Financing merger and acquisition activity is much different than funding stand-alone growth with venture capital, as the investors are vastly different.
Walk through Jason Nazar’s mind as he sold Docstoc to Intuit. A play by play guide for all founders when considering selling their company.
It is unclear if Masayoshi Son, Chairman of Softbank, was one of the 17 million YouTube viewers of Boston Dynamic’s Big Dog before acquiring the company for an undisclosed amount this past Thursday. What is clear is the acquisition of Boston Dynamics by Softbank is a big deal. Softbank’s humanoid robot Pepper is trading up her […]
As a bootstrapper, I had a complicated relationship with the topic of acquisitions. I rejected the idea that an exit strategy was an important part of running a great business. First, I believe that entrepreneurs are conditioned by our media, society, peers, and their investors (if they have them), to think that selling their business […]
Like most entrepreneurs, I wasn’t CEO of my first startup. While I had a fair share of the company, I owned far less than the CEO who, in addition to having had the concept, also initially bankrolled us. For the most part, this didn’t matter. Like most good founding teams, we had complimentary skill sets […]
Just as large numbers of people believe that Donald Trump should release his taxes so the world can get a better picture of his financial situation, I believe that Snap should release historical engagement metrics, so investors can get a better picture of Snap’s situation, as a business. I assume Trump would release his taxes […]
If you analyze your life, you will realize that your entire day consists of negotiations. Mostly it’s low-stakes, like persuading the kids to get ready for school, or calling the phone company to ask for a lower phone plan. They’re important but easy to master. So when the time comes to sell a six or […]
IPOs may not be as rosy as you expect and here is why…
Building up a business is a valuable life experience, and selling it is just as exciting. Obviously there is the financial gain, but you can also point to it and say, “I made that.” But, before you put up the virtual “for sale” sign, stop and ask yourself 3 questions. 1. “I Sold The Business. What […]
Over time, merger or acquisition opportunities may present themselves as growth opportunities for your business. As discussed in the past, M&A can be very distracting to an early-stage business still trying to optimize their stand-alone business. This is especially true when things often go awry in merging businesses, management teams and employee cultures. But, assuming […]
Some in the venture community see the fact that there have been only a handful of tech IPO’s in the last six months as the harbinger of doom. If there are no public exits, they can’t harvest gains from their “winners” and return capital to their investors. They acknowledge the best growth companies are staying […]