We are 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.
A note during these turbulent times:
We recognize that our country is currently enduring through a very turbulent time. As such, please reach out to us if we can provide any support to your companies. Mark and Benedikt can draw from their experience in operations strategy and may be able to assist you through some areas of thought development and implementation planning workshops. Kindly Light considers this a way in which it can support the health of our country and therefore will not seek financial compensation for this work.
Mark has over 15 years of experience building up companies to better operate and adapt to changing business climates.
He will apply his skillset towards building scalable platform operations & financial controls as Benedikt drives revenue & 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 as Mark builds out a scalable platform business.
Partner With Us
We are focused on identifying a single, established company with the potential to achieve meaningful growth.
Our search is focused but not limited to the high value-add B2B services or precision components industries where Mark’s and Benedikt’s technical and sector expertise gives them a competitive edge.
B2B services that have potential for tech-enhancement
High-value add precision components assembly with service value
Specialized agricultural equipment
Service providers for alternative energy or US infrastructure
Revenue from $10 to $50M
EBITDA / Cash Flow at 5% - 30%
10 - 75 Employees
Respect for your legacy and what you have built
A growth-oriented approach focused on getting things done
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
Origins of Our Name
Kindly Light originated its name from an early twentieth century pilot cutter – one of the fastest and most successful pilot cutters to have ever worked the Bristol Chanel.
Originally built in 1911, KINDLY LIGHT was a pilot cutter sailboat that worked the Bristol Channel in the United Kingdom - one of the most dangerous shipping lanes in the world. 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.
KINDLY LIGHT proved her worth despite costing about 40% more than her contemporaries. 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 & Benedikt draw inspiration from KINDLY LIGHT. To our 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