FAQ

Is DealRockit membership right for me?

DealRockit was designed with five important segments of the small business ecosystem in mind:

  1. Individual Members
    • Individuals preferring an independent path into the DealRockit marketplace
    • Capital Seekers/HNW investors looking for a new way/next act
    • Dual-threats seeking to keep all options open (get 1 investor & 1 capital seeker listing BONUS on Private Deal Exchange + full DealRockit platform privileges as part of your subscription)
  2. Power Player Members
    • Accountants, lawyers, private investors, insurance brokers & financial advisors/RIAs
    • Professional/financial service firms and agencies
    • Connectors to the service provider community.
  3. Sponsored Members
    • Clients, prospects, and partners of Power Player and Platform Members
    • Aspirers (startups/prospective small business owners, capital seekers and investors)
  4. Employee Members
    • Firm professionals invited by either Power Player or Platform members
  5. Platform Members
    • Large enterprises committed to growing distribution, making deeper inroads, and helping small business
    • Companies with agency, firm, dealer, or business distribution partners/customers
    • Multi-location firms or entities

All paid membership plans are powerful growth engines that pull others with it.

All paid membership plans are designed to be powerful growth engines that pull others with it. Each paid membership type was based on unique needs. Individuals, Power Player firms and Platform enterprises face different demands, constituents, and objectives, which we have addressed. Individual subscribers receive full DealRockit marketplace benefits plus complete access, including 1 Investor & 1 Capital Seeker seller listing BONUS, on our exclusive Private Deal Exchange. Power Player and Platform member firms enjoy full DealRockit marketplace privileges and many unique privileges of their own. Each, for example, can invite Sponsored Members and Employee Members to join DealRockit at no charge. Platform members have the additional benefit of inviting Power Player Members at no charge. Sponsored Members include clients; investors; prospects; and business owners, buyers, and sellers. Employee Members include employees of Platform and Power Player Member Firms.

Is a paid DealRockit Individual membership right for me personally or professionally?

As an Individual subscriber you will receive the full benefits of the DealRockit platform + complete access including 1 investor/buyer & 1 capital seeker/seller listing BONUS on our exclusive Private Deal Exchange. We listened and customized a membership just for you.

The DealRockit Individual Membership was added after listening to the comments and feedback from our testers and beta members. All are very successful, highly talented professionals, recent retirees, executives, and entrepreneurs, each looking for their next act, growth capital, or opportunity inside/outside their business or practice. Each wanted full access to this space. Some, were dissatisfied with the status quo, itching to get back in the game, or seeking a better way to interact and transact.

Much like the minivan and iPod, they did not go to bed at night thinking I wish I had a minivan or iPod, but rather, when they saw DealRockit, they recognized the need and wanted in immediately. Hence, the Individual Membership was born - providing maximum flexibility, time savings, and the ability to connect, collaborate, and close in unprecedented ways. If you are an experienced/independent person, entrepreneur, investor/capital seeker, executive or professional who prefers not to be tied to a sponsor or firm, then an Individual membership is right for you.

Stay tuned because they then asked, can I upgrade later to a Power Player membership and bring in my dealmates (cost sharing) or my team from work, should I so choose. We love suggestions and feedback, it makes the DEALROCKiT platform that much better.

Is a paid DealRockit Platform or Power Player membership right for my firm or business? What about insurance carriers & financial services?

DealRockit Platform and Power Player memberships are right for those organizations seeking to ROCKiT growth and better align with employees, clients, and business partners. Both the Platform and Power Player memberships were specifically designed to help firms rapidly move up the value chain by offering ready-made solutions that better serve and positively impact their ecosystem. Our proprietary marketplaces, matching, and membership features create demand and exceptional value, making these organizations and the businesses/clients they invite more transactional and engaged.

Here's how the managing partner of a top 200 CPA firm describes the clear benefits of a paid DealRockit membership.

DealRockit offers solutions that:

  • "help us better serve clients and move up the value chain"
  • "reinvents how small business buyers, sellers, investors, owners, and advisors interact and transact"
  • "redefines client value and makes business development easy and exciting"
  • "would be great for my clients, employees, firm, and profession. DealRockit is a win-win for all"
  • "the profession can join and unite behind. We all need to pull together"

DealRockit also offers customized membership solutions that check all the right boxes, helping financial services companies and insurance carriers solve competitive challenges through ecosystem investing:

  • Winning the arms race for relevance and innovation (American Banker)
  • Aligning carrier/producer interests (Rob Berkley, CEO, W.R. Berkley)
  • Taking customer engagement to unheard levels (Chris Lowell, The Hartford)
  • Driving innovation and growth through digital technology/insurtech partnerships (John Wilcox, The Hartford)
  • Tackling accelerated change (Top insurance/financial services issues, PwC)

How do I join DealRockit?

