How To Start & Sell 100 Companies With Eddie Wilson

Mario Dattilo Show

Mar 15 2023 • 49 mins

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In this episode of The Mario Dattilo Show podcast, Eddie Wilson from Collective Influence discusses his approach to building a portfolio of active and passive income through startups and buying businesses. He shares his experiences overseeing 86 companies, creating accountability with metrics and standards, and clearing out parasitic businesses. Eddie also talks about being industry agnostic and looking for opportunity, what to look for when buying a business, and when to sell a company. Finally, he discusses the importance of understanding the process.

Eddie Wilson is a businessman who is known as the “King of Exits.” He has owned over 125 companies and exited over 85 of them successfully. His current private equity firm Collective Influence has significant holdings as well. Of those holdings, the PE firm owns – Think Realty, American Association of Private Lenders, Apticode, Fitcon, Mana Health, Tax Free Crypto, Because Coffee and around 20 other companies.

Eddie is also known for creating an operating system that manages the growth of his companies systematically allowing him the greatest odds for success. His operating system is known as the Empire Operating System.

With all of his success in his 40s he has turned his efforts to faith based and humanitarian non-profit activities such as - Christian Media International and Impact Others.

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Talking Points:

00:05 Introducing Eddie Wilson & Collective Influence

02:36 The Full Circle: Active Income, Passive Income, & Contribution

05:35 The Companies Taking Off In Eddie’s Portfolio

12:42 Start-Up Businesses vs Buying Businesses

15:24 Creating Accountability With Metrics & Standards

18:30 The Formidable Task Of Overseeing 86 Companies

22:21 How Much Time Do You Give A New Business?

24:50 Clearing Out Parasitic Businesses

25:44 Eddie’s A-Grade Speciality Bean Story

29:27 Being Industry Agonostic & Looking For Opportunity

30:14 What To Look For When Buying A Buiness

36:07 When Do You Sell A Company?

41:30 Architecting Strategic Selling & Buying

44:33 Understanding The Process Gives You Confidence

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Links & Mentions From This Episode:

Aspire Tour

Empire Operating System