Episode 5

Published on:

2nd Mar 2020

Ep. 5 Javier Saade, Led $30B SBIC Program

Javier Saade is Founder & Managing Partner of Impact Master Holdings which works with insightful people and dynamic companies building a better future. He is also Venture Partner at Fenway Summer, a VC firm that has backed 50+ companies innovating at the intersection of finance & technology. He serves as board member on several prominent companies and previously led the $30B Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, a growth capital fund capitalizing >300 PE, VC and structured debt limited partnerships investing in 1000s of businesses, including via a $1B Impact Investment Fund.


- His life from operations management at a pharmaceutical company to leading a $30 billion SBIC program to a respected entrepreneur, investor and board member 

- Traits of successful entrepreneurs 

- What he learned from his first business failure

- His superpower 

- The SBIC Program and the issue of diversity and inclusion in business 

- The importance of storytelling for GPs and entrepreneurs 

- His advice to the 25-year-old version of himself

- His “Why”

- Doing things differently and doing things that make him feel uncomfortable 

- How to be an effective board member and what not to do

- Consensus building

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Investors & Operators
A Podcast by 51 Labs
The M&A market can be boring, but everyone has a story. The Investors & Operators podcast is about discovering the stories people were holding back, didn’t know how to tell, or forgot about. The goal is simple: fresh, authentic storytelling to bring people together in the M&A community.

With over 1M organic views and counting on LinkedIn, 51 Labs is disrupting the M&A market through the use of videography and content creation. In a market that longs for authenticity, 51 Labs helps strengthen your brand and tell your story. From concept to distribution, we strategize and produce thoughtful content to be used across a multitude of channels, to help you stand out in an otherwise traditionally boring market.

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Jordan Selleck

Founder. Recovering Investment Banker. 3x Entrepreneur. Philz Coffee Enthusiast.

Jordan Selleck is a recovering investment banker turned 3x entrepreneur. While teaching English in China, Jordan met an investment banker in a bar and before he knew it he’d spent six years in cross-border investment banking advising global corporates and private equity firms on M&A deals up to $250 million.

As much as Jordan loved investment banking, he always knew he was meant to do something more. In 2016, Jordan founded Debtmaven, a deal management platform for debt financing in the lower middle market. It was while he was marketing Debtmaven on LinkedIn that Jordan found his true passion: building meaningful relationships in the lower middle market.

Seeing over 50% of Debtmaven’s $450million+ in deals come from LinkedIn, he realized he’d found an untapped market and began his journey with LinkedIn consulting. Dozens of clients and a handful of extraordinarily talented employees later, 51 Labs is a thriving marketing agency for the lower middle market that produces captivating content and generates organic traffic across LinkedIn.

Jordan was born in San Diego, grew up in North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill. He has traveled to 32 countries, lived in China for 18 months, trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a fourth-generation private pilot, SCUBA dives, speaks Mandarin Chinese, and is a husband and father of 2.