The Divestopedia Exit Strategy Podcast









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Over the last decade, Ace Chapman has bought and sold 11 companies using funds raised from high net-worth individuals and institutions.

Ace leverages his experience in private equity, capital raising, and entrepreneurship to help investors generate above-average returns through the acquisition and sale of small businesses.

Direct download: Ace_Chapman_-_Business_Acquisition_Specialist.mp3
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After four startups as CEO and CFO, two turnarounds, and making the Inc 500, Chuck Richards formed CoreValue Software. Chuck has worked with owners of over 50 companies to build value and deliver their strategic objectives, and has helped hundreds of CEOs of private companies as an advisor.

Over the past 30 years, Chuck has been at the forefront of private business research including leading teams to create the first comprehensive set of Private Business Standards, Normalized Industry Trading Ranges for private businesses, and industry specific algorithms. Chuck has a BA in Economics from Williams College, and a ME from MIT in Engineering & Business.  

Direct download: Chuck_Richards_-_CEO_at_CoreValue_Software.mp3
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Michael Platner serves as Chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Corporate Practice Group. Michael also has founded or been an early stage investor in several businesses, particularly in software, internet infrastructure and cloud computing. Empathizing with the role of the client, he believes that a transactional lawyer adds the most value by fully understanding the business strategy and the "deal" so as to be able to suggest creative strategies and alternatives.

Direct download: Michael_Platner_-_MA_Lawyer.mp3
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John Warrillow is the founder of The Sellability Score. Throughout his career, John has started and exited four companies and is a sought-after speaker and angel investor. He also contributes regularly to and The Globe and Mail. John is also the author of Built To Sell: Turn Your Business Into One You Can Sell.

Direct download: John_Warrillow_-_Founder_The_Sellability_Score.mp3
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Jay Turo has led Growthink's emergence as one of the nation's largest strategic advisory and investment banking firms focused on the entrepreneurial marketplace.

In his 14 years at Growthink, Jay has advised dozens of emerging, middle market, and corporate clients regarding their growth and capital formation strategies. His corporate clients have included Deutsche Bank, McKesson, Infospace, Samsung, Porsche, & Paramount Pictures.

Jay is an active angel investor and speaker and writer regarding private equity, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Jay has an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and earned a Bachelor's degree with Distinction and with Departmental Honors from Stanford University.

Direct download: Jay_Turo_Co-founder_and_CEO_of_Growthink.mp3
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Dan Abbate has started, bought, sold, and/or merged many businesses since the mid 90's when he began his entrepreneurial career.

Dan is currently the CEO of Robotaton which evaluates companies and/or departments of companies to see if they can improve the business through the implementation of new technology.

Direct download: Dan_Abbate_-_CEO_of_Robotaton_-_Business_Automation.mp3
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Cory Janssen, co-founded in 1999 and helped to grow it into one of the web's largest financial sites devoted to investor education. In April of 2007 the company was sold to Forbes Media.

In 2011, Cory co-founded Janalta Interactive, an online publisher of educational websites in a number of industries. His current portfolio of websites include Divestopedia and Techopedia.

Direct download: Cory_Janssen_-_Co-founder_Investopedia_and_Divestopedia.mp3
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Scott is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Exit Planning Institute. He is a passionate Cleveland entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 17. After successfully selling his first business in 2010, Scott partnered with his father Chris, and together they founded Snider Premier Growth, Inc., a private investment firm in Cleveland.

He is a recognized young entrepreneur and has been featured locally in the Plain Dealer, nationally on ABC News Now, has been published and quoted in various publications and is a recipient of the Northeast Ohio 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Award.

Direct download: Scott_Snider_-_Exit_Planning_Institute.mp3
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Tom Deans Ph.D. is the author of Every Family's Business: 12 Common Sense Questions to Protect Your Wealth and Willing Wisdom: 7 Questions to Ask Before Your Die.

With more than 250,000 copies in circulation, Every Family's Business is the best-selling family business book of all-time. His new book, Willing Wisdom has already received critical acclaim from Investment Executive and other leading trade and literary publications.

His research and thought leadership on the subjects of wealth transfers, preparing heirs and family dynamics has made him an in-demand speaker. Since the release of his first book in 2008, Tom has delivered more than 500 paid speeches in 14 countries. He has also provided advanced training to advisors from some of the world's largest financial institutions, law firms and accounting firms.

His thought-provoking and contrarian approach to business succession planning and family wealth transitions leaves audiences motivated to take action and to work closely with their advisors.

Dr. Deans is a frequent guest commentator on the subjects of business succession planning, and intergenerational wealth transfers. He has appeared on all major national TV and radio news shows and has been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Inc, and Fortune. Released in 2008, Every Family's Business continues to appear in the Globe and Mail's Best-sellers list.

Dr. Deans' business model is built exclusively around paid speaking engagements and book sales. To order a copy of Every Family's Business or Willing Wisdom or to inquiry about speaking availability and rates visit: or

David Finkelstein has been a serial entrepreneur since 1994. He is currently the owner of Contextuads, LLC, an internet advertising business expanding into big data. David has successfully built and sold two internet businesses

Direct download: David_Finkelstein_-_Serial_Entrepreneur.mp3
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