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.
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...
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.
We dramatically underutilize exits as part of our life strategies
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...
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.
Why it used to be easier to grow a company in America
Yes, raising capital in Europe is more challenging and why
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...