MB  Focus Strategies


     Office Locations:

515 Congress Avenue, Suite 1612
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-477-3280
Fax: 512-391-1876



  • Middle Market



  • Business Services
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Software & Internet



    Founded in 1999, Focus Strategies is a merchant bank located in Austin that works with middle market operating and financial services companies. The firm has three lines of business: Corporate Finance and Valuation Advisory Services; Merger and Acquisition Advisory; and Private Equity Capital/ Mezzanine Debt Investments. Focus Strategies provides corporate finance advisory services and expansion capital to middle market, Southwestern U.S. based companies with revenues in excess of $5 million and EBITDA in excess of $500,000. The firm's preferred transaction size is between $2 million to $10 million. Focus Strategies concentrates on services, distribution, financial services, manufacturing, and technology sectors.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Anthony Watson Analyst
    Britt Kauffman Director
    Daryl R. Swarts Director
    F. Gary Valdez President
    John Pruitt Analyst


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Batter Blaster
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      Bulldog Solutions
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      CS Stars
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      Current Solutions
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      Hospice Plus
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      Kendra Scott
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      Magnum Tunneling & Boring
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      Payment Processing
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      Republic Tequila
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      Smith Equipment
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      Streetman Homes
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      Stubb's BBQ
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      Styx Capital
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      Sweet Leaf Tea
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      T.Stacy & Associates
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      The Money Box
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