6 episodes

Women-owned businesses capture just 0.8% of the total exit value in the US.

Carrie Kerpen is here to change that, through sharing the stories of women who have broken through and sold their businesses.

Having sold her own business for 8-figures in 2021, Carrie knows what it takes to build a sellable brand. She also knows that the experience can be different for women than it is for men because she has personally interviewed hundreds of exited female founders.

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The Exit Whisperer Carrie Kerpen

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Women-owned businesses capture just 0.8% of the total exit value in the US.

Carrie Kerpen is here to change that, through sharing the stories of women who have broken through and sold their businesses.

Having sold her own business for 8-figures in 2021, Carrie knows what it takes to build a sellable brand. She also knows that the experience can be different for women than it is for men because she has personally interviewed hundreds of exited female founders.

New Episode Every Tuesday!

    #6 - Alex Batdorf (ZipFit Denim / Get Sh!t Done)

    #6 - Alex Batdorf (ZipFit Denim / Get Sh!t Done)

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Alex Batdorf's Journey with Get Sh!t Done
     
    In this episode of the Exit Whisperer, Carrie Kerpen speaks to Alex Batdorf, CEO of Get Sh!t Done, an accelerator for women-owned businesses.
     
    Alex shares her inspirational journey from starting businesses at 19 to her unconventional and bold exit from ZipFit Denim. The discussion highlights the disparities in business revenue generation by women, the importance of staying true to one's values, and the launch of Get Sh!t Done to support women entrepreneurs.
     
    Alex emphasizes the need for revenue generation over merely raising funds and the systemic changes required to support female founders.
     
     
    01:27 Introducing Alex Batdorf: CEO of Get Sh!t Done
    01:45 The Struggles and Realities of Women Entrepreneurs
    02:51  Reviving Energy and Finding Inspiration
    03:26 The Importance of Being Kind, Not Nice
    04:53 Redefining Success and Community
    08:36 The Journey of Starting and Exiting Companies
    14:40 The Birth of ZipFit Denim
    17:33 Scaling and Tough Decisions
    20:55 Facing the Reality
    22:29 The Decision to Resign
    25:49 The Burning Man Revelation
    28:39 Launching Get Sh!t Done
    31:10  Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
    34:22 Building a Supportive Community
    36:48 Scaling Impact Through Partnerships
    38:39 Final Thoughts and Encouragement

    • 39 min
    #5 - Chantell Preston (Mentis Neuro Health)

    #5 - Chantell Preston (Mentis Neuro Health)

    On today's episode, you'll hear how one brilliant woman found herself a niche, and then used her consulting skills to fund her health care business to an epic exit.
     
    Chantell Preston, MBA has 20+ years of experience in health care operations, project management and consulting services for numerous health care companies. Chantell specializes in the development and management of ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency rooms and hospitals.  She also invests in businesses as well as provides strategic advisement to growth and exit.
     
    Today, she's sharing her story of how she grew Mentis Neuro Health. Through taking on partners in running the business, to using her own consulting to pay for the growth of the company, you'll see how she was able to grow a multi-location health care facility into a sellable asset.
     
    Chantell's honest takes on what it takes to be a woman in a man's world are refreshing. Can't wait for you to take a listen.
     

    • 22 min
    #4 - Cheryl Contee (Attentive.ly)

    #4 - Cheryl Contee (Attentive.ly)

    This week I interview Cheryl Contee. Among her many successes, Cheryl was a co-founder of social marketing software Attentive.ly at Blackbaud, the first tech startup with a black female founder on board in history to be acquired by a NASDAQ-traded company. 
     
    In this episode, Cheryl talks about how she bootstrapped her first business, which incubated Attentive.ly. She talks about fundraising, and the numbers for black women who are out there doing the same.
     
    She talks candidly about her sale, and how she felt delivering a return for her investors. And she talks about her book, Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success.

    • 33 min
    #3 - Sheila Mains (Brownie Brittle)

    #3 - Sheila Mains (Brownie Brittle)

    A Sweet Exit: Insights from Sheila Mains.
     
    Sheila built and sold Brownie Brittle, the worlds most delectable snack.
     
    From getting excessed at her job, to selling her engagement ring, to getting screwed by a vendor, you will hear the story of Sheila-- one of persistence, and unwavering belief in her business. She's an inspiration, and boy oh boy does this story have a SWEET ending.

    • 27 min
    #2 - Melissa Kwan (Spacio)

    #2 - Melissa Kwan (Spacio)

    Meet Melissa Kwan, the most badass bootstrapper around.
     
    In this episode, Melissa tells the story of her journey, including the sale of her startup Spacio to Homespotter in 2019.
     
    Melissa drops so many gems in this episode, including highlights around bootstrapping versus fundraising, the path to finding an acquirer, and the trick to living life on your own terms, never conforming to the status quo.
     
    I am in awe of Melissa's transparency and desire to give back to fellow entrepreneurs and I hope you enjoy Episode 2 of The Exit Whisperer!

    • 37 min
    #1 - Carrie Kerpen (Likeable Media)

    #1 - Carrie Kerpen (Likeable Media)

    A Likeable Exit: Insights From Carrie Kerpen
     
    From how my husband Dave and I started Likeable Media on our wedding day, to our quick pivot to becoming one of the world's first social media agencies, you'll hear all about our start.
     
    You'll also hear about the challenges of being a woman tasked with the scale of a business that started flatlining-- which is exactly what happened when my husband left.
     
    You'll hear what I did to make sure that we doubled both in revenue and profit. And of course, you'll hear all of the details around our sale.
     
    This episode provides actionable advice for anyone looking to start, scale, and ultimately sell their business.
     

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Nicole Chicago ,

Needed This!

I have been waiting for someone to give a voice to women who have exited businesses, and Carie's podcast is doing just that! It's an incredible platform that has given me confidence, shown me that my struggles are not unique, and encouraged me to keep going!

Soupster crs ,

Beyond inspiring!!

Carrie’s story and the episodes of other female founders who have exited is pure GOLD for any woman who is considering entrepreneurship or wants to better understand how to position her business for sale! Carrie is so approachable and feels like a good girlfriend giving you the inside scoop on creating a life changing asset out of your business. 10/10 recommend!

Jzbcpa. ,

It’s About Time

That we had a proven successful business women helping other women entrepreneurs to learn how to grow and exit.
They don’t teach this in school!!!

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