Ep. 48 — Navigating Funding of Business Deals with Karl Dakin

by | Jun 25, 2024

Welcome to the “Show Me The Way” podcast with David Seitter

In this episode of “Show Me The Way,” Dave reconnects with Karl Dakin to discuss critical aspects of business funding and deal-making. Karl, an expert in capital strategies for businesses, shares his extensive knowledge on finding the right investors, understanding the unique needs of each business, and the importance of proper preparation before selling a business.

Ep. 48 — Navigating Funding of Business Deals with Karl Dakin

Dave kicked off the episode with an enthusiastic introduction of Karl Dakin, a man with whom he has shared a history. Despite their different career paths, both have remained connected through their professional endeavors.

Post-law school, Karl moved to Denver, Colorado, where he ventured into software engineering before eventually starting his own law practice in 1986. His knack for high-tech and complex technical issues has made him a sought-after attorney and entrepreneur.

The Significance of Business Funding

Much of the discussion centered around the importance of understanding funding, especially in the realm of business succession planning, mergers, and acquisitions. Karl offered several golden nuggets of wisdom:


  1. Know Your Investor: Understand that not all investors are created equal. Each has unique motivations, resources, and levels of sophistication. Karl elaborated on how to identify investors who aren’t just willing but are eager to invest in your business. Whether it’s through familiar connections or targeting stakeholders who stand to benefit from your success, knowing who to approach can make or break your funding efforts.


  1. Mistakes to Avoid: Many businesses waste valuable time pitching to investors who will never invest. Karl says to avoid generic pitches and ensure your business stands out among the competition. Entrepreneurs should prioritize building relationships with stakeholders and seasoned advisors who can introduce them to suitable investor candidates.


  1. Tailored Strategies: Karl emphasized the importance of customizing your pitch and understanding what the investor needs or benefits from. Investors are more likely to invest in a business that aligns with their interests and offers tangible benefits. By understanding the long-term goals and pinpointing exact requirements, Dakin Capital creates bespoke strategies that align businesses with their perfect match investors.

Single Pitch Success

Karl shares an inspiring success story about a sports widget manufacturer. By identifying a supplier who would significantly benefit from the manufacturer’s growth, Karl secured a $200,000 investment after a single pitch. This highlights the importance of aligning your business growth with the interests of potential investors.

Building a Support System

Entrepreneurs should build a robust board of directors and advisors, leveraging their networks for business growth and funding. This support system can introduce you to a wider audience and potential investors, thereby increasing your chances of securing necessary funding.

Contact Karl Dakin

If you find Karl’s insights valuable and want to reach out to him for assistance, you can contact him through several avenues:

– Website: http://www.dakincapital.com

– LinkedIn: Karl Dakin

– Phone: 720-296-0372


Karl’s expertise could be the key to unlocking the potential of your business through strategic funding.




To reach out to Dave for advice or consultation, please visit www.davidseitter.com or email him at dseitter@spencerfane.com



This podcast is provided for educational purposes. It does not constitute legal advice and is not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. The recommendations contained in this podcast are not necessarily appropriate for every individual or business. In determining the best course of action, business owners should consult with an attorney on their distinct circumstances.