Category: Exit Strategy

Exit strategy.

Angel Investing

Accidental Exits – Lessons from Recent Exits

by Basil Peters | June 3, 2015 | no responses

Accidental Exits

This keynote from an Angel Capital Association regional meeting describes three successful exits that were also what I call "Accidental Exits." By that I mean exits that were the result of an unplanned approach from a buyer. In this very active M&A market, sellers are often being surprised by buyers changing the conversation and offering to buy the company.

Highlights from Accidental Exits:

  • We don't have hard data to help us ...

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Angel Investing

Exit Strategies Workshop – Waterloo

by Basil Peters | May 8, 2015 | no responses


This was the first presentation of the new Exit Strategies workshop that I developed for the National Angel Capital Association's NACO Academy. This is the Canadian national organization that provides education for angel investors and entrepreneurs. The new Exit Strategies workshop was first presented at the Golden Triangle Angel Network in Waterloo, Ont...

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Exit Strategy

Exit War Stories and Life Strategies

by Basil Peters | April 8, 2015 | no responses

War Stories

Deciding to sell a company is one of the biggest decisions we make as business owners. It will change your life in ways that are impossible to imagine. And it will often change the lives of your shareholders and employees. And, as important as this decision is, the truth is - we are not very good at exits.

Key Points:

  • We dramatically underutilize exits as part of our life strategies
  • To succeed, CEOs have to learn to b...

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This Golden Era for Entrepreneurs UBC Sauder School of Business

by Basil Peters | October 2, 2014 | no responses

M&A is the Transition from Innovation to Growth

Lecture to the MBA class: Growing and Exiting a Venture at the UBC Sauder School of Business on why I believe this is a 'Golden Era' for entrepreneurs.

Topics include:

  • There has never been a time before when it was so easy for so many entrepreneurs,
  • to create such valuable companies on so little capital,
  • and sell them so early for so much money
  • The biggest change in the 21st century
  • Big...

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Early Exits

Got a Patent? Sell the Company!

by Basil Peters | July 26, 2014 | 18 Comments

Exit Probabilities

I Thought I Understood Patents

When I was CEO of my first technology company I thought I understood how patents worked. But it was only after managing a hedge fund for a few years that I began to appreciate the risks patent holders face. Many entrepreneurs think that the real test of a patent’s value is whether or not it will be granted. But in my experience the real value isn’t known until you’ve spent years, and millions of dollar...

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Exit Execution

Exit Strategies for European Tech & Life Sciences Companies – Artic 15, Helsinki

by Basil Peters | May 27, 2014 | no responses

Exit Strategies for European Technology and Life Sciences Companies

At the Artic 15 Conference: Exit Path in Helsinki, I describe exit strategies for European technology and life sciences companies. And explain why I believe growing a knowledge-based company in Europe today can be better than building one in Silicon Valley.

Highlights include:

  • Why it used to be easier to grow a company in America
  • Yes, raising capital in Europe is more challenging and why
  • Fortunately, capital...

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Why Big Companies Can’t Innovate

by Basil Peters | February 15, 2014 | 13 Comments


When I was in grad school I co-founded a company that grew to become the second largest manufacturer of cable television headend equipment in the world. For the ten years after I graduated, I woke up every morning thinking of ways to out-innovate our two major competitors. We were a startup and they were both Fortu...

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What Happened to Venture Capital? UBC Sauder School of Business

by Basil Peters | January 10, 2014 | no responses

What Happened to Venture Capital

This was a lecture to the MBA Entrepreneurial Finance Course at the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business.

Here's what happened to the Venture Capital industry:

  • Intel, Microsoft and Cisco aren't making money for their shareholders
  • Or, more importantly, for their employees
  • That's part of the reason the best and brightest are now working in startups
  • Big companies have lost their a...

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