Season 3, Episode 1: Australasia's first annual EtA Forum: bringing together the Search Fund & EtA Community 

This year, the Australian EtA and Search Fund community is looking forward to its first big event for the region. The EtA Forum ( will be held at the Manly Pacific Hotel, on Manly Beach in Sydney, on Friday 16th September.

In the lead up to the event, I will be interviewing the speakers and moderators to give you some insight into the experience, capability and knowledge that will be on offer when we all come together for the first time.

In this first episode, I interview Jake NicholsonAkram SabbaghMichael Chew and Nick Bamford.

These are the guys whom I've been working with over the last few months to bring the EtA Forum to life, so what better way to start this Season of the podcast than with a chat to them! I get their thoughts on Search / EtA in Australia and what they hope to achieve through the Forum itself. 

We also talk about the power of re-connecting and the opportunity the EtA forum represents to bring the search community together through shared conversations, experiences and challenges.
The forum is a great way for anyone looking to join the community to get a feel for the connectivity and the richness of support on offer.

Please stay tuned as we count down the days and be sure to yell out if you have any questions or comments to offer, so we can make the EtA Forum a great event for all involved.

Listen here:

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What we discussed:

05:39 Jake talks about how the Australian marketplace has changed over the last few years and current state of maturity it's going through.

09:05 Nick discusses the initial difficulty getting people across the idea of a search fund and the transition from investor to a search fund investor.

11:30 Ak talks about the deal flow and how he kickstarted the concept of search in Australia.

15:49 Michael tells us how he has he has seen the searcher community evolve.

21:40 What is the committee hoping to achieve from the EtA Forum and what are the aspirations for the day?


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