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Tom McKaskill

Acknowledged as the world’s leading authority on exit strategies for high growth enterprises, Dr Tom McKaskill provides both real world experience with a professional educator’s talent for explaining complex management problems that confront...

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Tom McKaskill's Biography

Acknowledged as the world’s leading authority on exit strategies for high growth enterprises, Dr Tom McKaskill provides both real world experience with a professional educator’s talent for explaining complex management problems that confront entrepreneurs.


As a global serial entrepreneur, consultant, educator and author, Dr McKaskill has established a reputation for providing insights into how entrepreneurs start, develop and harvest their ventures. His approaches to building sustainable profitable ventures and to selling business at a significant premium, has gained him considerable respect with the entrepreneurial community.

Upon completing his doctorate at London Business School, Dr McKaskill worked as a management consultant, later co-founding Pioneer Computer Systems in Northampton, UK. After being it’s president for 13 years, the business was sold to Ross Systems Inc. During his tenure at Pioneer, the company grew from 3 to 160 people with offices in England, New Zealand and the USA, raised venture capital, undertook two acquisitions and acquired over 2,000 customers.

Following the sale of Pioneer to Ross Systems, Dr McKaskill stayed with Ross for three years before leaving to form a new company, Distinction Software Inc. 1994 saw Dr McKaskill also start a consulting business in Kansas, which was successfully sold the next year. In 1997 Atlanta based Distinction raised $US2.0 million in venture capital and after five years, with a staff of 30, a subsidiary in New Zealand and distributors in five countries, was sold to Peoplesoft Inc.

After a year as visiting Professor of International Business at Georgia State University, Dr McKaskill was appointed Professor of entrepreneurship at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) in 2001. He became the Academic Director of the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at AGSE for the following 5 years. In 2006 he was appointed the Richard Pratt Chair in Entrepreneurship and in 2008 he retired from Swinburne University.

Dr McKaskill is a successful columnist and writer for pupular business magazines and entrepreneur portals. In addition, he has also authored 8 paperback books and 22 ebooks for entrepreneurs, covering such topics as new venture growth, raising venture capital, selling a business, acquisitions strategy, marketing for high growth ventures, financial information, financial decision making and angel investing. He conducts workshops and seminars on these topics for entrepreneurs and angel investors around the world, and has also conducted workshops and seminars for educational institutions, associations, private firms and public corporations, including KPMG, St George Bank, AMP and PWC. His private strategic exit workshops for senior management teams, directors and external investors, is highly valued by venture capital firms.

Dr McKaskill also has over 20 years experience as a board Director, sitting on boards across the UK, USA and more recently in Australia as both Executive and Non-Executive Director. As a speaker, his depth of knowledge and business acumen is beyond impressive.

Speaking Topics Include

Selling Your Business
Evaluating Business Opportunities
Angel Investing
How to Raise Venture Capital
Acquisition Plans and Strategies
Developing a Plan to Sell Your Business
Building an Acquisition Growth Strategy
Maximising Return on Investment