Kindly Light is a search fund that aims to identify a single company to buy and build. Mark Wang and Benedikt Westrick, the founders of Kindly Light, intend to leverage their 30+ years of combined experience in sales, operations, and technology to build the company into a technology-enhanced business that provides steady positive cash flows while operating in a fair and responsible manner towards all of its stakeholders.
Mark has over 15 years of experience building growth-oriented companies and fixing broken companies to better operate and adapt to changing business climates.
He will apply his skillset towards building scalable platform operations and financial controls as Benedikt drives revenue and volume growth.
Benedikt has 20 years of experience in accelerating top-line growth of small/mid-sized companies in the US and Europe.
He will leverage his experience in Sales and Business Development to accelerate the growth of the acquired company as Mark builds out a scalable platform business.
Partnering with Us
Kindly Light is exclusively focused on identifying a single, established company with the potential to achieve meaningful growth. Our search is focused but not limited to exclusively on the high value-add B2B manufacturing and services industries where Mark’s and Benedikt’s technical and sector expertise gives them a competitive edge.
Our Commitment as Potential Buyers
Respect for your business and what you've built
Continuity of service without a "V-curve: cut deep and rebuild" approach
A culture where everyone can be proud of who they are, what they do, and how they do it, and be fairly rewarded for their work
Sectors We're Targeting
Service providers for alternative energy or US infrastructure
B2B services that have potential for tech-enhancement
Revenue from $5 to $10M
EBITDA / Cash Flow at 3 - 5%
10 - 60 Employees
KINDLY LIGHT - Origins of the Name
Kindly Light originated its name from an early twentieth century pilot cutter – KINDLY LIGHT.
Originally built in 1911, KINDLY LIGHT was a pilot cutter sailboat that worked the Bristol Channel in the United Kingdom. A Bristol Channel pilot cutter was a specialized working sailboat whose purpose was to quickly ferry local maritime pilots to and from large incoming ships to assist in safe navigation when approaching or departing from port cities along the coastline.
The pilot cutter design has been described as the best sailing boat design ever, for being high-speed, highly maneuverable, and sailable by just two crew. And in 1911, it reached its final evolution with the build of KINDLY LIGHT. KINDLY LIGHT’s fine high bow, lean entry, and well hollowed lines below the water line made her the fastest and most successful pilot cutter over the hundred others working the Bristol Channel - one of the most dangerous shipping lanes in the world.
Costing about 40% more than her contemporaries, KINDLY LIGHT proved her worth. She made her two pilots as much money as all the other pilots in the Bristol Channel consortium combined by reaching the highest paying inbound ships fastest.
In 1922, KINDLY LIGHT was sold and repurposed several times as a high-speed yacht until 1993, when she was sold to a private owner. A meticulous and authentic restoration brought her back to her original design, and more than 100 years later, KINDLY LIGHT still proudly sails the oceans.
Mark and Benedikt draw inspiration from KINDLY LIGHT. To our a future business seller and all of your employees– we commit to respect what you have built and put in our own hard work, passion, and dedication to pilot your legacy to next phase of success. To our investors - we commit to use your resources in a socially responsible and ethical manner, and maximize the long-term value of capital.
REFERENCE: National Historic Ships UK, BBC Boats that built Britain, Wikipedia: Bristol Channel pilot cutter