A podcast series featuring all things related to search funds and entrepreneurship through acquisition. Hosted by Brian O'Connor, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and Managing Partner of NextGen Growth Partners.
Decision Making Moments in ETA
This month’s episode of the ETA Insider Podcast features Manvendra Saxena, Founder and Chairman at Mars Energy Group. Manny discusses navigating the challenges of moving across
continents to his experiences in corporate America and the startup world. Through this discussion, you learn the pivotal decision-making moments that led him to embrace ETA and
why the sponsored model became a risk-mitigated path for his ambitions. Manny discusses the importance of confidence, emotional intelligence, and building a support network in the
unpredictable world of business. Released November 30, 2023
Navigating ETA & SBA
This month’s episode of the ETA Insider Podcast features Lisa Forrest, Director of Live Oak Bank. At the time of the taping last March, the LMM SBA market was in the throws of adjusting to the interest rate shocks. Deal flow at that time was in a state of disarray as buyers, sellers, and lenders were all trying to figure out acquisition structures in this rate environment. Almost 7 months later, the market is starting to adjust and many lenders like Live Oak Bank will end up with solid 2023 production and heading into 2024 with a good pipeline of transactions. Ms. Forrest also refers to some potential SBA SOP changes that, as of this drop, are still in flux. It would be an understatement to say that the LMM for self-funded searchers has seen disruption in 2023. But with disruption also comes opportunity. Released October 31, 2023
Navigating Personal and Financial Risk in Entrepreneurship
This month’s episode of the ETA Insider Podcast features Tim Lahey, CEO of r:Home, a technology concierge company, who shares his journey into entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA) from a finance career. He stresses the significance of personal risk assessment in ETA and discusses his acquisition process, including location and size criteria. Tim highlights the challenges of scaling a service-oriented business and the importance of company culture. He advocates for patience in business growth and emphasizes the value of industry knowledge. Tim reflects on the personal growth and learning experiences that come with ETA, encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs to embrace the journey and its rewards.
Diverse Perspectives in ETA: Building Resumes and Teams for Success
This month’s episode of the ETA Insider Podcast features Clement Lucas, Principal of Relay Investment, a diverse firm based out of Boston that focuses on ETA investments. Clement’s unique perspective as a former operator is a value add to his team and the searchers Relay works with. Clement shares with Brian how diversity is beneficial within your resume in addition to the team you build. He also shares advice and mistakes that both searchers and operators can make and insights into the future of ETA.
Risk in ETA from an Investor’s Point of View
This month’s episode of the ETA Insider Podcast features Jan Simon, the Managing Partner of Vonzeo Capital, a Professor of the Practice of Management in Entrepreneurship at IESE, and the Academic Director of its International Search Fund Center. Jan’s expertise and research focuses on investment strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and entrepreneurial acquisitions. Prior to working in the investment world, Jan spent four years in the Special Forces. In his conversation with Brian, Jan discusses how to think about market inefficiencies, performance persistence, stage-appropriate capital, and risk-adjusted returns in ETA.
From Sponsored Searcher to Operator: Creating Your Own Path with ETA
In this episode of the ETA Insider Podcast, Brian interviews Nick Oberhouse, MBA ‘20, CEO of DAWGS (Door and Window Guard Systems, Inc.). After graduating from Chicago Booth, Nick partnered with NextGen Growth Partners (NGP) to acquire a business, eventually acquiring DAWGS in October 2021. DAWGS serves municipal and commercial property owners by securing their buildings with DAWGS' patented steel security system. Nick discusses how he transitioned from a background in consulting to a career in ETA, how he navigated building long term relationships with businesses during the global and economic uncertainty of the pandemic, why he chose an incubated/sponsored search as his search method, and how he maintains a symbiotic relationship with the original founder of DAWGS.
What happened to the older episodes? I started at the beginning and was through some of 2019 and now it only shows 5 total episodes?
Great information, very helpful resource for aspiring ETA entrepreneurs
Great show for EtA!
Feedback for host: beware rambling questions... less is more. Let guest speak