Matt Estep – Bosworth Capital Partners – Midwest Supplies

Basic info:

  • Fund: Bosworth Capital Partners
  • Search type: Classic search fund
  • Partnered/solo: Partnered (independent partners)
  • Stage: Exited
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Alma mater: Harvard (MBA), Purdue (BS)


Matt Estep describes his acquisition and operation of Midwest Supplies – a seller of home brew beer products. Highlights include:

  • How to use business school to extend a search “runway”
  • How certain behaviors can waste searchers’ time
  • What stood out about Midwest Supplies when Matt first visited the company
  • Why it’s a good idea to primarily use brokers during a search
  • Life after search as a PE investor

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Matthew Taylor – Gypsum Ridge Capital

Matthew Taylor of Gypsum Ridge Capital

Basic info:

  • Fund: Gypsum Ridge Capital
  • Search type: Classic search fund
  • Partnered/solo: Partnered
  • Stage: Search
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Alma mater: Chicago Booth (MBA), SMU (MS), Indiana University (BA)


Matthew Taylor and his business partner are a year into their search at Chicago-based, classic search fund Gypsum Ridge Capital. Matthew’s a Chicago Booth grad with a predominantly military background who learned of search funds during his brief stint in private equity.

Highlights of Matthew’s interview include:

  • The importance of cohesion in LP resources and expectations
  • Off-the-beaten-path sources of acquisition targets
  • The virtues of recurring v. repeat revenue businesses

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