Just curious, I'm not really sure what the right location for this would be, so I figured OT is the way to go. The reason I'm posting this on a forum full of ibankers is because you guys are probably the most qualified to answer this, and won't give me room temperature IQ answers like "INVEST IN BROCOIN."
Please read the whole post before replying. I'll stick to bullets since it will make this less of a PITA to read.
24 year old dropout.
Bootstrapped a few companies to 7 figures a year. Two should hit 8 figures within 2 years.
Have $250,000 - $450,000 a year coming in relatively passively. Maybe 10 hours a week as the aforementioned companies have management installed so they are hands-off for the most part. I just help with product market fit plus general strategy. This passive amount should hit $1M in the next year or two.
Have been doing angel deals as I go here and there.
Have also been starting new companies, hiring management immediately and training them. Consumer brands are my specialty and that shit isn't biotech, so you just need kids that are young & hungry. Don't have to pay them much and structure each co. so I only really lose $20,000 - $40,000 tops per co with potential payoff being $150,000+ in dividends within 1.5 years for each co. So risk/reward profile is sensible for this approach. I'm working on automating it all, just building out the right team.
Had a few offers from VCs, but the math makes no sense to me. I'm not sure if I'm missing something but the loss of freedom (mandatory hours), fixed salary, and some carry aren't really enough to justify leaving my existing holdings?
Can raise dumb money fairly easily if I want. Also have some "good" offers from VCs, but the deals I pursue don't really meet their unicorn hunting parameters as I build companies so I can collect dividends usually. It's not sexy but it works.
Looked at starting my own PE fund, buying into smaller companies in the $10M - $20M range, adding excellent digital marketing (you'd be shocked at how many consumer brands don't know shit about marketing) + building direct to consumer channels, and then holding the stake for dividends or flipping it. The DTC thing works REALLY well because margins go way up and the data the company gains is priceless. With DTC you can talk directly to your customer and figure out what they want.
I want to 10x from here, and don't really see a clear path to it. If I keep doing what I do now I can grow my income well, but it's not very intellectually stimulating at this point. It's become very formulaic which is good for money but bad for personal growth. Most of what I do has been properly systematized so I only do "mandatory" work like 10 - 20 hours a week, and that's if I decide to do calls/network more.
I don't really have enough cash to pursue my big ideas like a cool system I came up with for launching biotech companies that hedges risk, but I need $2 - $4M liquid and I don't really think VCs would fund it since it's more of a company launching system that involves a lot of pubco activity.
I dunno, basically looking for advice on what to focus on. I like the idea of buying up some massive company with a PE fund's help because I have a good track record, PR, etc... and I could gain a lot of knowledge running a big company but I'm not sure it's actually a good use of time? I also fucking hate operating as you can probably tell by my approach above, but I don't think a guy running a company doing $25M - $50M a year is really doing the same bitch work a guy running a co doing $10M a year is.
Thoughts? What do you guys think I should do? I always wanted to get into finance when I was younger because I love how creative you can get with financing and deal structuring but it seems like I'm best at adding qualitative value to companies.
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