7 Reasons To Reconsider A Planned IPO Exit Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

Despite the fact that the number of IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) for startups have continued to stay low, I still hear it touted often as the preferred exit strategy. Concerns over valuations being reset to a new normal, and a soft exit market, are seen as key drivers.

Planning for the Future: Your Exit Strategy

Up and Running

Even if an island in the Maldives isn’t in the cards, if you’re seeking outside investment, an exit strategy is essential. What is an exit strategy? See Also What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies. Who needs an exit strategy?

Startup Acquisitions: Exit Strategy

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 28 July 2010 Startup Acquisitions: Exit Strategy We recently put together our "thought piece" on the dynamic world of startup M&A. Startup Exit Strategy Thought Piece V7.6

Here is Why You Need a Good Startup Exit Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

If you startup is your dream, why would you want to think about an exit? There are two very real and practical reasons why you need to plan an exit: Outside investors want to collect their return. To some, an exit strategy sounds negative.

How To Formulate A Founder Exit Strategy

YFS Magazine

Lead business exit plan exit planning exit strategy startup exits succession planningAt the end of the day, some entrepreneurs simple don’t want to bother thinking about this sort of stuff.

Exit Strategy Is An Oxymoron


In early meetings, if a VC ever asks you what your exit strategy is, you should run, not walk to your nearest…um…exit. You want your investors to be more curious about how you''re going to enter a market than how they''re going to exit their investment.

What Investors Are Really Asking When They Ask About Your Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

In order to have liquidity, there needs to be an exit. Exit StrategiesInvestors put money into risky startups to drive a superior return versus other investments.

What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies

Up and Running

The exit strategy isn’t about you, it’s about your investors. Startups looking for angel investors or venture capital (VC) absolutely need an exit strategy because investors require it. The exit is what gives them a return. The traditional exit strategy.

Simple Need-To-Know on Exit Strategies

Up and Running

What’s an exit strategy? And I once heard one person object to exit strategy as a company moving away from its original location to some other. It was in my mind over the weekend after some smart people objected to exit strategies in plans for investors.

Read Early Exits – Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors

Instigator Blog

If you’re an entrepreneur, working at a startup, or thinking about starting a company, you should read Early Exits: Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors by Basil Peters. Basil is leading the charge on demonstrating the values and benefits of early exits.

Is Innovation Taking a Back Seat to Exit Strategy? 5 Things to Consider.

Inc Startups

If you overthink exit strategy, your product and company can suffer. Here's how to prevent that pitfall. Startup

Exit Strategies

Mark Birch

dwellman : On Exits. Hands down this is one of the best reads on exit scenarios. Understanding the exit is akin to knowing how to win at sports. Its why we play the game. Think about it. You are either bought for stock or for equity. Let’s say you target LinkedIn to buy you. They’re worth $11 billion as of today. So $200 million would represent 2% of the entire company’s value.

Entrepreneurs: What's Your Exit Strategy? - allensblog - Typepad

Allen's Blog

Entrepreneurs: Whats Your Exit Strategy?   One used to hear investors ask the question to entrepreneurs: "what is your exit strategy?"    If one did that, one would have a nice exit. What that, in reality, means is that almost 100% of the exits by technology startups will, for the forseeable future, occur via an acquisition. Nevertheless, I still hear the question ("What's your exit strategy?")

From Foursquare’s Exit Strategy to Designing with Forces

The Product Guy

On Starting Up… [link] A lesson from Foursquare … have an Exit Strategy. Filed under: Weekend Reading Tagged: database , design , exit strategy , forces , foursquare , modular innovation , places , product , startup , User eXperience , vc.

Know Your Exit Strategy From Day One

Inc Startups

Basil Peters, CEO of Strategic Exits Corp., explains why entrepreneurs should choose between the three main exit strategies early on

Exit Strategies Videos

Angel Blog

My latest post is a video of a talk I gave on Exit Strategies for Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs at the Angel Capital Association Annual Summit in Atlanta. Topics include: The Current Environment for Exits. The Fact that Most Exits are Under $20 million.

Which of These 3 Exit Strategies Is Best for Your Company?

Inc Startups

Which of these three exit strategies is right for you and your company

What's Your Exit Strategy?

Inc Startups

Four-time entrepreneur Joe Apprendi talks about exiting three companies and how his latest--Collective, a New York online advertising firm--could be his home run, an IPO.

New Year's Resolution: Update Your Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

Even if your 2015 plans don''t include the sale of your business, take some time to review your exit strategy on an annual basis. By doing so you will be ready for any unexpected circumstances that might necessitate a sale, and you could also uncover some new ways to boost your business value

The Most Common Misconceptions About Exit Strategies

Inc Startups

Basil Peters, CEO of Exit Strategies Corp, explains the key principle most people get wrong when they sell

Dying Isn't an Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

You can''t take your business into the afterlife, so plan for this phase of your business as you would retirement

Your Startup Exit Strategy: How Soon Is Too Soon?

