mediocre Spanish.
When she’s not searching out healthcare tips, Sarah can often be found at the yoga studio or cycling – and is currently attempting to learn how to surf. She may have peaked as an all-state softball pitcher growing up in Iowa, but her co-ed team – The Pickles – dominates in Williamsburg when the whole team shows up. Her favorite Pringle flavor is jalapeño.
Preeti Singh, Data Analyst
Preeti writes for Active LPs. After an MBA and nearly two decades of work in diverse industries like pharmaceuticals, publishing and executive search, Preeti made a mid-career switch to journalism. At Debtwire she covered distressed industrials and added new companies to her portfolio. At Buyouts Insider, Preeti writes and reports on family offices and other institutional investors. In her spare time, she reads for pleasure, manages The Good Book Corner blog, and hosts the Scarsdale Salon for authors.
Joseph Weitemeyer, Research Editor
Joseph Weitemeyer is research editor of Buyouts Insider, where he focuses on private equity fundraising and deal making. Before joining in 2018, he wrote for Publishers Clearing House. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Scranton, where he also received a minor in Spanish.