Bricks And Bytes Podcast
March 8, 2024

Building A Business To Exit – Lessons From A $219m Sale – Saurabh Saxena

Building A Business To Exit - Lessons From A $219m Sale - Saurabh Saxena

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we have Saurabh Saxena, an exited founder (Quandoo $219m and WNS: NYSE), Investor and current Head of Investments & Acquisitions at Axel Springer

In this episode, we learn about some key insights on building businesses with a focus on successful exits, navigating the world of private equity, embracing continuous growth and exploration, and much more!

Tune in to find out about:

  • How to identify if your business idea has enough “headroom” to scale using simple pre-sales tactics
  • Why 95% of venture-backed startups never reach a liquidity event
  • Why most European construction tech startups struggle to scale beyond £10 million in revenue
  • How private equity firms retool and scale traditional (or boring) businesses using the “buy and build” model
  • And what life looks like after an exit


Saurabh Saxena | Head of Investments & Acquisitions at Axel Springer


This episode is brought to you by Shft—helping contractors like you leverage BIM to secure a leading position in the race towards construction’s digital future.



(00:00:00-00:02:35) Intro

(00:02:35-00:15:03) How to Build a Business with an exit in mind

(00:15:03-00:21:54) KPIs that Business is good for exit

(00:21:54-00:39:27) Life post-exit

(00:39:27-00:51:05) How to be successful in the world of Private Equity

(00:51:05-01:00:02) Space @ University of Oxford

(01:00:02-01:01:23) Outro

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