Life After Business

Life After Business

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Life After Business is a podcast for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to grow the value of their business, create exit options and maximize their take home dollars WHILE leaving a legacy they are proud of. With over 150,000 downloads and thousan


Rock the Recession: How Successful Leaders Prepare for, Thrive During, and Create Wealth After Downturns
Oct 15 • 68 min
On today’s show, I talk with recession expert Jonathan Slain about his experience, parts of his recession plan, the importance of having a recession plan, and how to find the value of your business. Jonathan also talks about the book he and his cowriter…
What I Learned From Selling My Business & What I Will Do Differently Next Time with Dan Cooper
Oct 9 • 59 min
My guest today is Dan Cooper, an author and entrepreneur. We talk about the book Dan has co-written (“Sharpen: A Guidebook for Business Ownership and Adventures in Leadership”), “plain glass versus stained glass”, his experiences in business ownership,…
Conscious Capitalism: Inside the Movement
Oct 2 • 56 min
Today’s guests are Alexander McCobin (CEO of Conscious Capitalism) and Dan Golden (owner of BFO). We’re talking about “Conscious Capitalism”, a book and movement that I’ve mentioned a lot on the show. Alexander, Dan, and I talk about what got us into the…
What Should I Do with the Company That I’ve Built?
Sep 25 • 60 min
Today’s guest is Hannah Paramore, the founder of Paramore Digital. We’re talking about what you can do before you hit burnout and what you can do with your business after you’ve built it. What you will learn: Hannah’s professional background What it was…
Rebuilding with Purpose: How Growth and Burnout Can Lead to a Better Business Model
Sep 18 • 60 min
Today I’m talking with Mike Sowers about his emotional journey as an entrepreneur. From starting, building, systematizing, and selling his first company, to reinventing himself, Mike shares his story in an authentic and real way. Hear about the whole…
What is an ESOP: A Deep Dive on How Employee Stock Ownership Plans Work
Sep 11 • 57 min
Today I’m talking about ESOPs (or Employee Stock Ownership Plans) with Dave Diehl, CFA. Dave is the CEO of Prairie Capital Advisors (one of the leading ESOP specialists in the country), based out of Chicago. Prairie Captial is unique because of their…
The Role of an M&A Attorney, Due Diligence and How to Maximize Your Sale Price
Sep 4 • 58 min
Today I’m talking with Daniel L. Grimsrud from the law offices of Best & Flanagan LLP. Dan and I talk about what the role of a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) attorney, how due diligence can help you keep the value you want, the importance of finding an…
Get Your Business Out of Your Brain & Increase the Value of Your Company
Aug 28 • 52 min
Today I’m talking with Chris Ronzio. He is an author, a coach, a speaker, an investor, and an entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of a tool for growing businesses, called Trainual, as well as a business consulting agency, called Organize Chaos. What…
Taking Checks vs Giving Checks: 5 Key Elements to 15% Annual Growth
Aug 21 • 63 min
Duane Smith is the CEO of True North Companies (a business which aims to help entrepreneurs strategically). In this episode, I talked with calm, cool, and collected Duane about how businesses can thrive as long as they have the five key elements of…
Learn How to Profit First & Take Control of Your Business with Mike Michalowicz
Aug 14 • 55 min
When Mike made it big, he lived the lifestyle and grew an ego the size of his business. But after the funds ran out, that’s when he learned his biggest lesson about entrepreneurship. Today I talk to Mike (Motorbike) Michalowicz about his financial…
Chasing Perfection - Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success
Aug 7 • 57 min
Sue Hawkes is the award-winning author of the book, Chasing Perfection: Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success. In this episode, she about the basis and philosophies behind the book. Chasing Perfection is a book about business…
The Great Game of Business – The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company
Jul 31 • 67 min
If you need to change the game of your business, increase its value, and create a culture where everyone is moving in the same direction, take a listen to this episode. Today, I talked with Jack Stack (author of “The Great Game of Business”). Jack did…