DealRockit membership is by paid subscription or invitation only. Individual and Power Player members subscribe and pay for their subscriptions on the Register page. Platform members subscribe and pay for their subscriptions via the Admin portal. Using the Membership Invite feature on their User Dashboard, Platform and Power Player members can invite firm employees and clients to join DealRockit as Employee and Sponsored members at no charge. Platform members may also invite Power Player Members at no charge. Accepting membership can only be done through an invitation from a Platform or Power Player Member. Each invitation contains a unique code or password that the invitee must use to get started. After accepting their invitation, members receive an e-mail containing next steps and easy "how to" instructions.

Prospective Members, not yet sponsored, may seek out membership invitations from existing Power Player Member Firms or by simply selecting Need A Sponsor in Step 1 on the Register page.

Is DealRockit easy to use?

DealRockit is an intuitive platform. This virtual marketplace platform is based on a series of fluid relationships, matches, and intuitive features which, in the end, combine to create exceptional user outcomes and experiences. The marketplace was built to be a proactive tool that helps users reduce risk by anticipating key issues that cause deals to fail and transactors not to connect.

Are there member rules?

Yes, there are specific member rules set out below pertaining to listing, joining, connecting, and matching privileges:

  1. Listing. All members are eligible to list singularly on all six marketplaces with the following exceptions:
    • Funder Direct limits Employee member listings to Buyers and Investors/Capital Providers only.
    • Business Services is an exclusive marketing and listing service for Platform and Power Player member firms only.
    • Private Deal Exchange is included in the Individual Membership but requires a Platinum Listing Upgrade for all other members to participate.
  2. Joining. Join button communications are available to those members who list and join on DealTeams as seekers or owners. Members are eligible to join the following number of DealTeams:
    • Platform and Power Player members have unlimited Join DealTeams privileges.
    • Employee members have twelve Join DealTeams privileges.
    • Individual and Sponsored members have six Join DealTeams privileges.
  3. Connecting
    • Connect button communications is available to those members who list on Private Deal Exchange and Funder Direct.
  4. Matching
    • Advanced Match permits all members full participation.
    • My Matches is open to all members that list on one or more of the six marketplace platforms. Thus, for example, if a member does not list on Funder Direct then s/he will not be eligible to use My Matches as toFunder Direct until they list.

Can you further describe the marketplace platforms?

Marketplace Platforms

DealRockit makes the traditionally complex dealflow process fast, simple, affordable, and even fun by bringing its members together through multiple marketplaces and business development platforms.

  • Private Deal Exchange and Funder Direct accelerate how buyers, sellers, investors, and capital seekers access capital and opportunity.
  • DealTeams matches like-preferenced buyers and investors. DealTeams is how previously unaligned buyers and investors/capital providers team-up before listing on the Private Deal Exchange and Funder Direct marketplace platforms. DealTeams is the future of small business -- where new pools of capital and talent quickly meet access and opportunity.
  • Businesses Services is an exclusive marketing and listing service for Platform and Power Player members only.
  • TeamUp Profile speeds up how members join DealTeams while raising their overall brand awareness and profile. Profile is a must for those looking to connect, collaborate, and close.

What makes the two matching platforms, My Matches and Advanced Match, so unique?

DealRockit is the ONLY platform that offers My Matches and Advanced Match capabilities for ANY COMBINATION:

  • Buyers and Sellers
  • Investors and Capital Seekers
  • DealTeams and DealTeam Seekers

As the leader in multi-marketplace optimization software, DealRockit allows members to test strategic scenarios, platform features and competitive measurables on 6 marketplaces - all customized to find future buyers, sellers, investors, capital seekers, advisors, DealTeams, and DealTeam partners. What used to take months or years for the deal weary can now be accomplished in seconds using My Matches and Advanced Match. Both features are exclusive to DealRockit and are only available to members that list on the Private Deal Exchange, Funder Direct, DealTeams, TeamUp, and Business Services marketplaces.

How does DealRockit compare?

Comparisons

    Comparisons DealRockit Competition
    Traditional Listing and E-Commerce Site NO YES
    Listing Fees NO YES
    Digital Marketplace YES NO
    Business Development Platform` YES NO
    Six Marketplaces YES NO
    Two Matching Platforms YES NO
    Auto-Matching Preference Features YES NO
    One-Stop Convenience YES NO
    Membership by Invitation Only YES NO
    Distribution/Retention Focused YES NO
    Rockits Client/Employee Engagement YES NO
    Supports You and Those Who Rely On You YES NO

Can you provide an example of the compounding effect of Platform Membership?

