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Lessons from multiple start-ups and Search Investments

Steve Ressler is an entrepreneur and an experienced investor and advisor in the Search Fund space. He's originally from Ohio and presently based in Washington DC. 

Steve was attracted to the Search Fund model because it had similarities to private equity, where you buy great businesses or...

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Buying an Education Business at the Beginning of a Pandemic entrepreneurship through acquisition

Ahron Oddman is the CEO of PSS, a small business he bought in early 2020 that provides software and learning on demand for school students in America. Ahron has a diverse background, including spending 15 years in the military as a Marine and five years working in sales for a startup. He's also...

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Australia's First Traditional Search Fund australia entrepreneurship through acquisition investing search experience search funds

Alex Simmons is the founder of Voyager Equity, Australia's first traditional Search Fund launched in early 2019. Before launching that fund, Alex was a manager with Partners in Performance in Sydney and prior to that, an investment manager in the UK. He's had some interesting experience across...

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Debt Advisory for Australian Searchers australia banking investing leanding search funds small business

Paul O'Farrell is an experienced banking professional and chartered accountant with over 30 years of international banking and risk management experience with companies such as PwC, National Australia Bank and Bankwest. 

 

He has an in-depth understanding of the issues facing...

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Search through the legal lens australia entrepreneurship through acquisition investing legal tax liabilities

Nima Sedaghat is the co-founder of Wayfinder Capital, the first institutional fund of search funds and searcher-led transactions in Australia and a partner of Australian law firm HWL Ebsworth, a full-service commercial law firm with offices all around Australia. 

He's been advising business...

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Search Fund Lending in Australia - a perspective from Australia's leading Neo Bank banking entrepreneurship through acquisition investing
Frank Versace is the Chief Risk Officer at Judo bank, one of Australia's newest banks. Judo is taking on the long-established big four banks in the Australian market, with a focus on Small to Medium Businesses... and they're doing a great job at it, too!

Through his broad banking experience and...
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Search Fund Accelerators thru the eyes of the Searcher entrepreneurship through acquisition search experience

Rob Gaunt is the Chief Executive Officer of Ace Training who recently took on that role after successfully completing an acquisition of it as a searcher.

Through his time searching, Rob had the opportunity to look at a whole range of businesses across Australia before pinning one down to acquire,...

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The Reality of Being an Operator entrepreneurship through acquisition

In this episode of the Next Step Podcast, I speak to Jack Lancaster. Jack's currently the director and CEO of Evolution Surgical, a business he acquired as part of a self-funded search.

Jack's got a broad and diverse background, including spending time studying in the UK and even attempting to...

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Investing In Australian Search investing search funds

Tim Moore and Jake Maisey run Dorado Capital, one of the few Australian family offices actively investing in search funds. Dorado has invested in traditional and self-funded searches both in Australia and overseas. 

Tim has an MBA and is a chartered accountant who started his career in...

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The Four Seasons of Search entrepreneurship through acquisition podcast search experience

In this episode, I talk about the four seasons of search. I think the seasons of the year are a great metaphor to help searchers understand their own journey and the different 'seasons' they will find themselves in along the way.

This episode is for all those people out there that are thinking...

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All things Search in Australia, including our first institutional fund

On this episode of "The Next Step", I speak to Lui Pangiarella, founder of WayFinder Capital and Second Squared. Both of these companies are active contributors and participants in the search fund ecosystem here in Australia. 

Lui founded Second Squared a couple of years ago to help build...

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Lending to Searchers - the US experience search experience search funds

In this episode of "The Next Step," I'm talking to Heather Endresen. She's the director of Search Funds Lending at Live Oak Bank in California, United States.

I found it really interesting chatting with Heather because she has actively sought out to build a division within the bank she...

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