Early Exits Workshop – Silicon Valley – Part 1-1

Sponsored by the Angel Capital Education Foundation and the Angel Capital Association
…presented at the Angel Capital Association National Summit, Silicon Valley May 5, 2010


  • Outline of the Early Exits Workshop and how I got started on Early Exits
  • Successful investing requires two things – investing right and exiting well
  • Angels and entrepreneurs would have more fun, and make more money, if we focused more on our exits
  • Angel investing is still new – about where traditional Venture Capital investing was in the mid-1980s
  • The economy has changed and traditional Venture Capital isn’t working for today’s tech companies

Part 1-2 of Angel Investing in the 21st Century is online here.

The Exits Workshop Videos are also available on YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Early Exits Workshop – Silicon Valley – Part 1-1”

  1. An interesting, albeit lesser known, and seemingly successful “big” acquisition was the acquisition of Pharmion by Celgene in 2008. I think it was over 2 billion, most of their IP was based on the production and use of a 50+ year old, structurally very simple, small molecule drug (5-azacytidine). That being said, the drug has ~10 years of IP coverage remaining for the indication (myodysplastic syndrome) and its sales grew by over 100% between 2010 and 2011 (~600 million to over 1.2 billion).

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