Platform Membership Compound Effect Example:

Invite Types Number
Employees/Board Members You Invite 700
Firms/Prospects You Invite 4000
Average Number of Clients Firms invite 250
Average Number of Employees Firms invite 50
Total Compound Effect 1,204,700

What are the advantages of a Featured Listing?

Beyond the Standard Listing, each of the marketplaces can be upgraded to either a Premium or Platinum Featured Listing. The advantages of each are quite significant. Electing such upgrades allows you to not only move to the head of the line in My Matches and Advanced Match results, but also to have a dedicated platform exclusively for Featured Listings only. Furthermore, upgrading to a Platinum Featured Listing also includes full access and 1 listing on the Private Deal Exchange marketplace.

What about international?

DealRockit is built to scale globally. From the beginning many have felt that international is where there is the greatest demand - bringing new access and opportunity to stakeholders and sectors.

Are steps taken to validate members before they join?

Trust and verification are extremely important at DealRockit:

  • Each employee and client accepting Employee or Sponsored membership can only do so through an invitation from a Platform or Power Player Member.
  • Sponsored Members are expected to fulfill the requirements of membership including having their membership sponsor validate the information provided.
  • All members must check the confirmation box certifying they have met the compliance and accuracy requirements before they are permitted to list on Private Deal Exchange, Funder Direct, or any marketplace.
  • We've built our community on the premise that honest interactions and accurate information makes every listing, detail, and connection not just part of a potential transaction, but a proactive blueprint that accurately reflects well on each member and their business or practice.

What about security? Do participants need to disclose all their information right away?

Contact between users first happens through the Connect/Join button features followed by a confirming e-mail to ensure full privacy, security, and non-intrusiveness. The names and contact information pertaining to sellers and capital seekers may be kept confidential and restricted until the user approves otherwise. In fact, sellers and capital seekers listing on Private Deal Exchange and Funder Direct marketplaces have hide button features available to them for privacy and anonymity.

Is creating a marketplace listing simple?

The easy listing process ensures platform speed, confidentiality and mutual trust. After registering, each member will be directed to their User Dashboard. All members have listing/participation privileges on the following marketplaces:

  • Private Deal Exchange
  • Funder Direct
  • DealTeams
  • TeamUp Profile
  • My Matches
  • Advanced Match

Only Platform and Power Player members have listing privileges on Business Services.

Before listing, users are required to answer a series of brief survey questions that determine preference criteria, matching possibilities (buyer-seller, etc.) and data for analytics. All users then certify, via checkbox, that they have met all compliance and accuracy requirements before being permitted to list.

How can the technology behind DealRockit help me achieve my goals?

After registering, a user is immediately eligible to list on any of the marketplace platforms and take full advantage of the unique My Matches and Advanced Match features DealRockit has to offer. Upon listing, a scorecard is immediately generated that allows each user to quickly compete, connect, and match. Access to robust match, data analytics, dashboards, and feedback tools allows each user to test scenarios, examine how they measure up and, of course, to find future buyers, sellers, investors, capital seekers and partners.

Other online services provide seller listings. How is DealRockit different?

DealRockit is unique in that it is a true marketplace platform that brings five or more sides together - buyer, seller, investor, capital seeker, and service provider - efficiently and in multiple ways and scenarios. Here are some other ways we stand out from the crowd:

  • Unlike traditional listing and e-commerce sites, DealRockit doesn't just list sellers but also takes on additional parts of the value chain to deliver a far better overall experience for users. By adding managed services, six marketplaces, two matching platforms, and one-stop convenience, DealRockit creates new demand and higher engagement for all users.
  • DealRockit is a movement that connects those interested in transitioning in/out of business ownership positions with the professionals capable of facilitating the process.
  • DealRockit is the lone provider of My Matches and Advanced Match capabilities for ANY COMBINATION:
    • Buyers, Sellers
    • Investors/Capital Providers, Capital Seekers
    • DealTeams, DealTeam Seekers
    • Planning Scenarios, Strategy Training

What about payment & fees?

Invited memberships fees include:

  • $0 Invited Sponsored Members
  • $0 Invited Employee Members
  • $0 Invited Power Player Members

Subscription Fees

Subscription Fees are annual and are paid either monthly or annually. We include 2 months free as an incentive for those subscribers that pay annually. Subscription Fees are not refundable and are due and payable prior to use.

