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Part of Your Life You Never Get Back

This was a presentation to a hundred Dutch investors and CEO’s at the Nyenrode Business Universiteit just outside of Amsterdam. In this video I describe the critical importance of exit timing and the dramatic effect it can have on investor returns and the lives of entrepreneurs. This talk included: How the internet has accelerated everything […]

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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 […]

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Financial Loss

This video is a talk I gave at the Element8 angels workshop in Seattle: Investing a World With Few Exits. Some of the key points from my talk: I believe only 25% of all companies that could have been sold actually end up successfully exiting If a company misses the ideal time to exit, then […]

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Valuation and Angel Education

I believe Angel Investors could double their number of exits. This would double the returns on their portfolios. Yes, double. This video is from the 6th Annual Angel Investor Summit, Dunedin, New Zealand. Double Your Exits includes: OK, I’ll say it…Most angel investors lose money We need to talk about it and I know we […]

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Recently, at an Exit Strategies Workshop in Victoria, someone asked me to compare the pros and cons of an early exit versus a traditional Venture Capital financing. The scenario we used for our example was a successful startup company with a proven business that needed $10 million to $20 million to fund growth. (In this […]

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Exits Workshop Part 6 Axel Christiansen - Sub Debt

Highlights of Part 6 – Financing Strategy for Maximum Exit Value: Axel Christiansen introduction. And why is he so funny? What is Sub Debt and who is it useful to? In what types of exit transactions? Company value as a multiple of EBITDA. The “New Normal”. Seven reasons to create a financing package. Vendor notes […]

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Exits Workshop Part 3 Basil Peters Every Company Needs an Exit Strategy

The third presentation at The Exit Strategies Workshop 2011 explains why every company should have a clear, signed exit strategy. Highlights of Part 3 – Every Company Needs an Exit Strategy. The exit is just another business process. Companies should be sold – not bought. Why this is such a critical concept. Optimum exits require […]

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Exits Workshop Part 2 Mike Volker We Need More Exits

In the second presentation at The Exit Strategies Workshop 2011, Mike Volker describes why Angel investors are saying: “We need more exits.” Highlights of Part 2 – We Need More Exits: The big question: Should we grow bigger or sell? It’s all about EXITS!! – need a real “Plan”. But, CEOs are in no hurry […]

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Exits Workshop Part 1

The first presentation at The Exit Strategies Workshop 2011 describes why this is a “Golden Era for Entrepreneurs.” Highlights of Part 1 – The Economy Has Changed: The whole world has changed. The big tech companies aren’t creating wealth anymore – for their investors or employees. Startups create ALL of the new jobs. What does […]

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Basil Peters at the AM&AA Summer Conference 2012

When a saleable company fails to sell, it’s often the seller’s psychology that kills the transaction. Most of the time, the seller doesn’t even know that they were the reason their company failed to sell. This talk describes the seller psychologies that can kill exits. The Psychology of Exits Presented at the Alliance of Merger […]

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