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Thomas Smale - CEO of FE International

The Matt Baxter Show

Thomas Smale is the Founder and CEO of FE International. He is a serial business entrepreneur and M&A expert, having built the industry-leading firm in the $1-100M global technology sector. With experience dating back to the early 2000s, Smale offers invaluable technical, diligence and negotiation advice to early-stage and seasoned business owners alike, which has resulted in over 1,200 successful exits.Smale can be regularly found speaking at industry events where he enjoys meeting like-minded entrepreneurs and investors.Alongside his duties at FE International, Smale is a sought-after author and keynote presenter for leading industry events worldwide. He has been interviewed on top podcasts and blogs on a variety of topics, including business strategy, buying and selling businesses, negotiation tactics and more. He writes a business column regularly on entrepreneurship, growth, and business management for Entrepreneur.com and is a Young Entrepreneurs’ Council member. Thank you Thomas for being on today's episode!


6 Sep 2022

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Post Purchase PRO Podcast - Episode Sixty One - With Special Guest Thomas Smale Ceo & Founder of FE International

Post Purchase PRO - Profitable Email Marketing For Amazon Sellers

Post Purchase PRO Podcast - Episode Sixty - With Special Guest Thomas Smale Ceo & Founder of FE InternationalVisit Space Goat here : https://feinternational.comFollow Post Purchase PRO Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/postpurchaseproFollow us on YouTub here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUBFListen to the podcast here: https://www.postpurchasepodcast.com


23 Aug 2022

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The Power of Reputation: How to Build a Business that Lasts with Thomas Smale

The Long Game

Your business’s reputation is vital to its long-term success. And Thomas Smale is an expert in growing a brand from an idea to a multi-million dollar company. Thomas, founder and CEO of FE International, is a serial business entrepreneur and M&A expert. He’s found that reputation is what makes businesses sink or swim. So what can you do to bring your business to peak performance? In this episode, Thomas shares his tips for building the right reputation, such as the importance of analyzing every transaction, how to build the right workplace culture, and why it’s important to do the right thing.Show TopicsBuild a good reputationStrive for perfectionPick the right clientsDo your due diligence Invest back into your industry Don’t depend on trendsBe intentional with workplace cultureLet people goDo the right thingFocus on one goalShow Links Check out FE InternationalFollow Thomas Smale on LinkedIn or TwitterPast guests on The Long Game podcast include: Morgan Brown (Shopify), Ryan Law (Animalz), Dan Shure (Evolving SEO), Kaleigh Moore (freelancer), Eric Siu (Clickflow), Peep Laja (CXL), Chelsea Castle (Chili Piper), Tracey Wallace (Klaviyo), Tim Soulo (Ahrefs), Sean Blanda (Crossbeam), Ilona Abramova (AppSumo), and many more.Some interviews you might enjoy and learn from:020: Spark Creativity and Generate Memorable Content with Ryan Law (Animalz)041: Actionable Tips and Secrets to SEO Strategy with Dan Shure (Evolving SEO)045: Building Competitive Marketing Content with Sam Chapman (Aprimo)009: The Long Game Podcast: Building Communities, Teams and Companies through Marketing with Sabel Harris019: Peak Performing, High-Earning Freelance Writing with Michael Keenan (Co-Founder at Peak Freelance)028: Purpose-Driven Leadership & Building a Content Team with Ty Magnin (UiPath)Also, check out our Kitchen Side series where we take you behind the scenes to see how the sausage is made at our agency:015: Should You Hire Writers or Subject Matter Experts?017: How Do Growth and Content Overlap?027: Is Organic Traffic the Best Traffic?Connect with Omniscient Digital on social:Twitter: @beomniscientLinkedin: Be OmniscientListen to more episodes of The Long Game podcast here: https://beomniscient.com/podcast/


3 Aug 2022

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203 Your Dream Exit Strategy with Thomas Smale

The Legalpreneur Podcast

Thomas Smale is the CEO and Founder of FE International.  He and his team helps entrepreneurs sell their self funded and profitable businesses.  He is sharing the details of what it takes to work through the process for a successful and profitable business exit.In this episode we will cover:Types of businesses that can be soldEvaluation elements Our role as the M&ALength of Time to sell your businessIf you are interested in a free evaluation or want to learn more about industry you can go to our Website.   We are most active on Twitter and Linkedin.The Dream Bigger Conference is coming.   Text now to be on the text list at 832-225-3164 and text me the word EVENT for the details. Legalpreneur App is LIVE!  Now is a great time to join the Legalpreneur Membership!The 5-Day Legalpreneur Challenge is back! It is going to cover everything you need to know as a small business owner; this won’t be just a surface level discussion like you get in this podcast, instead we are diving deep into all the knowledge you need to run your business. Remember to use code PODCAST for a special discount!Links: Andrea’s Instagram Legalpreneur Instagram Website FacebookTwitter TikTokYouTubeDisclaimer: The Legalpreneur Podcast is advertising/marketing material. It is not legal advice. Please consult with your attorney on these topics. Copyright Legalpreneur Inc 2022-----Things I Didn't Learn In SchoolConversations with guests including FBI Director Jim Comey, hedge fund billionaire Ray...Listen on: Apple PodcastsSpotify


27 Jul 2022

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Maximizing Your Exit Strategy with Thomas Smale

