Conscious Capitalism: Selling Without Selling Out with Sunny Vanderbeck

capitalism Jun 04, 2024

On this episode of the DealQuest Podcast, I had the pleasure of hosting guest Sunny Vanderbeck, sharing his insights on conscious capitalism, the importance of not selling out, and the transformative power of writing down your goals and intentions.

As an investor, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and former military leader, Sunny is the co-founder of Satori Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm that operates on the principles of conscious capitalism. With over 35 years of experience in deal-driven growth, Sunny has a wealth of knowledge to share with business owners, executives, and leaders looking to expand their businesses and create value without compromising their values.

Sunny brings up the concept of conscious capitalism in his practices. What is conscious capitalism? It involves prioritizing value creation and extraordinary outcomes for stakeholders over simply chasing profile. At Satori Capital, they are fully committed to the idea of conscious capitalism – and so is Sunny.

The approach to conscious capitalism involves ensuring that customers, employees, and suppliers are happy and satisfied, which ultimately leads to more sustainable and successful business outcomes, especially in the event of a sale. Conscious capitalism is the human experience within a deal, and companies have the chance to create more freedom in the world, and leave a positive fingerprint through their commitment to conscious capitalism.

As the author of Selling Without Selling Out: How to Sell Your Business Without Selling Your Soul, Sunny knows what it’s like to feel like you have to give more of yourself than you’d like when selling your business. Sunny believes in the need for business owners to consider more than just the financial gain when selling their business, and to prioritize the well-being of their team, customers, and community in which the business operates. Business owners should reflect on what they truly care about and write down their intentions and desires for the future of their business. This practice allows for a more holistic and conscious decision-making process when it comes to selling a business.

This practice also stresses the importance of finding the right investors who share the same values and visions for the business. Finding a group of like-minded investors who understand and appreciate the long-term value creation and are willing to invest in patient capital allows business owners to ensure that their business is in the hands of the right investors. Specifically ones who align with their values and are committed to maximizing value in a way that resonates with the business owner’s ethos.

Sunny's approach to conscious selling resonates with the core principles of ethical entrepreneurship, highlighting the importance of considering the impact of a business sale on all stakeholders involved. Through real-life anecdotes and practical advice, he provides a roadmap for business leaders to navigate the challenges and quandaries associated with selling a business or taking on a financial partner while preserving their integrity and values.

To learn more about Selling Without Selling Out: How to Sell Your Business Without Selling Your Soul, check it out on Amazon today:

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Corey Kupfer is an expert strategist, negotiator, and dealmaker. He has more than 35 years of professional deal-making and negotiating experience. Corey is a successful entrepreneur, attorney, consultant, author, and professional speaker. He is deeply passionate about deal-driven growth. He is also the creator and host of the DealQuest Podcast.
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