We Are Entrepreneurs, Just Like You
“I’m thinking of selling my website…would you be willing to help me?”
Late in 2006, our founder, Mark Daoust, received a call from a good friend and fellow entrepreneur who was considering selling his 8-year-old web hosting website. Just 10 months prior Mark had sold his own profitable website and was looking for a new direction.
Quiet Light was founded with this phone call.
Fast Forward to Today
A lot changed since that first phone call in 2006. Today, entrepreneurs recognize Quiet Light as a leading voice and authority in the emerging niche of selling and buying profitable online businesses.
If we are honest, there are way more complexities in buying and selling businesses than we originally thought. But with each transaction we learned lessons, improved our processes, and refined our approach to be more effective.
Today we can look back on over 600 online businesses sold and over $300,000,000 in total transaction value. Even though we are recognized as one of the most successful M&A advisors in the marketplace, we still take an attitude of continual improvement to our processes.
Our Secret Ingredient: We’re Entrepreneurs, Just Like You
In 2008, our founder hired a group of highly proven salespeople to work with Quiet Light’s sellers.
The results were…underwhelming.
It didn’t take long for these first advisors to move on other lines of work. Some started their own businesses, others found jobs, and others just found less and less time to work with Quiet Light.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Mark literally stumbled onto the winning formula: hire entrepreneurs who have bought, sold, and started significant online businesses.
Our Team Today
The value of Quiet Light is in its advisors. Any person who works with our clients has firsthand experience in buying, selling, and starting their own Internet based business. In fact, many of our current advisors started as clients of Quiet Light!
Learn more about our team below:
Since founding Quiet Light Brokerage in 2007, Mark has personally helped dozens of small business owners and entrepreneurs and has also expanded Quiet Light to the team it has today. In building out a team of advisors to help other small business owners, Mark has always emphasized the importance of honesty, working in the client’s best interest (even if that means not working in his own best interest), and thorough preparation of all listings before they are brought to market.
Paul is a serial entrepreneur who has built several multi-million dollar online businesses. His most recent venture became a category leading ecommerce brand which he exited for seven figures in 2019. Quiet Light brokered the sale.
Paul has a true passion for online businesses with especially deep experience around Amazon FBA and physical product businesses. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Paul was a CPA and spent a decade in corporate finance. He holds an undergraduate degree in business and Masters in Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Outside of work Paul and his wife enjoy chasing their two little kids around as well as the occasional game of pickleball.
Ryan Condie has started 8 businesses, bought 4, and sold 2. He owns a lead generation software company, an FBA business, and is the host of the “Let’s Buy a Business” podcast.
In 2014, he started a candy factory from scratch which can now be found in Sam’s Club, Walgreens, and thousands of other stores.
Ryan also spent 8 years in software sales at several tech unicorns but his passion lies with online businesses and helping sellers achieve life-changing events through their business exits.
Before becoming an advisor, Walker Deibel co-founded three startups and has acquired seven companies outright, including an online business from Quiet Light.
Walker’s bestselling book, Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game is the seminal work on acquisition entrepreneurship was introduced with critical acclaim, recognized by FORBES as “one of the top 7 books all entrepreneurs must-read,” and is used in multiple, ranked MBA programs. You can get your copy, and check out reader reviews, here.
Walker frequently speaks on the unique intersection of acquisition and entrepreneurship, having been the Keynote speaker at Duke University, the Alliance of M&A Advisors Conference, and MIT. His writing has been featured in Inc, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review. He has been awarded the M&A Thought Leader of the Year by both the Alliance of M&A Advisors (2019) and Axial (2020).
Chris Guthrie has a decade of experience in building, buying, and selling online businesses across numerous industries. Chris has experience with building and buying content websites monetized via advertising and affiliate marketing, partnering with developers to create a SaaS business as well as creating WordPress plugins and themes, selling physical products on Amazon and more.
Chuck built his first profitable website in 1996 at 18 years old. In college, he studied computer software engineering which taught him the skills to analyze search results and implement strategies that took advantage of the observations he made. Throughout his career of developing, managing, consulting, and investing in internet-based companies, Chuck has developed a keen ability to spot opportunities and develop strategies that lead to growth and profitability.
David is an internet entrepreneur with a passion for self-discovery, internet businesses, and mergers & acquisitions (M&A).
David worked for 4 years in M&A at Citigroup where he helped advise on deals in the tech, telecoms, and media sectors. Following his promotion, he left to join an internet business brokerage company as Head Of Brokerage & Operations.
In his 3 years in internet brokering, he personally advised on the sale of 75 businesses ranging from SaaS, to ecommerce and content and is the author of industry’s leading book on buying online businesses. He brings to Quiet Light a wealth of transaction execution experience across SaaS, ecommerce, and content businesses in the multi-million dollar range as well as a large network of buyer relationships.
Bryan is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for cutting-edge technology, business intelligence and the world of buying and selling online businesses.
Having years of experience in the online business acquisitions industry, Bryan was one of the original co-founders and a director of Flipping Enterprises (later renamed and incorporated as FE International), as well as a co-founder and the concept creator of Centurica – the world’s first website due diligence agency. Bryan was also hired as a consultant to launch Flippa.com’s brokerage service, Deal Flow, prior to joining QLB.
Amanda Raab is a highly experienced entrepreneur with multiple million dollar successes to her name. First introduced to Quiet Light Brokerage when she was looking for another business to add to her portfolio, Amanda quickly demonstrated why she is repeatedly successful online.
Like all of our team members, Joe Valley is a serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience in starting up and managing online businesses. Joe was first introduced to Quiet Light Brokerage when we advised him on the sale of an Internet enterprise.
Brad Wayland is an entrepreneur who began working in the online space in 2003. He has a wide range of experience operating and marketing online businesses. Brad became friends with Mark the founder of Quiet Light Brokerage in 2015 and it led to him becoming an advisor.
Chris has been a business broker for the past 17 years, representing hundreds of sellers, and having earned the accreditations of Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary and Certified Business Intermediary. Chris also created and sold his first e-commerce businesses in 2003, and has since purchased an affiliate marketing site, created multiple content sites and an Amazon FBA business. He joined Quiet Light to merge these two passions and help online business owners reach their exit goals.
Pat is a seasoned entrepreneur with a focus on e-commerce. In 2014 he struck a deal with Robert Herjavec on the Emmy Award winning show “Shark Tank”. Pat grew a single slipper kiosk business into a multi-million dollar e-commerce focused business. During that time Pat has done licensing deals with DreamWorks, NCAA, NFL and Disney. In 2015 he struck up a relationship with Mark the founder of Quiet Light and continued eventually leading him to becoming an advisor.
Jason joined Quiet Light in the spring of 2010 and quickly became the most requested advisor on our team. Within one year of working with Quiet Light, Jason set a new bar in virtually every metric for our firm. Jason has quickly established himself within Quiet Light, and within the industry, as a top professional who is savvy, honest, considerate, and highly effective in his work.