Elvin Kim Survey

 Elvin Kim, Levion Partners

Levion Partners, Current Searcher, Self-Funded

Survey completed September 18, 2020.

Why did you choose your model? Would you make the same choice again?

Preferred to be traditional but we started just before COVID and hence first stage funding froze.

Are you searching with a partner? If so, why did you choose them? How did you find them? If not, why did you choose to search solo?

Yes, we have the same values and I have known him for about a decade. We found each other from school.

When is the right time to start speaking with investors? How did you select your search and/or acquisition investors?

Early as possible. We talk to everyone.

Did you get an MBA before searching? If so, where and why?


What is your work experience prior to searching?

I worked in investment management.

What industries and sizes of companies are you pursuing?

Agnostic to industries, looking at $1mm – $5mm EBITDA companies.

Are you doing a geographically focused search? If so, where?


How long have you been searching?

9 months.

What systems do you use? (CRM, Email Manager, etc)

Hubspot, gmail.

How do you organize your day?

GSuite has everything. Calendar, todo, communication packages.

How do you identify prospects to acquire? Do you use only brokers, only direct outreach, or both?


Approximately how many direct outreach calls and emails have you made to owners?


How do you find company lists?

Brokers, web, trade associations

Do you subscribe to broker deal lists? Which ones?


Do you use interns? If so, how many? What do you have them do?


Approximately how many deals have you reviewed?


How many companies have you gotten to the LOI stage with? How long before your first one?


What has been the most challenging part of your search? What was harder/easier than you expected?

Covid has effected us a lot.

What articles, books, and resources were most helpful to you in preparing to search?


What single piece of advice would you share with prospective searchers?

Save a lot more than you plan if going down the self funded path.


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