Co-Founder - FE International
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Thomas is a serial online business entrepreneur and expert. Early in his career, he began building and selling small online companies. This turned into one of his ventures when he founded FE International (FE) in 2010, growing the business with zero funds from ground up and consistently doubling annual revenue, as well as the average deal size.
FE has several subsidiaries, including MageMail, MRR Media and GrooveJar. Thomas specializes in advising in the M&A of SaaS, e-commerce, affiliate and content businesses. He has consulted thousands of internet entrepreneurs on exit strategy, growth and business development.
It was interesting to see behind the scenes of a big corporate, because my background is more small entrepreneur, small business.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Thomas, I founded FE International. We’re a business brokerage company, so we help people sell online businesses.
What’s been your experience of the show?
UnGagged so far has been really good, it’s a nice, diverse crowd. Little different from last year, they’ve brought in a wider range of speakers. Tropicana has been a really good venue, and with the third event now it has reached the stage where they have figured out how to run the event, in a good way. It’s been perfect, with no issues or anything like that.
What were your favourite sessions?
I liked the keynote with Duane Forrester on monday, it was interesting to see behind the scenes of a big corporate, because my background is more small entrepreneur, small business. So, it was interesting to see how the more corporate world, the macro of the industry, goes on. I saw a few sessions on content marketing from a few people, so that’s always interesting. We’ve put a lot of time and investment into content marketing this year, so it’s interesting to see how to take it a step further. I’ve always thought we were always pretty good at content marketing, but then you see how the professionals do it, and we thought oh wow, we’re actually two or three steps behind.
If you could summarise UnGagged in one sentence, what would it be?
A great event for a variety of people.
Why UnGagged loves them:
Serial online business entrepreneur and expert, a columnist at Entrepreneur.com and international speaker; Thomas Smale returns to UnGagged in Las Vegas. Over many years of experience in buying and selling digital property, Thomas has consulted hundreds of internet entrepreneurs on exit strategy, growth and business development; all of which attributes to his invaluable advice and content Thomas is known to provide attendees.
Looking to sell your business or even just thinking about it? Thomas will tell you exactly what strategy you need to implement and 4 key strategies you can use to help your business grow and become more sellable. Join Thomas in his session titled, ‘A Winning Exit: Your 4 Step Strategy to Building a Sellable Business’. Be sure to hear Thomas on the ‘Panel Discussion’ on running a profitable business, alongside experts Mark Daoust and Damien Trevatt.