One Hell of a Story - Family Buyout, Acquisitions, ESOP, Leadership Issues, Sale to a PE and Finding a Life After.

June 27, 2019
Buckle up for a long episode this time. I promise though you will walk away from this one reflecting on your personal situation and maybe it will help you make some decisions. My guest is Steve Harlamert, at the age of 24, Steve’s father died suddenly, leaving the family business to both Steve and his sister. The business was a grocery supplier and there was no clear roadmap for the company. Steve decided to stick with the business but his sister want...
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Entrepreneurship is an Addiction: Multiple Exits and Back at it Again

June 20, 2019
Mike Jackness is a hardcore entrepreneur who has built and exited many e-commerce brands. Mike began with affiliate marketing and cut his teeth in the online poker world and grew into legitimate e-commerce businesses. He started with Treadmill.com, Color It, Icewraps.com, Wild Baby, and then took his experience and shaped it into Ecom Crew. Ecom Crew is Mike’s podcast and blog that provides real-world value to business owners and e-commerce professionals. H...
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What If Your Company Had Its Own Private Stock Market?

June 13, 2019
Father and son team Chris and Graham McConnell are the founders of Nth Round, a software platform that allows business owners and potential investors to find each other. Nth Round allows employees and outside investors to bid for shares in a company. The idea is that the platform simplifies the process of getting funding and liquidity for a business. Chris and Graham tell me how they created the blockchain system Nth Round is built upon. We discuss who benefits from this platform and why they...
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Axial: The Platform to To Help You Buy & Sell Companies

June 06, 2019
Peter Lehrman is the CEO of Axial, an online platform that connects business sellers and buyers to find the best merger and acquisition partnership possible. Peter comes from an entrepreneur family. He studied at Stanford and learned the ins and outs of M&A through the private equity industry. During his time in private equity, Peter saw a very inefficient process that inspired him to develop Axial. He shares how his platform closes information gaps for both sellers and buyers. We discuss...
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An Unfiltered Discussion on Financing Growth, Selling a Business and the Future State of M&A

May 30, 2019
Ilan Jacobson is the Founding Partner & CEO of FirePower Capital. It has become the largest independent mergers and acquisitions firm in Canada. During today’s episode, Ilan tells me what he suspects will happen in the M&A market and why the current system is really overly complicated. The economy is going to be undergoing some major changes over the next few years. M&A and private equity firms are going to have to look at smaller businesses and...
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