Bain Capital was founded by several Bain Consulting employees in the 1980s as a mechanism to provide investors with direct profit from the management skills they had acquired at Bain. By buying companies and improving their operations, Bain Capital could provide high returns. Over time, Bain has become a large asset management organization and has expanded into several areas. Bain Capital's subsidiary Brookside Capital is a long/short public equities fund which uses fundamental analysis as well as industry and competitive insights in line with the Bain Consulting tradition. It invests across all economic sectors.