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Listen in as your host Yaro interviews startup founders, entrepreneurs who've enjoyed big exits, angel investors, venture capitalists, crypto leaders, tech stock traders, real estate investors -- all sharing how they made money and put their capital to work.

Listen in as your host Yaro interviews startup founders, entrepreneurs who've enjoyed big exits, angel investors, venture capitalists, crypto leaders, tech stock traders, real estate investors -- all sharing how they made money and put their capital to work.




Listen in as your host Yaro interviews startup founders, entrepreneurs who've enjoyed big exits, angel investors, venture capitalists, crypto leaders, tech stock traders, real estate investors -- all sharing how they made money and put their capital to work.






(EP32): Thomas Smale, Over A Billion Dollars In Company Sales, What Business Models Lead To The Biggest Exit

This is Vested Capital episode 32, featuring Thomas Smale, the founder of FE International, a leading M&A firm. I first interviewed Thomas 9 years ago ( At the time his company had helped to facilitate over $5 Million in deals. Now that number is over a billion dollars in business acquisitions. I asked Thomas what led to the growth and how his team has expanded. We also talked about what business models leads to the biggest exit prices, what types of...


(EP31): Yaro On Crypto, Property, Angel Investing And Closing Down His Flagship Course Blog Mastermind

To kick off 2022 I'm reviewing how I am investing my capital, including what went well and what did not go so well with my investments and business in the previous year, and what I am focusing on for this new year. If you have any guest suggestions for the show, email me -


(EP30): Mikkel Thorup, World Traveling Expat, How To Move Offshore And Eliminate Taxes

Mikkel Thorup hosts The Expat Money Show podcast (I was on episode 155) and has spent over 21 years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Iran. Mikkel runs a consultancy to help high net worth individuals move overseas, providing guidance on tax structure, visas, residencies, passports, raising your family (education, lifestyle), company structure and banking. I asked Mikkel on to Vested Capital, first to learn...


(EP29): Arthur Menard, CEO And Founder Of Lambs, Radiation Protection Clothing DTC Brand And 8-Figure Business

Arthur Menard is the CEO and co-founder of Lambs, a clothing brand that blocks 99% of EMFs (cellphone, 4G, 5G, Wifi, Bluetooth radiation) as well as 10x the amount of UVs compared to traditional clothing. His company is doing 8-figures in sales, having got their start selling men's underwear online -- which I actually purchased several years ago. Arthur has an interesting backstory, having first got started as an entrepreneur selling online training, then later co-founding a local...


(EP28): David Ciccarelli, CEO And Founder, Marketplace For Voice Audio Content, Raises $18Mil Towards IPO

David Ciccarelli is the CEO and founder of Based in London, Canada, provides an online marketplace, facilitating transactions between business clients and over two million voice over professionals. In this interview David shares the origin story of Voices, how they first launched their platform, secured a great domain name, attracted new customers and new voice talent to make sure they had both supply and demand and then grew the company to the point where it is...


(EP27): Teddy Kyres, Founder Groupe Orbis Mortgage Brokerage, Single Broker Does $100 Million In Loans In One Year, How To Secure Finance For Property When The Banks Say No

Teddy Kyres is the founder of Groupe Orbis, a Montreal based mortgage brokerage firm, with over 60 brokers following the system Teddy created for succeeding as a mortgage broker. Teddy is also my mortgage broker and helped me secure finance for investing in Montreal when I didn't have much of a tax history in Canada after moving here from Australia. The banks wouldn't loan to me, so Teddy helped me find alternative financing until I built up more history as a Canadian tax payer. During...


(EP26): Joshua Scigala, Co-Founder, DeFi Lending, And Vaultoro, Bitcoin And Gold Trading Platform

Joshua Scigala knows a lot about crypto (thus this is a LONG episode!). He was there when Satoshi first released Bitcoin and he was unfortunately there as well when the first major exchange, Mt. Gox, collapsed. Today Joshua is leading a new Defi project called The Standard, a decentralized lending platform run by a DAO that focuses on hard and soft assets as collateral. The protocol will have the ability for users to issue multiple fiat pegged algorithmic stablecoins starting with...


(EP25): Collis Ta-eed Co-founder Of Envato (Themeforest, Audiojungle, Videohive), Aussie Tech Unicorn That Stayed Private And Bootstrapped

Collis Ta'eed with his wife Cyan started out with an idea -- they wanted to create a marketplace where digital media producers could sell their creations to customers. They began with the then popular Flash file format and later expanded into things like WordPress themes, music, video and code. Each type of media had a marketplace, including Themeforest for Wordpress and Audiojungle for music files. As is typical for the marketplace model, they took a small fee from each transaction. All...


(EP24): Gabriele Musella, CEO And Co-founder Of Venture Backed Coinrule, Automated Crypto Trading

Gabriele Musella is a well-educated, well-traveled, co-founder of, a company where you can build or copy sets of rules for automatically trading cryptocurrencies. The company recently raised $3M+ from MKB Bank, Urban Innovation Fund, Zilliqa and many Business Angels (Kayak Co-founder, EightSleep Founder). Before that they also successfully ran a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, providing funds which helped them to navigate the pandemic when capital briefly dried up. During...


