Paul Inouye was born in San Francisco and raised in the neighboring town of San Carlos, the middle child among three brothers. His educational journey began at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, continued at UC Berkeley for his undergraduate degree, and culminated with an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
A man of varied interests, he engages in activities like cycling, running, and swimming and is an avid CrossFit enthusiast. He cherishes traveling and skiing and is deeply fond of 80s music and EDM, along with a penchant for 80s cinema. His hobbies include reading, exploring military history, and participating in fantasy football. He has a rich background in sports, having played rugby in both high school and college. His endurance is showcased by his participation in several challenging events, such as The Vineman Ironman, the Vineman Half Ironman, the Hawaiian Half Ironman, and the marathons in San Francisco, Avenue of the Giants, and New York City.
His professional career spans over three decades in West Coast technology banking. He possesses a profound knowledge base and insights into strategic and financial aspects, refined negotiating skills, and an extensive understanding of M&A processes. He focuses on M&A transactions within the software and internet technology sectors. As an entrepreneur at heart, he operates his own M&A boutique, echoing the entrepreneurial zeal of his clientele.
Understanding the complexities of nurturing a successful business, he is deeply committed to securing prosperous outcomes for his clients, acknowledging the years of hard work they invest in building their ventures. His professional journey includes tenures at prestigious firms like Robertson Stephens, Morgan Stanley, Piper Jaffray, Lehman Brothers, Perella Weinberg, and Moelis & Company. He is also a devoted father to his two children, Miles and Sutton.
The name of his business, Western Hills Partners, draws inspiration from the picturesque foothills of the mountains that line the Peninsula in the Bay Area. From his home office, he enjoys a stunning view of these hills that stand tall over Silicon Valley, a landscape he often explores through cycling and hiking in his leisure time.
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