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Stanford Business School (2013)
3 April 2013
23 pages
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Brown Robin Capital details the experiences of Stanford GSB graduates Ryan Robinson and Lucas Braun in pursuing a search fund acquisition. The case explains the search fund model and provides historical asset class performance statistics. Then, the protagonists detail the decision to engage in a search fund, raising the initial search capital, performing due diligence on a series of prospective acquisition targets, abandoning several potential deals, and ultimately buying and running a data services business called OnRamp. The case weighs the personal and professional factors inherent in operating a search fund.


Search fund; Investors; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising; Acquisition; Private equity
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