We’re glad you joined us. This is a community to share information, find resources, build new relationships, and have relevant conversations with industry professionals. Bookmark this page for everything you need to know to get started in our community, and check back for updates.
Our community takes place in Slack, which is a tool originally used for instant messaging at work, but it has been widely adopted as a tool for all sorts of communities. Slack, in a nutshell, is an instant messaging service with topics separated into “Channels” – we’ll get more into how we use Channels soon.
Table of Contents
1. The Purpose of Our Community
2. Slack Basics
4. Code of Conduct
The Purpose of Our Community
We’re all about bringing support to both the private capital markets and the lower middle market economy. Everyone in the community touches one of these two areas in the market, and has been vetted by our team to maximize relevance and quality. It is important to remember that we ourselves are NOT investors or M&A advisors. Participating in a community like Insiders is a great augmentation to any firm's digital business development or marketing strategies, and is one of the leading channels to grow a brand reputation tied to industry thought leadership.
Insiders is also a place for you to learn, chat, make friends, and a build a sense of community online. Don’t feel as though you have to disappear after getting advice once; your perspective and experience in almost every case can bring value to others in the group, and serve as a way for you to find a relevant connection or two you otherwise wouldn't have discovered.
You can log on to our Slack group through this page but we definitely recommend downloading the desktop and mobile apps here for the best experience. It would be silly to write out everything there is to know about Slack when they have already made some great how-to’s here, so definitely check this out for the basics, and of course you can always ask anyone in the community if you have questions.
Topics in our Slack are separated by “Channels” – when you first join you will be in a few by default, but there are more to join and the list is growing. You can browse all the channels and join by clicking “Channels” in the left sidebar.
#introductions – You can introduce yourself to the group and welcome others. Try to keep conversations to a minimum and move over to #open_forum.
#news – The latest on COVID-19 & the economy during this time. The Axial team will be posting the best insights we publish and find around the web, and we invite all members to do the same! This should act as a crowdsourced news function to bring full coverage and signal strength to the most important items.
#open_forum – This is the channel where members are invited to ask questions and respond to other members in a forum like setting. Insiders will occasionally use this channel to poll members & share results. Insiders will also from time to time host well-known guests to do a Q&A chat with members. Stay tuned for announcements! You can talk about whatever you need, as long as it follows ourCode of Conduct. It’s important to be honest and respectful. We are growing a list of condition-specific channels for more targeted support.
Code Of Conduct
Read the full Code of Conduct here and be sure to go over the do’s and don’ts thoroughly. A lot of people ask us, “What can I post here, can I say anything?” The answer is you are free to engage with other members as you wish, but please refrain from acts of solicitation, spamming, or engaging in transaction-related discussions. And of course, as stated in more detail in the full Code of Conduct, everyone must be inclusive and respectful.
Nick Coetzee, Peter Lehrman, David Markovich are the primary 3 moderators.
A moderator's job is to frequent all channels, spur dialogue, and make sure everyone is following the Code of Conduct. Moderators will often also be thought leaders in our space, so keep that in mind when interacting with them!