Inc Startups

Hint: It''s never too soon to think about your startup exit strategy

Kim Kardashian Made a Big Mistake By Closing Her Dash Stores

Inc Startups

Dash, Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Exit Strategies

Where to Self-Educate on Exit Strategies

Inc Startups

Educating yourself regarding exit strategies is key, especially if you have little experience in this area

Is It Time for a Big Change in Your Career?

Inc Startups

Exit StrategiesIt may be scary, but it's an exciting time.

5 Critical Factors That Affect Business Exit Strategy Timelines

Inc Startups

A finely honed business plan should include a detailed exit strategy. This, often overlooked element clearly outlines the owner''s plan to get paid for their sweat equity at a designated point in time

Selling Your Company? When To Say ‘No’ To An Acquisition

YFS Magazine

Exit Strategy Grow exit planning exit strategy mergers and acquisitions selling a businessWe knew if we could continue to double our sales, we could hold off, keep scaling the business, and in the end be in a much better place to sell. And we did just that.

Why Every Company Should Have an Exit Strategy

Angel Blog

This is the first in a series of articles on how to design and execute an optimum exit for your company. Every company needs an exit strategy. Ideally, the exit strategy should be signed off by the founders before the first dollar of investment goes into the company.

Yes, You Need an Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

Why you need to determine now when and how you are going to cash in on what you have built

Exit Strategies for Angel Investors Video

Angel Blog

The Northwest Energy Angels invited me to Seattle to talk about exit strategies for Angel investors. Successful investing requires two things - buying right and exiting well. The big ‘new story’ is the large number of small and medium size exits.

Why an IPO Should Probably Not Be Your Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

Basil Peters, CEO of Exit Strategies Corp., demystifies the initial public offering and why it may not be your best option

Why Every Small Business Owner Needs to Start Their Succession Planning Now

Inc Startups

Exit StrategiesProper succession planning calls for careful consideration and preparation.

Why Your Exit Strategy is Flawed

Inc Startups

You may be planning to sell your business, but your business may not be sellable. These two rules can get you back on track.

Why My Exit Strategy Failed

Inc Startups

Exiting the company you founded is a natural part of entrepreneurship, and it can provide great financial rewards. But the exit also has consequences for you. Today, four years after selling, I have learned that the riches of a successful exit can’t replace the rewards of leadership. In a business sense, I did everything right when I sold my company. But I forgot to ask myself one essential question. In 2007, I had a great chance to sell my business, and I did.

Exit Strategy - Creating Strategic Value

Angel Blog

Another reason a well designed and executed exit strategy can increase the business valuation by 50% or more when you sell a business is the ‘strategic value’ The only reason any company buys another company is because they believe: they can increase the value of the company being acquired, and/or. This type of company sale requires some significant skill and protective tactics, but it’s still a great element in an exit strategy.

How Marketing is Key to Your Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

When it comes time to sell your company, marketing will play a bigger role than you might suspect. Here''s how to prepare. Marketing is not commonly considered part of the mergers and acquisitions process.

LearnVest Proves Why IPOs Aren't Your Only Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

Online financial planning service company LearnVest sells itself to Northwestern Mutual, confirming that IPOs are not the only successful exits

There seems to be a lack of long-term investment in startups. Why is the 3-5 year exit strategy more desirable than a 10-20+ year timeframe?


Because that 200% is an annualized return, that means if the investor is going to hold for four years before an exit (taking the midpoint between your 3-5), the company needs to be able to generate 2x2x2x2 at exit, or a 16x return. If, on the other hand, the money must patiently wait for its payoff for fifteen years (taking the midpoint between your 10-20), the math goes: 2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2 x2x2 at exit, or 32,768x. Locate the nearest exit

Thinking of Selling Your Business? Consider This Unlikely Buyer

Inc Startups

Exit StrategiesIf you are trying to preserve your legacy, this is a great option.

Google+ Is Dying - What’s Your Exit Strategy?

Inc Startups

As Google continues phasing out their social network, marketers need an exit plan

Prepare Your Exit Strategy Now – Just in Case

Inc Startups

We get so consumed in the day-to-day management of the business that it’s easy to overlook a key part of the strategic planning process: an exit strategy. Are you considering an exit or preparing for one down the road?

A Founder Demystifies The Art Of The Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

Right or wrong, you'll know. In your gut

What Happens After You Sell Your Company? What These Founders Say May Surprise You

Inc Startups

Acquisition is a promising exit strategy, but it's not seamless--financially or emotionally. Exit StrategiesTake this advice from founders who have done it.