My guests on this episode are Paul Yanchich and Ryan Beaver. Paul is a co-founder of Arcadea Group, a vertical market software holding company that Paul and his co-founder Daniel raised $320 million to found 14 months ago. In this episode, Paul is joined by Ryan who serves as managing director of value creation and operations.
Our conversation acts as a part two to our first episode with Paul and Daniel, episode 84, and breaks down learnings from 14 months of activity, lessons learned, where software acquisitions see the most improvement partnering with Arcadea, and evaluating management teams for the long haul. Enjoy.
(3:04) – What have been some early learnings as first-time investors and founders?
(5:50) – In what ways are you efficient with Arcadea and where do you focus your resources?
(9:42) – What do the first 1-2 years look like after closing?
(16:38) – What are some other ways you create value and make it collaborative with CEOs that join you?
(20:53) – What parts of a software business have changed and what’s stayed relatively the same?
(24:46) – When you look at software companies today, what are the most common technical best practices missing?
(30:56) – What are some key learnings you’ve had from chatting with folks like Will Thorndike and Mitch Rails?
(37:47) – What makes founders excited about Arcadea over other potential acquirers?
(40:04) – Do you have any ambition to be a public company?
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