Betsy Brandt – Preparing to Search – Ep. 25

I’ve done a few search fund focused episodes, for instance last week’s episode focused on life during a search. In this episode exploring search funds, Betsy Brandt joins me to talk her preparation in launching her search fund, Forest Park Capital. I wanted to hear more about how a search fund is planned, the benefits of an MBA program, how capital is raised, and so on. Betsy was kind enough to share her experience working in investment banking and operating at a private equity backed company, going through the search program at Harvard, starting and setting up her traditional search fund, and a few advantages of being a female searcher. 

This episode is a great review of the many questions asked when considering launching a search. If search is an option you’ve weighed at any point, you will enjoy hearing from Betsy. Enjoy.

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