Venture Capital “Orphans”: Exploring an Emerging Search Fund Investment Thesis

Listen to this Blog Post Since their inception in 1984, Search Funds have largely targeted a very particular profile of company: Targets tend to be mature, enduringly profitable businesses with recurring revenue profiles, low capital requirements, and straight-forward operations. These businesses are often still run by their founders, and these founders tend to be laterContinue reading “Venture Capital “Orphans”: Exploring an Emerging Search Fund Investment Thesis”

The Merits, Risks, and Possible Unintended Consequences of Earn-Outs

Listen to this Blog Post When acquiring small to medium sized businesses, buyers often utilize a tool called an “earn-out”, which is a form of contingent consideration that sellers may receive at some point in the future in addition to the cash that they stand to receive at closing. Though earn-outs can be useful andContinue reading “The Merits, Risks, and Possible Unintended Consequences of Earn-Outs”

Evaluating 5 Very Different Approaches to Acquiring a Software Company

Listen to This Blog Post Enterprise software is considered to be among the world’s best business models, and for good reason: Revenue tends to be highly recurring. Switching costs, pricing power and customer retention rates are often high. And businesses have the ability to scale in a non-linear fashion owing to the fact that additionalContinue reading “Evaluating 5 Very Different Approaches to Acquiring a Software Company”

Busting the Biggest Myth About Purchasing and Operating Small Companies

Listen to This Blog Post In this second edition of our “Myth Busters” series (the first one can be found here), I attempt to debunk a common misconception among prospective acquirors, particularly those looking to purchase a business for the first time. This myth states that the smaller the business in question, the easier itContinue reading “Busting the Biggest Myth About Purchasing and Operating Small Companies”

Lessons Learned in Capitalizing an Acquisition

Listen to This Blog Post Among the myriad variables that must be carefully considered when acquiring a business is the question of how the acquisition is going to be financed. My intent in the material that follows is not to cover the countless options available to acquirors stemming from this question (that wouldn’t be possibleContinue reading “Lessons Learned in Capitalizing an Acquisition”

Considerations Unique to Acquiring a Software Company (Product)

Listen to this Blog Post: In a previous blog post, I discussed several financial considerations unique to acquiring software companies, specifically those of the small-to-medium-sized variety . In this week’s post, I present several non-financial considerations for the prospective acquiror to consider. Much of what I discuss below is intended to uncover how much “technicalContinue reading “Considerations Unique to Acquiring a Software Company (Product)”

Considerations Unique to Acquiring a Software Company (Financial)

Listen to This Blog Post When contemplating the acquisition of a software company (or any company, for that matter), the number of variables that potential purchasers must consider is overwhelming, and as a result it would be impractical to discuss all such variables in a single blog post of reasonable length. For this reason, whatContinue reading “Considerations Unique to Acquiring a Software Company (Financial)”

Lessons From my First Month as the CEO of a Newly Acquired Company

Listen to This Blog Post “Trying to drink from a firehose” is a common expression that is often used to describe a situation in which one has a difficult time processing an overwhelming amount of information within a given period of time. This certainly described my own experience, when in 2014 I became the CEOContinue reading “Lessons From my First Month as the CEO of a Newly Acquired Company”