Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

As an investor, you can often see warning signs of trouble in small ways before they become full-blown in the startup.

Here are some of them:

  • The CFO quits unexpectedly
  • The paychecks to employees bounce and it’s called an “accounting error”
  • Information from the CEO becomes limited and they don’t return phone calls
  • Administrative people are let go without explanation
  • Missed revenue expectations -- again
  • Founders leave the company without six months’ notice

When you notice things seem out of the ordinary, it’s best to contact the team and ask for a straight-up answer.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Ben Mackay, Principal at Evolve Capital.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Evolve Capital is a private equity firm focused exclusively on leveraged recapitalizations of entrepreneurial businesses. They provide entrepreneurs with liquidity upfront and also upon exit through their retained equity stake. In between, they provide professional management and a strong partnership, which increases shareholder value and attracts more potential buyers. Their entrepreneur and management team partners focus on positioning companies to maximize value upon exit.

Prior to Evolve, Ben worked as a collateral asset examiner for Wells Fargo Business Credit focusing on loans of $25 million and smaller. 

Prior to Wells Fargo, Ben founded and served as the COO of the Rosebud Group, a real estate investment fund focused on mixed-use commercial properties in emerging western recreational towns.

A Minnesota native, Ben earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and his BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Ben shares with Hall what excites him now in the sector. He advises entrepreneurs and investors and discusses how he sees the industry evolving.

You can visit Evolve Capital at, and via LinkedIn at

Ben can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at

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