Erin Warwick is a finance director at TELEO Capital in Boise, but recently she has been wearing many other hats. One of those hats includes bringing the new TELEO headquarters online.
TELEO Capital is a lower middle market private equity firm. They are targeting opportunities in the technology & software, healthcare IT, business services, and industrial sectors. Private equity firms like TELEO Capital are the go-betweens connecting investors to private companies looking for capital or helping investors buy into private companies to diversify their portfolios. Three coworders founded TELEO in 2018 by three coworkers who decided it was time to build something themselves. George Kase and Andy Martines specialized in deal sourcing, while Robb Warwick complemented their skills with his operational experience. Together they formed a strong team that would eventually lead to a company with two offices. One is in Los Angeles, California, and now, a beautiful headquarters is in Boise, Idaho.
TELEO Building Its Space To Support Its Culture
Over the last few months, it has been Erin’s job to bring the owners’ vision to fruition. With 27 employees split between two offices, creating and maintaining a strong culture has been top of mind. “We have a culture of integrity, honesty, hard work, and fun. The founders want to create a place where our team can work hard and go home to be fully present with their families. They know the importance of balance and believe that if you take care of yourself, the quality of your work improves.” To help both teams benefit from this culture, the new office in the 11th & Idaho building has many open workspaces to accommodate the LA team when they come to town. This encourages camaraderie between the offices and helps them feel connected although geographically apart.
“We have a culture of integrity, honesty, hard work, and fun. The founders want toErin Warwick | Finance Director
create a place where our team can work hard and go home to be fully present with their families. They know the importance of balance and believe that if you take care of yourself, the quality of your work improves.”
Designing Their Space For The Future
OEC designed the extra room to support the future of the company. “Robb calls [this office] the ‘Center of Excellence.’ He dreams of bringing acquired companies into this space to get them on their feet and share in our culture. Then, once they grow enough, they can start looking for an office space of their own.” By using their space as a “launching pad,” TELEO will be able to intentionally grow their business by bringing more portfolio companies into their office. The new office encompasses three-quarters of the floor. It is filled with workstations, private offices, a kitchen, and Erin’s favorite, a giant OEC conference room with a view of the foothills.
Now enjoying its new headquarters, the TELEO team has its sites set on the future. A future guided by the principles of its name. When it came time to pick a name for their new company, the founders took a while. The Greek route word “teleology,” coined by Aristotle. It has the same meaning as the famous Arabic phrase “It is finished,” as pronounced by Christ on the cross. This idea of completing, performing, and accomplishing resonated deeply with the founders and is what guided them then and what will guide TELEO Capital into the future.
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