Paid memberships include the following Subscription Fees:

  • $100 month/$1200 annually or $999 with annual payment Individual Player (1 named Player)
  • $250 month/$3000 annually or $2499 with annual payment Power Player (1 named Player and up to 20 named Sponsored Member invitees)
  • $500 month/$6000 annually or $4999 with annual payment Power Player Plus (Up to 10 named Players and 200 named Sponsored Member invitees)
  • $850 month/$10,200 annually or $8499 with annual payment Power Player Premium (Unlimited Players located at a single office location and unlimited Sponsored Member invitees originating from that office location)
  • Platform subscription fees are not published.

Listing Fees

Each of the marketplaces has 3 levels of Listing Fees. Fees cover a 4-week period and are due and payable prior to use.

  • Standard is $0 for each 4-week period.
  • Premium is $40 for each 4-week period (includes higher match results placement than Standard listings).
  • Platinum is $50 for each 4-week period (includes highest match results placement and 1 listing on the Private Deal Exchange marketplace).

Accepted Payment Methods

For community safety, we do not store your credit card or any payment information. We strive to make the payment process easy and safer without having to store your credit card and payment information. For direct payments, we accept payment through ACH, E-Check, Wire Transfers, and Check.

What should members participating on the Private Deal Exchange and Funder Direct platforms keep in mind?

It is important for all participants, but particularly for both buyers/sellers and investors/capital seekers, to think ahead about what each would want to know if they were in the other's shoes.

To that end, please keep in mind the following:

  • Buyers/investors need to be aware that sellers/capital seekers have hide button features available to them for privacy and anonymity.
  • Sellers/capital seekers will want to assess the buyer's/investor's level of interest and financial capabilities before sharing further or going forward. It is always a good practice for the buyer to be proactive and have a personal financial statement (PFS), source of funds document or equivalent ready ahead for the seller's review.
  • Buyers/investors understand that they will need to sign non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements (NDA) before receiving additional information about the businesses. It is always a good practice for the seller/capital seeker to have an NDA ready in advance for the buyer's/investor's review and signature.
  • After signing the NDA, buyers/investors typically will supply their initial due diligence request in writing for the seller's/capital seeker's review. Once agreed, the buyer/investor will then seek immediate access to these initial key documents. BE READY!

What if I am not an experienced buyer/seller or investor/capital seeker?

Keep in mind there are very few serial buyers/investors or sellers/capital seekers; for most, it's their "first rodeo." At this critical juncture, most users do not know where and how to begin when comes to buying, selling, and investing in businesses. Herein lies the "gap trap," which is precisely why we built this self-driving, start right platform - to anticipate and proactively solve the key issues that previously caused principals to not participate and connect or deals to fail. The lack of access, good options, and quality matching and sequencing capabilities clearly limited past participation and success.

How is DealRockit different (and better)?

Our proprietary process and algorithms address these key issues up front. This makes it easier for the "checked out" and ignored to get into the game and for those in the game to better position themselves for success. Our online user interface is intuitive, easy to use, and extremely reliable. By operating at the intersection of technology and human intervention, we offer a better process and platform on ramp that:

  • Starts users out right
  • Levels the playing field
  • Puts the pieces in the order they should be
  • Offers incomparable convenience
  • Drives both buyers/sellers and investors/capital seekers through the Platform and Power Player Networks (Businesses for Sale and Funder Direct marketplaces only)

How do I test your demo?

Demo Request

To make your demo request use the Contact button at the bottom of our homepage.

Demo

We created an interactive demo, complete with all the bells and whistles, for your testing and review. Here are a few fun facts regarding the demo/mock data:

Private Deal Exchange

  • 12,074 Buyer Listings
  • 19,918 Seller Listings

Funder Direct

  • 20,059 Investor/Capital Provider Listings
  • 12,079 Capital Seeker Listings

TeamUp

  • 50,018 Profile Listings
  • 4889 DealTeam Listings

Is DealRockit a brokerage or a securities exchange?

No. We are not a brokerage or a securities exchange; we are a digital platform connecting those interested in transitioning in/out of business ownership positions with the professionals capable of facilitating the process. Here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • We are neither a broker-dealer or investment advisor, nor do we provide legal, financial, or due diligence advice and services.
  • We are not a substitute for legal, financial or due diligence advice and services and, as such, each member or user is fully responsible for hiring their own professionals and advisors, conducting their own due diligence, and making their own decisions and analysis independently of DealRockit.
  • We do not recommend or endorse any firm, individual, listing, or opportunity appearing on our website, advertisements, e-mails, newsletters, or any other medium.
  • We make no representations as to the truth, accuracy, or completeness of any information regarding, or the suitability of, any opportunity, listing, or service.
  • We have no fiduciary or other obligations, or potential liabilities, to you.
  • We are not responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable laws regarding the purchase or sale of any business, product, service, or sale of any kind, including securities, and you should always consult with your legal and financial advisors.