(EP23): Kison Patel, Founder Of DealRoom, Digitizing The Workflow For M&A Using SAAS

Kison Patel is the founder of, a SAAS platform for managing the lifecycle of mergers and acquisitions. Kison spent ten years of his life running his own boutique M&A advisory firm, participating in some way with 363 asset sales. During this career, Kison noted how many processes of deals were handled with very 'old' technology, for example using spreadsheets for tracking due diligence. This lead to the idea for DealRoom, which at first as an MVP was an attempt to better...


(EP22): Russ Heddleston, Co-Founder DocSend, Sold To Dropbox For $165 Million

Russ Heddleston is the co-founder and former CEO of DocSend, which was acquired by Dropbox for $165 Million in early 2021. Russ currently works at Dropbox continuing the vision he had for DocSend. During this interview we hear how Russ went from studying at Stanford, to working at a startup called Greystripe, then as an intern at Dropbox, and then launching his own startup Pursuit. Pursuit was later acquihired by Facebook, where Russ continued to work for two years. He shares some...


(EP21): Sara Mauskopf, Co-Founder & CEO of, Childcare Provider Marketplace, Raises $15.5 Million In Funding

Sara Mauskopf is the co-founder and CEO of, a marketplace platform that connects parents looking for childcare and preschool providers with over 250,000 centres around the USA. To date, Sara and her team have raised $15.5 Million in venture funding over three rounds, with the most recent $9 million series being led by Rethink Impact. In this interview we first dive back into Sara's history as a math major, then moving over to computer science, which led her to a job at Google...


(EP20): Lee Zlotoff, Creator Of MacGyver, How He Became A Screenwriter, The Origin Of His Famous Show And How He Kept The Rights To It, 3 Steps To Tap Into Your Own ‘Inner MacGyver’

I'm resurfacing this interview from 2016 because recently (2021) the team at MacGyver HQ has been sharing this interview on their social media, so I thought it would be a great time to share it with those new to Vested Capital. It was quite a thrill to see the actual MacGyver twitter account tweet out this podcast, especially as I was a kid who grew up watching the show on TV in Australia. Here's how it all came to happen... ****** When I received an email offering a chance to interview...


(EP19): Wil Schroter, Founder of, Blue Diesel,, Acquired Zirtual,

It's hard to summarize all the success of Wil Schroter. He's founded so many companies. Today he's founder of, a business education site and suite of tools and resources for entrepreneurs, some of which were previous startups by Wil (Fundable, Bizplan) and some were acquired (Zirtual, Clarity). Wil got his start early online, initially exploring bulletin boards with a commodore computer. He then launched a web design agency, Blue Diesel, in 1994, again very early to a new...


(EP18): Tim Ferriss Trilogy, The Origin Story, Optimizing Learning, The Original 4-Hour Workweek Interview

Tim Ferriss needs no introduction. Author, lifestyle design pioneer, angel investor (Wealthfront, Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Shopify, Duolingo), peak performance bio hacker, accelerated learning leader and of course, podcast host. Tim first appeared on my original podcast all the way back in 2007 when few people knew his name and he was talking about his new book, the 4-Hour Workweek. In 2012 he returned to my podcast to talk about how to accelerate your speed of mastering a skill,...


(EP17): Sonya Petcavich Founder Of Meowtel, Uber For Cat Sitting In Over 150 Cities

Sonya Petcavich is the founder and CEO of, an 'Uber for cat sitting' service where a vetted cat sitter will come to your house and look after your kitties for as long as you need them to. Full disclosure: I am an angel investor in Meowtel and Sonya via the Jason Calacanis syndicate. When I first had the opportunity to invest in Meowtel I was immediately a yes because I love cats and would use a cat sitting service straight away since I travel as a digital nomad (assuming I had...


(EP16): Paul Biggar Co-Founder Of $1.7 Billion Tech Unicorn,, PhD In Compilers

Paul Biggar got started as a computer engineer early in life. He became a specialist in the field of compilers (software engineers use compilers to test code to see if it works or not). He liked compilers so much he completed a PhD on the topic. Paul had a few false starts as an entrepreneur, including a stint in the Y-Combinator program, but nothing really took off. Eventually in his late twenties, while working at Mozilla, Paul foresaw that the process of compiling and testing software...


(EP15): Todd Garland Founder, The Origin Story Scaling To $10+ Million

In episode 8 of Vested Capital I featured an interview with VC and entrepreneur Elizabeth Yin. During that interview Elizabeth shared the story of how she founded LaunchBit and later sold the business to Todd Garland, the founder of . This happened in 2013. In 2012, I had Todd Garland on my podcast, where he explained how he came up with the idea and launched as a startup he created during nights and weekends while he was working at Hubspot. I went back and...


(VCM2): Advice For New Entrepreneurs, Nick's Latest Property Investment, Yaro Invests In ConvertKit, Mani And Gideon Business Updates

In the second episode of the Vested Capital Mastermind, featuring Yaro and his three friends - Nick, Mani and Gideon - we answer a listener question about how to get started as an entrepreneur, Nick talks about his latest property investment, Yaro reveals he had an opportunity to invest ConvertKit and Mani and Gideon share updates from their companies.


(EP14): Dan Young Founder Of PC Laptops, Xidax PCs, Storage Whale, $600,000,000 Million In Property Deals

Dan Young is the son of Chinese immigrant parents who fled China to escape communnism. He then went on to live the American dream, building several companies in the computer hardware space, becoming a multi-millionaire. Dan's first big success came in the early 1990s, when with his wife they launched a computer hardware business called PC Laptops. By offering an unlimited service warranty, using stickers to help spread the word and a crazy television ad campaign, they grew from negative...