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In this episode Colton speaks with Dan Fries of Next Ventures ( and ( about his journey from "serious science" to buying and selling businesses. The also discuss how Dan scales his team vertically instead of horizontally, and some lessons he's learned along the way.

GUEST BIO: Dan co-founded Next Ventures in 2016. Previously, Dan built a publishing business in the cognitive health space. He oversaw dealflow for Wired Investors, a PE firm for internet-based businesses. Dan has experience as an entrepreneur, operator, and investor (, and specializes in buy-side PE business brokerage. Prior to founding Next Ventures, Dan worked at the Dana Farber Institute at Harvard Medical School, co-authoring several publications in the field of translational oncology and bioinformatics.


  • 1:04 - 3:54 Dan describes his journey from being a scientist to getting into digital marketing.
  • 7:26 - 10:13 Dan shares a bit about what Next Ventures is and how it got started.
  • 14:17 - 15:07 Dan shares how he applies his skill set of content marketing to increase revenue with different sites.
  • 18:31 - 21:08 Dan talks about the culture they’ve established at Next Venture.
  • 22:52 - 27:28 Dan shares about the parallels between finding success and having quality content.
  • 33:31 - 34:54 Dan talks about the changes and opportunities now with the new way affiliate marketing works.
  • 37:22 - 38:18 Dan talks about looking for sites that have upside potentials when in search of new revenue.
  • 42:33 - 43:32 Dan shares a bit about his new agency, Blue Tree.
  • 44:00 - 44:42 Dan shares his information on how to connect with him.

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