Expensive Advice with Adam Rundle

Thomas Smale is the CEO of FE International, an award-winning global merger & acquisitions advisory firm focusing on SaaS, Content, and Commerce businesses. Thomas’ career as a serial entrepreneur started in the early 2000s by building and selling small online companies. This would eventually lead to him founding FE International in 2010, effectively scaling what used to be a relatively “small” business-selling career. As CEO, Thomas specializes in business strategizing, business development, and marketing. Thomas joins me to discuss the latest in the mergers & acquisitions industry and what leaders should do to maximize their exit strategy. He shares why he decided to move from the UK to the US to start his career and how the pandemic affected FE International as well as his personal life. He explains what inspired him to pursue a career in mergers & acquisitions and when leaders should start thinking about their exit strategy. Thomas also shares his prediction for the future of the M&A industry and what’s in the pipeline for FE International. “You need to start intentionally working towards the goal of selling your business.” – Thomas Smale This week on the Expensive Advice Podcast: Why Thomas decided to move to the US The types of companies Thomas worked with and the services he offered Why Thomas focused on Mergers & Acquisitions How COVID-19 affected Thomas’ personal life How the pandemic changed the way Thomas and his company worked with clients The complexities involved in selling a business The difficulty of selling a business the traditional way Thomas’ prediction for the future of the M&A industry What’s next for Thomas and his company Connect with Thomas Smale: FE International FE International on YouTube Thomas Smale on LinkedIn Thomas Smale on Facebook Thomas Smale on Instagram Thomas Smale on Twitter Turning Boring Money into FUN Money Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Expensive Advice. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts. Apple Podcasts | GooglePlay | Stitcher | Spotify | Amazon Music | iHeart | Android | Podchaser |Deezer Be sure to share your favorite episodes on social media to help us reach more listeners, like you. Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn. For more exclusive content and information, visit our website.


29 Jun 2022

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876: Online and Offline Business: The Difference, Opportunities, Advantages, and Disadvantages with Thomas Smale

Marketer of the Day with Robert Plank: Get Daily Insights from the Top Internet Marketers & Entrepreneurs Around the World

There are differences between online and offline businesses. Although similar, each has its own perks and disadvantages. It’s easy to make changes immediately overnight with online businesses. However, when it comes to financing, online businesses often have a hard time getting funds and loans. Thomas Smale is an entrepreneur who founded FE International. He is an expert in growing a business, particularly in the field of online business like E-Commerce, SaaS, and Content businesses. FE International is a Mergers & Acquisitions advisor which focuses on helping owners buy and sell their businesses. Resources:FE International Site FE International Facebook Thomas Smale LinkedIn Fe International InstagramFE Intl Twitter


20 Jun 2022

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Ep 104 Setting up your business for a successful sale with FE International's Thomas Smale

Business of Software Podcast

FE International works with founders and business owners to value, exit plan and ultimately sell their businesses on the best terms. FE uses hundreds of thousands of internal data points, accumulated from over a decade of successful exits to market and position businesses to the right buyers from day one.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/business-of-software/message


3 May 2022

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Inside Buying & Selling Internet Businesses with Thomas Smale, Founder/CEO of FE International

Smart Friends

The sponsor for this week’s episode is Founders Podcast. David Senra, the host of Founders Podcast, is a biography-reading machine. If you don’t have time to spend 40 hours reading the full-length biography of some gilded-age entrepreneur, listening to David’s high-quality recap is the next best thing.The Founders Podcast is a paid podcast that costs $99/year or $299 for lifetime access. Subscribing gives you access to more than 200 episodes including the back catalog with episodes about Anthony Bourdain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elon Musk, and many more.Visit founderspodcast.com to subscribe or listen to sample episodes.Links:  FE InternationalFE International WhitepapersClient Case StudiesThomas on TwitterThomas on IGThomas on FacebookJoin our Fund at Rolling.FunSupport our sponsor: founderspodcast.com Other Episode You’ll Like: Andrew Finn: WaitButWhy and G64 C-Founder on How to Acquire a Free Company Codie Sanchez: Drug Cartels, Vanguard, And Goldman SachsTo support this costs of producing this podcast: >> Buy a copy of the Navalmanak: www.navalmanack.com/ >> Sign up for my online course and community about building your Personal Leverage: https://www.ejorgenson.com/leverage >> Invest in early-stage companies alongside Eric and his partners at Rolling Fun: https://angel.co/v/back/rolling-fun>> Join the free weekly email list at ejorgenson.com/newsletter>> Text the podcast to a friend>> Give the podcast a positive review to help us reach new listeners >> Name-your-price subscription monthly, annual, or one-time: https://app.omella.com/o/9Bufa >> Follow me on Twitter: @ericjorgenson>> Get in touch about sponsoring this podcast by replying to an email or DMing me on Twitter.

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3 May 2022

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(EP32): Thomas Smale, Over A Billion Dollars In Company Sales, What Business Models Lead To The Biggest Exit

Vested Capital

This is Vested Capital episode 32, featuring Thomas Smale, the founder of FE International, a leading M&A firm.   I first interviewed Thomas 9 years ago (https://yaro.blog/11850/thomas-smale/).  At the time his company had helped to facilitate over $5 Million in deals. Now that number is over a billion dollars in business acquisitions.   I asked Thomas what led to the growth and how his team has expanded. We also talked about what business models leads to the biggest exit prices, what types of businesses are popular with buyers and more. Enjoy the podcast. Yaro Podcast: https://www.yaro.blog/pod/ Blog: https://www.yaro.blog/


6 Apr 2022

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How to Sell Your Company with FE International’s Thomas Smale

Marketer of the Month

Thomas Smale is the CEO of FE International, Inc. He founded FE International in 2010, growing the business with zero funds from the ground up and consistently doubling annual revenue, as well as the average deal size. He specializes in advising in the M&A of SaaS, e-commerce, affiliate, and content businesses. In this interview, we discuss with him how FE International works and SaaS valuation. How does Thomas manage 1100 successful e-commerce deals? Explore the goals, ambitions, and the beginning of FE International. What is the good timing for an exit for your business? How has the graph of the SaaS industry changed due to Covid? How does the complete valuation process take place? Tips to increase the valuation of a company.


21 Oct 2021