Thomas Smale

Member Since 2015

Thomas Smale

Founder & Managing Director

FE International

San Francisco Bay Area

Thomas is the Founder of FE International. He is a serial business entrepreneur and M&A expert, having built the industry-leading firm in the $1-100M global technology sector. With experience dating back to the early 2000s, Smale offers invaluable technical, diligence and negotiation advice to early-stage and seasoned business owners alike, which has resulted in over 900 successful exits. Smale can be regularly found speaking at industry events where he enjoys meeting like-minded entrepreneurs and investors. FE International is an award-winning global M&A Advisor of SaaS, E-Commerce & Content businesses and the preeminent valuation thought leader in the industry. Founded in 2010, the leadership team has over 50 years of combined experience in investment banking, strategy consulting, technology, and entrepreneurship. The firm offers comprehensive exit planning services, as well as direct access to an established network of international investors. With headquarters in New York and regional offices in San Francisco, London, and Hong Kong, FE International is a truly global company. FE was named No. 8 Fastest-Growing Financial Services Company in the Americas in 2020 by the Financial Times (No. 133 overall) and is a two-time U.S. Inc. 5000 company. Visit for more information.


  • Exit planning
  • Business valuation
  • Growth strategy


August 3rd, 2020

16 Essential Skills to Look for in a New Hire

Within an organization, some skills are far more valuable than others. If your business is looking at hiring new employees, then these skills should be a primary focus for your interviews. Knowing what skills are crucial for an enterprise to grow and thrive helps you figure out if an employee may be worth hiring, even if they don't fit the ideal. Sometimes the company needs more than just the right qualifications for their employees.

July 6th, 2020

Want to Improve Your Workplace? 16 Productive Questions to Ask Yourself

As a leader, you know your workplace dynamic directly impacts employee morale and, in turn, your bottom line. No matter how great your company culture might be, there is always room for improvement. But to make impactful changes, you’ll have to first understand which areas warrant the most attention. 

June 25th, 2020

10 Smart Ways Business Leaders Can Leverage Social Media in a PR Crisis

Since the internet has permeated business to such an extent, PR crises are becoming far more common for companies. Many of those PR faux-pas are due to misuse or misunderstanding of social media interaction. However, as much as social media can be a tool to cause a PR crisis, it can also be useful in helping to manage it. Social media is still the best way to create a rapport and interact with a particular demographic of customers directly.

June 24th, 2020

16 HR Quality Checks to Ensure You're Recruiting With Equity


FE International

FE International provides award winning M&A advisory services for mid-market SaaS, e-commerce and content businesses. The company has become the pre-eminent adviser and valuation thought-leader in the industry. FE offers comprehensive exit planning services, as well as direct access to an established network of pre-qualified international investors to drive demand and maximize value for the clients it represents. The team is comprised of professionals from investment banking, strategy consulting as well as online entrepreneurs, all of which have extensive transaction execution expertise. FE International’s advisers complement this formal experience with unique and innovative approaches to deal marketing and structuring. FE International offers comprehensive exit planning services as well as direct access to an established network of pre-qualified international investors to drive demand to your business and maximize value for your company. - 94.1% success rate - Over hundreds of businesses sold - Extensive global network of 30,000+ pre-qualified online investors - 100% confidential process - Market leading M&A advisors Accolades and affiliations: - IBBA Deal Maker of the Year 2015 & 2016 - IBBA Deal Maker Award 2016 - IBBA Top Global Producer of the Year 2016 - IBBA Chairman's Circle Award 2016 - Inc 5000 EU (2017) - Financial Services Authority (FSA) - Partner - BBB A+ Rating Featured in: Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Huffington Post, Reuters, TIME, Yahoo Financial News, and more. Get in touch today for a free consultation and valuation (


  • Online business valuation
  • Exit planning
  • M&A advisory


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