Buy, then Build and Sell After 5 Years - How to Create Wealth and Run a Business
Jul 24
If you are listening to this and wondering who could buy your business, or if you want to buy a business yourself, this episode is for you. In this episode, you’ll hear the story of Mike Wickam, a corporate refugee who spent a few decades turning around…
The Critical Role of Women in Changing Business and Leadership
Jul 17 • 24 min
Mary Key is a successful woman entrepreneur who wants to encourage other women entrepreneurs to step up and throw their hats into the ring for leadership roles. Mary has a Ph.D. and has written four books. Today, she tells me about her latest book Seizing…
How to Sell Your Business for an Outrageous Price
Jul 10
Kevin Short is the author of Sell Your Business for an Outrageous Price: An Insider’s Guide to Getting More Than You Ever Thought Possible. A must-read for business owners who need to do some real homework on the sale process. During today’s episode,…
Scaling from 0 to $170 Million with a 40 Hour Work YEAR
Jul 3
Scott Fritz is the author of The 40 Hour Work YEAR, a short read about his POD model. Scott gives talks on his method of exiting a business that is both beneficial to you and healthier for the business. He shares the triggering events that led to this…
One Hell of a Story - Family Buyout, Acquisitions, ESOP, Leadership Issues, Sale to a PE and Finding a Life After.
Jun 26
Buckle up for a long episode this time. I promise though you will walk away from this one reflecting on your personal situation and maybe it will help you make some decisions. My guest is Steve Harlamert, at the age of 24, Steve’s father died suddenly,…
Entrepreneurship is an Addiction: Multiple Exits and Back at it Again
Jun 19
Mike Jackness is a hardcore entrepreneur who has built and exited many e-commerce brands. Mike began with affiliate marketing and cut his teeth in the online poker world and grew into legitimate e-commerce businesses. He started with Treadmill.com, Color…
What If Your Company Had Its Own Private Stock Market?
Jun 12
Father and son team Chris and Graham McConnell are the founders of Nth Round, a software platform that allows business owners and potential investors to find each other. Nth Round allows employees and outside investors to bid for shares in a company. The…
Axial: The Platform to To Help You Buy & Sell Companies
Jun 5
Peter Lehrman is the CEO of Axial, an online platform that connects business sellers and buyers to find the best merger and acquisition partnership possible. Peter comes from an entrepreneur family. He studied at Stanford and learned the ins and outs of…
An Unfiltered Discussion on Financing Growth, Selling a Business and the Future State of M&A
May 30
Ilan Jacobson is the Founding Partner & CEO of FirePower Capital. It has become the largest independent mergers and acquisitions firm in Canada. During today’s episode, Ilan tells me what he suspects will happen in the M&A market and why the current…
How to Sell a SaaS, E-Commerce or Digitally Native Company
May 22
My guests today are Chris Shipferling and Jason Somerville both of Global Wired Advisors. Chris and Jason have a combined background in merger and acquisitions and digital marketing. Global Wired Advisors specializes in e-commerce businesses looking to…
Exponential Growth Using a Social Mission & Conscious Capitalism
May 15
Ben Vandenwymelenberg (VW), is the founder of Woodchuck USA and the author of The World Needs Your F*cking Ideas. Woodchuck USA specializes in wood products that can be presented as unique gifts. Items like customized wood paneling, journals, and other…
The Messy Marketplace: Selling Your Business in a World of Imperfect Buyers
May 8
Brent Beshore is the CEO of Adventur.es, a private equity firm. Adventur.es has a totally different approach to private equity that makes them stand out in the industry. Brent and his team have even written a book to help business owners navigate the…
‘Female Viagra’ Founder Exits for $1 Billion and Gets Company Back for Free
May 1
Cindy Eckert (formally Whitehead) is the founder of a Sprout the first pharmaceutical company to develop Addyi, the first female Viagra. In the mid-2010s, Cindy sold her company to a bigger pharmaceutical company but soon found she made a mistake. The…