Episode 56: Matthias Knaur (Annuity Management Group), Zürich, Switzerland

In 2006, YPO member Matthias Knaur joined a team with six other entrepreneurs and raised USD100 million to buy a non-core business division from ADP for USD1 billion. After three short years focusing on customer growth and retention, Matthias and the team grew the division from 31 to 63 countries and took it public in 2007, with a listing over USD3 billion dollars.

Shortly after, he founded Pepper Oaks Capital, a management buy-in partnership combining private capital with operational leadership to help midsize service businesses grow.

In 2014, Matthias also founded Annuity Management Group. Driven by advanced technology, data analytics and service sales expertise, the company helps service businesses significantly drive sales and increase revenue.

In this episode, Matthias shares with us how to successfully grow your business, not by winning more market share but by properly managing your existing market share.


Guest: Matthias Knaur, Founder and CEO of Annuity Management Group, Founder & CEO of Pepper Oaks Capital
Host & Executive Producer: Kevin Daum
Executive Producer: Van Van
Music: DreamArtist Music.

Made possible with grants from Gazelles Growth Institute.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.